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Metro Transit Special Rider Alert, February 2002

Bus Service Improvements Start Saturday, February 2, 2002

Every day, changes occur to King County roads, businesses and communities that impact our transportation network. That's why Metro makes changes to its bus service several times throughout the year. We want to help make your bus trips as fast and convenient as possible, and deliver service you can count on and appreciate.

A quick summary of our February changes is listed in this Special Rider Alert. You'll see we've added a new bus route and new facilities, and changed several existing routes. Please refer to your route's specific new blue timetable for more details.

We also invite you to visit our web site or call us to find out about the many transportation options available for you in King County. Choose from buses, ACCESS vans, vanpools and flexcars -- to new ways to plan bus trips and buy passes on the web. At Metro, we're working hard to give people easy access to the things they need in everyday life, plus help you save money, reduce stress and protect our environment, too.

If you have any questions about the changes in this brochure or need help planning your trip, please call Rider Information at 206-553-3000 (TTY users 206-684-1739), or use our online Trip Planner.

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Pick Up Your New Blue Timetable

Most bus routes have some schedule or route changes, so please read this Special Rider Alert brochure and pick up your route's new blue timetable on your bus and at Metro information racks, work sites and libraries starting January 24, 2002. Please help conserve paper by taking only the timetables you need or by using these other information options:

  • Metro Online (New timetables and maps will be available on Metro Online by close of business February 1, 2002.)
  • Online Trip Planner (Trip plans using new schedules should be available the week of January 21, 2002.)
  • Rider Information
    206-553-3000 - Voice
    206-684-1739 - TTY

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Holiday Service

On Presidents' Day, Monday, February 18, and Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, most Metro buses will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule. On Presidents' Day, the routes listed below will operate limited/supplemental service (look for the letter "H" on the weekday portion of your timetable.) 7 Express, 15 Express, 26, 28, 71, 72, 73, 101, 106, 136, 150, 174, 194, 230, 307, 342, and 358. Routes 941, 943, 949, 951, and 952 will operate all of their regular trips.

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Princeton Bridge Project Impacts Route 74 Bus Stops

The City of Seattle's Princeton Bridge construction project will impact Route 74 bus stops on N.E. 55th St. east of 40th Ave. N.E., and on Sand Point Way south of N.E. 65th St.

During the closure, new bus stops will be located on 40th Ave. N.E. between N.E. 55th St. and N.E. 65th St., and on N.E. 65th St. east of 50th Ave. N.E. Watch for this change and a Rider Alert at your bus stop.

The project is scheduled to start in March. Until then, Route 74 will operate as described in the current orange timetable. Your new blue timetable describes how Route 74 will operate during the bridge closure.

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New Overlake Transit Center at N.E. 40th St in Redmond

The new Overlake Transit Center at N.E. 40th St. & 156th Ave. N.E. will provide regional bus service connections for Metro routes 222, 225, 229, 230, 245, 247, 256, 269 and Sound Transit Route 545.

Metro routes 232, 268 and ST Route 545 will serve the new bus stops on SR-520 at N.E. 40th St.

Use the map to locate your route, destination, new boarding location and the transit center parking entrance.

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Overlake Park & Ride Reopens in Redmond

The Overlake Park & Ride Lot located NE 26th St. & 152nd Ave NE. will reopen early March and provide regional bus service connections for Metro routes 222, 242, 247, 249, 250, 253, 261, and Community Transit Route 441.

Until the park & ride opens, routes 222, 242, 249, 250, 253 and 261 will operate on their current routing as shown in your orange September 2001 timetable. Route 247 will serve Overlake Transit Center at N.E. 40th St. as shown in your new blue timetable, but not serve the park & ride.

There will be two levels of covered parking.

The Overlake Park Presbyterian Church interim park & ride lot will be closed once the park & ride reopens.

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Aurora Village Transit Center Closed for Improvements

The Aurora Village Transit Center (AVTC), located N. 200th St. & Ashworth Ave. N., closed for major improvements October 2001. The AVTC will reopen Spring 2002 with improved bus stop shelters, customer information facilities, concessions building, and an overall art theme design.

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Night service improvements for routes 15, 18, 21 and 56

Metro routes 15, 18, 21 and 56 will provide 15-minute night service along 1st Ave. in downtown Seattle serving Pioneer Square, Belltown, Lower Queen Anne, Interbay and Ballard.

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Another First for Metro

Photo of new trolley bus Metro Transit will roll out the first of 100 new trolley buses this month. The new buses will save King County taxpayers over $20 million due to the removal and rebuilding of motors on the existing trolley fleet. Upgraded, state-of-the-art electronics will also be added.

As the new trolleys enter service, riders of routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 12, 13, 14, 36, and 70 will board new bright blue-green-gold buses - Metro's new design colors-newer buses, and will experience a more reliable ride because of the trolley's improved ability to stay connected to the overhead wires.

At Metro, we're constantly working hard on innovative projects to improve local air quality, save money, and provide superior service. The retrofit project for our new trolley buses - deemed the "biggest recycling program in King County" - is the latest in a long line of "firsts" for Metro Transit. We were the first transit agency to introduce wheelchair accessibility on all our buses, the first to offer a free-ride zone in the core business district of a city, and the first to offer articulated buses to improve service levels and reduce congestion. And that's just to name a few.

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Never Attempt to Board a Moving Bus

caution symbol Never attempt to run after a moving bus to get it to stop. While our drivers always keep a watchful eye out for riders at our bus stops, they must turn their attention to the road and traffic once the bus is moving. They may not be able to see you, and you could be putting yourself and others at risk.

Your safety comes first to us at Metro, and we want to make your boarding and riding experience a safe and pleasant one.

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External links to partnering transit agencies

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