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Sound Transit East Link - 077-036-017 - Connections survey

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North subarea: Bothell, Duvall, Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville


Routes: 224, 225, 232, 237, 250, 251, 252, 256, 257, 311, 930, 931

Mobility Board-identified needs, prioritized by importance:

  1. Improve and add local connections.
  2. More service on nights and weekends.
  3. Ensure transfers are easy and seamless.
  4. Preserve easy access to downtown Seattle.
1. Which route proposals would you like to learn about and share feedback on? (Select all that apply.)

Route 224 – Revised

Route 224 would change to connect to the Downtown Redmond Station and to increase service from every 90 minutes to hourly service all-day. The route moves from Redmond Way to NE 76th St.

1. Do you support this change?
1. If you supported yes or no, select why? Select all that apply.

Route 225 – No change proposed

No changes are proposed for Route 225

1. Do you support this change?
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Route 232 – Replaced

Route 232, a peak-only route, would go away as the current pathway duplicates the East Link light rail pathway.

  • Riders traveling to Bellevue would be able to trasfer to frequent Link service at Downtown Redmond Station.
  • Increased service on all-day Route 224 would replace service from Duvall to Redmond.
  • New all-day Route 222 would replace service from Cottage Lake to Redmond.
1. Do you support this change?
1. If you supported yes or no, select why? Select all that apply.

Route 237 – Replaced

Delete Route 237, a peak-only route, as the current pathway duplicates the future I-405 BRT service.

  • Riders traveling from Woodinville to Bellevue could take new all-day Route 251 between Woodinville to Redmond, transferring to frequent Link service at Downtown Redmond Station.
1. Do you support this change?
1. If you supported yes or no, select why? Select all that apply.

Route 250 – Revised

Route 250 would change in order to connect to Downtown Redmond Station, including extending all trips to start and end at Avondale Road and 116th St, and for all trips to serve the Bear Creek Park and Ride.

  • The routing will modify slightly in downtown Redmond to connect to the Downtown Redmond Station.
  • These changes will increase service on Avondale Road, make the service easier to understand and create a direct connection to Link at Downtown Redmond Station.
1. Do you support this change?
1. If you supported yes or no, select why? Select all that apply.

Route 251 – New

Route 251 would create a new all-day, all-week connection between Woodinville and Redmond via Woodinville-Redmond Road with service every 30-60 minutes.  

  • This route will connect to Link at Downtown Redmond Station and SE Redmond Station.
1. Do you support this change?
1. If you supported yes or no, select why? Select all that apply.

New Route 256 replaces Routes 252, 257 and 311

Proposing Routes 252, 257 and 311 for consolidation into Route 256, a single new, peak-only route (5-9 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.). This will connect the Woodinville Park and Ride, Brickyard Park and Ride, and Kingsgate Park (via the I-405 HOV ramps) to downtown Seattle via South Lake Union, using the new transit-only exit to Mercer Street, and for completion as part of the SR520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program.

  • This change would make peak-only service easier to understand.
  • Provide a new direct connection to South Lake Union while maintaining one-seat ride to downtown Seattle.
1. Do you support this change?
1. If you supported yes or no, select why? Select all that apply.

Route 930 – Revised

Route 930 would receive additional service weekday evenings and adds service on the weekends to increase transit access in Totem Lake and the Willows Road corridor.

1. Do you support this change?
1. If you supported yes or no, select why? Select all that apply.

Route 931 – Revised

Route 931, a peak-only route, the pathway would change to provide a new connection between Duvall and Bothell, including new connections in Duvall and better East-West service.

  • New connection from downtown Duvall to Cottage Lake via NE Woodinville Duvall Rd.
  • New Route 222, with all-day service with Connections from Cottage Lake to Education Hill and downtown Redmond, would replace the portion of Route 931 on Avondale Rd NE from NE Woodinville Duvall Rd to NE 128th Way.
  • New Route 251, with all-day service from Woodinville to Redmond, replaces the portion of Route 931 on 156th Ave NE from NE 124th Way to downtown Redmond.
1. Do you support this change?
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Central subarea: Bellevue, Issaquah, Redmond, Medina, Clyde Hill


