B Line coming to the Eastside next fall

Metro is asking for community input on its adjustment of Eastside transit service

Metro is considering making changes next year to several bus routes that serve Bellevue, Redmond, Clyde Hill, Medina, and south Kirkland. These changes could affect Metro routes 221, 222, 225, 229, 230, 233, 240, 245, 246, 247, 249, 250, 253, 256, 261, 265, 266, 271, 272, and 926.

The purpose of the changes is to update bus service and provide good connections with the new RapidRide B Line and Sound Transit Express bus routes. The B Line will run between the transit centers in downtown Bellevue and Redmond via the Crossroads and Overlake areas. (Learn more)

Learn about the suggested changes and give Metro your thoughts in any of the following ways:

  1. Come to a public open house (see schedule below).
  2. Visit www.kingcounty.gov/metro/BRconnections, where you can view suggested changes on an interactive map and fill out an online survey.
  3. E-mail your comments to community.relations@kingcounty.gov
  4. Call and leave a message on the English (206-205-8788) or Spanish (206-296-5088) phone line.

Open houses

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7-8:30 p.m.
North Bellevue Community Center
4063 148th Ave. NE, Bellevue
(Served by Metro routes 221, 233, 253, 266 and 269)

Thursday, Nov. 4, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Old Redmond Schoolhouse
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond
(Served by Metro routes 221, 224, 230, 245, 248, 251, 253, and ST Express 542 and 545)

Comments are due Nov. 10.

4 thoughts on “B Line coming to the Eastside next fall

  1. The link community.relations@kingcounty.gov in this article is mistyped – it shows up as “community.relations!kingcounty.gov” in my email “To” field….

    And what are the changes proposed to the 255 Route? I couldn’t find details in your blog or on the website.
    Thank you,
    Page Temple

  2. Thanks for the catches! We’ve fixed the e-mail link above and added info about Route 255 to the Bellevue-Redmond Connections website.

  3. I ride the 222 route from the South Bellevue park and ride. How will this route be affected by this change??

  4. What is all the money spent on doing this project (B Line) really giving bus riders along this route that running the #253 on the same schedule (every 10-15 minutes) wouldn’t??!

    Why spend SO much money redoing an already well-served route, instead of adding more buses to it and providing more service to “standing-room only” commuter trips?!

    And, wouldn’t it be nice if METRO (not Sound Transit) actually provided direct service from Bellevue (Crossroads or at least Bellevue Transit Center) to downtown Seattle?! Why do we have to pay a second fare on a trip that used to be a standard Metro service?! (And still is, but only if you take the long route &/or ride it only during certain hours.)

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