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March 16, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Eastside has range of transportation options

Don’t eliminate link between north and south ends of Kirkland

Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett at the abandoned Eastside rail corridor. Triplett repeated Kirkland's commitment to a future dual use — rail and trail — on the section owned by the city. (GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett at the abandoned Eastside rail corridor. Triplett repeated Kirkland’s commitment to a future dual use — rail and trail — on the section owned by the city. (GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

I would like to add my voice to those who do not want to see the important rail link between the north and south end of Kirkland removed at this time [“Putting the pedal to the metal,” Opinion, March 15].

I support a multimodal corridor on the Eastside, which should include commuter rail. The Kirkland rail section is vital for future commuter-rail connectivity along the Eastside and in the region.

Rails and trails have been shown to coexist in other places and Kirkland residents will use the rail for commuting and the trail for bicycling and walking. A good example of this shared use is the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART Transit) now being built in San Francisco’s North Bay.

Now is the time to preserve the tracks and add a trail for future commuter use. The growth of Google in Kirkland will encourage more growth in traffic. These traffic impacts can be mitigated by use of rail and trail with a station planned at the Google campus, since the rail corridor currently passes through it. Commuter rail and trail can provide seamless connections with existing bus transit.

–Stephanie Weber, Kirkland

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