North Eastside Mobility Project
The north Eastside is growing and changing. We have an opportunity to improve transit service there and adapt it to new conditions so it stays convenient and reliable.
Goals: Expand transit service and improve mobility in the north Eastside, and strengthen connections to important destinations
Areas: Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville
Affected routes: 234, 235, 236, 238, 243, 244, 248, 255, 277, 930, ST 540, ST 541, ST 545
Metro will make several changes to streamline transit service and increase transit reliability in the north Eastside. We will also integrate alternative, flexible transit options into areas of the transit network that don’t support traditional bus service through Metro’s Community Connections program.
- Replace routes that are not serving the community well (234, 235, 236, 238, 243, 244, 248, 277) with new ones that are more efficient. Remove seldom-used bus stops. Invest resources saved by these actions to improve other parts of the north Eastside transit network.
- Expand service on Route 930 to run all-day and later in the evening.
- Change Route 255 to serve the UW Link station instead of downtown Seattle. Riders could transfer to Link to reach Capitol Hill, downtown Seattle, and Sea-Tac Airport, or transfer to other bus routes. Riders would also regain direct access to Montlake and the University District.
- If Route 255 is changed to serve the University of Washington Link station instead of downtown Seattle, Sound Transit will consider reallocating resources from ST Express routes 540 and 541 to deliver new direct connections to South Lake Union via new ST Express Route 544. This route would run during peak periods between the Overlake Park-and-Ride and South Lake Union via the South Kirkland Park-and-Ride. For more details about ST Express changes related to this project, visit the Sound Transit website.
- Redesign bus stops at the Montlake Triangle to make transfers easier and improve rider safety. See the plan developed by Metro, Sound Transit, the University of Washington, and the Seattle Department of Transportation.
- Continue providing one-seat rides to downtown Seattle with peak routes 252, 257, and 311.
These changes will also add new, flexible Community Connections transit services to existing ones in the north Eastside. (Learn more about Community Connections)
- Community Ride is a reservation-based transportation service, driven by paid drivers, that travels within a service area instead of along a route. Riders request trips over the phone or online for rides during established hours of service. Riders pay a standard Metro fare.
- Community Van provides prearranged, recurring, or one-time group trips. Volunteer drivers pick up riders at prearranged stops. Trips are arranged by a Community Transportation Coordinator. Riders pay a standard Metro fare.
Affected bus routes:
234, 235, 236, 238, 243, 244, 248, 255, 277, 930, ST 540, ST 541, ST 545
March 2020 service changes
- New routes: 225, 230, 231, 239, 250, ST 544, Kirkland-Kenmore Community Ride, Bothell-Woodinville Community Ride, Additional Community Van in South Kirkland
- Unchanged routes: B Line, 221, 226, 237, 252, 257, 271, 311, 312, 342 372, 931, ST 522, ST 532, ST 535, ST 542
- Revised routes: 255, ST 545, 930 DART
- Replaced routes: 234, 235, 236, 238, 243, 244, 248, 277, ST 540, ST 541
- Other mobility services: New Community Connections services added to existing options
Under the adopted plan, some existing mobility services would remain unchanged in the north Eastside:
- Access Transportation service for qualified riders with disabilities
- Rideshare services
- Existing Community Connections services (See map of existing and proposed services in the north Eastside)
- Many major bus routes (see the planned restructure network map to learn more about routes that are and are not proposed for change)
We recruited community members who live, work, and travel within north Eastside communities to advise Metro about service change concepts and proposals as well as our community outreach process.
Board members attended regular meetings and participated in public meetings and outreach events to hear from the local community. Meetings were open to the public where comment forms were made available.
They helped Metro identify and prioritize transit service needs, examine inefficiencies in current service, evaluated tradeoffs given existing resources, and developed recommendations for the final proposal for the North Eastside Mobility Project. Read their recommendation.
Public outreach on routes that cross Lake Washington on SR 520
Metro reaches out to riders, the public, and stakeholders in north Eastside communities to gather input about service that crosses Lake Washington.
Public outreach on local needs and priorities
Metro reaches out to riders, the public, and stakeholders in north Eastside communities to gather input about current transit service.
Metro develops draft mobility concepts based on public input received during our public outreach.
Metro discusses community priorities and future transit network options with stakeholders, businesses, service organizations, and neighborhood groups in north Eastside communities.
Public outreach (options analysis)
Metro shares new mobility proposals with stakeholders, businesses, service organizations, and neighborhood groups in north Eastside communities and gathers feedback.
Metro finalizes a recommendation based on public input.
King County Council reviews and votes on Metro’s recommendation.
Adopted changes to scheduled bus service take effect with Metro's March service change.
Metro engaged the public as we developed a proposed North Eastside Mobility Project Plan. Read the full report summarizing what we heard. We submitted a final recommendation for change to the King County Executive who has transmitted it to the King County Council for consideration. If the council adopts the recommendation, any changes to regular bus service will take effect with Metro's March 2020 service change. The recommendation includes some flexible mobility services that will be implemented at the same time.