UPDATE: The Kirkland Council approved the deal, Biking Bis reports.
The City of Kirkland will consider the purchase of 5.75 miles of a rail corridor through the city. One likely use for the corridor would be a new trail and perhaps even some transit.
The discussion comes days after Bradley Nakatani was struck and killed by an impaired driver while biking in the Totem Lake area of Kirkland, just a block and a half from the rail corridor under consideration.
According to the Kirkland Reporter, a detailed study session will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, and the Kirkland City Council will consider the sale at their 7:30 p.m. meeting. Both meetings will be held at Kirkland City Hall (123 5th Avenue). You can also watch the meetings live online.
More details from the Seattle Times:
The City Council is scheduled to decide Monday whether to pay $5 million for the portion of the Eastside Rail Corridor that starts not far from Highway 520 and connects with the Totem Lake area of Kirkland.
If the council approves the deal, Kirkland would buy the abandoned rail line from the Port of Seattle, which two years ago purchased BNSF Railway’s full 42-mile corridor connecting Renton, Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville, Redmond and Snohomish.
“It’s very exciting. It’s something that I’ve been involved in and listened to the conversations about for over 20 years,” Mayor Joan McBride said.
The city’s purchase of the corridor would initially be funded by $1 million from surface-water utility funds and a $4 million loan from utility-capital reserves. The loan could be repaid from park funds, nonmotorized-transportation money, real-estate excise-tax proceeds and other sources.
UPDATE: Adam Parast at Seattle Transit Blog has more on the corridor purchase, and even calls a trial along the corridor would be a “game changer” for bicycling in Kirkland, especially once the new 520 bridge opens with its multi-use trail.