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Proposed route revisions for Woodinville - Downtown Seattle

New ST Express Route 522 (Woodinville - Downtown Seattle Express)

In September 2002, this route would begin providing daily, all-day, two-way, limited-stop service between Woodinville and downtown Seattle via Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, southeast Shoreline, and Lake City (see Map 1). Route 522 would operate on State Route 522 (Bothell Way Northeast and Lake City Way Northeast), and the express and mainline lanes of I-5. Service on Route 522 to downtown Seattle would be approximately 15 minutes faster than current Metro Route 307. Route 522 would also serve the University of Washington - Bothell / Cascadia Community College campus in Bothell. Two routing options have been identified for Route 522 between Woodinville and Bothell (see Map 2 and Map 3).

Route 522 would operate on surface streets in downtown Seattle. Beginning in late 2004, however, when King County Metro replaces its current tunnel bus fleet, Sound Transit will consider operating Route 522 in the downtown Seattle transit tunnel.

  • Days of operation: Seven days a week.
  • Hours of operation: Weekdays, 5:00 a.m. - midnight; weekends, 6 a.m. - midnight.
  • Service frequency: Every 30 minutes in both directions until about 9 p.m.; every 60 minutes after 9 p.m.

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ST Express routing options between Woodinville and Bothell

We are considering two routing options for Route 522 between the Woodinville Park-and-Ride and the University of Washington - Bothell / Cascadia Community College campus.

North Creek Option (see map 2)

Under this option, Route 522 would make selected stops in Woodinville and the North Creek area, traveling via Northeast 178th Place, Woodinville-Snohomish Road, the SR-522 / Northeast 195th Street interchange, SR-522, the SR-522 / 131st Avenue Northeast interchange, Northeast 180th Street and 120th Avenue Northeast through the North Creek business park. This option would be about five minutes slower than the other option between Woodinville and Bothell, but would provide direct access to North Creek.

Northeast 195th / SR-522 Freeway Option (see map 3)

This option would bypass the North Creek business park and the congestion on 131st/132nd Avenue Northeast and Northeast 175th Street in downtown Woodinville. North Creek would only be served by revised Route 372, which would not have weekend service. The Northeast 195th / SR-522 option would be about five minutes faster than the North Creek option, but would provide less access to North Creek. Route 522 would operate via Northeast 178th Place, Woodinville-Snohomish Road Northeast, the SR-522 / Northeast 195th Street interchange, and the SR-522 and I-405 freeways.

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ST Express routing in downtown Seattle

Until at least late 2004, Route 522 would operate on surface streets in downtown Seattle (see Map 4). It would use the I-5 reversible lanes between SR-522 and downtown Seattle in the available direction, southbound in the morning and northbound in the afternoon and on weekends. Route 522 would access the reversible lanes at Pike Street. South of Jackson Street, it would serve the stadium area and operate on Fourth Avenue South and the Metro Busway.

Through downtown Seattle, Route 522 would operate on Second and Fourth Avenues. Northound, the last stop in downtown Seattle would be Pike Street at Sixth Avenue. Southbound, the first stop in downtown Seattle would be Union Street at Sixth Avenue.

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Updated: Jan. 2002