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Proposed changes to east I-90 transit service

King County Metro Transit is proposing changes to bus service in the east Interstate 90 corridor between North Bend and Issaquah and including Preston, Fall City, Snoqualmie and Klahanie. These changes are intended to better match transit service to the needs of rapidly developing areas in and around this corridor.

The proposed changes would affect routes 209, 214, 922 and 929, and add new Route 215. The changes are described below and shown on the map inside.

If approved by the King County Council, the changes will be made in September 2008.

The proposed service expansion would be funded by the Transit Now initiative combined with a reorganization of existing service.

The comment period was over March 7, 2008; however, you may read the questions by clicking on the questionnaire link below.

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Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Fall City Elementary School
multi-purpose room
33314 SE 42nd Street, Fall City
Served by Metro routes 209 and 214.

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Proposed Route 215

Metro proposes to operate a new, more direct route from North Bend to Seattle called Route 215. This new route would provide service through North Bend and Snoqualmie, including Snoqualmie Ridge, and would operate on I-90 between Snoqualmie Parkway and downtown Seattle. Between Snoqualmie Ridge and downtown Seattle, the new route would serve Issaquah Highlands Park-and-Ride as well as I-90 freeway stops at Eastgate Park-and-Ride and Rainier Avenue South. Route 215 would provide five westbound trips in the morning peak period and five eastbound trips in the afternoon peak period.

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Route 214

Currently, five Route 214 trips operate between Issaquah and North Bend during each peak period, westbound in the morning and eastbound in the afternoon. With the new service provided by proposed Route 215, Metro proposes to no longer operate these Route 214 trips between North Bend and downtown Issaquah. The level of service and routing between downtown Issaquah and downtown Seattle would stay the same as it is today, except that Route 214 would also stop at the I-90 / Eastgate freeway station.

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Route 209

Metro proposes to revise Route 209 to 1) serve Snoqualmie Ridge and 2) serve W North Bend Way and Meadowbrook Way in North Bend, the same routing proposed for new Route 215. During peak periods, Route 209 would provide hourly service eastbound in the morning and westbound in the afternoon. During midday hours and on Saturdays, Route 209 would provide hourly service in both directions.

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Route 929

Metro proposes to revise the routing and schedule of Route 929 to provide weekday service to Issaquah Highlands Park-and-Ride from Klahanie and Fall City. Service between Carnation, Duvall, Redmond Ridge and Redmond would increase to six round trips on weekdays. Between Carnation and Issaquah Highlands Park-and-Ride, Route 929 would operate every 40 to 60 minutes during peak hours and about every two hours during midday.

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Route 922

Due to continued very low ridership, Metro proposes to delete Route 922, which provides service between Carnation and Redmond.

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Advantages and disadvantages of the proposed changes

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Metro would pay for the proposed new service in part with funds generated by Transit Now, an initiative approved by voters in November 2006.

The types of services funded by Transit Now include:

  • New bus service for growing residential areas
  • Bus rapid transit service, called RapidRide, in five busy corridors (Pacific Highway South, West Seattle, Ballard/Uptown, Aurora Avenue, and Bellevue-Redmond)
  • More all-day, two-way service on heavily used bus routes
  • Partnerships with major employers, cities, institutions and businesses to add new service in rapidly expanding employment centers
  • Expanded rideshare and paratransit services.

The Transit Now ballot measure increased the sales tax by one-tenth of one percent to pay for a 15-20 percent expansion of Metro Transit service over 10 years.

For more information visit www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/metrotransit/transitnow.aspx

The proposed changes would have benefits and drawbacks. Metro will consider these, along with public comments, in making a final recommendation about this proposal.

Advantages of the proposed changes:
  • Provide all-day, two-way service to Snoqualmie Ridge, an area currently not served by transit (Routes 209 and 215)
  • Create a faster downtown Seattle connection in the peak periods for North Bend and Snoqualmie residents (Route 215)
  • Provide North Bend residents a faster connection during peak hours to and from downtown Seattle via I-90 / Eastgate freeway station, a major transfer point for local and regional service (Route 215)
  • Provide Carnation residents with increased service during peak periods, faster service to downtown Seattle and a connection to regional service at Issaquah Highlands Park-and-Ride (Route 929).
  • Provide additional service to Klahanie (Route 929)
  • Improve service to Snoqualmie Valley Hospital in North Bend, which currently has infrequent transit service (Routes 209 and 215)
  • Increase service at Issaquah Highlands Park-and-Ride (Routes 929 and 215) and I-90 / Eastgate freeway station (Routes 214 and 215).
  • Increase service to the planned new park-and-ride in North Bend, on West North Bend Way at Sydney Avenue (Routes 209 and 215).
Disadvantages of the proposed changes:
  • Eliminate service between Fall City and Snoqualmie/North Bend (Routes 209 and 214)
  • Eliminate service to Preston, including Preston Park-and-Ride (Routes 209 and 214)
  • Eliminate service to Ames Lake area (Route 922)
  • Service to Fall City would be less frequent and would not operate on Saturdays
  • Eliminate the direct connection between Fall City and downtown Seattle (Route 214). (Existing Fall City riders would be able to transfer from Route 929 to Seattle-bound service at Issaquah Highlands Park-and-Ride and complete the overall trip in approximately the same time as with current service.)
  • Eliminate all service at three sets of existing stops in North Bend
  • Eliminate Route 214 direct service to Seattle from the stops in Issaquah east of Front Street. Route 209 would continue to serve these stops, and Route 554 would continue to serve stops on Sunset Way at First Avenue NW (westbound) and Rainier Boulevard S (eastbound).

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Produced by Community Relations,
King County Department of Transportation
February 2008

Feb. 4, 2008