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Bellevue and Redmond connections via Overlake, East Bellevue, and NE 8th Street

Map 1 and Map 2 show two different ways of organizing bus service between Bellevue and Redmond and in the East Bellevue area. Option A (Map 1) shows the transit network organized around increased service on Route 253, which would be revised to serve the Overlake Transit Center. In Option B (Map 2), Route 253's lost coverage would be replaced by a combination of increased service on revised Route 233 and three routes on NE 8th Street that would provide direct connections between East Bellevue and downtown Bellevue.

Specific connections under each option are discussed below.

Option A:

Bellevue-Overlake-Redmond service: Routes 233 (revised), and 253 (revised)

Rationale

  • Combine routes connecting Bellevue and Redmond via Crossroads and Overlake to provide more frequency.
  • Make service more direct between downtown Bellevue and Redmond.
  • Improve connections between 148th Avenue NE and other destinations by serving the Overlake Transit Center.
  • Make service more direct between Bel-Red Road and Overlake Transit Center.

Map 1 - Option A

Potential changes

  • Revise Route 253 to serve the Overlake Transit Center at NE 40th Street, traveling 156th Avenue NE between NE 24th Street and the Overlake Transit Center; Route 253 would no longer serve the Overlake Park-and-Ride and 148th Avenue NE between NE 24th and 40th streets.
  • Route 253 would start and end at the Redmond Park-and-Ride. (For replacement service between Redmond Park-and-Ride and Bear Creek Park-and-Ride, see revised Route 254.)
  • Revise Route 233 to serve 148th Avenue NE south of NE 40th Street; and start and end all trips at Overlake Transit Center; for service along Avondale Road NE, see revised Route 232 and new Route 248.
  • New Route 224 would serve Overlake Park-and-Ride and the Microsoft campus streets.

Frequency and hours of service

  • Revised Route 253: Every 15 minutes weekdays and Saturdays until about 7 p.m., and every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays.
  • Revised Route 233: Every 30 minutes weekdays until 7 p.m., and every 60 minutes evenings and weekends.

Advantages

  • Maintains the high-ridership Route 253 connection between downtown Bellevue and downtown Redmond via NE 8th Street, Crossroads, and Overlake.
  • Provides more direct service between Redmond and Bellevue.
  • Connects Route 253 with ST Express routes and Microsoft shuttle services at Overlake Transit Center.
  • Operates Route 253 more frequently at all times.
  • Route 248 would provide longer span of service to Avondale Road NE than current Route 233.

Disadvantages

  • Transfers may be required for some existing Route 253 riders traveling to and from 148th Avenue NE between NE 24th and NE 40th streets, and along NE 24th Street.
  • Trips between downtown Redmond east of the Redmond Park-and-Ride and Route 253 would require transfers at the park-and-ride.
  • Trips between Avondale Road NE and Overlake, Bel-Red Road, and downtown Bellevue would require a transfer at the Redmond Park-and-Ride.

NE 8th Street and east Bellevue service: Routes 227 (new), 235 (new), and 253 (revised)

Rationale

  • Provide more frequent service along NE 8th Street west of 156th Avenue NE.
  • Provide full-time service to east Bellevue. (Currently, Route 249 does not run on Sundays and holidays, Route 926 does not run on weekends, and neither runs in the evenings.)
  • Provide connections to Crossroads and service hubs at Eastgate and Overlake Transit Center.

Potential changes

  • Route 253 would continue to operate on NE 8th Street between downtown Bellevue and 156th Avenue NE, but would operate more frequently (for other changes to Route 253 under Option A, see previous section).
  • Replace existing Route 926 DART and a portion of existing Route 249 with new Route 227 between Eastgate and Overlake Transit Center via the 164th Avenue corridor and Crossroads, NE 24th Street, West Lake Sammamish, and NE 40th Street; for service west of 152nd Avenue NE along NE 20th Street, NE 24th Street, and Northup Way, see new Route 224.
  • Replace the eastern portion of existing Route 230 with new Route 235, which would operate between Overlake Transit Center and Eastgate Park-and-Ride via 140th Avenue NE south of NE 8th Street.

Frequency and hours of service

  • New Route 227: Every 30 minutes Monday through Saturday daytimes, and every 60 minutes evenings, Sundays, and holidays.
  • New Route 235: Every 30 minutes on weekdays, Saturdays, and early evening hours, and every 60 minutes on Sundays until 11 p.m.
  • Revised Route 253: Every 15 minutes weekdays and Saturdays until about 7 p.m., and every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays.

Advantages

  • Route 227 would provide a more complete span of service and connect neighborhoods to Crossroads and transfer points at the Overlake Transit Center and Eastgate Park-and-Ride.
  • New Route 235 would serve Overlake Transit Center, provide all-day service to Sammamish High School and Interlake High School, and would provide new service to 140th/145th avenues SE south of NE 8th Street, connecting this area to Crossroads.
  • Service on NE 8th Street west of 156th Avenue NE would be consolidated into a single, more frequent service on Route 253.

