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King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit want to hear from you about potential bus service changes

Ways to comment on these potential changes

The comment period is over, thank you for your comments. You may read the questions that were on the questionnaire.

Changes are being considered for the following areas:

  • Bellevue
  • Kirkland
  • Redmond
  • Juanita
  • Finn Hill
  • Kingsgate
  • Woodinville
  • Duvall

King County Metro and Sound Transit are working together to propose potential changes to bus service in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Juanita, Finn Hill, Kingsgate, Woodinville and Duvall. These changes, which will be phased in as resources allow, include new service in some areas and changes to existing routes. Some service might be shifted to under-served areas. Your comments will help Metro and Sound Transit decide which, if any, of these changes to make.

In this newsletter, you will find:

  • descriptions of the potential changes;
  • maps showing the potential changes;
  • the reasons behind each potential change;
  • changes to routes 222, 230, 232, 233, 234, 236, 238, 249, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 257, 265, 271, 272, 311, 540, 545, and 935;
  • new routes 221, 224, 227, 235, 248 and 644;
  • replacement of routes 225, 229, and 926 with new service; and
  • discontinuation of routes 220, 237, 243, 247, 250, 256, 260, 261 266, 277, 291, and 922.
  • No changes are being considered for routes 240, 242, 245, 268, 269, 280, 306, 312, 342, 522, 554, 555, 556, 560, 564, 565, and 921.

The comment period is over, thank you for your comments.

Table of Contents

Public meetings schedule

Drop in at an open house or stop by an information table to share your ideas with Metro Transit planners.

Information Table
Tuesday, April 25, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bellevue Transit Center
108th Avenue NE & NE 6th Street in Bellevue

Served by routes 220, 222, 230, 232, 233, 234, 237, 240, 243, 249, 253, 261, 271, 342, 530, 532, 535, 555, 555, 556, 560, 564, 565, 630, 921

Open House
Wednesday, April 26, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
new Redmond City Hall, foyer
15670 NE 85th St., Redmond
Also featuring City of Redmond transportation plans.

Served by routes 220, 230, 232, 249, 250, 251, 253, 254, 265, 266, 291, 540, 545, 922 and 929

Open House
Thursday, April 27, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
new Bellevue City Hall, IE-108
450 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue
Also featuring City of Bellevue transportation plans.

Served by routes 220, 222, 230, 232, 233, 234, 237, 240, 243, 249, 253, 261, 271, 342, 530, 532, 535, 555, 555, 556, 560, 564, 565, 630, 921

Information Table
Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to noon
Duvall Safeway Food & Drug
14020 Main St., Duvall

Open House
Wednesday, May 3, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Kirkland Senior Center
352 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland
Also featuring City of Kirkland transportation plans.

Served by routes 230, 234, 236, 238, 245, 251, 254, 255 and 540

Information Table
Saturday, May 6, noon to 3 p.m.
Crossroads Mall at Bellevue, Market Stage
15600 NE 8th St., Bellevue

Served by routes 230, 245 and 253

Why make changes?

Under the guidance of King County's Six-Year Transit Development Plan, Metro redesigns bus service in response to changes in where people live, work, and travel. Since September 2001, when Metro undertook its last major service redesign on the Eastside, Sound Transit has introduced significant additional service, and the Overlake Transit Center and two projects near Totem Lake will open soon. By continuing to work together, to plan their routes together, and by responding to changing conditions, Metro and Sound Transit hope to provide Eastsiders with more efficient, accessible bus service.

What's the difference between Metro and Sound Transit?

King County Metro provides transit service within King County. In the 1990s, the state legislature enabled the creation of the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) to serve cross-county needs. After its 1996 approval by voters in its three-county district, the RTA changed its name to Sound Transit. Through ST Express, Sound Transit provides over 400,000 hours of bus service in East King County, and is also making major investments in transit centers, center access ramps, and park-and-ride lots.

Metro and Sound Transit are committed to working together to provide a seamless transit system.

Overall goals of this service review

During this Eastside service public outreach, Metro and Sound Transit are looking for ways to:

  • make the best use of existing resources;
  • respond to needs identified by bus riders in a fall 2005 public outreach effort;
  • provide better transit connections at Eastgate Park-and-Ride, Bellevue Transit Center, and Overlake Transit Center;
  • integrate bus service with new facilities at Overlake, Totem Lake, and NE 128th Street;
  • better serve growing areas such as Overlake, Redmond Town Center, and Totem Lake;
  • move bus service to areas with greater potential ridership; and
  • improve bus stop facilities.

What happens next?

Metro and Sound Transit are gathering public comments on proposed changes. At the end of the comment period, Metro staff members will review all comments and produce a staff recommendation. The recommendation will be reviewed by a citizen Sounding Board composed of bus riders and key stakeholders.

Proposed improvements will be phased in between 2007 and 2009, as new service resources become available. When appropriate, the staff and Sounding Board recommendations will be forwarded to the King County Executive, who, after review, will forward his recommendations to the King County Council Transportation Committee. Similarly, Sound Transit staff will make recommendations to their management and board. The King County Council and Sound Transit board will either approve or reject the proposed changes to their agency's service.

If you would like to receive notices about King County Council and Sound Transit board meetings related to these service changes, please include your name and address when you complete the questionnaire.

How to use this publication

This publication includes several maps and descriptions. Study the maps and descriptions carefully, looking for how your particular trip may change.

Begin by reading the chart. This chart lists current routes and how the service on each route will be improved, replaced, or discontinued. The chart also points you where you can read more detailed descriptions of the proposed changes, as well as review a route map.

Produced by Community Relations,
King County Department of Transportation
April 2006

Apr. 6, 2006