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Regional Transit News

New service for south King County and Pierce County

New regional express bus service begins in September 1999

The first phase of new regional express bus service begins this fall. Sound Transit is implementing three bus routes to serve south King County and Pierce County residents and commuters. ST Express routes begin the weekend of Sept. 18-19.

Sound Transit, Community Transit, King County Metro Transit, Pierce Transit and Everett Transit are working together as partners to create coordinated routes and schedules, a new regional pass called PugetPass, and an integrated system that includes new ST Express bus service, commuter trains and light rail. They worked with residents, bus riders and local community organizations to develop the new ST Express bus service.

The three ST Express routes that begin serving south King County and Pierce County this year are as follows:

  • Federal Way - Bellevue: Route 565
  • Westside Express (SeaTac - West Seattle - Seattle): Route 570
  • Pierce County - SeaTac: Route 574.

Also, Sound Transit will assume full funding of Pierce Transitís Seattle Express routes 590, 591, 592, 594 and 595 in September. Sound Transit is making minor scheduling adjustments and using new low-floor articulated buses on some trips to relieve overcrowding.

The new routes are part of the first phase of the new ST Express bus network. This network is included in Sound Move -- the Ten-Year Regional Transit System Plan -- approved by voters in 1996.

New service incorporates public feedback

The routing and bus stop patterns of Sound Transitís new routes are based on the results of a questionnaire issued last spring. The questionnaire was included in the February edition of the Regional Transit News, a public-outreach publication prepared by five transit agencies: Sound Transit, Community Transit, King County Metro, Pierce Transit and Everett Transit.

Sound Transit also incorporated comments from the public in its ST Express 1999 Service Implementation Plan approved July 8, 1999, by the Sound Transit Board.

Other changes coming

Besides the three new routes described in this publication, Sound Transit is implementing other routes serving Eastside and Snohomish County beginning the weekend of Sept. 18-19.

Rider information available

In King County, look for the orange Metro Transit Special Rider Alert brochure and blue ST Express timetables at work sites, libraries and Metro information racks after Sept. 9.

In Pierce County, look for Pierce Transit Rider Alert brochures and blue ST Express timetables after Sept. 10 at the Bus Shop Downtown (930 Commerce St., Tacoma), Bus Shop Lakewood (10121 Gravelly Lake Drive, Lakewood), Tacoma Dome Station (610 Puyallup Ave. E., Tacoma) and at Pierce Transit headquarters (3701 96th St. S.W., Tacoma). Brochures and timetables will be distributed to other Pierce Transit outlets during the week of Sept. 13-17.

For specific trip-planning help, see Help is available.

New ST Express Service in 1999

All routes provide limited-stop express service.

Sound Transit fares will be in effect for all routes described in this publication.

Sound Transit is receiving 95 new buses this year for the ST Express service. The new 40-foot buses have bike racks, high-back seats, overhead parcel racks, air conditioning, reading lamps and adjustable air vents. The new 60-foot articulated buses are low-floor, which means customers do not have to climb steps to get on the bus. Both types of buses can kneel close to the ground, making it easier for people with special needs to get on and off the bus.

When the entire network is completely implemented, ST Express will operate over 190 buses on 18 routes in the central Puget Sound region.

Federal Way - Bellevue

ST Express Route 565

  • Make stops at Federal Way, Auburn Transit Center, Auburn park-and-ride lot, Kent park-and-ride lot, South Renton park-and-ride lot, Renton Transit Center, Renton Boeing (four stops along Park Avenue North and North Park Drive) and downtown Bellevue; operated by King County Metro.
  • Provide two-way weekday service about 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Westside Express
(SeaTac - West Seattle - Seattle)

ST Express Route 570

  • Make stops at Sea-Tac Airport, Burien Transit Center, White Center transfer point (15th Avenue Southwest/Southwest Roxbury Street), Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal (Fauntleroy Way Southwest/Southwest Barton Street), California Avenue Southwest/Fauntleroy Way Southwest, Alaska Junction (California Avenue Southwest/Southwest Alaska Street), First Avenue South/South Lander Street, Safeco Field (First Avenue South/Royal Brougham Way) and International District Station in downtown Seattle; operated by King County Metro.
  • Provide two-way rush-hour service.

Pierce County - SeaTac

ST Express Route 574

  • Make stops at Lakewood Mall Transit Center, Lakewood park-and-ride (Interstate 5/State Route 512), Tacoma Dome Station, Federal Way Transit Center, Star Lake freeway station (Interstate 5/South 272nd Street), Kent-Des Moines freeway station (Interstate 5/Kent-Des Moines Road), South 188th Street/International Boulevard and Sea-Tac Airport.
  • Operated by Pierce Transit.
  • Provide two-way weekday service about 4 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Seattle Express
(Tacoma - Seattle and Lakewood - Seattle)

ST Express routes 590, 591, 592 and 594

  • Sound Transit will assume full funding of Pierce Transitís Seattle Express routes 590, 591, 592 and 594 in September (Pierce Transit will continue to fund and operate Route 595, which lies outside the Sound Transit service area). Sound Transit is making minor scheduling adjustments and using new low-floor articulated buses on some trips to relieve overcrowding.

Help is available

You can get specific trip-planning help from King County Metro or ST Express.

King County Metro

  • 24-hour Rider Information 206-553-3000
  • Toll-free 800-542-7876
  • TTY users 206-684-1739

ST Express

  • Rider Information 888-889-6368 (toll-free)
  • TTY users 888-713-6030 (toll-free)

Rider information on the Web

The Regional Transit News was produced jointly by Sound Transit, Community Transit, King County Metro Transit, Pierce Transit and Everett Transit.

Updated: Aug. 1999