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Bus Service Revisions Begin Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010

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 that begin in early February.

Take your pick of travel modes: bus, train, 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 and protect the environment. So when we say, “We’ll Get You There,” we mean it!

If you have questions or need help planning your trip, call Metro Customer Information at 206-553-3000 (TTY Relay: 711) or visit our Trip Planner.

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New Customer Information Office Hours

Customer Information: 206-553-3000
Monday through Friday
5 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Closed on Major Holidays

Service Change Highlights

New Metro Route 156 and Sound Transit Route 566

New Route 156 will replace Route 140 service in McMicken Heights between Southcenter and SeaTac, and will serve the new SeaTac/Airport Station for Sound Transit’s Link light rail service. Route 156 will operate every 30 minutes from 5 am to 9 pm weekdays, and every 60 minutes from 6 am to 9 pm on weekends. Some peak-period trips will extend to the Tukwila Sounder Station. Route 156 will be connected with Route 155 during weekday off-peak periods and on Saturday.

New Sound Transit Route 566 replaces major portions of ST routes 564 and 565 serving Overlake, Bellevue, Renton, Kent and Auburn. Route 566 will serve the Auburn P&R and will operate every 30 minutes all day with more frequent service between Kent and Overlake during the morning and afternoon peak periods.

Map of new route 156

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Metro Route 194 and Sound Transit Routes 564 and 565 Replaced

Link light rail and expanded ST Express bus service will replace Route 194 between Federal Way, SeaTac and downtown Seattle. For alternative service from downtown Seattle to Sea-Tac Airport, board Link in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel. For service to Federal Way, board ST routes 577 and 578 westbound on Lenora St just east of 4th Ave or southbound on 2nd Ave at Lenora, Pike, Seneca, Marion, and James streets, and on 2nd Ave Ext S & S Jackson St. ST Route 574 will also operate more frequently between SeaTac and Federal Way including service to the Star Lake and Kent-Des Moines park-and-rides.

New ST Express Route 566 will replace most portions of ST routes 564 and 565. For alternative northbound peak-period service that Route 564 had provided to Overlake from Puyallup or Sumner, board an ST Sounder train to Kent Station and transfer there to new ST Route 566 to Renton, Bellevue and Overlake. During the morning peak-period, South Hill P&R customers will need to board PT Route 495 to Puyallup Station to connect with Sounder. For northbound service midday and during the afternoon peak-period, board ST Route 578 at Puyallup Station to Auburn Station and transfer to new Route 566 there to Kent, Renton, Bellevue and Overlake. Customers traveling to and from South Hill midday will need to transfer to PT Route 402 at Puyallup Station.

For alternative northbound peak-period service that Route 565 had provided to Overlake from the Federal Way Transit Center, board Metro Route 181 or ST Route 578 to Auburn Station and transfer there to new Route 566 to Kent, Renton, Bellevue and Overlake. Another alternative from the Federal Way Transit Center would be to board Metro Route 179 or ST routes 577 and 578 to downtown Seattle and transfer to ST Route 545 to Overlake or ST 550 to Bellevue.

Map of new route 566

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Major Routing Revision for Route 140

Westbound Route 140 trips will operate on Tukwila Pkwy, Southcenter Blvd and S 154th St to serve Bay 3 at the Tukwila International Blvd Station. Eastbound Route 140 trips to Renton will serve Bay 2 at the Tukwila International Blvd Station. Route 140 will no longer serve Sea-Tac Airport or McMicken Heights between Southcenter and Sea-Tac Airport. New Route 156 will provide service in McMicken Heights. ST Route 560 will continue to serve Burien and Renton via the Sea-Tac bus stop.

Revised Route 180 will provide service along Air Cargo Rd. During peak hours, new Route 156 will provide service between the Tukwila Sounder Station and Sea-Tac Airport.

Map of new route 140

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Service Revision at Sea-Tac Airport

Beginning Saturday, Feb 6, Metro routes 140, 174 and 180 will no longer serve the bus stops at the Sea-Tac Airport main terminal. ST Routes 560 and 574 will continue to serve the bus stop at the airport main terminal in both directions. New Route 156 and routes 174, 180 and 574 will serve the SeaTac/Airport Station bus stops at International Blvd/S 176th St.

