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Changes proposed for Eastside service

King County Metro and Sound Transit are working together to propose an improved bus network on the Eastside. This set of changes to King County Metro bus routes would be among the first to be implemented since the passage of Transit Now, a program of expanded transit service funded by a dedicated 0.1% sales tax approved by voters in November 2006.

Resources provided by Transit Now have allowed King County Metro to develop new proposals that respond to public comments received during fall 2005 and spring 2006 on ideas to change service. Even with additional resources, Metro still needs to address services that are inefficient or have low ridership to make the best use of available resources and serve the most people.

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 proposed changes;
  • maps showing the proposed changes;
  • the reasons behind each proposed change;
  • a questionnaire to fill out and send to us with your comments; and
  • a list of other ways for you to tell us what you think about thes potential changes.

The comment period was over February 9, 2007; however, you may read the questions asked by clicking on the questionnaire link below.

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Public meetings schedule

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

Transit Drop-In Open House
Tuesday, January 23, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Lake Washington School District
Administration Building
Hughes Room
16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond
Served by routes 230, 253, 540 and 545

Transit Drop-In Open House
Thursday, January 25, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Kirkland Senior Center Foyer
352 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland
Served by routes 230, 234, 236, 238, 245, 251, 254, 255 and 540

Transit Information Table
Saturday, January 27, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Duvall Safeway Food & Drug
14020 Main Street, Duvall

Transit Information Table
Saturday, January 27, 12 noon to 3:00 p.m.
Crossroads Mall Market Stage
NE 8th Street and 156th Avenue NE, Bellevue
Served by routes 230, 245 and 253

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Why make changes?

Under the guidance of King County's Six-Year Transit Development Plan and the Transit Now program approved by voters in November 2006, 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 opened the Overlake Transit Center. By better aligning the routes of the two agencies, and by responding to changing conditions on the Eastside, Metro and Sound Transit can provide more efficient, accessible bus service.

What's the difference between Metro and Sound Transit?

King County Metro is the designated transit provider for King County. In the 1990s, the legislature recognized the need for cross-county and long-haul transit services by creating the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). With voter approval, the RTA created Sound Transit to serve regional transit needs in the urban areas of Pierce, Snohomish, and King counties. Sound Transit provides over 400,000 annual hours of bus service to Eastside residents, and is also making major investments in park-and-ride lots, HOV-only direct access ramps on I-90 at Eastgate and on I-405 at Totem Lake, and other projects.

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

Overall goals of this service proposal

During this Eastside service review, 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 2005-2006 public outreach effort;
  • provide better transit connections at Bellevue Transit Center, Eastgate Park-and-Ride, Kirkland Transit Center, Overlake Transit Center, and Redmond Park-and-Ride;
  • better serve growing areas such as Overlake, Redmond Town Center, and Avondale Road NE.
  • move bus service to areas with greater potential ridership; and
  • improve bus stop facilities.

Routes that are proposed to be changed

This publication includes information on the following routes being considered for changes: 540, 545, 222, 232, 233, 238, 249, 251, 266, 272, 311, and 921.

Routes that are proposed to be introduced

The following new routes are proposed: 221 and 248.

Routes that are proposed to be discontinued

The following routes might be discontinued: 220 and 254.

Routes NOT under consideration for changes

The following routes are NOT under consideration for major changes at this time: 522, 532, 535, 550, 554, 555, 556, 560, 564, 565, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 214, 216, 217, 218, 219, 225, 229, 230, 234, 236, 237, 240, 242, 243, 245, 247, 250, 252, 253, 255, 256, 257, 260, 261, 265, 268, 269, 271, 277, 280, 291, 306, 312, 926, and 929. They will continue to follow the same route they now follow even if all of the potential changes are accepted. Schedules could change to improve connections with other service or respond to changing levels of ridership.

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. 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 for action. Changes approved by the Council will be implemented in September 2007 or February 2008 as service resources become available.

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How Metro and Washington State DOT are keeping you moving through Kirkland during I-405 construction

Route 644 direct service to and from Kenmore/Bothell and Kirkland to Overlake

King County Metro Transit is working with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to help provide additional bus service to areas impacted by the project.

Metro Transit Route 644 operates during the peak commute hours to connect the Kenmore Park-and-Ride lot with the Overlake Transit Center via Finn Hill, Kingsgate, I-405, and SR-520. It operates southbound in the morning and northbound in the afternoon. See the Route 644 Map

Visit for more information about I-405 construction. [external link]

Keep moving with new services and traffic information

The Washington State Department of Transportation and King County Metro Transit are providing expanded services to keep you moving, and traffic information so you'll know before you go:

Bike and ride
Bike to a park-and-ride lot and take the bus. Park-and-ride lots have plenty of bike parking, and all Metro and Sound Transit buses have easy-to-use bike racks.

Bridge the gap between home-transit-work
Metro VanShare provides commuter groups of three or more with a van and reserved parking at park-and-ride lots, to connect from home to the bus or from the bus to work.

Rideshare logo
Beat backups by using carpool lanes
Find or form a carpool, VanPool, or VanShare at Metro will even provide a van, maintenance insurance, and fuel for one low monthly fee.

Know before you go with real-time traffic information
WSDOT's online Traffic Flow Maps give you up-to-the-minute traffic information. You can also get real-time traffic information on your wireless handheld device.

Get traffic updates on the road
While on the road, look for electronic traffic information signs with current travel times and incident information. You can also tune your radio to AM 530 or call 511.

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Produced by Community Relations,
King County Department of Transportation
January 2007

Jan. 10, 2007