Our vision is a corridor that includes a completed active transportation trail and linear park to connect communities to each other, and to other regional travel options, and that is actively used and enjoyed by a diverse range of people.
We are working to ensure that the Eastside Rail Corridor is transformed into the following:
A connected and protected active transportation and recreation trail that everyone can use and enjoy, including people who walk and bike.
A completed and uninterrupted trail between Totem Lake in Kirkland and Gene Coulon Park in Renton, by 2020.
An enhanced urban trail with safe crossings, paved sections through high use areas, and enhanced access for neighborhoods by 2025.
A Direct connection between the Cross Kirkland Corridor (“main line”) and the Redmond Central Connector (“spur line”), by 2020.
Direct connections from the ERC to other regional trails and public infrastructure including parks, transit stops and schools.
A cohesive and integrated user experience across ownerships and municipalities.
A multi-use corridor where trail and transit coexist safely and intuitively in areas of the corridor where transit is planned.
How We’ll Get There
We are advocating for and dedicating direct resources towards the following:
Engaging and Exciting the Community about the Corridor
Expanding community awareness of existence, benefits, and future multi-use vision of the ERC.
Recruiting a broad-base of supporters of the ERC, including public, private and nonprofit sectors.
Promoting active use of the ERC by people walking, cycling, running, skating, and other other non-motorized activities.
Finding Funding to Build the Trail
Advancing opportunities that will provide funds to construct the trail.
Advocating for a full plan and funding strategy to construct the ERC trail.
Collaborating With the Public Agencies Who are Building the Corridor
Endorsing the multi-use corridor vision of the public agency ERC owners.
Supporting adoption of a consistent brand, signage, and trail design elements by owners of the ERC, to create a cohesive, inviting user experience.
Partnering with public owners to advance corridor development, including participating on inter-agency working groups for the corridor.
Advocating for a Connected Trail That People Can Use and Enjoy
Advocating for projects that connect the ERC to other regional trails, transit options and communities.
Advocating that the ERC be equitably accessible for communities of all income levels and cultural backgrounds, and people of every level of ability.
Advocating that active transportation and transit elements of the corridor co-exist harmoniously on segments of the corridor where buses, light- or heavy-rail are planned or operated.