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Bus Intercept Working Group Concludes

Aug 22, 2019 - Over the past month, a Council and staff working group, led by Deputy Mayor Salim Nice and Councilmember Benson Wong, convened to identify alternatives for the design of a bus intercept configuration that would facilitate transfers to and from the future East Link rail station on Mercer Island. See previous news release here
With consultant support, the group presented its findings to the full Council at its Tuesday, August 20 meeting, and discussed the analysis used to narrow the list of potential configurations, keeping in mind designs that would enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety, reduce projected transfer times between bus and rail, and make transit as easy to use as possible.

Keeping local traffic moving and planning for police and fire emergency responses were also key considerations and led to the exploration of a potential hybrid design (view conceptual graphic) using elements from the 77th Ave design combined with other elements along 80th Ave SE, and a second roundabout at the intersection of 80th Ave SE and SE 27th Street
Now that the working group's assignment is complete, the Council determined it will continue to develop a list of desired improvements to Sound Transit's bus-intercept design at 77th Avenue SE and North Mercer Way. At the upcoming September 3 Council Meeting, the Police Chief and the Fire Chief will present on public safety planning efforts related to the opening of the Sound Transit station in 2023.
Learn more about bus and rail transit integration.



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