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Metro has an opportunity to significantly improve the current transit network in north King County with the opening of three new Link light rail stations in north Seattle.

Project goals:

  • Improve mobility for historically un(der)served populations.
  • Equitably inform and engage with current and potential customers traveling in the project area.
  • Deliver integrated service that responds to Link expansion and meets customer needs.

Areas: North Seattle, U-District, Shoreline, Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, and Woodinville

Potentially affected routes: 26, 31, 32, 41, 45, 62, 63, 64, 65, 67, 71, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 301, 303, 304, 308, 309, 312, 316, 330, 345, 346, 347, 348, 355, 372, 373

About the project

Sound Transit will open three new Link light rail stations in north Seattle in 2021, extending from the University of Washington – Husky Stadium to Northgate Transit Center. Metro is planning for a March 2021 opening.

Metro will be making changes to bus routes and introducing new mobility options in north Seattle and north King County in order to connect people to light rail, respond to changing transportation needs, and improve mobility and access for historically underserved populations. The project will be done in coordination with Sound Transit, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the University of Washington, Community Transit, and many other partners.

An updated network of mobility options will be implemented at Metro’s service change in either March or September 2021, whichever most closely follows the opening of the Link light rail extension.

Upcoming milestones

  • Metro identifies key stakeholders and community-based organizations that provide services to historically un(der)served groups and recruits a Mobility Board.
  • Metro has conversations with riders, the public, and community-based organizations about community needs and priorities related to transit. Metro works with the Mobility Board to prioritize needs and envision the right network of options to meet those needs.
  • The Mobility Board helps Metro draft changes to service and new options, and Metro shares this concept network with the public, stakeholders, and local jurisdictions to gather feedback.
  • The Mobility Board helps Metro refine the network concept into a final proposal for changes to service and new options. Metro shares this final proposal with the community to resolve remaining tradeoffs (e.g. community prefers Route XX to come every 10 minutes rather than operate past 10 p.m.) in order to finalize a recommendation to the King County Executive.
  • Metro finalizes the recommendation and drafts service change legislation for King County Executive and King County Council consideration and adoption.

What’s happening now

Metro is currently having conversations with jurisdictional partners, agency partners, and community based organizations about the project, its goals, and special considerations. We are also speaking with community members and recruiting members to serve on the Mobility Board.

Where is Metro in the community now?

Please check this calendar regularly for event updates. Is there an upcoming public event or community gathering in north King County that you think Metro should attend in relation to this project? Would you like Metro to provide a briefing to your organization? Please email your event recommendation or request for a briefing to Shelby Cramer or call 206-263-1109.

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Contact us

Shelby Cramer
Community Relations Planner
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or call 206-263-1109


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