South Bellevue Park and Ride
South Bellevue Park and Ride FAQ
Q. When will the South Bellevue Park and Ride close?
A.On April 18, 2017, Sound Transit announced that the South Bellevue Park and Ride (P&R) is scheduled to close on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Details are contained in its News Release and Construction Alert.
Sound Transit anticipates the closure for up to five (5) years (reduced from the original estimate of 7 years). Sound Transit and the city will work with the contractor to explore opportunities to open the P&R earlier per the 2015 amended Memorandum of Understanding.
The South Bellevue P&R will serve as the construction hub for building the light rail station, track, and parking garage. It is also where construction equipment and materials will be staged.
NOTE: On April 13, 2017, Sound Transit announced that the Overlake Transit Center Park and Ride will close on May 1, 2017. The Overlake Transit Center P&R will close for approximately six (6) years. Buses will continue to serve the Overlake Transit Center while the park and ride is closed. This is the location of the future Redmond Technology light rail station.
Q. Where will South Bellevue P&R commuters park during the closure?
A. In late November 2016, Sound Transit opened replacement parking lots in eastside communities. In addition to using church lots, Sound Transit is using existing underutilized park and ride lots. Commuters who typically use the South Bellevue P&R, are encouraged to readjust their parking location prior to the closure.
Riders can use existing P&R lots including South Kirkland, Wilburton, South Sammamish, Newport Hills, Tibbetts, and various leased lots. Visit King County Metro for a list of park and ride lots.
Q: What alternate park and ride lots are available during East Link construction?
A: New and expanded park and ride lots now available for use include the following. Sound Transit continues to seek additional lots.
- Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Ave NE
- Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Ave SE
- Lake Hills Baptist Church, 506 140th Avenue SE
- Overlake Park Presbyterian Church, 1836 156th Ave NE
- The Neighborhood Church, 625 140th Ave NE
- Bellevue Foursquare Church, 2016 Richards Road
- Renton Bible Church, 973 Union Ave NE (Renton)
- Holy Trinity Church, 17371 NE 24th St (Redmond)
Q. What is being done to address possible spillover parking?
A. The City of Bellevue is prepared to work with Sound Transit to implement parking restrictions in neighborhoods should they be warranted and there is community support, to limit the amount of spillover parking as a result of the P&R closing. More about South Bellevue Parking Mitigation.
The Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Committee has been evaluating ways to help lessen the potential for commuter traffic on neighborhood streets once Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue Southeast are under construction for East Link. Based upon feedback from impacted neighborhoods, the committee seeks to recommend traffic mitigation tools that provide access to neighborhoods while discouraging commuter traffic and speeding.
Q. How many parking spaces will the South Bellevue Park and Ride have after construction?
A. There are currently 520 parking spaces at the South Bellevue P&R. After construction is complete, there will be about 1,500 stalls within a multi-level parking garage. schematics of station and parking garage.
Q. Who owns the South Bellevue Park and Ride?
A. Sound Transit owns the South Bellevue Park and Ride and is the agency responsible for building the new light rail station, garage and guideway.
Q. Did Sound Transit have to get permits for the alternate commuter lots?
A. Yes. City Land Use Codes allow for commuter parking facilities with up to 50 parking spaces using existing parking areas (e.g. church parking lots). Per the city code, Sound Transit must obtain an Administrative Conditional Use Permit that would allow for commuter parking lots to offset the impacts of the temporary closure of the South Bellevue P&R.
Q. Who do I contact about specific questions regarding the closure of the Park and Ride?
A. Contact Sound Transit’s East Link Outreach Office at 206-398-5465 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe to receive East Link Project and Construction Updates at www.soundtransit.org/subscribe.