Routes: B Line, 202, 203, 221, 222, 223, 226, 241, 245, 246, 249, 268, 270, 271, 541, 542, 544, 545, 550, 554, 555/556

Mobility Board-identified needs, prioritized by importance:

  1. Routes that make transfers easier by being frequent and accessible to all travelers, with early and late trips that can serve transfers to or from East Link.
  2. Routes that offer more transfer opportunities so that riders can travel to many different local and regional destinations.
  3. Routes that offer speed and reliability, with more direct paths on faster routes where possible.
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B Line – Revised

Rapid Ride B Line would change to travel a more direct path between downtown Redmond and Crossroads, staying on 156th Ave NE rather than traveling on 152nd Ave NE at Overlake Village.

  • New Routes 245, 222 and 223 would serve 152nd Ave NE.
  • In addition, B Line would change to extend from Redmond Technology Station to the new Downtown Redmond Link Station.
  • This extension is made possible by time savings resulting from the B Line staying on 156th Ave NE.
1. Do you support this change?
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Route 226 – Revised

Route 226 would change to travel in a more direct path through Crossroads and Lake Hills to provide better speed and reliability.

  • Metro would also extend the route Eastgate to South Bellevue Station to provide a connection to Link light rail.
  • New Route 223 would serve trip segments in East Bellevue that Route 226 no longer serves.
1. Do you support this change?
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Route 241 – Revised

Route 241 would change on the southernmost part of the route to serve 156th Ave SE and Somerset Blvd instead of traveling on 146th Ave SE and SE Allen Rd.

  • This change allows Route 241 to cover the Somerset neighborhood that Route 246 serves today.
  • Service to the new area will run more often and later than the 246 does today.
  • The rest of the route remains the same, and will connect to Link light rail at South Bellevue Station and Bellevue Downtown Station.
1. Do you support this change?
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Route 245 – Revised

Route 245 pathway would change north of Overlake to directly serve Overlake Village Link light rail station by traveling on 148th Ave NE and NE 36th St, instead of traveling on 156th Ave NE.

  • Rapid Ride B Line also serves 156th Ave NE.
  • Route 245 will now end on the south portion of the route in Eastgate.
  • This removes a low ridership, one-way loop between Eastgate and Factoria, providing better reliability for the rest of the route.
  • New all-day Routes 240 and 241 would provide service between Eastgate and Factoria.
1. Do you support this change?
1. If you answered yes or no, why? Select all that apply.

Route 246: To be replaced by Routes 202, 241, 249, and 270

Route 246, a local route connecting Somerset, Factoria, Eastgate, Woodridge, downtown Bellevue, and Clyde Hill, is replaced by Routes 202, 241, 249, and 270.

  • Service in Somerset is replaced by revised Route 241 which runs more frequently and later than Route 246.
  • Service in Woodridge is replaced by Route 202 which runs more frequently and later than the 246.
  • Service in north Clyde Hill is replaced by Route 249, which runs more frequently and later than Route 246.
  • Service in North Bellevue is removed from 100th Ave NE and replaced by revised Route 270 running on Bellevue Way NE which run more frequently and later than Route 246.
1. Do you support this change?
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Route 249 – Revised

Route 249 pathway would change, north of Bellevue Transit Center, moving off Bellevue Way NE to travel 92nd Ave NE. Then between the South Kirkland Park and Ride and Overlake, Route 249 would no longer travel on NE 20th St, but instead serve the new Spring District and Bel-Red light rail stations and 148th Ave NE (with destinations such as Overlake Plaza & Fred Meyer).

  • Between Bellevue Transit Center and South Kirkland Park and Ride, Route 249 would travel on NE 8th St and 92nd Ave NE, to replace service in Clyde Hill and Medina currently provided by Routes 271 and 246.
  • A stop at Yarrow Point will allow for transfers to Routes 255, 256, 270, 542 and 544.
  • At Overlake, the route would change to end at Redmond Technology Station, rather than the current circle route through Idylwood via NE 24th St, West Lake Sammamish Parkway, and NE 40th back to Redmond Technology Station.
  • These changes will provide a faster travel time between Redmond Technology Station and South Kirkland Park and Ride.
  • Route 249 will run more frequently and later than Route 246.
  • The new frequent all-day Route 270 will provide the service formerly provided by Route 249.
  • New Route 222 will replace existing Route 249 service on the Lake Sammamish loop,
1. Do you support this change?
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Route 268: To be replaced by Link 2 light rail

Route 268 is a peak-only route connecting Bear Creek Park and Ride to downtown Seattle. The proposal is to delete Route 268 as it duplicates frequent all-day service to downtown Seattle on Link light rail.

