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Metro’s long-range plan, Metro Connects, details our vision for an enhanced set of mobility solutions throughout King County by 2040.

This project aims to develop an expanded service network in the north Eastside that moves us closer to that vision.

Our first step will be to work with communities in cities such as Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Redmond, and Woodinville to better understand their mobility needs.

This is part of Metro’s broader focus as a mobility agency on providing new travel options that complement fixed-route bus service.

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Plan details

There are several major public transit investments planned for the north Eastside area between now and 2024.

  • Link light rail service to Bellevue, Overlake, and downtown Redmond (2023-2024)
  • Sound Transit’s Bus Rapid Transit along I-405 from Lynnwood to Burien (2024)
  • Metro’s RapidRide service between Totem Lake and Eastgate via downtown Kirkland and downtown Bellevue (2023)
  • Bus Rapid Transit and RapidRide service in the SR-522 corridor connecting Woodinville, Bothell, and Kenmore with Link Light Rail in Shoreline and the Seattle Univeristy District (2024)

The Metro Connects plan lists these major investments along with an example of a complementary local service network designed to provide connections within north Eastside communities.

Metro will complete a comprehensive review of the local transit network that currently includes routes 234, 235, 236, 238, 243, 244, 245, 248, 249, 255, 277, and 930. We’ll gather public input current service and unmet needs, and propose a suite of mobility options designed to better meet community needs.

Buses will stop using the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel in 2019 to accommodate the growing Link light rail network. To coincide with this change, we will ask the public to consider an option to connect Route 255 with light rail at the University of Washington Link station and add more frequent trips. It would connect riders to fast, frequent, and reliable trips to and from the University District, downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill, and Sea-Tac Airport.

Metro, Sound Transit, the University of Washington, and the Seattle Department of Transportation have developed a plan for improvements at the Montlake Triangle that will give riders a safer and more convenient transfer experience at the University of Washington Link station.

Another option would be to continue to operate Route 255 to downtown Seattle using surface streets when the tunnel closes. Riders may experience slower trips due to the increasingly congested traffic to and through downtown Seattle.

Metro will explore alternative mobility solutions for the north Eastside through our Community Connections program. Community Connections works with local governments and community partners to develop innovative and cost-efficient transportation solutions in areas of King County that don’t have the infrastructure, density, or land use to support regular, fixed-route bus service. The program aims to develop, test, and evaluate new transportation services that take advantage of innovative ideas, unique partnerships, or emerging technology. The program is currently engaged in projects with the City of Woodinville, the City of Bothell, the City of Kenmore, the City of Kirkland, UW Bothell, and Lake Washington Technical College. This collaboration will allow Metro to offer the public a broader range of mobility choices to serve the diverse needs of this growing area.

Come to a public meeting

To request an interpreter at a meeting, please call 206-477-3842.

Tuesday, June, 12
University of Washington Bothell Campus
18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011
Conference Room HH-1160
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, June 13
Kirkland Library
308 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, June 20
Kingsgate Library
12315 NE 143rd St, Kirkland, WA 98034
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Find us in the community

Wednesday, June 6
Kirkland Transit Center
7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Wednesday, June 6
Kirkland Farmer’s Market
25 Lakeshore Plaza, Kirkland, WA 98033
2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Friday, June 15
Bothell Farmer’s Market
23718 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell, WA 98021
12:00 NOON – 6:00 PM

Saturday, June 16
Woodinville Farmer’s Market
17110 140th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tuesday, June 19
Kenmore Community Market
18737 68th Ave NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

North Eastside Mobility Board

Metro has 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 attend regular meetings and participate in public meetings and outreach events to hear from the local community.

They will help us identify and prioritize transit service needs, examine inefficiencies in current service, evaluate tradeoffs given existing resources, and develop recommendations for the final proposal for the North Eastside Mobility Project.

Meetings are open to the public. There is no public comment period, but comment forms will be available at meetings.

Next board meeting

Thursday, June 14
Kirkland City Hall
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Community involvement

This year, Metro will engage the public as we develop and finalize a proposed North Eastside Mobility Project Plan. We'll submit a final proposal that plan to the King County Council in early 2019. If the council adopts the proposal plan, any changes to regular bus service will take effect with Metro's September 2019 service change. If the final proposal plan includes other types of mobility solutions, it's possible that they could take effect either before or after the service change.

Contact us

Tristan Cook
Community Relations Planner
Send Tristan an email
or call 206-477-3842

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  • Public outreach - phase 1
    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 phase 1 of our public outreach.
  • Public outreach - phase 2
    Metro shares the draft mobility concepts with riders, the public, and stakeholders in north Eastside communities for feedback.
  • Metro finalizes a mobility proposal based on feedback from phase 2 of our public outreach.
  • The King County Council reviews and votes on the proposal.
  • If the proposal is adopted, any changes to scheduled bus service take effect with Metro’s September service change.

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