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Metro Transit Special Rider Alert, June 2004

Bus Service Improvements Start Saturday, June 5, 2004

This Special Rider Alert provides a summary of our June through late September bus service changes. Our biggest announcement is the opening of the new Eastgate Park & Ride garage located at 14200 SE Eastgate Way in Bellevue. The new five-story parking garage includes 1,700 parking spaces for bus riders, vanpoolers, and carpoolers along I-90. We would like to thank our Eastgate Park & Ride patrons for your patience during the construction, and hope you enjoy your new facility and amenities it provides. The Interim P&R lot just west of the main lot will close on June 5.

If you have any questions about the changes in transit service 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.

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Get your new red Timetable

Pick up your new red timetable on your bus and at Metro information racks, work sites and libraries beginning May 27.

If you ride Sound Transit, Pierce or Community Transit, pick up their new schedules or refer to their web site and look for changes that may impact your bus ride.

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 by close of business June 4, 2004.)
  • Metro Trip Planner (Trip plans using new schedules should be available the week of May 24, 2004.)
  • ST Express - 1 888-889-6368
  • Rider Information: Voice: 206-553-3000, TTY: 206-684-1739
  • Bus Time: 206-287-8463

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Test your trip in advance with Trip Planner

You can plan your trip in advance with Metro's online Trip Planner and see what routes, times and locations are best for you. Trip plans using new schedules should be available the week of May 24, 2004. Just use a travel date of June 5 or later and you'll have access to all the new and changed service that will be going into effect.

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George Benson Waterfront Streetcar Line starts summer hours Memorial Day weekend

Summer hours begin Saturday, May 29 with service starting at 8:45 am until 11:26 pm on the weekends (weekday schedule varies slightly). Regular bus fares are required on the Streetcar at all times. The Streetcar is not part of Metro’s Ride Free Area. The PugetPass and Visitor Pass are accepted.

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Summer paving projects impact selected Metro P&R lots

Bear Creek, Preston, Tukwila and Maple Valley park-and-ride lots will be repaved. Parking stalls and curbs will be restriped this summer. 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

Leave your car at home and let Metro take you to your favorite events. Metro operates special service for Seafair events, Mariners, Seahawks, Husky games and a multitude of other special events that take place all over King County.

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UW riders

Routes 167, 197, 205, 272 and 277 have selected trips cancelled during the summer due to low usage. Please check your timetable to make sure your trip has not changed or been cancelled.

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King County Water Taxi

Metro is operating the Elliot Bay Water Taxi again this summer. Water Taxi service across Seattle’s Elliott Bay operates seven days a week between Pier 55 at the foot of Spring St. on the downtown Seattle Waterfront and Seacrest dock in West Seattle. The crossing time between Seacrest and Pier 54 is approximately 12 minutes. The fare is $2.00. The PugetPass, Visitor Pass and bus transfers are accepted.

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No smoking and no littering bus shelter warnings

No smoking and no littering decal

A new decal will be applied to Metro bus shelters in an effort to help curb smoking and littering at our bus shelters. While we cannot prohibit smoking, we are asking people to not smoke in the shelters out of courtesy for others. Littering, however, is against the law.

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External links to partnering transit agencies

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