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King Street Center
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Seattle, WA 98104
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Sound Transit service and the Kirkland-Redmond-Duvall Network

Two Sound Transit projects near Totem Lake will allow improved transfers and reliability. In fall 2006, a new overcrossing of I-405 at NE 128th Street, center access ramps, freeway stops, and a covered walkway connecting the Kingsgate Park-and-Ride with the NE 128th Street bus stops will open. In about 2008, the totem Lake Transit Center will open.

See Map 6 and Map 7.

Routes 220 (discontinued), 232 (revised), 238 (revised), 248 (new), 251 (revised), 254 (revised), 265 (revised) 277 (discontinued), 291 (discontinued), and 922 (discontinued)

Rationale

  • Improve service frequency between Kirkland and Redmond.
  • Provide more service to Redmond Town Center.
  • Match service levels to use at Houghton Park-and-Ride.
  • Shift resources to where ridership is growing.
  • Provide frequent all-day express service on Route 545.

Potential changes

  • Replace routes 251, 254, and 540 between Kirkland Transit Center and Redmond Park-and-Ride with new Route 248 via NE 85th Street and Redmond Town Center; Route 248 would also replace Route 233 along Avondale Road NE.
  • Revise Route 238 to serve NE 80th Street, Lake Washington High School, and Houghton Park-and-Ride.
  • Revise routes 251 and 254 to serve Redmond Town Center and downtown Redmond.
  • Revise Route 254 on Education Hill, and extend service to Bear Creek Park-and-Ride.
  • Revise peak Route 232 to operate via Avondale Road to and from Redmond Park-and-Ride, and adjust service levels.
  • Discontinue routes 220, 277, 291, and 922, and use those resources to support other Eastside service changes.
  • Delete Kirkland-Redmond segment of Route 540 and all weekend service due to low ridership, and use those resources to improve weekday service on Route 545.

Frequency and hours of service

  • Route 232: Five morning and five afternoon trips in each direction.
  • Route 248: Every 30 minutes Monday through Saturday until about 7 p.m. and every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays.
  • Route 254: Every 30 minutes on weekdays until 7 p.m., and every 60 minutes evenings and weekends.
  • Route 251: Every 30 minutes during weekday peak hours, and every 60 minutes during midday hours and on weekends until 7 p.m.
  • Route 265: Five morning and five afternoon trips.

Advantages

  • Rose Hill would have more evening and weekend service.
  • Rose Hill riders could connect at Houghton Park-and-Ride to routes 245 and 265 via revised Route 238.
  • Education Hill riders would have more frequent service and a direct connection to both Redmond Town Center and the shopping area near Bear Creek Park-and-Ride on revised Route 254.
  • English Hill riders and others along NE 124th/128th Street would have all-day service to Redmond and Woodinville on revised Route 251.
  • Routes 248, 251, and 254 together would improve service to Redmond Town Center.
  • Simplified routing on Route 232 would serve Avondale Road NE and operate more directly than current routing.

Disadvantages

  • With the Route 251 change, riders between downtown Redmond and NE 70th Street would have to transfer.
  • Revised Route 238 would serve NE 80th Street on Rose Hill; to travel between NE 80th Street and downtown Redmond, riders would have to transfer to or from Route 248.
  • Riders along 140th Avenue NE between NE 70th and NE 24th streets would no longer have transit service.
  • Current users of peak Route 291 DART between 132nd Ave NE in the Kingsgate area and NE 90th Street in the Redmond area (Willows Road) would no longer have bus service.
  • No bus service would be available between Carnation and Redmond-Fall City Road, which peak Route 922 now serves.

Route 248 (new) and routes 540 (revised) and 545 (revised)

Rationale

  • Route 540 between the Kirkland Transit Center and Redmond attracts relatively few riders.

Potential changes

  • If Metro Transit operates new Route 248 along NE 85th Street, Sound Transit Route 540 would operate between the Kirkland Transit Center and the University District only.
  • Sound Transit would add trips to Route 545. Riders traveling between Redmond and the University District would take Route 545 and transfer at either Evergreen Point or Montlake freeway stations.
  • Weekend service on Route 540 would be discontinued. Service would be available on new Metro Route 248, and on Metro Route 255.
  • If Metro decides to operate new Route 248 on a corridor other than NE 85th Street, then Sound Transit would consider leaving Route 540 as is, with no enhancement to Route 545.

Frequency and hours of service

  • Route 540: Weekday-only service, every 15 minutes during peak periods and every 30 minutes at other times.
  • Route 545: Every 7 to 10 minutes during weekday peak hours, every 15 minutes during weekday hours, and every 30-60 minutes during evening hours and on weekends; hours of operation would not change.

Advantages

  • New Metro Route 248 would make additional stops along NE 85th Street, providing more access to bus service for nearby residences and businesses.
  • Improved peak-period and midday service on Route 545 would decrease wait times for all riders, including those traveling to or from the University District.

Disadvantages

  • Trips between NE 85th Street and the University District would require a transfer at the Kirkland Transit Center between Route 540 and local routes 230, 238, and 248.
Apr. 6, 2006