Fast Forward Eastside Press
14 November 2011, The Seattle Times. Private study says light-rail work to hurt Bellevue businesses. As the Bellevue City Council prepares to take a key vote Monday night on Sound Transit’s plans for light rail through downtown, a privately funded study paints a grim picture of how business will fare when the construction barricades go up.
14 November 2011, Q13 Fox News. Study: Bellevue could lose $1.4 billion during light rail construction. City council is scheduled to vote on the project Monday.
07 November 2011, Bellevue, WA.Research indicates Bellevue residents may prefer expanded bus service to the construction of Sound Transit East Link, according to Hebert Research. The research found that 50.1% of Bellevue residents responding would prefer an expanded bus system in place of light rail if the bus system could be made available for 50% of the costs of building and operating the East Link light rail route. Click here to read the press release.
31 October 2011, Seattle, WA. Light rail construction in Bellevue to cost businesses 7,239 jobs and $1.4 billion in lost revenue. Michael Ennis, Director, Center for Transportation at the Washington Policy Center blogs about the Economic Impact research done by Hebert Research on behalf of Fast Forward Eastside.
30 October 2011, Seattle, WA. - Jim Hebert of Hebert Research is Robert Mak’s guest on Upfront with Robert Mak on KING TV, Sunday October 30, 2011 and discusses the research conducted on behalf of Fast Forward Eastside on the impact construction of Sound Transit’s East Link Light Rail will have on Bellevue’s economy. Click here to view Robert Mak’s interview with Jim Hebert.
26 October 2011, Bellevue, Wa. – Construction of the East Link will result in an economic impact of more than $1.4 billion over a four-‐year construction period, according to Hebert Research. A recent survey of 606 Bellevue businesses and 611 individuals who work or live in Bellevue indicates consumer behavior will be affected in three major business sectors. Click here to read the press release.