Mercer Island Transit Interchange

The Mercer Island Transit Interchange is the integration of bus transit service from the Eastside with East Link light rail. When East Link opens for service in 2023, a few bus routes from the Eastside to Seattle will terminate at Mercer Island Station, where passengers will transfer to/from light rail.

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The Mercer Island Transit Interchange is the integration of bus transit service from the Eastside with East Link light rail. When East Link opens for service in 2023, a few bus routes from the Eastside to Seattle will terminate at Mercer Island Station, where passengers will transfer to/from light rail.

Learn more by reading the articles below, as well as the FAQs and studying the Document Library; use the tools below to Ask a Question or Post a Comment.

The Sound Transit Settlement Agreement is a legal document that requires Metro’s concurrence for implementation of the 77th Avenue SE Configuration. The refinements to Section 4 Bus/Rail Integration achieve the primary goals of the Agreement while providing operational adjustments as required by Metro to meet their operational needs.  

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I agree with the last comment even though I don't access I-90 from Island Crest Way. An argument could be made that it would benefit regional public transit to keep Mercer Island single occupant vehicles from interfering with the bus/rail interface by allowing all motorist to access I-90 west bound via the ICW entrance. Perhaps that argument would allow the entrance to go back to it's original use by all motor vehicles. It was easy to understand why MI could not use the express lanes to Seattle since it would have had been impossible to enforce but why the west bound entrance from ICW could only be used by HOV at the expense of pedestrians at the Park and Ride was not clear to me. Perhaps it was an example of state and federal officials being S**ts.

Clark Powell about 2 months ago
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Frankly, I would be open to just about any option for busses if I could just get on the freeway going west. Since the MAIN onramp for westbound I90 was converted to carpool only, I have to go through 6 additional stoplights to get on the freeway or use WMW, which adds significant time to my commute. As far as I'm concerned, regaining access to that onramp is the single most important thing for the council to be working on.

MercerBob 3 months ago
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An 80th Ave SE-Sunset Highway configuration should be considered, with buses circulating clockwise around the station. It seems superior in most ways: - less congestion: fewer pedestrians crossing NMW, buses don't need to turn left onto it - safer, as pedestrians dropped off on same side of the street as lightrail - no need to build a roundabout at 77th/NMW - keeps buses away from residential neighborhood to north - drops off pedestrians closer to town center businessesNoise, aesthetics, impact on greenspace all still concerns - but they're concerns with any plan.

Erik 3 months ago
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I know there are lots of potential drawbacks of the Bus Intercept, but we should also consider benefits.I see two potential benefits with the intercept: 1. increased foot traffic that could conveniently patronize Mercer Island businesses, without consuming our parking! 2. if it were done one stop east, we might not be able to get on the trains because they'd already be overcrowded. ST will have to ensure there's plenty of room for boarding at MI.Obviously, I think we should push back on ST to mitigate the traffic, noise, and aesthetic impacts of this. But we should also look to maximize win-wins where we can find them. A configuration that makes it convenient for transit passengers to do some quick shopping or meet a MI friend for a drink could be a benefit!

Erik 3 months ago
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The "optimal configuration" for buses on MI has no benefit for our city. Sound Transit has only its own best interests at heart - they aren't looking out for ours. We've already given away much too much in negotiations with ST, getting pitifully little in return. Restricting the bus intercept to the option that has the smallest impact on the island is essential. Please stand up for what's best for your constituents and neighbors, not for the region, ST or Metro. Our "regional partners" are looking out for themselves, and we must do the same.

mjislandinfo 5 months ago
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From giving away Islander SOV access to the I-90 HOV lanes to colluding with Sound Transit and Metro to choke our community with bus traffic and diesel fumes, to conspiring to increase MI population density via short platting and using funds derived from selling building permits to fund the expansion of city government, from burning hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on "consultants" and providing support for pet-projects like MICA to then punishing the community for not supporting last November's tax increase proposition by cutting the summer celebration (but keeping the consultant spending, "lime bikes", and financial support for MICA), ..MI city government NEVER fails to underscore it's contempt for the citizens of this community. The only thing our current city government is good at is colluding with Seattle, King County and Washington state liberals (including those at Sound Transit and Metro) against the interests of MI citizens. It has not gone unnoticed.

Madrona Crest 7 months ago
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CMI-Test 7 months ago
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