The King County Department of Transportation, the City of Redmond, and Sound Transit jointly developed a new Redmond Downtown Transit Center with an adjacent transit-oriented development (TOD). The new transit center is at the site of the existing bus transfer facility, and the TOD was built on Metro’s Redmond Downtown Park-and-Ride. The Transit Center officially opened in February 2008.
The project modified NE 83rd Street between 161st Avenue NE and 164th Avenue NE to increase transit passenger loading capacity, expand the bus loop north of NE 83rd Street to improve transit operations, and add bus layover capacity to the loop. Features include custom architectural transit passenger shelters and a streetscape design that complements the existing City of Redmond Skate Park.
The new transit center improves safety by providing continuous sidewalks on both sides of NE 83rd Street. Other improvements include more visible pedestrian crossings, better site distances for buses using the turnaround, and fewer vehicle/bus/pedestrian conflicts due to removing the middle park-and-ride driveway. The addition of off-street layover space and the transit turnaround significantly improves transit efficiency. These two elements allow King County Metro Transit to invest service hours in carrying passengers instead of “deadheading” empty buses to satellite layover locations.
The transit center supports the development of NE 83rd Street as a pedestrian-friendly local street in downtown Redmond that is integrated into the surrounding neighborhood.
The City of Redmond’s Downtown Transportation Master Plan for public transportation investments is designed to help facilitate full development of the downtown urban center. Key to this concept is a TOD design district that will provide regulatory guidelines and implementation strategies appropriate for land uses that support transit. The community’s vision for downtown embraces a mix of residential, employment, retail, and recreational opportunities. The future of downtown Redmond is envisioned as an urban neighborhood where people can live and work, and where automobile use is an option, not a requirement.
With the city’s input, the King County Department of Transportation planned and developed the transit-oriented development of the 4.8-acre Metro Transit park-and-ride. The new TOD maintained Metro’s existing 386 park-and-ride stalls on the site.