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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

The King County Council is currently considering the Executive’s recommendation for changes. The Mobility & Environment Committee of the King County Council will hear about the recommendation on Tuesday, July 2 at 1:30 PM in the King County Council Chambers at the King County Courthouse – 10th floor (516 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104). If approved, the changes will take effect during the March, 2020 service change.

Members of the public who wish to comment on this topic may make remarks of up to two minutes during the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting. Additional details and links to relevant documents can be found on the Mobility & Environment Committee's website.

Affected bus routes:
234, 235, 236, 238, 243, 244, 248, 255, 277, 930, ST 540, ST 541, ST 545

Existing service
  • New routes: N/A
  • Unchanged routes: B Line, 221, 226, 237, 252, 257, 271, 311, 312, 342, 372, 931, ST 522, ST 532, ST 535, ST 540, ST 541, ST 542, ST 545, 234, 234, 236, 238, 243, 244, 255, 277
  • Route revisions: N/A
  • Routes replaced by others: N/A
  • Other mobility services: Community Connections

March 2019 adopted

June 2019 adopted
  • New routes: N/A
  • Unchanged routes: N/A
  • Route revisions: 252, 255, 257, 268, 311, ST 545 & 555
  • Routes replaced by others: ST 542 will offer expanded hours of service to the University District, including weekends. Riders can transfer to this bus at Evergreen Point freeway station.
  • Other mobility services: N/A

March 2020 proposal
  • 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

What won't change

Under the recommendations, some existing mobility services would remain unchanged in the north Eastside:

North Eastside Mobility Board

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.

Timeline

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If the recommendation is adopted, any changes to scheduled bus service take effect with Metro's March service change.

Community involvement

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.

Contact us

Shelby Cramer
Community Relations Planner
Send Shelby an email
or call 206-263-1109

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