Sound Transit’s 542 was one of the most substantial changes to service in the last service revision. It’s essentially the same as the 545 — Downtown Seattle to Microsoft in Redmond — but serves the U-District rather than Downtown. The problem is that it seems some 545 riders who transfer from local routes at the Montlake flyer stop still don’t know that the route exists. An anonymous Microsoft employee took it upon his- or herself to help out fellow riders. This via the City of Redmond’s R-Trip Blog.
Here for the 545 from Montlake to Overlake Transit Center/Microsoft?
Tired of a standing-room only 545?
Did you know that the new 542 express bus goes directly from here to Overlake every 15 minutes during weekday commute hours — and the majority of seats are empty?
The new 542 bus follows the exact same route from Montlake to Overlake as the 545 — except it stops right above you (Montlake Blvd E & E Lk Washington Blvd). It’s the same place that the 271/540 stop before turning onto 520.
The times that it stops here are:
7:15 :31 :45
8:01 :16 :31 :46
9:01 :16 :30 :45
Using OneBusAway on your iPhone or Android? You can check the 542 Montlake arrival times by entering stop #25243
A fellow Microsoft commuter who feels guilty watching you guys crammed on the 545 when we have lots of extra seats waiting for you
In the reverse direction, this doesn’t work as well but everyone that uses the 545 to get to Montlake should know these routes complement each other.
H/T Courtlandt Stanton