  • From Bear Creek Park and Ride, riders can use frequent all-day Routes 250 or 542 to connect to Link in downtown Redmond.  Alternatively, parking for Link is also available at the nearby new Southeast Redmond Station.
1. Do you support this change?
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Route 221: To be replaced by Routes 222 and 223

Route 221 currently connects Education Hill, Downtown Redmond, Overlake, Crossroads and Eastgate. The proposal is to replace Route 221 by two new routes: Route 222 replacing the northern section and Route 223 replacing the southern section.

Route 222 is a new, all-day route replacing the northern section of current Route 221.

  • Route connects riders from Cottage Lake, Avondale, North Redmond and Education Hill to downtown Redmond and the new Link light rail station.
  • Through Education Hill, the route travels in a more simplified, direct, two-way path compared to the one-way loop it travels today.
  • South of downtown Redmond, Route 222 continues to Overlake Village and Redmond Technology Link stations, via West Lake Sammamish Parkway, serving Marymoor Park and the Idylwood neighborhood of Redmond.
  • This section replaces the portion of Route 249 that serves this area today with a new service that goes to both downtown Redmond and Overlake.
  • It replaces the Cottage Lake to Redmond section of Route 232, and the Idylwood loop of Route 249.
  • For travel south of Overlake to Crossroads, Bellevue College and Eastgate, riders would transfer to new all-day Route 223 or Route 245.
1. Do you support this change?
1. If you answered yes or no, why? Select all that apply.

Route 223 is a new all-day route replacing the southern section of current Route 221.

  • This route connects Overlake, Crossroads, Bellevue College and Eastgate on pathways currently served by Routes 221 or 226.
  • The new Route 226 would serve pathways in East Bellevue that Route 221 serves today, creating a short pathway for new Route 223.
  • By offering a short route between these popular destinations, Route 223 will offer more reliability than today.
  • This route will be oriented to serve Overlake Village and Redmond Technology Link light rail stations, offering a connection to Link light rail for riders in East Bellevue.
1. Do you support this change?
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Route 271: To be replaced by Routes 202, 203, 270 and ST 554

Route 271 currently connects Issaquah, Eastgate, downtown Bellevue and the University District in Seattle. Between Eastgate, downtown Bellevue and University District, this is a frequent, all-day route; however, between Issaquah and Eastgate, this is a less frequent route.

The proposal is to replace Route 271 with new Routes 202, 203, 270 and revised Routes 240 and ST 554. For riders who use stops between Eastgate and Factoria, the revised all-day Route 240 would shift to the pathway currently used by Route 271.

Route 270 - New

Frequent all-day route connecting downtown Bellevue and the University District. Like today's Route 271, this route would travel to the University District via SR 520. However, the routing between downtown Bellevue and SR 520 would shift from Medina to travel on Bellevue Way, to match higher rider demand on that corridor.

Riders in the Medina area would instead use the new Route 249. Additionally, this pathway enables the new Route 270 to use the Yarrow Point and Evergreen Point freeway stations, providing new transfer opportunities for riders. Finally, this shorter, more frequent route would make use of buses with more capacity on all trips, reducing crowding on the busiest part of today's Route 271.

1. Do you support this change?
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Revised Route 554: Replaces Routes 554 and 555/556

Reoriented to serve South Bellevue Link Station and continue to downtown Bellevue. This provides a frequent, all-day connection between Issaquah and Link light rail to other regional destinations. This also adds a new faster express option for travel between Issaquah, Eastgate and downtown Bellevue, replacing the slower connection Route 271 provides today.

Resources from routes 555 and 556 will be reinvested in Route 554, providing frequent connection from Issaquah to downtown Bellevue via Bellevue Way SE.

1. Do you support this change?
1. If you answered yes or no, why? Select all that apply.
1. Would you prefer the revised Route 554 to make local stops in Issaquah between Issaquah Highlands and Issaquah Transit Center?

