Bus Rapid Transit


In early 2018, Sound Transit began planning for its new line of service, Bus Rapid Transit. Part of creating a new line of service is developing a new brand to accompany it.

We call our commuter rail system Sounder and light rail goes by Link. Sound Transit is excited to welcome Bus Rapid Transit to the family and announce its name – Stride.

Sound Transit interviewed stakeholders inside and outside the organization to help develop a BRT brand. Common themes included a desire for the name to be memorable, short, easy to pronounce and integrate well with the overall Sound Transit brand.

The Stride name will be integrated throughout the design of the BRT system, including vehicles, stations, signage and marketing materials. Visit the Design tab to view the current station design concept and see how Stride could be incorporated into the BRT stations.

Connecting the Region

Sound Transit will operate three BRT lines starting in 2024:

  • I-405 BRT will have two lines connecting communities along I-405 and SR 518 from Lynnwood to Bellevue and Burien to Bellevue with a new transit center in South Renton and 11 BRT stations. Connections to Link light rail will be available at Lynnwood, Bellevue and Tukwila.
  • SR 522/NE 145th BRT will connect communities from Shoreline to Woodinville via NE 145th Street and SR 522. The route has nine BRT stations and an expanded transit center at UW Bothell/Cascadia College. It will connect to Link light rail at the Shoreline South/145th Station and to I-405 BRT in Bothell.

How will I-405 BRT serve the community?

The I-405 BRT is a bus system that will predominantly run in managed lanes, such as high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, express toll lanes and bus shoulder lanes to improve transit speed and reliability. The project will build new direct-access ramps and freeway BRT stations, and improve local roadways for transit.

Sound Transit is partnering with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to deliver I-405 BRT. I-405 BRT builds upon collaborative efforts between Sound Transit, WSDOT, and other local and regional partners, including:

BRT area map

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