Nations Largest and Most Expensive Expansion Program
The real success of this project is "its response to local demands in the form of the construction of a tunnel through Downtown Bellevue, agreed upon by the transit agency Sound Transit last week," said Freemark.
He continues stating that "engineering studies suggests that the tunnel would cost only about $320 million over the surface line, and the city agreed to chip in half of the extra costs, making it feasible to include the underground segment in the project. After Sound Transit's agreement, the city has until November 14 to sign the accord, settling the matter once and for all."
There is opposition, mainly from Kemper Freeman, a Bellevue developer.