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King Street Center
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Seattle, WA 98104
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Bus service revisions begin
Saturday, February 11, 2006

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Downtown Seattle Route Changes

Routes 111, 114 and 143 leaving downtown Seattle will travel southbound on 3rd Ave. instead of 2nd Ave. Northbound routes 111 and 114 will also travel on 3rd Ave. Northbound Route 143 will continue to use 4th Ave.

Route 308 leaving downtown Seattle in the afternoon will travel eastbound on Pike St. instead of Olive Way stopping on Pike St. just east of 6th Ave. This bus stop is shared by routes 306, 312 and ST 522. Morning routing will not change.

Moving these routes takes advantage of faster travel times and offers more travel options to similar destinations from a single bus stop. If you ride any of these routes, your downtown Seattle boarding locations may change beginning Saturday, February 11. Pick up a new GREEN timetable for detailed routing and bus stop information.

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West Seattle Alaska Junction

To facilitate transfers between routes at the Alaska Junction, bus stops will be assigned bay numbers, which will also appear on timetables, maps and other printed materials. Buses will continue to stop where they do now. Refer to the map below for the new bay designations.

Printable map with bay assignments.

West Seattle Alaska Junction boarding locations.

  • Bay 1
    • Route 54 to Downtown Seattle
    • Route 55 to Downtown Seattle
  • Bay 2
    • Route 22 to Downtown Seattle
    • Route 128 to Southcenter
  • Bay 3
    • Route 22 to White Center
    • Route 54 to Fauntleroy/White Center
    • ST Route 560 to SeaTac/Renton/Bellevue
  • Bay 4
    • Route 37 to Downtown Seattle
    • Route 53 to Alki
    • Route 55 to Admiral District
  • Bay 5
    • Route 57 to Admiral District & to Downtown Seattle
  • Bay 6
    • Route 51 to Genesee Hill/Admiral District
    • Route 128 to Admiral District

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New Park-and-Ride Lots

Three long-awaited park-and-rides will open in February 2006. These new facilities will offer additional bus service, more parking stalls, improved boarding facilities, and better access to freeway HOV lanes.

Federal Way Transit Center

The new Federal Way Transit Center, located at 23rd Ave. S. & S. 317th St, will open on Saturday, February 11. This new Transit Center includes a five-story parking garage with more than 1,200 parking spaces. Buses and carpools using the transit center will connect to the I-5 HOV lanes via the Federal Way direct access ramp at S. 317th St. The Federal Way Transit Center has nine bus bays for improved connections to downtown Seattle and other destinations. This secured parking structure has 24-hour security personnel, bicycle storage, modern lighting, and improved boarding facilities.

Most of the routes that will use the new Federal Way Transit Center will no longer serve the renamed Federal Way/S. 320th St. Park-&-Ride. If your route travels through Federal Way, please pick up a new timetable to see how your route may be affected.

Affected Routes: 174, 181, 182, 183, 187, 194, 197, PT 402, PT 500, PT 501, ST 565, ST 574, 901 & 903

New Sound Transit Route 577 Express will offer weekday peak-hour express service between the Federal Way Transit Center and downtown Seattle. For Sound Transit schedule information refer Sound Transit's Get Ready to Ride Transit Guide.

Federal Way TC location.

Federal Way TC boarding locations.

Larger map of bays

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Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride

The new Issaquah Highlands Park-and-Ride will replace the Issaquah Highlands interim lot beginning Monday, February 13.The new five-story parking garage has over 1,000 spaces, 900 more than the interim lot. This parking structure offers bicycle storage, modern lighting, security systems and improved boarding facilities. Routes 218 (new), 269 and ST 554 will serve the lot.

New Route 218 will provide peak-hour service between the Issaquah Highlands P&R and downtown Seattle. This new, direct service makes no stops between the Highlands and the I-90/Rainier Ave. S. Freeway Station in Seattle.

Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride boarding locations.

Larger map of bays

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South Sammamish Park & Ride

The new South Sammamish Park-&-Ride, located at the intersection of 228th Ave. S.E. and Issaquah-Pine Lake Road, will offer 265 parking spaces. The lot has a sheltered bus bay, bicycle storage, security lighting and other amenities. It will be served by routes 216, 269 and 927.

Note: Construction delays could postpone the opening of this park-and-ride lot; it may open later in February.

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Presidents' Day service

On Presidents' Day, Monday, February 20, most Metro routes will operate a Sunday schedule. However, there will be supplemental service provided on routes 7, 28, 41, 54, 64, 73, 101, 106, 120, 140, 150, 154, 174, 255, 303, 342, 358, 941, 949 and 952. Look for the letter "H" on the weekday schedules of your timetable.

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Pick Up Your New Green Timetable

Pick up your new green timetable on your bus, at a Metro information rack, at your work site or local library beginning February 2.

If you ride Sound Transit, Pierce or Community Transit, pick up their new schedules or refer to their web site and look for changes that may impact your bus ride.

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 by close of business February 10, 2006.)
  • Metro Trip Planner Enter a day/date of February 11 or later for itineraries in Metro's service area. Regional trip plans outside of King County may not contain complete information until February 11.
  • Rider Information: Voice: 206-553-3000, TTY: 206-684-1739
  • Bus Time: 206-287-8463
  • More Metro numbers

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Test your trip in advance with Trip Planner

You can plan your trip in advance with Metro's online Trip Planner and see what routes, times and locations are best for you. Trip plans using Metro's new schedules are available now. Enter a day/date of September 24 or later for itineraries in Metro's service area. Regional trip plans outside of King County may not contain complete information until September 24th. Logon to: tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/

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VanShare - Complete Your Connection

Let VanShare bridge the gap in your commute. With VanShare, you can connect with a bus to get to and from work. Use a VanShare van on the first or last leg of your trip and from transit connections at bus stops, park-and-rides, and rail stations or ferry terminals. Plus, your van can be available for personal errands during the day. To get started, phone 206-625-4500, or e-mail VanShare at vanshare@kingcounty.gov

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VanPool - Get Moving!

If bus service isn't your solution, discover vanpooling. It is another great alternative to driving alone. Vanpooling can be as flexible as you want. You can join an existing group or form your own. Pick your vehicle size from 8-, 12- or 15-passenger vans. You will feel good about the money you save. You will also enjoy preferred parking and the use of high-occupancy-vehicle lanes for vanpools, carpools and buses. For more information about VanPool, call 206-625-4500 or visit www.RideshareOnline.com/

graphic of vanpool van

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External links to partnering transit agencies

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