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December 9, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Kirkland might buy old rail line for trail

The Kirkland City Council will decide Monday whether to buy a 5 1/2-mile segment of the Eastside Rail Corridor for a “Cross-Kirkland Trail” and, possibly, future commuter transit.

If approved, the city would pay the Port of Seattle $5 million for the portion of the abandoned rail line within Kirkland.

“It’s very exciting. It’s something that I’ve been involved in and listened to the conversations about for over 20 years,” Mayor Joan McBride said.

The city’s purchase of the corridor would be funded by $1 million from surface water utility funds and a $4 million loan from utility capital reserves. The loan could be repaid from park funds, non-motorized transportation money, real estate excise tax proceeds and other sources. No general-fund dollars would be used, McBride said.

The Port of Seattle bought the 42-mile Renton-to-Snohomish corridor from BNSF Railway for $81 million in 2009. The Kirkland portion connects the South Kirkland Park and Ride with the Totem Lake commercial area.

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