At the Sea-Tac Airport terminal, Bay 1 will be permanently closed, and Bay 2 will remain in its current location but without a bay designation.

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Routes 76, 77, 216, 218 and 316 Move to the Transit Tunnel

Beginning Monday, Feb 8, routes 76, 77 and 316 will operate in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel serving Bay A northbound and Bay C southbound. Northbound Route 76 to Wedgwood, Route 77 to North City and Route 316 to Meridian Park will no longer operate on Eastlake Ave E, Stewart St, 3rd Ave, Terrace St and 5th Ave in downtown Seattle. Southbound Route 76, 77 and 316 trips to downtown Seattle will no longer operate on 5th Ave, Yesler Way, 3rd Ave and Olive Way.

Routes 216 and 218 will also begin operating in the transit tunnel, serving Bay D eastbound and Bay B westbound.  Eastbound Route 216 to Bear Creek P&R and Route 218 to Issaquah Highlands P&R will no longer operate on Lenora St, 2nd Ave, S Washington St and 5th Ave S in downtown Seattle. Southbound routes 216 and 218 to downtown Seattle will no longer operate on 5th Ave S and 4th Ave.

Please refer to the Schedule & Route Revisions section for more information about these routes.

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Long Term Construction Reroute for Routes 73, 77 and 373

Due to the reconstruction of the Thornton Creek Bridge on 15th Ave NE, Route 73 will be revised to operate northbound on 12th Ave NE and southbound on Roosevelt Way NE between NE Ravenna Blvd and NE 75th St. Route 73 will operate both directions on Roosevelt Way NE between NE 75th St and NE 112th St, and on Pinehurst Way NE between NE 112th St and NE 115th St. Northbound Route 73 to Jackson Park will serve a new bus stop westbound on NE Ravenna Blvd just west of University Way NE and all bus stops on 12th Ave NE and Roosevelt Way NE north of NE Ravenna Blvd. During this long-term reroute, Route 73 will not serve the bus stop northbound on University Way NE just south of NE Ravenna Blvd. Southbound Route 73 to downtown Seattle will serve all bus stops on Roosevelt Way NE except the bus stop just north of NE Ravenna Blvd.

Due to reconstruction of the Thornton Creek Bridge on 15th Ave NE, Route 77 will be revised to operate both directions on Roosevelt Way NE between NE 80th St and NE 112th, and on Pinehurst Way NE between NE 112th St and NE 115th St. Southbound Route 77 to downtown Seattle will operate on NE 65th St and NE Ravenna Blvd to the I-5 express lanes. Route 77 will make limited stops north of NE 80th St and will make no stops between NE 80th St and downtown Seattle.

Due to the reconstruction of the Thornton Creek Bridge on 15th Ave NE, Route 373 will be revised to operate northbound on 12th Ave NE and southbound on Roosevelt Way NE between NE Ravenna Blvd and NE 75th St. Route 373 will operate both directions on Roosevelt Way NE between NE 75th St and NE 112th St, and on Pinehurst Way NE between NE 112th St and NE 115th St. Northbound Route 373 to Jackson Park will serve the bus stops on 12th Ave NE just north of NE 65th St, on Roosevelt Way NE just north of NE 80th St, NE 90th St, NE 100th St and NE Northgate Way, and on Pinehurst Way NE just north of NE 115th Ave NE. Southbound Route 373 trips to the U-District will serve the bus stops on Pinehurst Way NE just north of NE 115th St and on Roosevelt Way NE just south of NE 102nd St, NE 90th St, NE 79th St and NE 65th St. These reroutes are expected to last most of 2010.

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Expanded Bike Loading Policy

To improve the convenience of linking bicycles and transit, cyclists may now load and unload bicycles at all bus stops, including downtown Seattle and the transit tunnel.

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Holiday Bus Service

Presidents Day and Memorial Day

Metro bus routes will operate a weekday schedule on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15, and a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31.

Please check your route’s Timetable or Trip Planner for more information.

For Sound Transit service and schedule information, please check www.soundtransit.org

University of Washington Breaks

Designated trips on routes 31, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 205, 272, 277 and 372 will be canceled from Monday, March 22, to Friday, March 26, when the University of Washington is not in session.

Please check your route’s Timetable or Trip Planner for more information.

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External links to partnering transit agencies

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