Route 550: To be replaced by the Link 2 Line

Route 550 currently connects Bellevue to Seattle via I-90. This is a frequent, all-day route. Once the 2 Line opens in 2023, Route 550 will be replaced by the 2 Line, which will be fast, frequent, and traffic free. Route 554 will serve riders who use stops along 108th Ave. SE.

Route 202 - New

This new all-day weekday local route connects Issaquah Highlands, Issaquah Transit Center (via Sunset Way & Newport), NW Sammamish Road, Eastgate, Woodridge and downtown Bellevue.

The new Route 202 works together with new Route 203 to provide an improved local network in Issaquah. Additionally, Route 202 adds service to areas north of I-90 in Issaquah and Bellevue that are without service today. The route also provides a higher level of service in Woodridge than Route 246 does today.

Route 202, along with Route 203, would replace Routes 271 and 200 for local service in Issaquah. Route 202 also provides a local replacement for the Issaquah-Eastgate-Downtown Bellevue Connection, while Route 554 offers an express version of that connection.

1. Do you support this change?
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Route 203 - New

New all-day local route connecting Issaquah Highlands, Issaquah Transit Center (via Front Street and NW Gilman Blvd), Newport Way, Factoria and South Bellevue Station.New Route 203 works with Route 202 to provide an improved local network in Issaquah. Additionally, Route 203 adds service to areas south of I-90 on Newport Way that do not have service today. This also provides a new, direct connection between Issaquah and Factoria. The route, along with Route 202, would replace Routes 271 and 200 for local service in Issaquah.

1. Do you support this change?
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Revised Route 542: Replaces Routes 541 and 545

Route 542, which serves Redmond, Clyde Hill, Medina and the University District in Seattle, would change to have the end of the line extend to Bear Creek Park and Ride.

  • Frequencies on the route will increase from 20 minutes to 10 minutes during peak and from 30 minutes to 15 minutes during midday.
  • This will be replacement service once the Link light rail 2 Line opens and Routes 541 and 545 discontinue.
1. Do you support this change?
1. If you answered yes or no, why? Select all that apply.
1. With the proposed change to Route 542, would you prefer the changes to happen all at once or in phases (frequency changes in 2023, routing change in 2024)?

Route 544 – New service

Restore Route 544 – a bus route that came out of the North Eastside Mobility Plan. This route will connect Overlake, South Kirkland, and South Lake Union Restoration will be timed with the opening of the Downtown Redmond Link Ext. In 2024. This will be a bi-directional service that will operate every 10 minutes during peak periods.

South subarea: Renton, Renton Highlands, Newcastle, Factoria, Bellevue


Routes: 111, 114, 167, 240, 342

Mobility Board-identified needs, prioritized by importance:

  1. More service outside of peak periods.
  2. Improve first/last-mile connections to transit hubs.
  3. Leverage connections to frequent, high-capacity transit (i.e. Link, rapid bus).
  4. Improve connections between Renton Highlands, Bellevue and Issaquah.
  5. Ensure connections to hospitals and other community assets.
1. Which route proposals would you like to learn about and share feedback on? (Select all that apply.)

Route 111 – Revised and replaces Route 114

Route 111 would change to combine Routes 111 and 114 into one route that connects Renton Highlands to South Bellevue Station. By combining and shortening the routes, Metro is able to increase service to all-day, all-week on Route 111.

1. Do you support this change?
1. If you answered yes or no, why? Select all that apply.

Route 240 – Revised

Route 240 would have a pathway change that adds service to SE 36th St, Bellevue College and 145th Pl SE. This change provides access to more destinations in Factoria and Bellevue (such as Bellevue College, health services and other community destinations).

1. Do you support this change?
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Route 342 – Revised and replaces Route 167

Route 342 would change to combine Route 167 and 342 into one route, which would then extend south to the South Renton Park and Ride. Route 342 would operate two-way service during peak periods between the South Renton Park and Ride and Shoreline.

  • Riders connecting to the University District can transfer to New Route 270, which provides frequent service between Bellevue Transit Center and the University District.
1. Do you support this change?
1. If you answered yes or no, why? Select all that apply.

