Take Link light rail at Northgate in 2021

Sound Transit and Community Transit are proposing ways for bus riders to connect to Link

The Northgate Link Extension adds three new Link light rail stations at Northgate, Roosevelt and the U District. To connect riders to Link, we are proposing to reroute some Snohomish County buses to Northgate Station in 2021. By taking Link, you’ll be able to enjoy fast, reliable service to downtown Seattle, the University of Washington, Sea-Tac Airport and many more destinations around the region. 

In addition to service changes, Sound Transit is improving elevator and escalator maintenance and operation at light rail stations. Riders will be able to access all future Link stations by stairs, elevators or heavy-duty escalators.

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Why connect buses to Link?

Offering you more transit choices

Our proposal is to reroute some buses from Snohomish County to Northgate Station, where you could:

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Enjoy fast, traffic-free light rail service.

  • Get to the University of Washington in 6 minutes or downtown Seattle in 14 minutes.

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Take advantage of frequent and reliable bus service.

  • 511/513 bus routes will offer service every 6 minutes to and from Northgate during peak hours.
  • 800 series bus routes will offer service every 15 minutes from Northgate in the afternoon and evening.

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Save time overall by transferring from bus to light rail.

  • From bus to light rail, you’d wait between 3 to 7 minutes.
  • From light rail to bus, you’d wait between 3 to 15 minutes.

Sound Transit Route 510 and Community Transit 400 series buses will still go directly to or from downtown Seattle.

Proposed ideas and updates

Our service proposal

We've developed our service proposal to include the following:

  • Increased trip frequency and longer operating hours for select routes, especially in the evening.
  • More choices for riders to transfer to light rail at Northgate or continue to downtown Seattle by bus.
  • Bus arrivals that will be synchronized with light rail departure or arrival times at Northgate.

Community Transit 400 series

  • Community Transit 400 series bus routes will maintain direct service to downtown Seattle.

Sound Transit 510 series

  • Direct bus service to downtown Seattle will be maintained from Everett via ST Express Route 510.
  • Routes 511, 512 and 513 will connect to Link at Northgate.
  • Routes 511/513 will be coordinated to depart every 6 minutes to/from Ash Way.

Community Transit 800 series

  • Community Transit routes 810, 821, 860, 871 and 880 will connect to Link at Northgate.
  • Route 855 will be replaced by additional service on routes 821, 511 and 513.
  • Route 810 will bypass Lynnwood Transit Center and provide more direct service to Northgate.
Map showing walking distances from the future U District Station and University of Washington Station. Circles indicate the distance you can walk in 0.25 miles or 0.5 miles.
Walk to many points of interest from the U District and University of Washington light rail stations.

Updated route details

Learn more about your new transit choices

Listed below are points of origin and bus routes that will serve those areas. Click on a route to learn more about proposed changes.

Please note, there are no proposed changes to the 400 series buses serving downtown Seattle. Route 855 will be replaced by additional service on routes 821, 511 and 513.

Ash Way Park-and-Ride

To Northgate

 (Northbound only) 

To Downtown Seattle

Eastmont Park-and-Ride

To Northgate

To Downtown Seattle

N/A

Edmonds Park-and-Ride

To Northgate

To Downtown Seattle

Everett Station

To Northgate

(off-peak hours) via transfer to at Mountlake Terrace Transit Center (peak hours)

To Downtown Seattle

Lynnwood Transit Center

To Northgate

To Downtown Seattle

Mariner Park-and-Ride

To Northgate

To Downtown Seattle

Marysville Park-and-Ride

To Northgate

To Downtown Seattle

McCollum Park-and-Ride

To Northgate

To Downtown Seattle

Mountlake Terrace Transit Center

To Northgate

To Downtown Seattle

Mukilteo Station

To Northgate

To Downtown Seattle

Seaway Transit Center

To Northgate

To Downtown Seattle

N/A

South Everett Freeway Station

To Northgate

(off-peak hours), via transfer to at Mountlake Terrace Transit Center (peak hours)

To Downtown Seattle

Swamp Creek Park-and-Ride

To Northgate

To Downtown Seattle

A map of Snohomish and King County that shows the draft service proposal for Sound Transit and Community Transit. Routes will either terminate at Northgate Station or continue towards Downtown Seattle.
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Next steps

Project timeline

Fall 2019

Give us feedback on our ideas to connect buses to light rail at Northgate.

Winter 2020

We’ll refine our ideas based on your feedback.

Spring 2020

WE ARE HERE

We’ll share our updated bus service proposal.

Summer 2020

Boards approve final proposal.

2021

Northgate Link Extension opens and bus service changes start.

2024

We’ll make additional changes to bus service when Lynnwood Link opens.

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