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Five miles of the Eastside Trail could open by the end of the year

Five miles of the Eastside Trail are on schedule to open by the end of the year, including a mile extension from the current end of the Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail and four miles of trail between Renton and Newport … Continue reading

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King County Council approves the Eastside Trail Master Plan 9-0

The King County Council approved a master plan for a trail along the Eastside Rail Corridor Monday by a unanimous vote of 9–0. The vote is a key step towards creating the region’s most significant new trail since the Burke-Gilman … Continue reading

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$10M committed to rehab historic trestle. Can the Eastside Trail open by 2020?

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Governor Jay Inslee shared the podium Tuesday to announce $10 million dollars in funding commitments from local, regional, state and private partners to rehab the most difficult and stunning parts of the planned Eastside … Continue reading

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Snohomish County buys rail corridor in major regional trail missing link

After lengthy negotiations with the Port of Seattle, Snohomish County purchased a key stretch of rail corridor that could someday link the region’s trail network from Seattle to Skagit County. The purchase process was going strong back in 2013, but … Continue reading

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Ahead of Eastside Trail meetings, sign this petition for an interim trail ‘sooner and cheaper’

The Eastside Trail is poised to revolutionize non-motorized travel on the Eastside, so why wait? Let’s get an interim trail constructed and usable as soon as possible. We already reported on King County’s draft Trail Master Plan, which is now … Continue reading

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Eastside Trail takes big step forward, comments on draft plan due March 31

The Eastside Trail made a big step closer to reality this week when King County released its draft Master Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. These plans now head into public outreach, setting the trail up for a summer preferred alignment … Continue reading

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Celebrate the Eastside Trail with rail spike removal Friday, summit Saturday

It’s very difficult to overstate how huge an impact the Eastside Trail will have on regional bikeability and livability. Traveling through or very near city centers, neighborhoods and employment centers in Woodinville, Kirkland, Bellevue and Renton the trail itself will … Continue reading

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King County will remove old rails on the Eastside Trail + Kirkland plans rapid bus along the trail

King County will remove the rails on the Eastside Trail, a vital step toward creating a walkable and bikeable trail from Woodinville to Renton. The work was proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine and approved by the King County … Continue reading

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A closer look at the Eastside Trail plans + Give feedback online

A bikeable and walkable Eastside Trail can’t come soon enough. The rails-to-trails potential for the mostly-defunct Eastside Rail Corridor is immense for growing communities east of Lake Washington. Connecting homes to jobs and new regional trail connections across and along … Continue reading

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Help guide the Eastside Trail master plan

The Eastside Trail will change the region forever, and it can’t become bikeable soon enough. The good news is that King County Parks has begun work on an Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Trail Master Plan, and they need your feedback … Continue reading

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Snohomish-to-Woodinville trail discussions fall apart, put on hold

Remember those amazing plans to build a 12-mile trail to connect the City of Snohomish (and the start of the Centennial Trail) to Woodinville, the Sammaish River/Burke-Gilman Trail and the Eastside Trail? Well, there’s bad news this week: Talks between … Continue reading

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Kirkland’s new trail changes everything

There was Kirkland before the Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail, and now there is Kirkland after. The city officially opened the interim hardpack gravel trail over the weekend, and now the Eastside city has a flat and safe biking and walking … Continue reading

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Feds reject railroad lawsuit threatening the Eastside Trail, Kirkland section opens soon

The case for freight rail service as a reason to stop to the Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail (one part of the Eastside Rail Corridor) always seemed rather weak. But since it would be decided by a Federal agency and laws … Continue reading

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Bellevue approves trail funding + Open house for 116th Ave NE safety changes

The City of Bellevue is planning safety changes to the design of 116th Ave NE, including new bike lanes to help link the 520 Trail to the NE 12th Street crossing of I-405 into central Bellevue. You can throw in … Continue reading

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Snohomish County approves purchase of 12 miles of Eastside Rail Corridor, plans trails

The Snohomish County Council approved purchase of 12 miles of the Eastside Rail Corridor with hopes of rehabbing the corridor to accommodate both a trail and rail movement. Unlike the miles of the Eastside Rail Corridor in King County, where … Continue reading

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Tuesday Afternoon Theater: Cross-Kirkland Trail construction update

Rail removal on the Cross-Kirkland Corridor is underway, and parts of the corridor will be somewhat walkable/bikeable this fall with a packed gravel interim trail ready by spring 2014. Via Kirkland TV: Progress map:

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Kirkland gets go-ahead to remove tracks from key rail-trail corridor

Kirkland is about to get a new rail-trail. We reported just days ago about ongoing discussions of the entire Eastside Rail Corridor. In fact, we suggested that it could even someday rival Seattle Burke-Gilman Trail as the top trail in … Continue reading

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USA Today calls Burke-Gilman Trail ‘nation’s pride’ + Remembering the 1970s NIMBY fight against it

The USA Today published a list of the best urban trails in the nation last week. Near the top of their list is, of course, Seattle’s Burke-Gilman Trail. The paper describes it like this: This former rail trail is a … Continue reading

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An Eastside trail better than the Burke-Gilman? Open house today will discuss rail corridor

Could the Eastside Rail Corridor trail rival the Burke-Gilman Trail as the best trail in the region? The Eastside Trail Advocates think so. But you are needed to help shape the future of the trail, which could be a walking … Continue reading

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Ballard Terminal Railroad sues to delay Kirkland trail project

The Ballard Terminal Railroad has filed a Federal lawsuit to stop the City of Kirkland from tearing out unused rail tracks on a segment of the Eastside Rail Corridor through the city. Kirkland recently purchased the segment with the intent … Continue reading

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