Join us Fri, Jan 8 as we pull up some spikes on the Eastside Rail Corridor

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ERC rail removal

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Rail Removal Commemoration

In 2016, King County will begin the process of removing the old rails from the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) to make way for future trail and transit uses. Join leaders from King County, Bellevue, Kirkland, the business community, The Trust for Public Land, and Cascade Bicycle Club on Friday, Jan. 8 as we get an early start and pull up a few railroad spikes ourselves.

Help us take out our first railroad spike!

When: Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
What: Program begins at 12:30 p.m. and is expected to run until approximately 2 p.m.
Where: Intersection of the ERC/Cross Kirkland Corridor at 108th Avenue NE near the South Kirkland Park and Ride (map)

We've got a lot to commemorate; getting started on the rails is just one of a few key next steps for 2016. Others include:

  • Releasing the County's Draft Trail Master Plan in early 2016 for the long-term paved trail throughout our area of the ERC.
  • Initiating work on an interim gravel trail that will connect the Cross Kirkland Corridor to the SR 520 Trail and to bike and pedestrian paths near the Spring District and downtown Bellevue.

Immediately following the ERC commemoration, Cascade Bicycle Club and the City of Kirkland are hosting a guided bicycle ride along the Cross Kirkland Corridor, ending with a networking happy hour at Chainline Brewery, 503 Sixth St S in Kirkland.

These happenings also help kick off the ERC Summit on Saturday, January 9 at Meydenbauer Center.

Getting there

On-site parking is limited. Consider carpooling, taking transit, riding your bike, or walking.

By bus
The South Kirkland Park & Ride is served by routes 255, 234, 235, and 540.

By car
Parking available in the Google parking garage at 451 Seventh Ave S in Kirkland; King County will provide a shuttle leaving at noon to the event location and returning to the garage immediately following the event. There may also be parking spaces available in the adjacent South Kirkland Park and Ride, 10610 NE 38th Place, Bellevue.