Bus Rapid Transit

Connecting the Region

Cities throughout the Puget Sound region are expected to grow over the coming years due to increases in population and job opportunities, placing a greater demand on public transit. Between now and 2024, the regional transit system will change significantly to support this growth.

Sound Transit’s goal is to ensure that the future BRT system complements and supports the most efficient local and regional transit service for the community.

With buses running as often as every 10 minutes, the new BRT service will connect to the growing Link light rail network at Shoreline, Lynnwood, Bellevue and Tukwila, as well as to other transit service provided by Sound Transit, Community Transit and King County Metro.

Where will Sound Transit BRT operate?

Sound Transit will operate three BRT lines starting in 2024:

  • I-405 BRT will have two lines connecting communities along I-405 and SR 518 from Lynnwood to Bellevue and Burien to Bellevue with a new transit center in South Renton and 11 BRT stations. Connections to Link light rail will be available at Lynnwood, Bellevue and Tukwila.
  • SR 522/NE 145th BRT will connect communities from Shoreline to Woodinville via NE 145th Street, SR 522 and UW Bothell/Cascadia College. The route will have BRT stations that include connections to Link light rail at the Shoreline South/145th Station and to I-405 BRT in Bothell.

BRT will help riders avoid traffic congestion and enjoy faster transit service. Features include:

  • Transit speed and reliability
  • Transit priority improvements including business access and transit lanes, bus queue jumps, and transit signal priority
  • Entry and exit through multiple doors, level with the station platform
  • Off-board fare payment
  • Frequent, all day service
  • Real-time rider information
  • Innovative station design
  • Unique brand identity for buses and stations
  • Dedicated fleet of BRT buses

A series of four images highlighting benefits of the Bus Rapid Transit service. “Fast” shows a hand holding an ORCA card next to the card reader for fare payment or transfer with a Sound Transit bus in the background.

“Frequent” shows a clock beside a BRT bus sign without numbers, highlighting either 10 or 20 minutes that one needs to wait.

“Reliable” shows a Sound Transit bus in a bus lane speeding past three lanes of traffic on the highway.

“Connections” shows a bus and a light rail train traveling in opposite directions.