Status Update: 11/1/2017
Come by the open house on Tuesday, November 14 to learn about the project and speak with staff. The open house will take place at Heritage Hall, 203 Market Street, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Check back here later for materials from the event.
Today, Kirkland’s over 84,000 residents are served by several transit routes connecting the city to various Eastside destinations and Seattle. Similar to other areas in the region, Kirkland is becoming a major employment center that attracts transit trips, and transit frequency is increasing to meet the growing demand.
In response to increased growth, the City of Kirkland is working to improve transit service for residents through the Kirkland Transit Implementation Plan (KTIP). In 2015, the City worked closely with stakeholders and the community to adopt the Transportation Master Plan. This plan helped to prioritize transportation projects through 2035, including the KTIP. The City is now working to develop the KTIP as a way to build upon the goals of the Transportation Master Plan and improve transit throughout the City. The KTIP will serve as a tool to help get Kirkland residents where they want to go in the fastest and most convenient way.
The City of Kirkland is working together with multiple regional partners including King County Metro, Sound Transit, and WSDOT to develop local improvements that help achieve a shared vision of well-integrated, efficient, convenient, and reliable transit service in Kirkland. Prior to the open house, a Technical Advisory Committee comprised of these regional partners will convene its first meeting in an effort to identify the best strategies for enhancing transit connections. The following agencies and their respective projects will be considered in the KTIP:
King County Metro
- Link Light Rail to Redmond
- Bus Rapid Transit on I-405 (stations in Kirkland at NE 85th Street and Totem Lake)
- Express Bus Planning
- I-405 Master Plan
- Bus Rapid Transit on I-405
Throughout the project, the City will seek public input city-wide to ensure community members have an opportunity to help shape the KTIP and have a say in future transit improvements. In addition, the Technical Advisory Committee will meet regularly to provide input on the KTIP and potential improvements.
August – October 2017: Evaluating Existing Conditions
October 2017 – February 2018: Conducting Technical Analysis
February – July 2018: Developing the Transit Implementation Plan
Technical Advisory Committee Meetings: October 2017, January 2018, March/April 2018
Public Outreach: October/November 2017, May 2018
Present the final plan to City Council for approval: July 2018, August 2018
Stephen Padua, City Planner, (425) 587-3871, SPadua@kirklandwa.gov