South Bellevue Park and Ride
As part of the construction of East Link, Sound Transit is closing the South Bellevue Park and Ride and the Overlake Transit Center Park and Ride. The closure dates are not known at this time. However, Sound Transit will provide a three weeks notice before the closures.
The South Bellevue Park and Ride will close for up to five years; the Overlake Transit Center Park and Ride will close for up to six. These lots serve many commuters who will need to adjust their parking locations. Sound Transit has leased new lots and expanded others as a means to replace parking no longer available due to the upcoming closures.
Commuters are encouraged to try out the alternate park and ride lots now rather than wait until the closures take effect. Plan ahead for park and ride closures.
Questions/concerns about the Park and Ride closures? 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.
South Bellevue Park and Ride FAQ
Q. When will the South Bellevue Park and Ride close?
A. Sound Transit anticipates the closure of the South Bellevue Park and Ride (P&R) to begin sometime in early 2017 and to remain closed for 5 years (reduced from the original estimate of 7 years). As of March 6, 2017, a closure date is not known because Sound Transit's contractor has not finalized its construction schedule. However, Sound Transit will give a three week advance notice of the closure.
The South Bellevue P&R will not close as part of King County Metro Transit's March 11 service change.
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.
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. (Note: The Overlake Transit Center P&R will also close for up to six years due to East Link construction)
Riders can use existing P&R lots including South Kirkland, Wilburton, South Sammamish, Newport Hills, Tibbetts, and various leased lots. P&R lots.
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: What alternate park and ride lots will be available during East Link construction?
A: New and expanded park and ride lots now available for use include:
- 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)
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. What will be done to address 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.
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.