From Staff Reporter Keith Ervin
The Port of Seattle Commission has agreed to sell much of the Eastside Rail Corridor to King County for future use as a trail.
The $15 million deal, approved by the commission Tuesday, still needs ratification by the Metropolitan King County Council.
After the Port bought the 42-mile Renton-to-Snohomish rail line from BNSF Railway in 2009 for $81 million, it sold some segments within King County to Redmond, Kirkland and Sound Transit, which also obtained rights to build a high-capacity passenger-rail line.
King County’s earlier $1.9 million payment for a trail easement will be credited toward the purchase price.