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Regional Transit News

New service for the Eastside and Snohomish County

New regional express bus service begins in September 1999

The first phase of new regional express bus service begins this fall. Sound Transit is implementing bus routes to serve Eastside and Snohomish County residents and commuters. ST Express routes begin the weekend of Sept. 18-19, 1999.

Sound Transit, Community Transit, King County Metro Transit, Pierce Transit and Everett Transit are working together as partners to create coordinated routes and schedules, a new regional transit pass called PugetPass, and an integrated system that includes new ST Express bus service, commuter trains and light rail. They worked with residents, bus riders, local community organizations and the Eastside Sounding Board to develop the new ST Express bus service.

The ST Express routes that begin serving the Eastside and Snohomish County this year are as follows:

  • Everett/Lynnwood - Downtown Seattle: routes 510, 511, 512 and 513
  • Everett Mall/Lynnwood - Bellevue: routes 530, 531, 532 and 535
  • Bellevue - Downtown Seattle: Route 550
  • Federal Way - Bellevue: Route 565.

New service incorporates public feedback

The routing and bus-stop patterns of Sound Transit's new routes are based on results of a questionnaire issued last spring. The questionnaire was included in the February edition of the Regional Transit News, a public-outreach publication prepared by five transit agencies: Sound Transit, Community Transit, King County Metro Transit, Pierce Transit and Everett Transit.

Sound Transit developed routes 513 and 532, described in this publication, in response to feedback from the public about proposed routes serving Everett. In addition, Sound Transit incorporated comments into the ST Express 1999 Service Implementation Plan, approved July 8, 1999, by the Sound Transit Board of Directors.

Other changes coming

Besides the new routes described in this publication, Sound Transit is implementing several routes serving south King County and Pierce County beginning the weekend of Sept. 18-19.

In 2000, Sound Transit will be implementing three new ST Express routes serving the Eastside: Redmond-downtown Seattle, Redmond-University District and Issaquah-Northgate.

Rider information available

In King County, look for the orange Metro Transit Special Rider Alert brochure and blue ST Express timetables at work sites, libraries and transit information racks after Sept. 9. In Snohomish County, look for the blue ST Express timetables at work sites, libraries and transit information racks after Sept. 13. Also, watch for Rider Alert signs at your bus stop.

For specific trip-planning help, see Help is available.

New ST Express Service in 1999

All routes provide limited-stop express service.

Sound Transit fares will be in effect for all routes except Route 550 (Bellevue - Seattle).

Sound Transit is receiving 95 new buses this year for ST Express service. The new 40-foot buses have bike racks, high-back seats, overhead parcel racks, air conditioning, reading lamps and adjustable air vents. The new 60-foot articulated buses are low-floor, which means customers do not have to climb steps to get on the bus. Both types of buses can kneel close to the ground, making it easier for people with special needs to get on and off the bus.

When the entire network is completely implemented, ST Express will operate more than 190 buses on 18 routes in the central Puget Sound region.

Everett/Lynnwood - Downtown Seattle

ST Express Route 510

  • Make stops at downtown Everett, Eastmont park-and-ride and downtown Seattle; operated by Community Transit.
  • Provide two-way rush-hour service.
  • Make additional stops at Interstate 5/Northeast 45th Street and Interstate 5/Northeast 145th Street freeway stations on reverse-commute trips only (northbound morning trips and southbound afternoon trips).

ST Express Route 511

  • Make stops at Ash Way park-and-ride, Alderwood Mall, Lynnwood park-and-ride and downtown Seattle; operated by Community Transit.
  • Operate two-way rush-hour service.
  • Make additional stops at Interstate 5/Northeast 45th Street and Interstate 5/Northeast 145th Street freeway stations on reverse-commute trips only (northbound morning trips and southbound afternoon trips).

ST Express Route 512

  • Make stops at downtown Everett, Eastmont park-and-ride, Ash Way park-and-ride, Alderwood Mall, Lynnwood park-and-ride, Interstate 5/Northeast 45th Street freeway station, Interstate 5/Northeast 145th Street freeway station and downtown Seattle; operated by Community Transit.
  • Operate two-way service: midday and evenings on weekdays and all day on Saturday.

ST Express Route 513

  • Make stops at downtown Everett, Evergreen Way, Eastmont park-and-ride, and downtown Seattle; operated by Community Transit.
  • Operate two-way rush-hour service.
  • Will replace Community Transit Route 420.

Everett Mall/Lynnwood - Bellevue

ST Express Route 530

  • Make stops at Everett Mall, Ash Way park-and-ride, Canyon Park park-and-ride, Bothell park-and-ride, Brickyard freeway station, Kingsgate freeway station, Houghton freeway station and the Bellevue Transit Center; operated by Community Transit.
  • Provide weekday service: two-way during midday and reverse-commute direction during rush hours (northbound in the mornings and southbound in the afternoons).

ST Express Route 531

  • Make stops at Everett Mall, Ash Way park-and-ride, Lynnwood park-and-ride, Alderwood Mall, Canyon Park park-and-ride, Bothell park-and-ride, Brickyard freeway station, Kingsgate freeway station, Houghton freeway station and the Bellevue Transit Center; operated by Community Transit.
  • Provide two-way service: evenings after 7 p.m. on weekdays and all-day on weekends.

ST Express Route 532

  • Make stops at Everett Mall, Ash Way park-and-ride, Canyon Park park-and-ride, Kingsgate freeway station and the Bellevue Transit Center; operated by Community Transit.
  • Provide rush-hour service in peak direction (southbound in the mornings and northbound in the afternoons).
  • Will replace Community Transit Route 407.

ST Express Route 535

  • Make stops at Lynnwood park-and-ride, Alderwood Mall, Canyon Park park-and-ride, Bothell park-and-ride, Brickyard freeway station, Kingsgate freeway station, Houghton freeway station and the Bellevue Transit; operated by Community Transit.
  • Provide two-way weekday service until 7 p.m.
  • Bellevue - Downtown Seattle

ST Express Route 550

  • Connect Bellevue and downtown Seattle by way of south Bellevue park-and-ride and Mercer Island park-and-ride; operated by King County Metro.
  • Will replace King County Metro Route 226 (fares will stay at Route 226 levels).
  • Use the same schedule, stops and routing as Route 226, except make limited stops along Bellevue Way Southeast.
  • Operate in the downtown Seattle transit tunnel.
  • Continue to serve the Bellevue Regional Library and Bellevue Square.

Federal Way - Bellevue

ST Express Route 565

  • Make stops at Federal Way, Auburn Transit Center, Auburn park-and-ride, Kent park-and-ride, South Renton park-and-ride, Renton Transit Center, Renton Boeing (four stops along Park Avenue North and North Park Drive) and downtown Bellevue; operated by King County Metro (Sound Transit fares will be in effect for this route).
  • Provide two-way weekday service.

Help is available

You can get specific trip-planning help from King County Metro or ST Express.

King County Metro

  • 24-hour Rider Information 206-553-3000
  • Toll-free 800-542-7876
  • TTY users 206-684-1739

ST Express

  • Rider Information 888-889-6368 (toll-free)
  • TTY users 888-713-6030 (toll-free)

Rider information on the Web

The Regional Transit News was produced jointly by Sound Transit, Community Transit, King County Metro Transit, Pierce Transit and Everett Transit.

Updated: Aug. 1999