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Bus Service Revisions Begin Saturday, June 2, 2007

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 brochure summarizes service revisions for June 2007. 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 and more. Name the place where you want to go_work, home or play, and choose your schedule - morning, day or night. 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 in this brochure or need help planning your trip, call Metro Rider Information at 206-553-3000 (TTY 206-684-1739) or visit Metro Online.

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New Green Timetables & Advanced Trip Planning

  • Beginning Thursday, May 24, pick up a new green timetable on your bus or at a Metro information rack, your work site or a local library.
  • On Friday, June 1, complete schedule and custom printable timetables will be available on Metro Online.
  • You can also plan your trips as early as Thursday, May 17 with Metro's online Trip Planner. Remember to enter a travel date of June 2 or later.

If you ride Community Transit, Pierce Transit or Sound Transit service, please check their new schedules or refer to their web site.

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.

  • Metro Online (New timetables and maps will be available by close of business June 1, 2007.)
  • Metro Trip Planner Enter a day/date of June 2 or later for itineraries in Metro's service area. Regional trip plans outside of King County may not contain complete information until June 2.
  • Rider Information: Voice: 206-553-3000, TTY: 206-684-1739
  • Bus Time: 206-287-8463
  • More Metro numbers

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Revised Routing for 19 days for All South End Buses Traveling North on I-5 in August

All south end buses traveling north on I-5 will be rerouted for 19 days from August 10-29 (weather permitting) because of repair work being performed by the state Department of Transportation between S Spokane St and I-90. These repairs will significantly affect traffic, particularly during the 19 continuous days of construction when several lanes of northbound I-5 will be closed.

There will also be periodic closures of the S Spokane St and Columbian Way on-ramps to northbound I-5 and the northbound I-5 exits to Fourth Ave S, I-90, and James, Madison and Dearborn streets.

Although Metro Transit is working with the Washington State Department of Transportation, the City of Seattle and other local communities, businesses and transit agencies to help keep traffic moving during construction, lengthy backups and delays are expected. Prepare now to take steps to ease your commute this August:

  • Make arrangements to work from home or an alternate work site
  • Alter your work schedule to come in earlier or later
  • Avoid the area by trying alternate routes, if possible
  • Plan a vacation between Aug. 10-29

Please watch for Rider Alerts along your route that will keep you informed or visit Metro Online for current information and updates.

Affected Metro routes*: 101, 106, 131, 133, 134, 143, 150, 152, 158, 159, 161, 162, 175, 177, 179, 190, 191, 192, 194, 196, 197, 280, 600 and 941.

Affected Sound Transit routes: 577, 586, 590, 591, 592, 594 and 595.

*Special shuttle service provided for the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks will also be impacted by I-5 construction on the following dates:

  • Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19: Seattle Mariners service leaving from Federal Way and Kent park-and-rides.
  • Saturday, Aug. 25: Seattle Seahawks service leaving from Federal Way, Star Lake, Kent, S Renton, and Tukwila park-and-rides, Federal Way and Kent Station Transit Centers and Kent-Des Moines Freeway Station.

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Buses Resume Service via the Fremont Bridge on June 2

The Fremont Bridge has been closed to transit since May 2006. Construction on the Fremont Bridge is expected to be complete during the second half of May. Because of the need for re-adjustments to signage, schedules and driver assignments, Metro will resume operation over the Fremont Bridge on Sat., June 2, 2007. Until then, all affected routes will continue on their current routing. Visit Fremont Bridge project web site [external link], for additional information about the project.

Affected routes: 26, 28, 28 Shuttle, 31 and 74

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New Transit Now Service Enhancements for Routes 166, 180 and 181

Route 166 will have a new weekday trip from Kent to Des Moines, leaving the Kent Station/Transit Center at 5:45 am. This trip will fill a gap in the schedule and aid transfers at the Kent/Des Moines P&R.

Route 180 trips will be extended to serve Sea-Tac Airport and the Burien Transit Center seven days a week all day until about 6:15 pm.

Evening service on Route 181 will be improved to every 30 minutes until approximately 9 pm weekdays, and 60-minute service will operate until approximately 11 pm. On Saturdays, 60-minute service will operate from about 9-11 pm. On Sundays, service frequency will be improved to every 30 minutes from about 10 am to 8 pm.

