County bus riders get direct connection to light rail this fall


Last updated 8/11/2021 at 3:41pm

Image courtesy of Community Transit.

Community Transit Northgate route integration map.

Starting in early October, people traveling from Edmonds and Snohomish County will have more travel options to and from destinations in King County.

Select Community Transit routes and most Sound Transit buses operated by Community Transit will connect to the new 1 Line (Link) light rail station at Northgate. 

"This connection is a game-changer for people in Snohomish County as it expands all-day, frequent transit options between the two counties," said Community Transit CEO Ric Ilgenfritz.

Community Transit will redirect its 800-series bus routes to connect to the 1 Line at Northgate Station instead of going to the U District and University of Washington.

Sound Transit Routes 511, 512, and 513 that run between Snohomish County and Seattle will also connect to light rail at Northgate.

The 1 Line will depart Northgate every eight minutes during peak times. Travel time from Northgate to the U District is expected to take six minutes, and the trip from Northgate to downtown Seattle is expected to take 14 minutes.

By eliminating the Northgate-UW portion of its bus routes, Community Transit will reinvest those service hours by adding 48 trips back to Snohomish County in the afternoon and evening. As a result, each of the 800-series routes will have a bus leaving Northgate every 15 minutes during the evening commute.

People traveling to the 1 Line from Snohomish County will now have direct transit connections to many new locations for the first time. Besides Northgate, riders will be able to go anywhere light rail travels. Destinations include Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, Rainier Beach, Tukwila and SeaTac Airport. Transit riders will also be able to catch a bus connection to South Lake Union or First Hill from Northgate, bypassing a trip to downtown.

Community Transit 400-series routes and Sound Transit Route 510 will continue to provide direct bus service between Snohomish County and downtown Seattle.


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