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Bus Service Revisions Begin Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009

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 and economic conditions in the Puget Sound region. That's why Metro Transit makes revisions 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 rely on.

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

You can also visit Metro Online or 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, VanShare, Rideshare, Access vans for eligible riders, carpool, Zipcar, bike-and-ride 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 the environment and reduce global warming. So when we say, "We'll Get You There," we mean it!

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New Green Timetables & Trip Planning

  • Pick up a new green timetable on your bus or at a Metro information rack, your work site or a local library.
  • On Friday, Feb. 6, complete schedule and custom printable timetables will be available on Metro Online.
  • You can plan your trips as early as Jan. 28, with Metro's Trip Planner. Remember to enter a travel date of Feb. 7 or later.

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

If you have questions or need help planning your trip, call Metro's Customer Information at 206-553-3000 (TTY Relay: 711). The office is open 24 hours a day but closed on major holidays and King County furlough days.

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New Fare Increase Effective Feb. 1

On Sunday, Feb. 1, Metro adult fares will increase by 25 cents. Prices for Access Pass and FlexPass will also increase. Youth and senior/disabled fares will not change.

Off-peak cash fares will increase from $1.50 to $1.75. Peak cash fares will increase from $1.75 to $2 for one zone and from $2.25 to $2.50 for two zones. The regional Day Pass (good on Saturday, Sunday and holidays only) will increase from $3.50 to $4. Family fares (for one adult and up to four passengers 17 or younger on Sunday and holidays) will increase from $1.50 to $2. Seattle Streetcar South Lake Union Line adult fares will increase from $1.75 to $2.

Access (paratransit) cash fares will increase from 75 cents to $1. Pre-approval of eligibility is required for Access service.

Metro Vanpool fares will increase from $1.75 to $2 and from $2.25 to $2.50. Vanpool monthly passes will increase from $63 to $72 ($2 fare) and from $81 to $90 ($2.50 fare).

Metro ticketbooks will increase to $21 for 12 $1.75 tickets, $40 for 20 $2 tickets and $50 for 20 $2.50 tickets.

During the past several years, Metro Transit has taken steps to offset rising costs and hold fares steady. This effort, however, has limited Metro's ability to keep up with increasing demand for transit services, and it is affecting the on-time performance of bus service.

By raising $11.7 million in additional revenue annually, this fare increase will enable Metro to maintain and improve the reliability of its system.

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New Bike Loading Policy on Downtown Seattle Streets Begins February 7

Because of the increased demand for linking bicycles and transit, King County Metro is opening all bus stops on surface streets in downtown Seattle to bicycle loading and unloading during off-peak hours. Beginning Saturday, Feb. 7, bikes may be loaded and unloaded at any Metro bus stop in the downtown Seattle Ride Free Area - except during peak hours. During peak hours (6-9 am and 3-7 pm weekdays), bikes can be loaded and unloaded only at a specific routes first or last stop in the Ride Free Area (as well as at any stop outside the Ride Free Area). This improvement will allow cyclists the convenience of using buses on surface streets in downtown Seattle.

Bikes may be loaded on buses in all stations of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel whenever it is open, Monday through Friday, 5 am to 7 pm.

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Revised Bay Assignments at the Overlake Transit Center

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 7, all routes serving the Overlake Transit Center will have revised bus stop assignments. These changes will improve pedestrian access to the transit center and reduce overloads by combining common destinations at the bus stops. The following chart identifies current and new bus stops for Metro routes 221, 225, 229, 244, 247, 249 and 256 and Sound Transit routes 545, 564 and 565.

Route

Current

New

221 to Redmond

Bay 4

Bay 3

221 to Eastgate

Bay 3

Bay 6

225 to Seattle

Bay 3

Bay 4

229 to Seattle

Bay 3

Bay 4

244 to Kenmore

Bay 2

Bay 6

247 to Kent Boeing

Bay 4

Bay 6

249 to Bellevue

Bay 4

Bay 3

256 to Seattle

Bay 3

Bay 4

ST 545 to Seattle (after noon)

Bay 2

Bay 4

ST 564 to South Hill TC

Bay 4

Bay 3

ST 565 to Federal Way

Bay 4

Bay 3

graphic of transit center and bay numbers

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Reduced Weekday and Holiday Bus Service

Metro bus routes operate a reduced weekday service* on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 16. Metro will operate a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.

*Reduced weekday service: Because of lower demand, the number of trips are reduced on some routes, and many peak-only commuter routes are canceled. Please check your route's timetable for details.

Also, check the Sound Transit section for more holiday service information.

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University of Washington Bus Riders

Besides the holidays when Metro operates a Sunday schedule or reduced weekday service, routes 31, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 205, 272, 277 and 372 will operate fewer trips or are canceled on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb 16, and March 23-27 when the University of Washington is not in session. Please check your route's timetable for details.

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Never Try 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; it could cause a serious accident. Be safe, and NEVER try to stop a moving bus.

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Be Prepared When Boarding or Exiting Your Bus

To speed up the loading and unloading of passengers, please have your cash fare, transfer or pass ready when boarding or exiting the bus. If passengers are standing, please move toward the back of the bus so other people can board. Also, while standing on a bus, please hold onto an upright or overhead stanchion or seat-back handle. "Help Metro Help You" in case of unexpected starts and stops, while the bus is moving, and while getting on and off buses.

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When to Pay On Routes Traveling Through the Free Ride Area

Customers boarding outside the Ride Free Area in downtown Seattle but riding through downtown to a destination outside of the Ride Free Area, should ask for a transfer when boarding the bus and show it to the driver when exiting.

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Spread the Word about Commuting Options

Higher fuel prices, 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 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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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@kincounty.gov

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External links to partnering transit agencies

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Updated Jan. 28, 2009