Metro's Transit Now funding targets peak-hour overcrowding and the need for improved service frequency during the midday hours and on weekends. Metro will expand transit service by 20 percent over the next 10 years. For more information, visit our Transit Now Web site.

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Minor Route Revisions for Routes 111 and 291

Route 111 will no longer travel on NE 7th St and Kirkland Ave NE in the Renton Highlands but will instead operate on Monroe Ave NE and NE 10th St in both directions. This revision will provide a faster, less circuitous routing, taking advantage of wider arterial streets with gentler grades. The new routing also corresponds with the designated adverse weather routing during periods of ice and snow.

Route 291 will no longer travel on NE 90th St between 161st Ave NE and 154th Ave NE in downtown Redmond but will instead operate on NE 85th St and 154th Ave NE.

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Temporary Route 630 Continues Operation in Totem Lake Area

The Route 630 shuttle was created to provide interim peak-period transit service between the Kingsgate P&R and downtown Bellevue via NE 70th St Freeway Station during major construction on I-405. Route 630 will continue to operate until construction of the Totem Lake Freeway Station is complete.

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King County Water Taxi Resumes Sailings Between Pier 55 and Seacrest Park in West Seattle

The Elliot Bay Water Taxi has resumed sailings between Pier 55 and Seacrest Park in West Seattle. Service to and from Seacrest Park is provided by the FREE Route 773 (Metro DART shuttle) operating via the Admiral District, Alki Point, and West Seattle Junction. Routes 37 and 53 also provide connections at Seacrest Park to the West Seattle Junction. For destinations in downtown Seattle, board the Route 99 Waterfront Streetcar line on Alaskan Way or routes 16 or 66 leaving from Colman Dock at Pier 52.

King County Water Taxi fares are $3.00 (one-way) while children age 5 and under ride FREE. For more information, please call the Water Taxi Hotline at 206-205-3866, Metro Rider Information at 206-553-3000 (TTY 206-684-1739), or visit http://metro.kingcounty.gov.

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Metro is Doing its Part for Clean Air!

King County Metro Transit is one of the largest transportation agencies in the United States, operating a fleet of more than 1,350 buses and 800 vans that provided more than 103 million rides in 2006.

Metro Transit leads the nation in clean-air initiatives that fight pollution and reduce congestion. It was the first bus transit agency in the U.S. to join the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), a voluntary market in which members commit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and works actively with other government members of CCX to advocate for a federal cap on greenhouse gas emissions.

Metro operates 159 electric trolleybuses. These buses run on electricity carried through overhead wires and are clean and quiet. The electricity is purchased from Seattle City Light, which was the first electric utility in the United States to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Metro also operates the largest fleet of 60-foot hybrid buses in the world. These buses run on electricity and diesel and help Metro save 750,000 gallons of fuel and at least a half-million dollars a year. Consider these facts:

  • Public transportation consumes an average of one-half the oil consumed by the typical automobile user.
  • Public transportation in Seattle annually saved travelers 6 million hours in travel time and $566 million in fuel and time costs.
  • Public transportation produced 95 percent less carbon monoxide, and 90 percent less volatile organic compounds than private vehicles. Public transportation also produced about half as much carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide per passenger mile as private vehicles.
  • Public transportation is healthy. There are lower rates of respiratory and heart disease due to less mobile source pollution.

Metro Transit invites you to take the first step in doing something good for yourself and the environment.

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Holiday Bus Service

Metro bus routes will operate a Sunday schedule on Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4, and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. Please check your specific route's timetable for more details. Also, check the Sound Transit section of this brochure for more service information.

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University of Washington Bus Riders

Routes 31, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 205, 272, 277, 372 and ST 540 will have some trips suspended during the summer due to reduced demand. Routes 65, 67 and 372 will also have designated trips canceled June 11-15 and Aug. 20-Sept. 21 when the University of Washington is not in session. Please check your route's timetable for details.

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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, friends and neighbors about the commuting choices offered by Metro Transit and its transportation partners at Pierce Transit, Community Transit and Sound Transit. Commuting by bus, carpool, vanpool or train can be cost-effective and pleasant.

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Never Attempt 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; this 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-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 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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