East Subarea: Mercer Island, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, North Bend I-90 Corridor


Routes: 200, 204, 208, 212, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 269, 630

Mobility Board-identified needs, prioritized by importance: 

  1. More service outside of peak periods.
  2. More service on weekends.
  3. Maintain frequent service in peak periods.
  4. Real time information technology.
1. Which route proposals would you like to learn about and share feedback on? (Select all that apply.)

Route 200 - Route 217: To be replaced by Routes 202, 203 and revised Route 269

Route 200 provides local service in Issaquah connecting Swedish Issaquah, Issaquah Highlands Transit Center, Issaquah Transit Center, NW Gilman Blvd and Old Town Issaquah. The route runs Monday through Friday only from 9:00am to 3:30 pm, running every 40 minutes. The route is replaced by new Routes 202 and 203, and revised Route 269 which combined provide more frequent local service in Issaquah that runs earlier and later than Route 200.

1. Do you support this change?
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Route 204 – Revised

The change to this alignment would be the addition of daytime service on Sundays. The route and weekday frequency would remain unchanged.

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Route 208: To be replaced by Route 215

Route 215 is a proposed new route that would operate every day, all day, and in both directions.

  • The route would run from North Bend to Mercer Island via Snoqualmie and Issaquah Highlands Transit Center.
  • The section of the route between North Bend and Issaquah would replace Route 208 with more frequent, everyday service.
  • This will provide all day access to and from Link light rail at Mercer Island for the North Bend, Snoqualmie and Issaquah Highlands communities.
1. Do you support this change?
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Route 212: To be replaced by Routes 215, 218, 226, 269, ST 554 and Link light rail

1. Do you support this change?
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Route 214: To be replaced by ST Route 554 and Link light rail

1. Do you support this change?
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Route 216: To be replaced by Routes 215, 218, 269, ST 554

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Route 217: To be replaced by Route 269 and Link light rail

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Route 218 – Revised

Route 218 would end at the Mercer Island Station rather than traveling into downtown Seattle, offering a transfer to frequent Link light rail.

  • Service would remain weekday, peak period and peak-direction only.
  • Combined with new Route 215, this would provide a frequent connection between Issaquah Highlands and Mercer Island Station.
1. Do you support this change?
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Route 219: To be replaced by Routes 215, 218, 269, ST 554 and Link light rail

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Route 269 - Revised

Route 269 pathway would be changed with the northern terminal from the Overlake Park and Ride to the future Southeast Redmond Station would extend the southern terminal from Issaquah to the Mercer Island Link Station.

  • Weekday peak service would improve.
  • There would be additional service on Sunday.
  • This would provide direct connections to Link light rail for Issaquah and Sammamish.
1. Do you support this change?
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Route 630 - Revised

Route 630 pathway would change to more directly serve Seattle neighborhoods outside of downtown via Rainier Ave S, E Yesler Way, 9th Ave, Boren Ave, and E Jefferson St. The route would no longer travel through downtown Seattle.

  • The route on Seattle's First Hill would better serve the hospitals in the area.
  • Frequency would remain unchanged.
1. Do you support this change?
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Seattle: Judkins Park


Routes: 8

Mobility Board-identified needs, prioritized by importance: 

  1. More service outside of peak periods.
  2. More service on weekends.
  3. Maintain frequent service in peak periods.
  4. Real time information technology.

Route 8 – Revised

The Route 8 would change to operate along 23rd Ave S, between S Jackson St and Mount Baker Transit Center, instead of MLK Way S. Moving Route 8 service from MLK Way S to 23rd Ave S and Rainier Ave S between S Jackson St and Mount Baker Transit Center would be, approximately four blocks, or a five-minute walk, to the west, to 23rd Ave S.

This proposed change would better connect Route 8 riders to the future Judkins Park Link light rail Station (opening in 2023) at 23rd Ave S and I-90 by changing the route's pathway to 23rd Ave S with stops directly in front of the station entrance.

This proposed change would bring additional frequent, all-day transit to these areas where housing and commercial density continue to grow.

Route 4 would continue to serve bus stops along MLK Way S between S Walker St and S Judkins St – where Route 8 would not.

1. Do you support this change?
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