Exciting changes ahead for transit in the region

New options for riding light rail, buses and ferries

Over the next five years, big transit projects are coming online that will offer game-changing travel choices for people in the region.

The region’s transit agencies are working with each other and with local jurisdictions and other stakeholders to ensure the region makes the most of these investments – and that the expanding regional transit system is fast and easy to use for riders.

Coordination efforts are described in the 2019 Transit Integration Report. The report is produced annually and submitted to the transportation committees of the state Legislature to document transit coordination efforts in central Puget Sound.

Ferry and light rail expansions

2020 -  Kitsap Transit will begin its Southworth to downtown Seattle passenger-only ferry service.

2021 - Three new light rail stations will open at Northgate, Roosevelt, and the University District.

2022: Tacoma Link will more than double in length, adding six new stations.

2023: The East Link Extension will open, adding 14 miles and 10 stations connecting Seattle and Overlake in Redmond via the I-90 floating bridge, Mercer Island, and Bellevue.

2024: Nine new light rail stations will open: two each in Federal Way, Shoreline and Redmond, and one each in Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, and Kent/Des Moines.

More bus rapid transit

The region will also see significant expansion of bus rapid transit, with nine new routes expected to open by the end of 2024.

Sound Transit's new Stride bus rapid transit will begin along I-405 and SR 518 between Burien and Lynnwood and along SR 522/523 between Shoreline and Bothell.

Pierce Transit will launch its first bus rapid transit line, providing faster and more reliable service along Pacific Avenue and SR 7 from downtown Tacoma to Spanaway.

King County Metro will add five new RapidRide corridors to its six existing RapidRide lines.

Community Transit will add the Orange Line linking Edmonds Community College to Mill Creek and connecting to light rail at the Lynnwood Transit Center.  The agency is also planning an extension of the Blue Line to join light rail at the Shoreline North/185th station.

 

Map of Regional transit system, now and in 2024

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This transit expansion is expected to provide faster and more reliable trips for new and existing riders and encourage transit-oriented development near new and expanded transit hubs.

The Transit Integration Report also describes how transit agencies are expanding the use of the regional ORCA card program to youth and people with low incomes, improving wayfinding so people are more likely to use transit, and coordinating on permit-based parking management at the region's park and rides.

You can view a presentation to see highlights from the report or watch the discussion at the Transportation Policy Board meeting.

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