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King County council meeting on proposed transit changes
Metro Proposals Significantly Changed as a Result of February Outreach
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The King County Councilís Transportation Committee will take public comments on proposed changes to Metro bus service in North Bend, Snoqualmie, Carnation, Issaquah, Fall City and Preston.
Wednesday, April 23
King County Courthouse Council Chambers
516 Third Ave.
The recommended changes are described below.
The full council will vote on the proposed changes in late April or May. If the changes are adopted, they will go into effect in September 2008.
Proposed bus service changes
- Route 209 would retain current routing from North Bend through Fall City and Preston to Issaquah; the schedule would be expanded to provide hourly service in both directions during weekday peak periods.
- Route 214 would operate peak commute-time service between downtown Issaquah and downtown Seattle via the new Issaquah Transit Center (SR-900 at Newport Way), and would no longer operate between North Bend and downtown Issaquah. Service east of Front Street in downtown Issaquah would be replaced by expanded Route 209 and new Route 215. Routing of Route 214 would not change between Issaquah and Seattle. Route 214 would not stop on the I-90/Eastgate direct access ramps.
- New Route 215 would operate peak commute-time service between North Bend and downtown Seattle via Snoqualmie Ridge and the new Issaquah Transit Center (SR-900 at Newport Way). Route 215 would have five morning and five evening trips spaced approximately 30 minutes apart, and would stop on the I-90/Eastgate direct access ramps. Route 215 would not stop at the High Point ramps, but would stop on the I-90 ramps in Preston if Metro can get state approval.
- Route 922, which now offers only a single morning and afternoon trip between Carnation and Redmond via Ames Lake Road, would be discontinued due to very low ridership.
- Route 929 would have an expanded weekday schedule of seven round trips, most during peak periods, between Fall City and Redmond. Service would not be extended to the Issaquah Highlands Park-and-Ride. Route 929 riders from Carnation and Duvall could transfer to Route 209 in Fall City to continue to Issaquah, Snoqualmie or North Bend.
Stop and schedule details will be determined in upcoming months.
Advantages of the proposed changes
New Route 215 would provide a faster, more direct peak-period connection to Seattle and serve Snoqualmie Ridge residents, who currently have no bus service. Service to and from Carnation, Fall City and Preston will be expanded. On weekdays, commuters to Issaquah would have access to both the hourly 209 service and the half-hourly peak service on Route 215. Service on routes 209 and 929 would be scheduled so that transfers between them would be more conveniently timed in Fall City. Service hours currently used on the Route 922 would help fund the proposed service increase on Route 929.
Metro received many comments from people who would like to see a new park-and-ride lot at Snoqualmie Ridge. Metro continues to search for a park-and-ride site.
Metro is proposing to pay for the new service with funds generated by Transit Now, an initiative approved by voters in November 2006.
The Transit Now initiative is a 10-year bus service plan approved by voters in 2006 that will expand service by 15 to 20 percent.