UW Busses From Everett Will Stop At Northgate Switching Riders To Light Rail

September 30, 2021


As the light rail line opens at Northgate next week bus riders heading to the University of Washington from Everett will find themselves switching to rail for the final part of the trip. Here’s the explanation from Community Transit.

Ridership doubled with the start of classes. Chart courtesy of Community Transit.

On the first day of school at the University of Washington yesterday, there were twice as many riders taking the bus from Snohomish County as there were the day before. Next week, those riders will be making a new bus-to-light rail connection after the Northgate Link extension opens this weekend.

Community Transit staff is continuing to meet with riders at transit centers to answer questions on how to make the bus-to-light rail connection, and welcoming riders back to transit after a year of virtual education.

Community Transit staff will be at the following locations to answer rider questions tomorrow morning:

• Mountlake Terrace Transit Center (on 236th St. SW) (use this location for interviews with Luke Distelhorst, outreach and public engagement specialist from 6 – 8 a.m.)

• McCollum Park Park & Ride

• Monday and Tuesday outreach continues, please email/call for details.

Starting Monday, Community Transit will redirect its 800-series bus routes to connect to the 1 Line (Link) at Northgate Station instead of going to the U District and University of Washington. Riders will complete their trips on light rail, which will depart Northgate every eight minutes during peak times. Light rail travel time from Northgate to the U District is expected to take six minutes.

Community Transit is responsible for providing bus and paratransit service, vanpool and alternative commute options in Snohomish County. The agency is building a network of Swift bus rapid transit lines with Swift Blue Line along Highway 99, the Swift Green Line between Canyon Park/Bothell and Boeing/Paine Field, and the new Swift Orange Line coming to Mill Creek and Lynnwood in 2024.

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