ISSUES - TRANSPORTATION
As Bellevue and the region have grown, our transportation needs have become more urgent. It is essential that we keep our people and goods moving. This means improving roads; increasing transit options; increasing pedestrian safety; continuing to add bicycle lanes; and ensuring that the design, mitigation and construction of the new Eastlink light rail line works for both Bellevue and the region.
We must keep moving forward with road improvements to ease congestion and improve access in and around Bellevue. In addition, we need to minimize cut-through traffic in single family neighborhoods for the safety of Bellevue residents. Jennifer has lead on these issues, including supporting the intelligent traffic light system that uses our road capacity more efficiently and reduces travel time for all, extension of NE 4th Street and 120th Avenue which are vital for mobility between the Downtown, Wilburton and Bel-Red, the new Spring Boulevard in Bel-Red, and safety improvements throughout the Eastgate area and improving safety by completion of the West Lake Sammamish Parkway (Phase I) and the Newport Way safety projects.
As Bellevue grows and our job base expands, we must increase transit service in and around the Eastside to provide options for our residents and workers. Having a variety of mobility options is even more important as our population ages. Jennifer wants our oldest residents to have the ability to get where they need to go, efficiently and effectively. Jennifer is working to ensure that Bellevue will get more transit service in the future. Jennifer advocated for maintaining bus services which faced cuts from Metro Transit and supported the newly-adopted Bellevue Transit Master Plan which helps Bellevue advocate for the most effective transit service.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Lanes
Bellevue recently updated its Pedestrian/Bicyclists Plan which is moving towards implementation. Funding these improvements as we move forward are an important part of improving mobility in our region. Some pedestrian or bicycle projects designed and/or funded during Jennifer’s service include completion of the “missing link” on the Mountains to Sound Greenway, adding bike lanes to 145th Place, Newport Way, 116th Street, 108th Avenue and more.
Eastlink light rail is coming to Bellevue and will help shape the face of the City for the next century. This is a 100-year project that must be "built right the first time". This means ensuring that the construction of the Eastlink line contains exception mitigation, great pedestrian connections, and is constructed with the least disturbance feasible. Jennifer has brought both passion and knowledge to this project and she continues to support excellence along the alignment in all parts of Bellevue. Her experience as a member of the Council Light Rail Leadership Group and as the co-chair of the Bellevue Light Rail Best Practices Committee has provided a level of knowledge that has served the citizens well.