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Bus Service Revisions Begin Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008

Every day, changes occur to King County roads, businesses and communities that affect our transportation network. Many of these changes are due to population growth in the Puget Sound region. That's why Metro Transit makes changes to its bus service three times each year. We want to make your bus trips as fast and convenient as possible, and deliver service you can count on.

This Special Rider Alert brochure summarizes service revisions beginning in early February 2008. Please check your route's new blue timetable for more details.

You can also call us to learn about the many transportation choices and services available to you in King County. Take your pick of travel modes: bus, VanPool, Flexcar, VanShare, Rideshare, Access vans, carpool, bike and more. Name the place where you want to go - work, home or play - and choose your time. You'll find that Metro has a solution for you.

At Metro, we're working hard to give you easy access to the places you want to go, while helping you save money, control stress, protect our environment and reduce global warming. So when we say, "We'll Get You There," we mean it!

If you have questions about the information in this brochure or need help planning your trip, call Metro Rider Information at 206-553-3000 (TTY 206-684-1739) or visit Metro Online.

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New Blue Timetables & Advance Trip Planning

  • Beginning Thursday, Jan. 31, pick up a new blue timetable on your bus or at a Metro information rack, your work site or a local library.
  • On Friday, Feb. 8, complete schedule and custom printable timetables will be available on Metro Online.
  • You can also plan your trips as early as Monday, Jan. 28, with Metro's online Trip Planner. Remember to enter a travel date of Feb. 9 or later.

If you ride Community Transit, Pierce Transit or Sound Transit service, please check their new schedules or refer to their web sites.

Metro's Rider Information office at 206-553-3000 (TTY 206-684-1739) is open 24 hours a day but closed on major holidays. On weekdays after a major holiday, Rider Information reopens at 5 a.m.

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Major Eastside Service Revisions

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 9, there are 32 routes with revisions that will improve connections to major Eastside transit centers, increase service to growing areas on the Eastside, and provide more efficient service. Metro is using funds generated by Transit Now to help pay for these improvements.

New Route 221 operates between Education Hill and the Eastgate Park-and-Ride via the Redmond and Overlake transit centers. New Route 248 operates between Avondale Road NE and Kirkland TC via the new Redmond TC and NE 85th St.

The Redmond TC opens Saturday, Feb. 9, with fourteen routes operating between six bus bays and various locations on the Eastside and downtown Seattle. Also, bay assignments at the Bellevue TC have been revised to relieve overcrowding and to make transferring easier.

Check the Service Revision sections of this brochure for more information on these changes.

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Expanded Service on Routes 8 and 70

Metro is increasing service on routes 8 and 70 thanks to financial contributions by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Group Health Cooperative, Recreational Equipment Inc., the City of Seattle and Vulcan, Inc., with the support of a federal transportation grant to Metro. The new service runs to February 2010, but it may be extended depending on business community support.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 11, Route 8 operates seven new trips that, combined with existing service, provide a trip every 15 minutes from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm on weekdays. Route 70 operates 10 new trips that, combined with existing service, provide a trip every 10 minutes from 3-6 pm on weekdays.

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Holiday Bus Service

On Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18, Metro bus routes will operate a Sunday schedule with supplemental trips on selected routes. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, Metro bus routes will operate a Sunday schedule. Please check your route's timetable for more details.

These Metro operated Sound Transit routes will operate the following holiday service:

  • Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18, 2008:
    • Weekday schedule: route 545, 564, 565, 577
    • Sunday schedule: Route 560
    • Sunday schedule with added trips: routes 522, 550, 554
    • No service: routes 540, 555, 556
  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 26:
    • Sunday schedule: routes 522, 540, 545, 550, 554, 555, 556, 560, 564, 565, 577

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University of Washington Bus Riders

Designated trips on routes 31, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 205, 272, 277, 372 and ST 540 will be canceled March 24-28 when the University of Washington is not in session. Please check your route's timetable for details.

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Spread the Word about Commuting Options

Higher gasoline prices and parking fees, increased insurance rates and longer drive times make commuting by car more expensive and stressful every day. Tell your family and friends about the commuting choices offered by Metro Transit and its neighboring transportation partners Community Transit, Pierce Transit and Sound Transit. Commuting by bus, carpool, vanpool or train can be cost-effective and pleasant.

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Never Attempt to Board a Moving Bus

Bus drivers turn their attention to road conditions and traffic when the bus is leaving a bus stop. That is why you should never try to run after or alongside a moving bus; the driver may not see you. Also, drivers are not permitted to stop and pick you up in the street or outside a bus stop. Please, don't put yourself and others at risk by distracting the bus driver; that might cause a serious accident. Be safe, and never try to stop a moving bus.

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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/

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External links to partnering transit agencies

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