The South Bellevue Park-and-Ride will be closed for approximately five years during construction. ST Express buses 550, 555 and 556, and Metro buses 241 and 249 will continue to serve Bellevue Way Southeast next to the closed park-and-ride during construction. The future South Bellevue Station will include bus and paratransit transfer facilities and a 1,500-stall parking garage. Sound Transit expects to receive a construction schedule from the contractor soon that will identify the closure date, to be announced through East Link construction alerts. Stay informed by subscribing to Sound Transit’s East Link alerts at soundtransit.org/subscribe.
With a closure like this, it’s a great time to evaluate all of your options and we’re here to help.
Sound Transit identified replacement and existing park-and-ride lots with additional parking capacity and also expanded service on routes traveling to downtown Seattle and Bellevue. Visit the links below to discover replacement park-and-ride lots and new routes to find an alternative lot that works best for your lifestyle and location. There may even be a carpool or vanpool option that can get you to your destination.
- Sound Transit: Plan ahead for 2017 park-and-ride closures web page
- East Link Replacement Parking Interactive Map This map allows you to scroll through each of the park-and-rides on the eastside which have excess or new capacity and click to see what buses serve these lots. You may find that you can park closer to your house, save on gas, or take a different bus into Seattle, the Bellevue Transit Center, or to another connection to major bus lines (like the ST 550 to Seattle).
- Replacement Parking Maps This folio gives you a snapshot of the transit routes at each park-and-ride, and where to catch a frequent transfer to get to Seattle.
- Share the ride with two others in a Metro vanshare and you can have priority, free parking at a park-and-ride. You will each also receive a $50 MasterCard Rewards Card and a pre-loaded $25 ORCA card or transit voucher.
- Carpool with one other person and you could be eligible for reserved priority parking at the Eastgate, Issaquah Highlands, Issaquah Transit Center, Redmond Transit Center, South Kirkland and South Renton Park and Rides. Update your ridematch preferences or sign up to find a ridematch in your Choose Your Way Bellevue (RideshareOnline.com) account to find a carpool partner. Learn more and apply now for a carpool permit and you’ll always have a parking spot at one of these park-and-rides.
We realize the park-and-ride closure may have a big impact on your commute. If you would like help navigating your options, fill out a custom commute planning inquiry and the Choose Your Way Bellevue team will help you find your way. You can always visit ChooseYourWayBellevue.org for information about alternatives to driving alone.
Choose Your Way Bellevue has created a new “East Link and Travel Options” page to help you get around during East Link construction. The new page will be updated with relevant information throughout the various stages of construction as they emerge, including frequent commute plans we’ve created for commuters. Let us know how we can support you during this change in our environment!
-Augusta, Choose Your Way Bellevue staff