Metro and Sound Transit have developed two alternative concepts for how bus service could be integrated with light rail. These concepts include new and improved connections and changes to make bus service more efficient, reliable, and easy to use and will affect many Eastside commuter routes.
Summary of Changes for 255 Riders
- Alternative 1 - Revise to serve the University District and Children’s Hospital to reduce duplication and provide new connections across Lake Washington. Delete service north of Totem Lake Transit Center. New Route 256 will provide two-way service between downtown Seattle, the South Kirkland Park-and-Ride, and downtown Kirkland. North of Totem Lake, riders use routes 235 or 236. To downtown Seattle, use Route 256 during peak periods or transfer to Link light rail at University of Washington Station. Create new Route 256 to provide two-way service between downtown Seattle, South Kirkland Park-and-Ride, and downtown Kirkland during peak periods.
- Alternative 2 - No change
For more information check out Link connections webpage.
Changes to route 255 can be found here.
The proposed 256 route details can be found here.
Overall changes can be explored easily on an interactive map found here.
And finally, Metro would love to hear from you by attending a meeting or taking their survey found here.
One more link to the Seattle Transit Blog article discussing the proposed changes to the Eastside commuter routes.