Eastlake Layover Facility
Helping our buses stay on time
After finishing a trip, Metro buses often wait for a few minutes before starting their next trip. These planned layovers are important. They help late buses start their next trips on time. Layovers also allow bus operators to take necessary breaks, helping them stay alert behind the wheel.
- Help keep buses on time
- Free street space for other uses
- Move “out of service” buses into off-street sites instead of scattering them on city streets
- Provide safe and reliable restrooms and break areas for bus operators
The Eastlake Layover Facility will be on the east side of Eastlake Avenue East on state-owned land next to Interstate 5, between Roy and Republican streets. The site is ideal for a new facility because of its central location and its proximity to high-demand bus routes.
When built, the facility will accommodate 11 new bus layover spaces (six off-street and five on-street), as well as a comfort station that will provide bus operators with secure restrooms, break space, and operations space.
The surface-level facility will not be open to the public or transit riders, but some of its design elements were informed by community input during our initial public outreach. Members of the public recommended installing a metal and wood panel exterior, colorful accents and native plants evoking the landscape of the Pacific Northwest.
There will be several roadway changes for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists once the project is complete:
- Protected bike lanes on Eastlake Avenue. Metro is working in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation to construct protected bike lanes between Roy and Stewart streets. The next phase of the Eastlake Avenue Protected Bike Lanes Project, between Fairview Avenue North and Roy Street, is still in the early design phase. Please contact Ching Chan with the Seattle Department of Transportation for more information.
- Impacts to some on-street parking stalls on the west side of the roadway. Parking will be:
- removed between Roy and Mercer streets
- reduced to six stalls between Mercer and Republican streets
- removed between Harrison and Thomas streets
- restricted to weekend-only between Thomas and John streets
- Permanent lane reductions – from four to two lanes – between Roy and Stewart streets.
- A shared-use path on the east side of Eastlake Avenue East between Roy and Mercer streets.
- Replacement of the northbound right-turn slip lane to Lakeview Boulevard East with a right-turn-only lane at Roy Street.
- New or improved pedestrian crossings.
- New traffic signal installation at the Eastlake Avenue East and Republican Street intersection.
- Removal of the existing bus stop at Mercer Street and Eastlake Avenue East (which serves routes 355 and 304). An alternative stop will be Route 70 at Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue. Please refer to Metro’s North Link Connections Mobility Project for more information.
Other roadway change include:
We completed final design of the Eastlake Layover Facility in summer 2020. Construction is expected to begin as soon as fall 2020 and last through late 2021 or early 2022.