Metro's funding gap equals bus cuts

Dept. of Transportation
Metro Transit Division

King Street Center
201 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
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Bus Service Improvements Start
Saturday, June 4, 2005

King County Metro Transit works to provide you with the best possible transportation service and to improve regional mobility. Metro incorporates changes to its bus service several times throughout the year.

Several significant changes are occurring throughout our service area beginning June 4. Please read about them here. Refer to your route's specific new teal timetable for exact departure and arrival times.

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Pick Up Your New Teal Timetable

Pick up your new teal timetable on your bus and at Metro information racks, work sites and libraries beginning May 26.

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 3, 2005.)
  • Metro Trip Planner Enter a day/date of June 4 or later for itineraries in Metro's service area. Regional trip plans outside of King County may not contain complete information until June 4.
  • 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 Metro's new schedules are available the week of May 23rd. Enter a day/date of June 4th or later for itineraries in Metro's service area. Regional trip plans outside of King County may not contain complete information until June 4th.

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Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel closing on Saturdays

Starting Saturday, June 4, 2005, Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will be closed on Saturdays so that Sound Transit can start retrofitting the tunnel for light rail trains.

On Saturdays board Metro routes 41, 71, 72, 73, and 255 northbound on 3rd Ave. You may also board routes 41 and 255 eastbound on Olive Way. Board Metro routes 101, 106, 150, 194 and Sound Transit Route 550 westbound on Stewart St. or southbound on 3rd Ave.

The tunnel will remain open Monday through Friday from 5 am to 7 pm until Friday, September 23, 2005. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will be closed for up to two years starting September 24, 2005, so it can be retrofitted and upgraded for use by both buses and light rail trains.

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Kent Transit Center bus service shifting to Sound Transit's Kent Station

Metro bus routes 150, 153, 154, 158, 159, 162, 164, 166, 167, 168, 169, 183, 952, DART routes 914, 916, and 918, and Sound Transit routes 564 and 565 will now serve the Kent commuter rail station located at 301 Railroad Ave N. between W. James St. and W. Smith St. Please use the Kent map to find your destination, bus route and new boarding location.

The Kent station includes 880 parking spaces (surface and garage). Garage hours are Monday through Friday 5 am to 9 pm. The garage is closed on weekends and holidays except for special event service. You'll enjoy new bus shelters, better lighting, wider sidewalks, enhanced waiting areas, bicycle racks and rider information displays.

The Kent station is closer to other common destinations, such as the Regional Justice Center, the Kent Library, downtown businesses and the future Kent Station retail development.

Routes 150, 154, 158, 159, 162, 166, and DART Route 918 will also serve new bus stops on W. James St. near the north end of the Kent/James St. P&R lot, (formerly the Kent TC). The lot will be reduced to 100 parking spaces, and all existing bus bays located on Lincoln Ave. N. will be closed and removed.

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Kingsgate Freeway Stations closing due to new access ramps

Metro's Kingsgate Freeway Stations located northbound and southbound on I-405 at NE 132nd St. will be closed due to the construction of new NE 128th freeway access ramps. A new Totem Lake transfer point will replace the Kingsgate Freeway Station and is scheduled to open in December 2007. During construction, a Sound Transit-funded King County Metro shuttle (see Route 630) will operate between the Kingsgate P&R lot and downtown Bellevue during weekday peak hours.

Metro routes 237, 342, and 952 will not stop in the Kingsgate vicinity during construction. Community Transit Route 424 and Sound Transit routes 530, 532 and 535 are also affected.

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New Metro Route 630 Kingsgate - Bellevue Shuttle

Because the Kingsgate Freeway Stations are closing, alternate service between the Kingsgate P&R and downtown Bellevue will be provided during peak hours via new Metro Route 630 (see the route map). Route 630 will operate in both directions between Bellevue TC's Bay 7 and the Kingsgate P&R on weekdays from 5 am to 10 am and from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Please see new Route 630 teal timetable for specific trip times.

