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The Today File

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June 15, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Evergreen Point transit station opens Monday

 

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 I-5.  Formerly, the bus stop was little more than a paved shoulder and a sign by the side of the road.

King County Metro and Sound Transit ridership has been 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 transit as of late 2012, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Last fall there were 730 boardings a day at Evergreen Point, according to Metro.

At the same time, a large roundabout will open Monday at the 84th Avenue Northeast interchange, alongside Hunts Point.  For several weeks, a shuttle van will carry transit users between 92nd Avenue Northeast and the new Evergreen Point station. Later this year, the 92nd Avenue overpass and a smaller, controversial roundabout will be finished there, alongside Yarrow Point.

The Highway 520 floating bridge will remain open this weekend, to help people reach graduation ceremonies at the University of Washington and other schools — unlike the other three June weekends, when construction is closing the bridge.  However, the 108th Avenue Northeast ramps to Highway 520 was closed Saturday through today, for drainage and signal work.

Here is a WSDOT image of the flyer station, almost completed:

evergreen point transit station

 

 

 

 

 

 

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