WA: New 520 Bus Station Opening Just East of Floating Bridge

A spacious bus station will open Monday in the median of Highway 520, at Evergreen Point just east of the floating bridge.

Riders will reach the boarding platforms by descending a stairway or elevator to the road level, similar to how riders descend at the Mountlake Terrace flyer station on Interstate 5.

Formerly, the bus stop was little more than a clearing and a sign by the side of the road.

King County Metro and Sound Transit ridership is growing along with jobs and population, as well as the desire of commuters to avoid bridge tolls that began in late 2011.

An estimated 19,000 trips per weekday were made on Highway 520 buses as of late 2012, said the Washington State Department of Transportation. Last fall there were 730 boardings a day at Evergreen Point, according to Metro.

For several weeks, a shuttle van will carry transit users between 92nd Avenue Northeast and the new Evergreen Point station.

At the same time, a large roundabout will open Monday at the 84th Avenue Northeast interchange, alongside Hunts Point.

Later this year, a 92nd Avenue overpass and a smaller roundabout will be finished at Yarrow Point, where it was opposed by Mayor Dicker Cahill, for its large diameter and for bringing traffic closer to homes.

The Highway 520 floating bridge remained open over the weekend, to help people reach graduation ceremonies at the University of Washington and other schools -- but will close again the next two weekends for construction.


Mike Lindblom: 206-515-5631 or mlindblom@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @mikelindblom

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