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Transit Service News, June 2002 - page 2

Upcoming Area Bus Service Changes

In conjunction with the opening of the new Northgate Transit Center park-and-ride lot, King County Metro Transit will be improving area bus service with two changes. The first service change begins on Saturday, June 8, and the second will start on Saturday, September 28. (See the map.)

June Service Change

On June 10, King County Metro Transit will add four weekday morning southbound trips and four morning northbound trips to Route 41 between Northgate and the downtown Seattle bus tunnel. The departure times of other Route 41 trips may change to create the best overall schedule. In addition, Metro Transit will streamline Route 315. Between NE 145th and NE 155th streets, Route 315 will operate on Fifth Avenue NE instead of on First Avenue NE-a change that will save riders several minutes. In the Northgate area, Route 315 runs on NE 100th Street and Fifth Avenue NE.

September Service Change

On September 28, Metro Transit will improve Route 41 and Sound Transit will implement new Route 522 from Northshore to downtown Seattle via Lake City. Most trips of Route 41 will be extended to Lake City, and it will operate every 15 minutes, Monday through Saturday daytimes, every 30 minutes on Sundays and evenings, and every 60 minutes after 9 p.m. Route 307 will be canceled. This will improve the on-time performance of the southbound service to the downtown Seattle bus tunnel from Northgate Transit Center. The improved service frequency will reduce wait times at both the Northgate Transit Center and in Lake City.

Connecitons will be possible in Lake City both to Sound Transit's new ST Express Route 522 between Seattle and Woodinville, and to expanded weekday service on Metro Route 372. The schedules of Routes 372 and 522 will be offset to provide a bus about every 15 minutes between Lake City and Woodinville.

For more information, please call 206-553-3000, or visit Metro Online.

How to Share the Ride

Photo of rider placing bike on the back of a VanPool van.

King County Metro Transit encourages and can help Northgate area residents travel between their homes and the transit center without driving back and forth alone in their cars. Walking, bicycling, carpooling and riding a bus to the transit center are all good ways to get there. Here are the Rideshare options:

  • Ridematch, available on the Internet at, provides commuters with a free and easy way to find others interested in sharing their commute trip in a carpool or vanpool. Those without Internet access can call a Metro Rideshare service representative at 206-625-4500 for free ridematching services.
  • VanPool. By not driving alone, the average Metro vanpooler saves $3,800 a year. Metro vanpools are groups of five or more people who share a similar commute to work or school. The group pays a monthly fare that covers the cost of the Metro van, gas, insurance, maintenance and 24-hour emergency assistance. The group's primary driver may ride for free, and all riders may be eligible to use the van for personal errands. New members are joining and starting vanpools every day now, and King County Metro Transit currently has over 700 vanpools on the road.
  • VanShare is the connection that can link you from home or work with public transportation hubs like the Northgate transit center. Different from VanPool, VanShare bridges the gap between home or work and park-and-ride lots, park-and-pool lots, ferry terminals and train stations. VanShare trips are 20 or fewer round-trip miles long, and members split fuel costs and the $50 monthly group fare.

Stop losing money driving alone and start sharing the ride. Find out more about Metro Rideshare:

206-684-1855 (TTY)

Updated: Jul. 17, 2002