The City of Kirkland is a growing economic center in the Seattle Metropolitan area, with trips to, from, and within the city. Traffic during the AM and PM rushes is nearly at a standstill. The City embraces smart growth and limits roadway expansion. And yet Kirkland is not currently served by any form of rapid transit.

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BRTPlan is the lead adviser to the City of Kirkland in the development of two BRT projects that the City is hoping to advance in the coming years.

  • BRT on the Cross Kirkland Corridor: The City of Kirkland recently purchased a portion of the former East Rail Corridor with aspirations of transforming it into a shared transit/greenway. Major developments, including a Google campus, are already coming up along this valuable new green artery. BRTPlan is helping Kirkland to design a BRT along the CKC. Already, we have developed a service plan that would provide simple, direct connections into Downtown Kirkland, neighboring Bellevue, and into the heart of Seattle. BRTPlan recognizes the value of the CKC to be both a place to move people and a peaceable trail and, together with the City of Kirkland, is seizing the opportunity to advance this great community asset.
  • Downtown Kirkland connection to the I-405 BRT: Sound Transit is planning a BRT on the I-405 freeway, about half a mile from Downtown Kirkland. The City of Kirkland wants to tap into this new service with direct connections from Downtown Kirkland to the I-405 BRT. BRTPlan has advised Kirkland on how best to make this link, including a preliminary design of full BRT on Northeast 85th Street, direct to Downtown. BRTPlan also designed a direct BRT station connection on Northeast 85th Street, complete with elevators and escalators so that passengers can transfer seamlessly to the I-405 BRT above.