Online Open House: January 9 - February 16, 2018
Rainier Freeway Station users, we know you depend on the Rainier Freeway Station to get you from home to work, school and activities across the region.
As mentioned on the Overview page, Sound Transit is beginning a new phase of construction on East Link Extension. Starting in September 2018 the Rainier Freeway Station will close for the start of construction on the future Judkins Park Link Station. Most routes that currently serve the Rainier Freeway Station will bypass the area, but routes 554, 217, and reverse peak Route 212 trips will maintain access to the Rainier Valley via two stops at Rainier Avenue South and South Charles Street. To find out how to prepare, please look below. You can also find more information on how your route is changing by clicking the tab for your specific route.
Changes riders will see
- Closing bus access to the Rainier Freeway Station
- Maintaining bus access to Rainier Avenue via two existing bus stops near Rainier Avenue South and South Charles Street
- Closing the I-90 bus ramp connecting buses to the Downtown Seattle tunnel
- Beginning Link light rail construction at the Rainier Freeway Station
- Changes to Sound Transit route 550
- Changes to Sound Transit route 554
- Changes to King County Metro routes
Options for all riders
- Riders can take the 554 on any day of the week, throughout the day, in any direction, from a pair of stops at Rainier Avenue South and South Charles Street to Mercer Island, Eastgate, and Issaquah. There are no changes to Route 554 stops on the Eastside.
- All routes will continue to serve Downtown Seattle. If it’s not convenient to take Route 554, riders can transfer in the International District between routes serving the Eastside and the Rainier Valley.
Additional options for commuters
The end result
When East Link opens in 2023, the Rainier Freeway Station will re-open as the Judkins Park Link Station. See below for a rendering of the future site.
Other opportunities to get involved
Rainier Freeway Station Drop-in session
Thurs., January 25, 2018 | 3:30 – 7 p.m.
Find us at street level!
2018-01-04 15:30:00 2018-01-04 19:00:00 America/Los_Angeles I-90 Bus Service Changes Rainier Freeway Station Drop-in session Find us at street level! Sound Transit email@example.com
We would like to make sure you understand the following key terms that are critical to understanding the route changes described here and in the upcoming tabbed pages.
"Reverse peak direction"
During peak hours most riders travel in one direction. More riders travel into Seattle in the morning, and back to the Eastside in the afternoons. When we refer to "reverse peak direction" we are referring to riders who are traveling the opposite direction, e.g. riders heading to the Eastside in the morning and Seattle in the afternoon.
The portion of I-90 that connects to 4th Avenue South in Downtown Seattle.
"2nd Avenue Extension South"
A street segment extending diagonally from 2nd Avenue and Yesler Way to 4th Avenue South.