Customers traveling to the Kingsgate area from Bothell or Snohomish County can transfer to King County Metro routes 236 or 238 at the Brickyard P&R. When the shuttle is not operating, passengers can board Route 230 at the Bellevue TC or routes 230, 236, 238 or 255 at the Kirkland TC.

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University of Washington bus riders

Routes 31, 48, 68, 75, 167, 197, 205, 271, 272, 330, and 372 have some trips suspended during the summer due to reduced demand. Please check your teal timetables to make sure your trip has not changed.

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George Benson Waterfront Streetcar Line starts summer hours Memorial Day weekend

Summer hours begin Saturday, May 28 with weekend service operating between 8:45 am and 11:26 pm. Regular bus fares are required on the Streetcar at all times. The Streetcar is not part of Metro's Ride Free Area. The Metro Visitor Pass is accepted.

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King County Water Taxi sailing again

King County Metro is operating the King County Water Taxi this year from May 1 through the end of September. 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 Marina in West Seattle. The crossing time between Seacrest and Pier 55 is about 12 minutes.

The fare is $3.00. The PugetPass, and Metro Visitor Pass are accepted. With a valid Metro bus transfer, pay just $1 more to ride the Water Taxi. On the West Seattle side, the Water Taxi Shuttle van, Route 773, provides free service between Seacrest Marina, Alki and the Admiral and West Seattle Junctions.

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ST Express bus fares increase Wednesday, June 1

Sound Transit has not increased its basic fare structure since ST Express bus service began in 1999. Since then, bus fuel costs have increased 44%, and the cost of living has increased by about 20%.

Given these rising costs and a financial plan which states that fares will keep pace with inflation, the Sound Transit Board approved an increase of ST Express Bus fares of approximately 20%. The new fares take effect Wednesday, June 1, 2005, and are as follows:

 

Adult

Youth

Senior/
Disabled

One zone

$1.50

$1.00

$0.50

Two zone

$2.50

$1.75

$1.25

Three zone

$3.00

$2.50

$1.50

Metro Transit fares are not changing at this time.

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Attention route 250, 257, 261, 268 and 311 riders

Routes 250, 257, 261, 268 and 311 morning trips will no longer serve or operate along 2nd Ave. between Stewart St. and S. Jackson St. in downtown Seattle. Instead, these routes will operate on 5th Ave. This change is being made in preparation for the September 24, 2005 Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel closure.

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Kirkland Transit Center - evening transfers on routes 230, 255 and ST 540

Route 230, 255 and ST 540 have schedule changes on weekdays after 7 pm. Transfer opportunities among trips destined for the Bellevue TC, downtown Seattle and University District previously scheduled at Kirkland TC's Bay 3 will now take place at S. Kirkland P&R. Route 255 trips to Brickyard P&R will no longer have the extended wait time at Kirkland TC after 7 pm. Please see specific timetables for trip time changes.

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New Redondo Heights park-and-ride open

Metro Transit, the City of Federal Way and Sound Transit have worked together to build a new park-and-ride lot on a ten-acre site in north Federal Way. The new park & ride lot is located at 27454 Pacific Highway S, just two-thirds of a mile west of the Star Lake P&R. The new park & ride is served by Metro routes 173, 174, 175, 190 and 191. Customer amenities include 700 parking spaces, new bus shelters, a signaled crosswalk, landscaping, and bike racks.

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Calculate your commute

Gas prices are sky-high, parking rates are increasing, and commuting by car is getting more expensive every day. Use our calculator to help you determine if you can save money commuting by bus instead of driving alone.

Go to the calculator and input the number of miles you travel to work, and what you pay for parking and gas. We compare that total to the cost of paying cash fares on Metro at different times of the day and in different parts of King County.

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Never attempt to board a moving bus

Bus drivers turn their attention to the road and traffic once the bus is moving and leaving a bus stop. This is why you should never attempt to board a moving bus as the bus drivers cannot see you. Don't put yourself and others at risk. Be safe, and never attempt to board a moving bus.

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External links to partnering transit agencies

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