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North Link Connections Mobility Project 

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Metro has an opportunity to significantly improve the pre-COVID transit network in north King County with the opening of the 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, and Lake Forest Park

Affected Routes: 5X*, 26, 31, 32, 40, 41, 44, 45, 48, 49, 62, 63*, 64, 65, 67, 70, 71*, 73, 74, 75, 76*, 77*, 78*, 301, 303, 304, 308*, 309, 312*, 316*, 330, 331, 345, 346, 347, 348, 355*, 372, 373 and Sound Transit Express 522 (*Identified routes that are not operating as of fall 2020, including routes 5X, 63, 71, 76, 77, 78, 308, 312, and 316, due to the pandemic).

What is happening now

Metro is launching the final phase of community engagement for this project

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us during the last phase. Your feedback helped us better understand the mobility needs and priorities in north King County.

From what we heard, some themes became visible including:

  • Transfers should be between frequent services where possible, especially during midday, night, and weekends.
  • Improve transit connections to/from major community assets and important destinations (Urban Centers, Hospitals, Universities, etc.). 
  • Provide fast and reliable bus connections to Link so travel times are better than or similar to what’s experienced today.
  • Improve east-west and crosstown connections.
  • Provide reliable service all day and especially during the busiest times of day.
  • Provide transit connections that are safe, convenient, and easy to understand for all riders.  

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 September 2021 implementation of the network changes alignment with the station openings.

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), Community Transit, Washington Department of Transportation (WAshDOT) and many other partners.

An updated network of mobility options will be implemented at Metro’s service change in September 2021.