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SR 520 Bridge Program: Transit on the new SR 520

Regional bus stops on the new, expanded Montlake lid

How will the new SR 520 improve transit operations?

How will transit operate on the new SR 520 corridor? 

How will the new Montlake lid change transit operations?

How does the new SR 520 plan
integrate with the Montlake Triangle?

How will transit service change on the Eastside?
The Washington State Department of Transportation has been hard at work designing a new SR 520 corridor that is not only safer, but more reliable for all users, including drivers, transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians.

We are building infrastructure that will support regional transit plans developed by King County Metro and Sound Transit. Our current highway design will help connect transit riders to destinations throughout the region, including downtown Seattle, the University of Washington, Capitol Hill and communities on the Eastside.

How will the new SR 520 improve transit operations?

  • More reliable trips for buses with inside transit/HOV lanes from I-5 in Seattle to SR 202 in Redmond and direct-access ramps on and off the highway.
  • Safer, easier connections for pedestrians and bicyclists on paths connecting buses and light rail, wider and better-signalized crosswalks, and local service bus stops near regional bus stops. 
  • Better operations in Montlake with transit/HOV lanes on
    Montlake Boulevard, local and regional bus stops on a new Montlake lid, and opportunities for transit signal priority.
  • Better operations on the Eastside with median transit stops at Evergreen Point Road and 92nd Avenue NE.


How will transit operate on the new SR 520 corridor?

Legend of transit operations on the new SR 520


How will the new Montlake lid change transit operations?

Through discussions with local communities, we minimized the size of the new SR 520 highway by relocating the Montlake Freeway Transit Station to the top of the new Montlake lid. This will change future transit operations.

Downtown Seattle to Eastside: During peak hours, buses will not stop at the Montlake lid,
providing more direct service. During off-peak hours, transit agencies could operate buses on top of the Montlake lid, providing service similar to today.

Capitol Hill to the Eastside
: Riders will have a short walk from a new local bus stop to regional bus stops on the Montlake lid at all hours.

Capitol Hill to downtown Seattle
: Riders can ride Link light rail or local buses.


How will the Montlake Multimodal Center operate in the future?

The Montlake Multimodal Center is a key regional transit destination with connections to the University of Washington, UW Medical Center, local and regional buses, regional bicycle and pedestrian trails and the University Link light rail station that will connect to Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle.

We’ve worked closely with King County Metro, Sound Transit, the University of Washington and the Seattle Department of Transportation to prioritize safe, efficient connections for pedestrians and bicyclists to reach their destinations.

Together, these agencies have designed a grade-separated overcrossing that will allow pedestrians and bicyclists to travel through the Montlake Multimodal Center without having to cross busy streets or wait at a crosswalk.


How will transit operations change on the Eastside?

In 2014, transit riders will see improvements in the way their buses move on the Eastside. We are building several transit infrastructure improvements:
  • One continuous transit/HOV lane on SR 520 in each direction from Medina to Redmond, with transit/HOV lanes moved to the inside.
  • Lids with median transit stops at Evergreen Point Road and 92nd Avenue Northeast that will be ADA accessible and provide a more pleasant rider experience than current roadside stops.

Together, these transit and HOV improvements will decrease future travel times, prioritize bus trips, minimize unsafe merges, and provide a reliable trip for transit riders on the Eastside.