East Link and the Redmond Link Extensions will open in 2023 and in 2024 respectively. Once these projects are completed, passengers will be able to take the 2 Line and ride more than 40 miles to Northgate via downtown Seattle, as well as south to Sea-Tac Airport and Angle Lake. East Link Connections is a process, co-led by Sound Transit and King County Metro, to create a coordinated regional transit system on the Eastside that gets people where they need and want to go as service expands to the Eastside through 2024.
Implementation of the updated bus network will start in 2023 with the opening of light rail service between International District/Chinatown Station and Redmond Technology Station. Additional service updates will occur following the opening of the stations in SE Redmond and downtown Redmond in 2024.
Sound Transit and Metro are committed to implementing a coordinated regional transit system on the Eastside that is responsive to changing mobility needs and improves mobility and access for historically underserved populations. Throughout 2021, there will be many opportunities to get involved with this process and help shape the future bus network on the Eastside.
Areas: Bellevue, Bothell, Clyde Hill, Duvall, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Medina, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Seattle, Woodinville, Yarrow Point.
Potentially Affected Routes and Services: 8, 111, 114, 167, 204, 212, 214, 216, 217, 218, 219, 221, 224, 225, 226, 232, 237, 240, 241, 245, 246, 249, 250, 252, 257, 268, 269, 271, 311, 342, 541, 542, 544, 545, 550, 554, 555, 556, 630, B Line, 930, 931.
Phase 1 – Needs assessment, spring 2021
- Interview community stakeholders on mobility needs and barriers
- Review recent engagement in the project area
- Conduct baseline equity analysis and analysis of existing needs and barriers
- Convene Community Mobility Board and Partner Review Board
Mobility Board prioritizes needs
Phase 2 - Service concepts, summer – fall 2021
- Develop and present service concepts based on prioritized needs
- Solicit public feedback
- Learn more about community priorities
- Review of concepts using:
- Service design best practices
- Public input
- Equity review
Mobility Board reviews recommendations
Phase 3 – Service proposal, winter 2021-2022
- Present proposed changes to public
- Explain how the design matured and what influenced the concepts
- Seek feedback on ways to refine and optimize
- Final equity analysis
Mobility Board reviews final proposal
Final approvals, summer – fall 2022
- King County Executive transmits final service network to King County Council for adoption
- Final service network to Sound Transit Board for adoption
- Plan for implementation and community education
Visit King County Metro's East Link Connections page for detailed project information.
Input from the diverse communities we serve is essential to the development of an equitable bus service plan. In addition to engagement with individuals, community groups, project partners and stakeholders, Metro and Sound Transit will convene a Mobility Board and a Partner Review Board to help us develop and implement the engagement process and service plan.
East Link Mobility Board
The East Link Mobility Board is a group of individuals that provide input to Sound Transit and Metro’s service planning teams throughout the development of the East Link Connections bus service proposals. The Mobility Board will also help us develop and implement an equitable community engagement process.
Partner Review Board
The Partner Review Board is a group of external stakeholders that reviews service concepts and provides feedback. The board will include representatives from jurisdictions and major institutions in the project area, leaders of community-based organizations and representatives from partner transit agencies.