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Bus Service Revisions Begin Saturday, May 31, 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 summarizes service revisions beginning in late May 2008. Please check your route's new green 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 here or need help planning your trip, call Metro Rider Information at 206-553-3000 (TTY 206-684-1739).

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New Green Timetables & Advance Trip Planning

  • Beginning Thursday, May 22, pick up a new green timetable on your bus or at a Metro information rack, your work site or a local library.
  • On Friday, May 30, complete schedule and custom printable timetables will be available on Metro Online.
  • You can also plan your trips as early as Wednesday, May 21, with Metro's online Trip Planner. Remember to enter a travel date of May 31 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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The Transportation Connection Closes in Mid-August

The Transportation Connection, in the retail concourse at Rainier Square in downtown Seattle, will close in mid-August. At that time, all services now available at the Transportation Connection will move to the Metro Customer Stop at the west end of the mezzanine in Westlake Station, near Macy’s.

When the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel closed in September 2005, Metro closed the Customer Stop and opened the temporary Transportation Connection to provide a central location where customers could buy passes and get information on transit services. In September 2007, the Customer Stop reopened but provided only customer information.

The Customer Stop will now be a full-service location that is open weekdays during regular business hours. You can talk to Metro staff, buy ticket books and passes, and pick up timetables. Timetables are available on racks near the Customer Stop and at the east end of the Westlake mezzanine near Nordstrom.

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Local Route 74 Renumbered Route 30

There will be no change in service levels, and routing will stay the same to and from Sand Point, Ravenna, the University District, Wallingford, Fremont and the Seattle Center. Routes 30 and 74 Express will continue to provide a combined 15-minute service during morning and afternoon peak periods, both directions, between Sand Point and the U-District.

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Holiday Bus Service

Metro bus routes will operate a Sunday schedule on Independence Day, Friday, July 4, and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. Please check your route’s timetable for more details. Also, check the Sound Transit section of this brochure for more holiday service information.

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University of Washington Bus Riders

Metro will cancel designated trips on routes 31, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197 and 372 from June 16-20 and from Aug. 25-Sept. 19 when the University of Washington is not in session. Please check your route’s timetable for details.

Trip additions for the week of June 2-6

Metro and Sound Transit have added weekday trips to the summer schedules of 11 routes serving the University of Washington. The trips will operate only from Monday to Friday, June 2-6, 2008.

Route

Trips added

31

Two eastbound trips leaving 34th Ave W & W McGraw to the UW at 7:17 am and 8:17 am.

65

Two southbound trips leaving 30th Ave NE & NE 143rd St to the UW at 7:25 am and 8:27 am.

68

Two southbound trips leaving Northgate Transit Center to the UW at 7:37 am and 8:32 am. Also, four northbound trips leaving Brooklyn Ave NE & NE Campus Parkway to Northgate at 7:50 am, 8:50 am, 3:25 pm and 4:14 pm.

75

Three eastbound trips leaving NE 125th St & Lake City Way NE to the UW at 7:51 am, 8:49 am and 9:42 am. Also, one westbound trip leaving Brooklyn Ave NE & NE Campus Pkwy to Lake City at 5:54 pm.

167

One northbound trip leaving S Renton P&R to the UW at 7:09 am. Also, one southbound trip leaving University Way NE & NE 45th St to Renton at 2:41 pm.

197

Two northbound trips leaving Twin Lakes P&R to the UW at 6:29 am and 6:51 am. Also, two southbound trips leaving NE 45th St & University Way NE to Twin Lakes at 12:37 pm and 1:42 pm.

205

Two southbound trips leaving University Way NE & NE 45th St to First Hill and Mercer Island at 1:35 pm and 2:36 pm.

272

One westbound trip leaving 150th Ave SE & SE 38th St in Eastgate to the UW at 6:55 am. Also, one eastbound trip leaving the UW HUB to Eastgate at 5:17 pm.

277

Two westbound trips leaving NE 116th St & 101st Pl NE to the UW at 6:19 am and 7:47 am. Also, one eastbound trip leaving UW HUB to Juanita at 5:07 pm.

372

Eight southbound trips leaving Kenmore P&R to the UW at 7:22 am, 7:37 am, 7:44 am, 8:31 am, 8:37 am, 8:49 am, 9:37 am and 9:45 am. Also, one northbound trip leaving Brooklyn Ave NE & NE Campus Pkwy to Kenmore at 3:51 pm.

ST 540

Three westbound trips leaving South Kirkland P&R to the University District at 7:32 am, 8:46 am and 9:40 am.

Trip additions for University of Washington weekday trips for the week of June 2-6 only, are incorporated into the schedules on Metro Online and have a footnote symbol attached to them. These trips will be removed from the Metro Online schedules starting June 9.

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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 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; 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-ride lots, 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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