Disadvantages

  • More riders traveling between East Bellevue and downtown Bellevue would have to transfer.
  • SE 22nd Street between 148th and 156th avenues would no longer have bus service.
  • Riders who use existing DART service on Route 926 may have to walk farther to access service on new Route 227.

Option B:

Bellevue-Overlake-Redmond service: Route 233 (revised)

Rationale

  • Combine routes connecting Bellevue and Redmond via Overlake to provide more frequency.
  • Make service more direct between downtown Bellevue and Redmond.
  • Improve connections from 148th Avenue NE to other destinations by serving the Overlake Transit Center.

Map 2 - Option B

Potential changes

  • Revise Route 233 to travel between Bellevue Transit Center and Redmond via Bel-Red Road, 148th Avenue NE, NE 40th Street; 156th Avenue NE, Overlake Transit Center, NE 51st Street; 148th Avenue NE, NE 90th Street, and downtown Redmond.
  • Route 253 would be discontinued; for replacement service, see the following revised and new routes:
  • Revised Route 233 along 148th Avenue NE and NE 90th Street;
  • Revised Route 245 along 156th Avenue NE;
  • Revised Route 249 and new routes 227 and 235 along NE 8th Street and 156th Avenue NE; and
  • Revised Route 254 for service between Bear Creek and downtown Redmond.

Frequency and hours of service

  • Revised Route 233: Every 15 minutes on weekdays until 7 p.m., and every 30 minutes in the evening and on weekends.

Advantages

  • The connection between downtown Bellevue and downtown Redmond would be more direct and faster, and the connection for most riders along 148th Avenue NE to downtown Bellevue would be faster.
  • Revised Route 233 would provide a more direct trip between Bellevue Transit Center and Overlake Transit Center.
  • Revised Route 233 would connect 148th Avenue NE with the Overlake Transit Center and numerous bus routes.
  • Bel-Red Road would have more frequent service.

Disadvantages

  • Transfers would be required for travel between areas north of NE 40th Street and Crossroads and NE 8th Street.
  • Off-peak trips between Avondale Road NE and Overlake, Bel-Red Road, and downtown Bellevue would require a transfer at the Redmond Park-and-Ride. Peak-period trips could be made on revised Route 232.

NE 8th Street and east Bellevue service: Routes 227 (new), 235 (new), 249 (revised)

Rationale

  • Combine routes connecting Bellevue and Crossroads via NE 8th Street.
  • Provide better service and improved connections between downtown Bellevue and east Bellevue.
  • Provide more frequent service along NE 8th Street.
  • Improve connections to Crossroads and transfers at Overlake Transit Center to routes 268, 545, 564, and 565 at Overlake Transit Center.
  • Improve north-south service in East Bellevue on 164th Avenue.

Potential changes

  • Provide three routes (Route 249 and new routes 227 and 235) along NE 8th Street between 156th Avenue NE and downtown Bellevue. Combined, they would provide a trip every ten minutes on weekdays during the day.
  • New Route 235 would connect the Bellevue and Overlake transit centers.
  • New Route 227 would replace most of DART Route 926 service, connecting NE 8th Street to Eastgate Park-and-Ride via 164th, 166th, and 161st avenues and SE Eastgate Way.
  • Route 249 would operate via 156th Avenue NE and NE 8th Street.

Frequency and hours of service

  • Along their common NE 8th Street segment, routes 227, 235, and 249 would combine to run every ten minutes during weekday daytime hours.
  • New routes 227 and 235 and revised Route 249 would run every 30 minutes during the day on weekdays and Saturdays, and every 60 minutes at other times.

Advantages

  • Routes 227, 235, and 249 would provide a direct connection between neighborhoods east of 156th Avenue NE, Crossroads, and downtown Bellevue.
  • Routes 227, 235, and 249 would provide frequent east-west service along NE 8th Street between Bellevue Transit Center and Crossroads.
  • Route 227 would provide more regular service than does the current DART Route for the Phantom Lake neighborhood and riders along 164th Avenue NE.
  • Service would be available in east Bellevue later in the evening and on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.
  • Route 249 would provide a new connection to and from routes 268, 545, 564, and 565 at the Overlake Transit Center.

Disadvantages

  • Route 230 riders would have to transfer to revised routes 221, 233, or 245 in order to reach Overlake destinations north of the Overlake Transit Center and downtown Redmond.
  • No door-to-door service for current Route 926 riders.
  • SE 22nd Street between 148th and 156th avenues NE would no longer have service.
  • Route 249 riders east of 156th Avenue NE would have to transfer to reach NE 20th Street and Northup Way.
Apr. 6, 2006