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As Link light rail extends to Lynnwood, the Lynnwood Link Connections mobility project will address changing transit needs and improve mobility options for communities in northwest King County and southwest Snohomish County. Metro is collaborating with Sound Transit and Community Transit, among other partners, to coordinate bus routes based on feedback from communities.

Project Overview

In 2024 and 2025 Sound Transit will expand the Link light rail to include five new stations in Seattle, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, and Lynnwood. In addition to the new light rail stations, Sound Transit may change the ST 522 Express route to match the planned Bus Rapid Transit service between Bothell and Shoreline as early as 2024 or 2025.

To prepare for the extension of Link light rail service to Lynnwood Transit Center and potential change to ST 522 Express service, to respond to changing mobility needs, and improve mobility access for historically underserved populations, Metro is initiating a mobility project in northwest King County, generally serving communities within North Seattle, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell, and Mountlake Terrace. This project will deliver an updated mobility network that connects with Sound Transit Link light rail and integrates with Sound Transit and Community Transit* services. The project will be done in coordination with Sound Transit, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), City of Shoreline, Community Transit, and other partners.

(Note: Community Transit is conducting a separate 2024 network redesign process. Please visit https://www.communitytransit.org/transitchanges to learn more.)

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Project Goals

Through the Lynnwood Link Connections project, Metro aims to:

  1. Improve mobility for priority populations (as defined by the Mobility Framework), who are an important part of our current and potential customer base.
  2. Equitably inform, engage, and empower current and potential customers traveling in the project area.
  3. Deliver integrated service that responds to Link expansion, changes in the transit network and community needs
  4. Improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and environmental sustainability of the transit system.

Equity Impact Review

The Lynnwood Link Connections project will include an Equity Impact Review (EIR) study to ensure that proposed route changes will improve mobility and access to transportation for priority populations in King County. At each phase of the planning process, Metro will review technical data and results from engagement with priority populations to understand the anticipated impact to underserved communities and inform planning decisions. Public engagement and EIR summaries will be shared at the end of each phase of engagement under the Process and Timeline section below.

Route Information

The following routes will be explored for potential changes as part of the Lynnwood Link Connections Project.

Metro routes: 5, 16X, 20, 28, 64, 65, 67, 73, 75, 301, 302, 303, 304, 320, 322, 330, 331, 345, 346, 347, 348, 372

Sound Transit Express route: 522

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Route Proposals

Metro is exploring new bus routes for northwest King County and a portion of south Snohomish County, and we want your feedback.

Lynnwood Link Connections Phrase 2 Concept Network Area Map

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In Phase 1, we received direct feedback from surveys, conversations with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), and input from our Partner Review and Mobility Boards. We looked through feedback, found common themes and summarized the following 10 priorities used to create the potential new bus routes.

Create new and improved east-west transit connections.

Provide transit to/from important, community-identified destinations where priority populations live, and locations with dense housing development plans by 2026.

Improve nighttime transit service serving major and important destinations.

Maintain and improve frequencies on routes that connect to/from major destinations and/or frequent high-capacity transit (RapidRide, Link, Stride BRT, etc.).

Provide transit to/from major and important community-identified destinations, where priority populations live, and locations with dense housing development plans by 2026.

Improve weekend transit service serving major and important destinations.

Ensure that transit transfers are convenient, accessible, reliable and as seamless as possible for all riders, especially priority populations.

Additional needs that we have heard and will continue to address within Metro and our partners include:

  • Ensuring convenient access getting to/from transit stops
  • Improving safety and comfort at transit stops and while riding the bus or train
  • Improving transit travel time to/from major destinations

Based on these needs, Metro has developed these proposed bus route changes. Proposed route maps and details are included in each sheet below:

If you ride this route: Proposed change: Review these routes (PDFs):
5 5
16 16
20 61
28 16 28
64 65
65 65 72 336
67 67
73 72 65 348
75 75
301 333 334 336 348
302 333 334 336 348
303 333 334 336 348
304 46 333
320 61 322
322 322
330 72 333 336
331 333 334
345 46 65 333
346 46 65 333 334 336
347 334 336 348
348 348
372 72 324
ST 522 522
Link Link light rail

Process and Timeline

  • Pre-engagement Planning
  • Phase 1 - Need Assessment
    Mobility Board prioritizes needs
  • Phase 2 - Service Concepts
    Mobility Board reviews recommendations
  • Phase 3 - Service Proposal
    Mobility Board reviews final proposal
  • King County Council

During this first phase of engagement, Metro will inform the general public—including riders in impacted communities—about the project scope and vision, and gather information about service needs from the public, riders and key stakeholders. This information will help the Mobility Board and Metro staff as they co-create the draft service concept for public feedback during Phase 2 engagement.

Phase 1 Engagement Summary (PDF)

During this second phase of engagement, Metro will inform the general public—including riders in impacted communities—about the project scope and vision and share the proposed bus routes developed with information gathered during Phase 1. We will collect feedback on the proposed route changes to learn more about community priorities and how they should inform the final proposal of bus routes.

Activities used to inform communities about engagement opportunities may include:

  • Working with Community–Based Organizations (CBOs)
  • Hosting multilingual open houses
  • Press release and multilingual blog post
  • Transit Alerts, Rider Alerts, and coach posters
  • Distributing digital and/or printed multilingual materials
  • Multilingual information available on the Metro website
  • In person outreach at bus stops, transit centers, and community events

Attend one of our upcoming open houses to learn more and speak with project staff from Metro and Sound Transit.

We will use your feedback to create a bus service proposal for final review in 2023.

In the final phase of engagement, Metro will present a bus service proposal to the public, explaining how community input from Phase 2 influenced these updates. We will seek feedback on ways to further improve the service proposal prior to finalizing it. Finally, we will summarize the previous phases of engagement and project development, review how community input, priorities and equity analysis influenced concept development and the final service proposal and explain any other relevant next steps.

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How You Can Participate

Community Engagement

Through a three-phase community engagement process, Metro will focus on listening to mobility needs, learning about barriers that riders face and opportunities to improve transit in northwest King County. We will stay informed by local communities about changing conditions that pose mobility challenges and explore benefits and tradeoffs of future mobility options with community members and stakeholders. .

Mobility Board

Metro has brought together a 15 member Lynnwood Link Connections Mobility Board that equitably represents groups of people historically left out of decision-making conversations related to transit, and who are disproportionately affected by these decisions. The Mobility Board’s primary role is to collaborate with Metro staff to develop and refine a coordinated regional transit network in northwest King County.

Partner Review Board

In addition to Metro’s individual engagement with project partners and stakeholders, Metro has also brought together a team of external stakeholders to serve as a concept review board, known as the Partner Review Board. The Board includes representatives from jurisdictions and major institutions in the project area, leaders of community-based organizations and representatives from partner transit agencies. The Partner Review Board’s primary role is to inform, review and provide comment on service concepts developed by the Mobility Board. Learn more about the Partner Review Board.

Contact us

By email (in your preferred language) at: haveasay@kingcounty.gov

General Comments

If you have general comments or feedback on Metro services, call (206) 553-3000. Interpretation services are available!

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