Eastside Rail Corridor Trail

King County is developing a pedestrian and bicycle trail along the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC). The corridor, previously owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF), extends 42 miles from Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton, north through Bellevue, Kirkland and Woodinville, to the city of Snohomish in Snohomish County.

The ERC runs seven miles through the heart of Bellevue, including more than two miles that opened in 2018 as an interim, gravel trail for pedestrians and bicyclists. The corridor stretches along Lake Washington, from Renton to Newcastle Beach Park, crosses the historic Wilburton Trestle and runs through the Wilburton commercial area and west of the BelRed area. More information about trail planning and development is available on King County’s project website.


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Bellevue’s role

Although the City of Bellevue is not an ERC owner, it has a keen interest in both the development of a high-quality pedestrian and bicycle trail and in preserving its potential for additional transportation and utility uses. The city is working to advance the trail by supporting its design and development of key trail crossings and connecting links. Bellevue is also the permitting authority for the segment that passes through the city.

Since 2013, Bellevue has taken part in a regional planning process with King County and other ERC owners such as Kirkland, Redmond and Sound Transit through the Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Council.  Non-owner jurisdictions on the advisory council include Renton and the Eastside Greenway Alliance, a coalition of seven community non-profit organizations interested in supporting development of the corridor.

Ownership

Active freight rail service on the ERC south of Woodinville ended in 2008. King County later acquired it and now owns most of the corridor through Bellevue. It holds a continuous trail easement along segments that are owned by others. Sound Transit owns a 1.1-mile segment of the corridor in Bellevue near the Spring District and holds an easement for transit along other segments.

Puget Sound Energy also holds an easement for utilities along the corridor. Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville and Snohomish County own corridor segments north of Bellevue. The corridor is “rail-banked,” which means that it must be preserved as a continuous route and there is the potential for reactivation of the corridor for freight rail under certain circumstances.

Contact

Mike IngramBellevue Transportation Department

Telephone

425-452-4166

Email

mingram@bellevuewa.gov

Contact

Betsy AndersonBellevue Parks & Community Services Department

Telephone

425-452-4280

Email

ehanderson@bellevuewa.gov
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