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Metro Transit Special Rider Alert, June 2003

Bus Service Improvements Start Saturday,
June 7, 2003

Every day, changes occur to King County roads, businesses and communities that impact our transportation network. That’s why Metro makes changes to its bus service several times throughout the year. We want to help make your bus trips as fast and convenient as possible, and deliver service you can count on and appreciate.

A quick summary of our June changes is listed in this Special Rider Alert. You'll see we're working hard to keep our facilities in good repair, give you parking alternatives when your park-and-ride lot is full, and provide door-to-door service to many summer events.

We also invite you to visit our web site or call us to find out about the many transportation options available to you in King County. Choose from buses, Access vans, vanpools and Flexcars — to new ways to plan bus trips and buy passes on the web. Rideshareonline.com helps commuters find a carpool or vanpool that fits their schedule. At Metro, we're working hard to give you easy access to the things you need in everyday life, plus help you save money, reduce stress and protect our environment, too.

If you have any questions about the changes in this brochure or need help planning your trip, please call Rider Information at 206-553-3000 (TTY users 206-684-1739), or use our online Trip Planner.

Thank you for choosing Metro. We hope that your ride is enjoyable. Welcome aboard

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Pick Up Your New Purple Timetable

Most bus routes have some schedule or route changes, so please read this Special Rider Alert and pick up your new purple timetable on your bus and at Metro information racks, work sites and libraries starting the end of May.

Please help conserve paper by taking only the timetables you need or by using these other information options:

  • Metro Online (New timetables and maps will be available on Metro Online by close of business September 27, 2002.)
  • Metro Trip Planner (Trip plans using new schedules should be available the week of September 16, 2002.)
  • ST Express - 1 888-889-6368
  • Rider Information: 206-553-3000 - Voice, 206-684-1739 - TTY

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Create Custom Printable Timetables Online

In response to frequent customer requests for improved printing of online timetables, Metro Online now offers a new custom printable timetable application. Go to Metro Online and find your route’s timetable. Click on the “custom print” button at the top of your online timetable and follow the on-screen instructions. This feature will be available in June.

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Holiday Service

On Independence Day (Friday, July 4) & Labor Day (Monday, September 1) most Metro buses will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule. If a route does not usually run on Sunday, it will not operate on these holidays.

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George Benson Waterfront Streetcar Line Starts Summer Hours Memorial Day Weekend

Summer weekend hours begin Saturday, May 24 with service starting at 8:45 a.m. until 11:26 p.m. on the weekends. Extended weekday hours begin June 9. The streetcar is not part of Metro’s Ride Free Area. Regular bus fares are required on the streetcar at all times. Metro passes, the Visitor’s Pass and valid transfers are accepted.

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King County Water Taxi Sailing Again

King County Metro is operating the King County Water Taxi again this year through September. Water Taxi service across Seattle’s Elliott Bay operates seven days a week between Pier 54 at the foot of Spring St. on the downtown Seattle Waterfront and the Seacrest dock in West Seattle. The crossing time between Seacrest and Pier 54 is approximately eight minutes. The fare is $2.00. Metro passes, the Visitor’s Pass and valid transfers are accepted.

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Parking Alternatives When Your Park-and-Ride is Full

We realize some of our park-and-rides are full and understand how frustrating it is to not find a parking spot. We are working on solutions to remedy this problem. In the meantime, here are alternative locations to use when you cannot find parking at the following park-and-ride lots:

  • I-5 & 65th P&R - try the Calvary Christian Assembly Church located at 6810 8th Ave. NE.
  • Northgate Transit Center - try North Seattle P&R at 10001 1st Ave. NE or the Northgate P&R at 11203 5th Avenue NE.
  • South Kirkland P&R - try the Houghton P&R located at 7024 116th Ave. NE or the Kirkland Way/SR 908 P&R located at I-405 and NE 85th St. in Kirkland.
  • South Bellevue P&R - try Grace Lutheran Church at NE 8th & 96th St. NE, Bellevue Foursquare Church located at 2015 Richards Rd., or the Bellevue Church of Christ at 1212 104th Ave. SE.

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Eastgate Park-and-Ride Garage Under Construction

Construction has started on a new five-story parking garage. During construction parking at the lot has been greatly impacted. An interim park-and-ride lot is open along SE Eastgate Way approximately a 1/2 mile west of the existing lot. The interim lot is served by routes 212, 225, 229, 247, 272, 942 and ST Route 554. The new garage will open in June 2004 with 1,700 parking spaces.

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Summer Paving Projects Impact Selected Metro Facilities

During the summer, the Federal Way Transit Center and the Kent/Des Moines, Kingsgate, South Bellevue, South Kirkland, and South Federal Way park-and-ride lots will be repaved. Parking stalls and curbs will be re-striped, and the signage will be updated. Please watch for a Rider Alert at these locations announcing any impacts to parking or bus service.

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Metro Goes to Sporting and Special Events

Metro operates special service for major sports teams like the Mariners, Seahawks and UW Huskies with special buses, fares, routes and pick-up and drop-off locations. In addition, Metro provides extra service to Seafair events and a multitude of other special events that take place all over King County. So leave your car at home and let Metro take you to your favorite event.

For complete, up-to-date information on special event service and the impact special events may have on you regular bus service, visit Metro Online or, call 206-553- 3000, TTY users 206-684-1739.

An easy way to share a ride to regional events is through RideshareOnline.com. You’ll find a complete listing of all the events, and festivals in the Puget Sound area and can easily sign up for a ride online.

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Out of Town Visitors?

Don’t forget Metro’s Visitor’s Pass. It’s good for one day of unlimited travel on Metro buses throughout King County including the cities of Seattle, Bellevue and SeaTac. It’s only $5.00 and can also be used on the George Benson Waterfront Streetcar Line and the King County Water Taxi.

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New BikeStation Opened in May

Bikestation Seattle is a new transit facility offering members access to public transportation, bike-sharing, and car-sharing services. It provides bicycle rentals, sales and repairs as well as secure indoor bicycle parking that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Bikestation Seattle is a partnership between King County Metro Transit, WestStart, Flexcar, City of Seattle, and Aaron’s Bicycle Repair. The facility is located at 311 - 3rd Ave. S., between S. Jackson St. and S. Main St., just 1/2 block north of King Street Station (Amtrak).

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University Way Reopens in July

Construction on University Way between NE 41st St. and NE 50th St. is due for completion in July. When University Way re-opens, the following Metro routes will return to service on “the Ave.”: 71, 71E, 72, 72E, 73, 73E, 74, 78, and 83. Please watch for a Rider Alert announcing the reopening.

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Watch Out! Do Not Attempt to Board a Moving Bus

To help us provide a safe bus experience for everyone, we’d like to remind you about safety precautions when boarding a Metro bus.

Please do not attempt to run after a moving bus to get it to stop. While our drivers always keep a watchful eye out for riders at our bus stops, they must turn their attention to the road and traffic once the bus is moving. They may not be able to see you, and you could be putting yourself and others at risk.

We understand how important it is for you to catch your bus, and we will continue to do everything we can to accommodate our riders’ needs. But, for your safety and the safety of others, please do not attempt to board a moving bus.

Your safety comes first to us at Metro, and we want to make your boarding and riding experience a safe and pleasant one.

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External links to partnering transit agencies

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