Routes 541, 542, 544

Overlake/Redmond - Seattle via SR 520 (Operated by King County Metro)

Alternative service map for the continued suspension of Route 541.
Alternative service map for the continued suspension of Route 541.

Current and Proposed Service

  • September 2020: Service suspended.
  • March 2021 Proposal: Service remains suspended.
  • September 2021 Proposal: Service remains suspended.

Current 542 route map

2021 SIP 542 current service map.

Proposed (September 2021) 542 route map

Proposed ST Route 542 map. Anticipated implementation – September 2021.

Current and Proposed Service

  • September 2020: Daily weekday trips reduced from 90 to 81.
  • March 2021 Proposal: Maintain September 2020 service levels.
  • September 2021 Proposal: Maintain September 2020 service levels; end at U District Link Station.
  Time of day March 2020 September 2020 2021 Proposal
How often do buses run on weekdays? Early AM 20 min. 20 min. 20 min.
AM rush 15 min. 20 min. 20 min.
Midday 30 min. 30 min. 30 min.
PM rush 15 min. 20 min. 20 min.
Evening 30 min. 30 min. 30 min.
Alternative service map for the continued suspension of Route 544.
Alternative service map for the continued suspension of Route 544.

Current and Proposed Service

  • September 2020: Service suspended.
  • March 2021 Proposal: Service remains suspended.
  • September 2021 Proposal: Service remains suspended.

Why are we proposing these changes?

  • Routes 541 and 544 primarily serve technology hubs, and ridership on these routes is not expected to rebound in 2021 due to workers continuing to work from home.
  • Service adjustments in September 2020 were necessary to preserve coverage to the 520 corridor and conserve resources as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In March 2021, service levels from September 2020 would be maintained because ridership is not expected to rebound significantly on many routes through 2021.

What does this mean for riders?

Benefits

  • Suspending Routes 544 and 541 allows Sound Transit to focus resources where they’re most needed on the 520 corridor and avoid further service reductions on other routes.  

Tradeoffs

  • Riders on Routes 545 and 542 would experience longer waits.
  • Instead of Route 544, riders traveling from Overlake Park-and-Ride to South Lake Union may connect with Route 545 via KCM Rapid Ride B Line or Route 269 at the SR 520/NE 40th St. flyer stops. This involves a new transfer and longer walk access times.
  • Riders traveling from South Kirkland Park-and-Ride to downtown Seattle may connect with Route 545 via KCM Route 255 at the Evergreen Point or Yarrow Point freeway stations. This involves a new transfer and longer walk access times.
  • Instead of Route 541, riders traveling from Overlake Park-and-Ride to the U District may connect with Route 542 via KCM Rapid Ride B Line or Route 269 at the SR 520/NE 40th St. flyer stops. This involves a new transfer and longer walk access times.

Draft Title VI evaluation

  • Disparate impact: Yes. The proposed change affects an area with a minority population of 45.1%, higher than the Sound Transit District average of 39.7%.
  • Disproportionate burden: No. The proposed change affects an area with a low-income population of 14.8%, lower than the Sound Transit District average of 16.4%.
  • Due to the determination of a disparate impact, results from public input and a review of alternatives will help shape the final proposal.
  • Disparate impact: Yes. The proposed change affects an area with a minority population of 42.4%, higher than the Sound Transit District average of 39.7%.
  • Disproportionate burden: No. The proposed change affects an area with a low-income population of 10.7%, lower than the Sound Transit District average of 16.4%.
  • Due to the determination of a disparate impact, results from public input and a review of alternatives will help shape the final proposal.