Snohomish County, Wash.’s Community Transit approved a plan to reroute the agency’s University District bus routes (800-series) to Northgate when Sound Transit’s Link light rail opens next fall.
The agency conducted two rounds of public outreach, incorporating feedback and ideas from riders to best provide fast, frequent, and all-day connections between Snohomish County buses and light rail.
Travel time on Link from Northgate to the U District is expected to take six minutes, and 14 minutes for Northgate to downtown Seattle.
The plan adopted by the board will:
- Route all Community Transit 800-series buses to connect to light rail at the Northgate Station.
- Add more than 30 bus trips to ensure frequent connections and quick transfers.
- Consolidate Route 855 into Route 821 with more trips from north county.
- Redirect Route 810 to bypass the Lynnwood Transit Center due to other connections between Lynnwood and Northgate provided by Sound Transit.
- Achieve 15-minute frequency northbound during the peak evening commute hours on all 800-series routes, to ensure a fast light-rail-to-bus connection and increase the overall span of operating hours.
In 2024, Link light rail will reach Lynnwood and Community Transit will no longer run buses into Seattle. The agency is planning major outreach efforts next year to engage riders and the public on how it will further restructure its bus network when light rail gets to Snohomish County.
Sound Transit is also considering changes to its Snohomish County bus service when Northgate Link opens.