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Special Rider Alert February 2000

Transit service changes begin Saturday, February 5, 2000

Approval of Initiative 695 (the $30 license tab fee), passed by voters in November, eliminated the motor vehicle tax. This tax previously funded approximately one-third of King County Metro Transit's direct operating budget.

In December, Governor Gary Locke proposed a budget to the State Legislature that addresses impacts of I-695.

While the Governor's proposal enables some postponement of major service cuts planned for this year, uncertainty caused by I-695 has prevented Metro from hiring new bus drivers. As a result, it is not possible to return to full service levels until after the February service change when new drivers are hired.

The information included here reflects the latest adjustments to February information, and may differ from printed materials.

  • Four routes cancelled: 40, 948, 954, 972
  • 13 routes temporarily suspended*: 34, 50, 86, 98, 108, 109, 117, 129, 189, 247, 334, 924, 944
  • Eight routes now operate peak-hour service only*: 110, 124, 153, 231, 233, 239, 269, 314
  • 69 routes with noted schedule or routing changes*:
    major changes: 22, 25, 37, 39, 42, 51, 74, 118, 119, 149, 154, 155, 173, 185, 201, 209, 222, 225, 229, 234, 256, 302, 315, 372, 912, 915, 921. minor changes: 1, 19, 21, 31, 33, 41, 46, 54, 55, 56, 57, 60, 64, 66, 78, 85, 105, 114, 139, 148, 164, 166, 170, 181, 183, 186, 188, 200, 203, 204, 213, 237, 242, 251, 254, 266, 307, 370, **ST565, **ST570, 922, 952.

* Service on these routes will be reinstated as new drivers are hired.
**ST designates service provided by Sound Transit.


New Purple Timetables

Be sure to pick up a new purple timetable for detailed routing and scheduling information, available on buses and at outlets in late January. Timetables and maps will be available on Metro Online by close of business February 4, 2000. Please help conserve paper by taking only the timetables you need or by using these other information options:

  • Metro Online
  • Sound Transit [external link]
  • Rider Information 206-553-3000 - Voice
  • Rider Information 206-684-1739 - TTY/TDD
  • ST Express 1-888-889-6368
  • Bus Time 206-287-8463 - February schedules will be available in Bus Time during the last week of January.

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Carpool/vanpool options

Riders affected by February service changes may be able to use alternative transportation. Metro sponsors more than 700 vanpools, and provides assistance with forming carpools. Please see Metro's VanPool Riders Wanted Bulletin for available openings. Complete a Ridematch Application, or call:

  • 206-625-4500 (voice) or 206-684-1855 (TTY)
  • 800-427-8249 (toll free)

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New tunnel hours

Effective Saturday, February 5, 2000 the Metro Transit tunnel will once again close at 7 p.m. on weeknights. All tunnel buses will operate on 3rd Ave. when the tunnel is closed. There is no change to regular Saturday hours.

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Holiday service

On President's Day, Monday, February 21, and Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, most Metro buses will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule.

On President's Day, the following routes will operate supplemental service, indicated by the letter "H" on the weekday portion of the timetable: 7, 15, 101, 150, 174, 194, 263, 307, 312, 340, 358, 550, 565, 949, 950, 951, 952, 965, 970.

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Attention Bicyclists

Please remember, Metro does not permit bicycles inside buses for safety reasons. Bicycles may be loaded or unloaded at any bus zone at any time except in the Ride Free Area between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. During these hours, loading or unloading bikes is restricted to a route's first and last ride free stop and the tunnel stops at Convention Place and International District Stations.

Please follow these safety tips:

  • Always tell the driver when you are going to load and unload your bike.
  • Load your bike in the outside rack slot when it is available.
  • Return the rack to the upright position if no other bike is loaded.

Following these tips will ensure a safe trip. For additional information see our Bike web pages.

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New 2-zone off-peak fare

Effective December 30, 1999, one and two zone fares are the same during off-peak hours. Instead of $1.25 for each one way trip, off-peak two zone riders now pay $1.00 for each one-way trip. One zone and two zone peak fares will not change. For complete fare information, see What and How to Pay on Metro Transit.

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