2015 Amended MOU
On April 20, 2015 the Bellevue City Council unanimously approved a final agreement with Sound Transit regarding the East Link light rail project and possible siting of the operations and maintenance satellite facility (OMSF) in Bel-Red. The Sound Transit Board unanimously approved the agreement on April 23, 2015. The agreement, known as the amended Memorandum of Understanding (amended MOU), is the culmination of years of partnership between the City and Sound Transit to ensure that the East Link project is constructed in a way that meets the needs of Bellevue and the region. It amends a previous legal agreement (the Umbrella Memorandum of Understanding) signed by both agencies in November 2011.
2011 Umbrella MOU
The 2011 Umbrella MOU centered on a shared responsibility for addressing the costs of including a tunnel through downtown Bellevue as part of the East Link alignment. Since November 2011, the city and Sound Transit have been working collaboratively to ensure that the East Link project is delivered in an efficient and cost effective way, and with features and design sensitive to the different neighborhoods directly affected by the project. A presentation on the current East Link design, and history of the project was given at the Bellevue City Council’s March 30 meeting.
Operations and Maintenance Satellite Facility
In July 2014 the Sound Transit Board identified a preferred location for its OMSF in Bel-Red. The OMSF provides Sound Transit with a second operations base (the original base is in the SODO area of Seattle) necessary to support a number of extensions to the light rail system, including East Link. Since identification of the Bel-Red site as a preferred alternative for the OMSF, the city and Sound Transit have been engaged with stakeholders to ensure that the facility is designed and, if selected as the final site, constructed, in a way that is not detrimental to the larger regional vision for Bel-Red as a transit-oriented community of mixed-use, dense, development.
Elected Officials' Negotiation Process
Elected officials from both agencies worked with city and Sound Transit staff to develop amendments to the 2011 Umbrella MOU to finalize the financial terms surrounding construction of East Link, address the potential OMSF, and to provide for greater certainty for Sound Transit with respect to permit costs and timelines, and for the city with respect to mitigation of impacts, particularly construction impacts. After review by the public, the full City Council and the Sound Transit Board, both agencies approved the amended MOU in April 2015.
Amendments to the MOU
The amendments to the MOU are contained in a package of three legal documents.This topic was discussed at the Bellevue City Council's April 6 meeting:
The Council held a public hearing on the agreements at its April 13 council meeting:
- April 13 public hearing video recording
- April 13 PowerPoint presentation
- April 13 agenda memo
- Staff answers to questions from council (asked by councilmembers at the April 13 council meeting)
- Attachment 3a, Views of the Slough and Park & Ride from Enatai
- Attachment 3b, Existing trees viewed at street level from the south
- Attachment 5, East Link Mitigation Map
- Attachment 7a, Lake Bellevue 20 questions response
- Attachment 7b, Lake Bellevue 20 questions response
- Attachment 7c, Lake Bellevue 20 questions response
- Attachment 9, City permit process graphic
- Attachment 10, Draft maintenance of traffic plans
- Attachment 13, February 2 parking replacement strategy
- Attachment 16 and 17, RCO packet
- Attachment 18, East Link alternatives analysis process
- Attachment 20, OMSF Phase 1 and Phase 2
- Attachment 27a, Existing and Sound Transit planned bicycle facilities
- Attachment 27b, Planned city bicycle facilities
Amended and Restated Umbrella Memorandum of Understanding
This document updates the 2011 Umbrella MOU, by deleting outdated provisions, updating financial terms, adding sections regarding the potential OMSF (Section 20), permitting and mitigation (Section 23) and project coordination (Section 21).
Second Amendment to Transit Way agreement
Three Party Agreement Between the City of Bellevue, King County and Sound Transit for the Future Realignment of 120 Avenue NE
This document includes the commitments of the city, King County and Sound Transit to plan for and explore the possibility of re-aligning a portion of 120 Avenue NE adjacent to the potential OMSF facility. King County’s participation is needed as a result of the Metro bus facility located across 120 Avenue NE from the OMSF site. Re-alignment of the road is a long-term strategy to ensure that the regional Bel-Red vision remains intact. The re-alignment would allow for potential development between the OMSF and 120 Avenue NE, adding to the development potential of the OMSF site. The re-alignment would impact the way buses are stored in the Metro facility. In the Three Party Agreement, long-range planning efforts by Metro will explore ways to relocate or move buses to allow for the re-alignment.