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Regional Transit News

July 2000

New and revised bus service begins in September

New Sound Transit and revised Community Transit and King County Metro service begins this fall. Sound Transit is introducing four express bus routes, and the two local transit agencies are revising service in response to those new routes. The new and revised service will begin in September 2000.

Sound Transit, Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro and Pierce Transit worked together as partners to make these service changes. The changes are based on advice and comment from residents, bus riders, community organizations and local jurisdictions. The goal is to reduce duplication of service and help the region move toward a seamless, integrated transit system.

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New Sound Transit routes to provide express service

The ST Express routes that begin serving the region in September 2000 are as follows:

  • Redmond-University District Express (new Route 540)
  • Redmond-Downtown Seattle Express (new routes 545 and 546)
  • Bellevue-SeaTac Express (new Route 560)

In May 2000, Sound Transit began operating new routes 505 and 506 between Everett and Northgate.

Sound Transit also plans to begin operation of new Route 585 between Lakewood and Auburn. This route will be implemented when the South Hill park-and-ride lot is completed.

These routes continue the implementation of Sound Transit's Regional Express bus network approved by voters in 1996.

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Community Transit revising weekday service and reinstating Saturday routes

Through a special joint funding project, Community Transit and Sound Transit are providing feeder service for several south Snohomish County routes (140, 160, 170, 180 and 620). These routes will provide service every 15 minutes during peak hours - improving local service and connections between CT Commuter and ST Express service at the Lynnwood park-and ride lot. The Lynnwood park-and-ride is experiencing high demand and parking overflows. Frequent local services will reduce transfer and wait times.

Major route changes for routes 120 and 710 will provide service to the new University of Washington and Cascadia Community College Bothell Campus and a better transfer location between CT local and ST Express Bellevue - Everett - Lynnwood service.

For one year, Saturday service will be reinstated on 14 routes. Saturday service will provide regional connections with ST Express service throughout Snohomish County.

Please contact Community Transit [external link] for information about other service changes that do not relate to Sound Transit service.

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Metro revising or discontinuing eight routes

In conjunction with Sound Transit's new service, King County Metro is restructuring several bus routes that provide service similar to the new Sound Transit routes. Metro worked closely with Sound Transit to design the revisions, which will reduce duplication of service and help the region move toward an integrated transit system.

Metro plans to discontinue routes 263, 267, 275, 276 and 340, which are similar to new or current Sound Transit routes. In addition, Route 230 will begin serving the South Kirkland park-and-ride lot, Route 254 will become a shuttle between Redmond and Kirkland, and Route 291 will begin serving the Lake Washington Technical College.

Replacement service will be provided by new Sound Transit routes 540, 545, 546 and 560; current Sound Transit routes 530, 531 and 535; and Metro routes 140 (Burien-Renton), 277 (University District-Houghton-Kirkland), 341 (Shoreline-Bothell) and 342 (Shoreline-Renton).

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Other Sound Transit changes coming

In 2001, Sound Transit will be implementing three new ST Express routes. They are the Auburn-Tacoma Dome Express (Route 580), Lakewood-Auburn Express (Route 585) and a route from Issaquah to the Seattle area.

In May 2001, the Sound Transit Board will make a final decision on service for Issaquah, which will either connect Issaquah, Eastgate and downtown Seattle or connect Issaquah, Bellevue and Northgate. Sound Transit will work closely with the affected communities and Metro to develop a recommendation to the board for this service.

In September 2000, Sound Transit will also implement Sounder commuter-rail service from Tacoma to Seattle, with two morning and two afternoon rush-hour trips.

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Rider information available

  • In King County, look for the orange Metro Transit Special Rider Alert brochure and Sound Transit's new Ready to Ride Guide, a booklet that contains rider information for ST Express routes and the Sounder commuter rail, at work sites, libraries and transit information racks after Sept. 6.
    • 24-hour Rider Information 206-553-3000
    • Toll-free 800-542-7876
    • TTY users 206-684-1739
  • In Pierce County, look for Pierce Transit Rider Alert brochures and Sound Transit's new Ready to Ride Guide, in early September 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 Pierce Transit headquarters (3701 96th St. S.W., Tacoma). Brochures will be distributed to other Pierce Transit outlets in early September.
    • Rider Information 253-581-8000
    • Toll-free 800-562-8109
    • TTY users 253-582-7951
  • In Snohomish County, look for Sound Transit's new Ready to Ride Guide at work sites, libraries and transit information racks in early September.
    • Rider Information 425-353-RIDE (7433)
    • Toll-free 800-562-1375
    • TDD users 425-778-2188

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Five transit agencies serve the region

Sound Transit (also known as the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority) was created by a vote of the people in 1996 to provide regional transit service for King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Sound Transit's system includes express bus routes, commuter rail and light rail. Sound Transit's revenue comes from fares; a 0.4 percent sales tax and a 0.3 percent motor vehicle excise tax levied within the Sound Transit district; and matching funds from state and federal sources. Initiative 695 did not directly affect Sound Transit.

Four local transit agencies serve the region: Community Transit provides transit services within Snohomish County, except the City of Everett; Everett Transit serves residents of the City of Everett; King County Metro provides transit service within King County; and Pierce Transit serves Pierce County. Until last year, a significant portion of these agencies' operating revenue came from the motor vehicle excise tax, which was eliminated in November 1999. The remaining revenue comes from fares; a 0.3 to 0.6 percent sales tax dedicated to transit; and matching funds from state and federal sources.

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This publication was produced jointly by Community Transit [external link], Everett Transit [external link], King County Metro Transit, Pierce Transit [external link] and Sound Transit [external link].

For this information in accessible formats for people with disabilities, please call 206-263-3792 (voice) or 206-684-1682 (TTY).

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Updated: Jul. 2000