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Bus Service Revisions Begin Saturday, May 30, 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 that begin in late May. Please check your route's new blue 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, 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, protect the environment and reduce global warming. So when we say, "We'll Get You There," we mean it!

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New Blue Timetables & Trip Planning

  • Pick up a new blue timetable on your bus or at a Metro information rack, your work site or a local library.
  • On Friday, May 29, complete schedule information and custom printable timetables will be available on Metro Online.
  • You can also plan your trips online as early as May 20 with Metro's Trip Planner. Remember to enter a travel date of May 30 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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ORCA is here!

Say hello to the ORCA card, and say goodbye to "magnetic stripe" passes, paper transfers and exact change. ORCA uses smart card technology to automatically account for different fares and transfers on Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit and Washington State Ferries. To get an ORCA card or for more information contact:

ORCA Customer Service
Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
1-888-988-6722 (ORCA), TTY Relay: 711
Non-English interpreter services: 1-800-823-9230
ORCA web site [external link]

The new Orca card, along with traditional Metro passes, ticketbooks and taxi scrip are available at the Westlake Customer Stop on the west end of the mezzanine in the Westlake tunnel station and at the King Street Center customer service office at 201 S Jackson St in Pioneer Square. For other retail locations or to buy online, visit Metro Online. To order by phone, call 206-624-PASS (7277).

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Link Light Rail Begins July 18

On Saturday, July18, Link will begin operating a 14-mile light rail segment from Westlake Station in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel to its new Tukwila/International Blvd Station, at SR-518 just north of Sea-Tac Airport. This initial segment will also serve Seattle's SODO industrial area, Beacon Hill and Rainier Valley. Trains will run every seven to eight minutes during peak commuting hours, and every 10 to 15 minutes during midday, weekend and evening hours.

A 1.7-mile extension from Tukwila to Sea-Tac Airport is scheduled to open in December 2009. Until then, the ST Link Connector will provide a non-stop shuttle bus connection between Tukwila International Blvd Station and Sea-Tac Airport until the airport Link station opens in late 2009.

Besides the four stations in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, Link will serve five new street-level stations at S Royal Brougham Way, S Lander St, S Edmunds St, S Othello St, S Henderson St and the new Beacon Hill and Mount Baker stations. The Beacon Hill station is 150 feet below the street surface of S Lander St. Entrances are at the southeast corner of Beacon Ave S & S Lander St. The new Mount Baker station will be an elevated station just west of Rainier Ave S & Martin Luther King Jr Way S, south of S McClellan St. A new Metro transit center, scheduled to open in September 2009, will be located near this station on the east side of Rainier Ave S.

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New Hours for the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel

Beginning Saturday, May 30, the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will be open from 5 am to 1 am weekdays and Saturday, and from 6 am to midnight on Sunday. All current tunnel routes will operate in the tunnel during these times.

When the DSTT is closed, tunnel routes will operate on 2nd Ave, 3rd Ave, 4th Ave or 5th Ave in downtown Seattle. Please refer to tunnel route information below and your timetable for routing on surface streets.

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Burien Transit Center Opens May 30

On Saturday, May 30, the new Burien Transit Center will open just east of the former transit center in downtown Burien. The transit center features six bays served by 12 routes providing direct service to and from South End destinations, downtown Seattle and the Eastside.

Bay 1, on the smaller transit island near the west side of the transit center, will be served by Access paratransit service. Routes to West Seattle, downtown Seattle and the U-District will serve northbound bays 3 and 4, on the west side of the main transit island. Routes to Des Moines/Highline CC, Gregory Heights, Southcenter, Renton, SeaTac, Kent, Auburn and Bellevue will serve southbound bays 5 and 6, on the east side of the transit island.

Please refer to the map of the Burien Transit Center below for more information on boarding locations and route destinations.

graphic of Burien transit center and bay numbers

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Revised Bay Assignments at the Aurora Village Transit Center

Beginning Saturday, May 30, most routes serving the Aurora Village Transit Center will have revised bay assignments. These changes will improve pedestrian access at the transit center for transferring to and from Metro and Community Transit service. The following chart identifies current and new bus stops for Metro routes 301, 303, 331, 342, 346, 358, and 373 and Community Transit routes 100, 101, 118, 130 and 131.

Please refer to the map of the Aurora Village Transit Center below for more information on boarding locations and route destinations.

Route

Current

New

Route 301 to Seattle

Bay 5

Bay 1

Route 303 to First Hill

Bay 8

Bay 2

Route 303 to Shoreline P&R

Bay 12

Bay 12

Route 331 to Kenmore P&R

Bay 6

Bay 4

Route 331 to Shoreline CC

Bay 12

Bay 12

Route 342 to Bellevue/Renton

Bay 6

Bay 4

Route 342 to Shoreline P&R

Bay 12

Bay 12

Route 346 to Northgate

Bay 8

Bay 2

Route 358 to Seattle

Bays 10 & 11

Bay 10

Route 373 to U-District

Bay 9

Bay 3

graphic of Aurora Village transit center and bay numbers

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Northgate Park-and-Ride on 5th Ave NE Closes May 30

On Saturday, May 30, the Northgate P&R on 5th Ave NE will be permanently closed and converted into a city park. Also, parking for bus riders in the Northgate North (Target) parking garage, just south of the Northgate P&R, will no longer be available. Alternative parking is available at the following locations:

Route 66 to downtown Seattle and Route 67 to the U-District will begin and end at the Northgate Transit Center and will no longer serve bus stops on 5th Ave NE north of NE 100th St.

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Major Roadwork on I-90 Floating Bridge

During May, bus service was affected along with other traffic on the I-90 floating bridge as the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) closed the express lanes to replace expansion joints.

From Sunday, July 5, to Tuesday, July 28, the state DOT will close the westbound general-purpose lanes of I-90 to replace expansion joints, moving all traffic to the express lanes. This closure could result in significant congestion on the I-90 express lanes with potential delays of up to 60 minutes. Related delays can also be expected on I-5, SR-520, I-405 and surrounding surface streets.

During these times, please plan ahead and be flexible. If possible, plan your westbound commute for an earlier or different time and stay tuned to local media for current traffic conditions. Use existing schedules to plan your trip, and give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination. Since there are few detours for crossing Lake Washington, consider biking or joining a vanpool or carpool.

Special incentives are available for commuter vans and carpools. See the Rideshare Rewards page.

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Reduced Weekday and Holiday Bus Service

Metro bus routes will operate Sunday schedules on Friday, July 3 (Independence Day observed), and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. On Independence Day, Saturday, July 4, Metro will operate regular Saturday schedules. Please check your route 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 already operates Sunday schedules, routes 31, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 205, 272, 277 and 372 will operate fewer trips or certain trips will be canceled June 15-19 and Aug 24 through Sept 18 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 allowed 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 buses 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 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 or train 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@kingcounty.gov

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External links to partnering transit agencies

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Updated May 20, 2009