2015 Amended MOU

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Intergovernmental cooperation for East Link

Memorandum of Understanding

The City of Bellevue and Sound Transit have been committed in partnership to ensure that the East Link light rail project is constructed in a way that meets the needs of Bellevue and the region. This intergovernmental cooperation was captured in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and Sound Transit originally approved in November 2011 and amended in May 2015.

The 2011 Umbrella MOU centered on a shared responsibility for addressing the costs of including a tunnel through downtown Bellevue. Elected officials and staff from both agencies worked collaboratively to identify alignment modifications that reduced impacts to the public and overall cost savings and efficiencies. These savings and efficiencies resulted in amendments to the original 2011 Umbrella MOU.

The Amended MOU addressed the final financial terms surrounding construction of East Link within Bellevue; added the Operations and Maintenance Facility; identified areas of efficiency through project coordination; provided greater certainty for Sound Transit with respect to permit costs and timelines and provided the City with certainty for mitigation to construction impacts.

Specifically, amendments included deleting outdated provisions, including financial terms, adding sections regarding the Operations and Maintenance Facility (Section 20), project coordination (Section 21), considerations for additional property impacts due to alignment modifications (Section 22) and permitting and mitigation (Section 23).

Transit Way Agreement

In support of the 2011 Amended MOU, the City and Sound Transit agreed to a Transit Way Agreement that sets the framework and responsibilities for how the agencies will interact regarding Sound Transit’s use of the city-owned public rights-of-way for the purposes of constructing, operating and maintaining East Link light rail within Bellevue. The original Transit Way Agreement acknowledges that future amendments will be likely.

Another important interagency document is the Three Party Agreement approved between the City, King County, and Sound Transit to address the potential future realignment of 120th Avenue NE.

The amendments to the MOU are contained in a package of three legal documents. This topic was discussed at the Bellevue City Council's April 6 meeting: