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Metro Transit Special Rider Alert, September 2002

Bus Service Improvements Start Saturday, September 28, 2002

Metro makes changes to its bus service several times throughout the year. Listed in this Special Rider Alert brochure is a quick summary of our overall September changes. Please refer to your route's specific new purple timetable for complete schedule information. Please remember that other transit agencies may have changes to their service in September. Be sure to refer to their specific literature or website to ensure the information you rely on is current and up to date.

We also invite you to visit our web site or call call Rider Information (206-553-3000; TTY 206-684-1739) to learn more about the many transportation options available for you in King County. Choose from buses, Access vans, vanpools, Flexcars, and discover new ways to plan your bus trips and buy bus passes. 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.

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

Many bus routes have some schedule or route changes, so please read this Special Rider Alert and pick up your route's 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.)
  • Rider Information - 206-553-3000 - Voice, 206-684-1739 - TTY

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Improved routes 41 and 372 and new Sound Transit Route 522 replace Metro Route 307

Starting Saturday, September 28, the new Sound Transit (ST) Route 522 and improved routes 41 and 372 will replace Metro Route 307. ST Route 522 will operate every 30 minutes between the Woodinville Park & Ride and 3rd avenue in downtown via Lake City Seattle weekdays from 5 a.m. to 8:40 p.m., then once an hour until 11:40 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, service will operate every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 8:13 p.m., then once an hour until 11:13 p.m. Riders to and from downtown Seattle will have 10 to 20-minute faster service on Route 522. ST Route 522 will make express stops along Lake City Way at NE 125th St., NE 130th St., NE 137th St. and NE 145th St. connecting with Metro Route 41 at Lake City Way & NE 125th St and NE 130th St and with Route 75 at NE 125th St.

Service on Metro Route 41 and Metro Route 372 will be expanded. Route 41 will replace Route 307 between Lake City and Northgate, operating every 15 minutes weekdays and Saturday between Lake City, Northgate and downtown, and every 30-60 minutes at other times. Route 372 will alternate with ST Route 522 between Bothell and Lake City to provide approximate 15-minute service on that portion of the SR-522 corridor.

Regular ST fares will be charged on ST Route 522 ($1.25 for one zone, $2.00 for crossing the zone boundary at NE 145th St.). A Regional Reduced Fare Permit with a valid King County Metro senior/disabled monthly sticker is not valid for fare payment on Route 522. Riders holding a reduced fare permit will be charged the $1.00 ST reduced fare when crossing the zone boundary at NE 145th St. (50¢ when traveling in one ST zone). Pass users with a Reduced Fare Permit have the option of buying a $1.00 Puget Pass for $36.00/month.

For ST Route 522 schedule information, pick up ST's Get Ready to Ride booklet available at Metro information schedule racks, or a new purple Metro timetable for routes 306/312/522.

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State Route (SR)-522 bus stop changes

Some bus stops along SR-522 between Bothell and Lake City will be removed and consolidated providing safer pedestrian access, traffic safety and bus service. By consistently spacing bus stops along SR-522, we can provide smoother and more efficient service. These changes also allow greater investments into improved passenger facilities, such as shelters and improved lighting. All bus stops that are being consolidated will be posted with a bus stop Rider Alert.

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More Metro routes serving Sound Transit Auburn Station

Metro routes 150, 151, 152, 154, 181, 185, 186, 915, 917, along with Sound Transit routes 565 and 585 will serve ST's Auburn Station. The station is located along the existing Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks between A St. SW and C St. SW and from W. Main St. south to 3rd St. SW at the west end of downtown Auburn.

This new facility replaces the smaller on-street downtown Auburn transfer point located at 1st St. NE & B St. NE. Riders will have more amenities including use of the parking garage, bicycle racks and better sidewalks, improved waiting areas and lighting. Continuing construction at Auburn Station will affect bus stops. Look for changes in boarding locations until construction is finished.

Temporary bus zones will be in use adjacent to the Auburn Commuter Rail Station while the Station is under construction.

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Construction to begin on five story parking garage at Eastgate Park & Ride

Starting November 2002, construction of a new 5-story parking garage will begin at the Eastgate Park & Ride located at SE Eastgate Way & 141st Ave. SE. The construction will impact park & ride parking as portions of the lot will be closed. When construction begins, an interim park & ride lot will open along SE Eastgate Way approximately 1/2 miles west of the existing lot. It will be served by routes 212, 225, 229, 247, 942 and ST Route 554. The interim lot and routes serving it are shown in the new purple timetable. However, continue to use the Eastgate Park & Ride until construction begins. The new garage will open February 2004 with 1,700 parking spaces.

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University Way bus service moved to 15th Avenue NE

Bus stops on University Way from NE 41st St. to 15th Ave. NE/Cowen Pl. NE closed June 2002 and bus service now operates on 15th Ave. NE. The City of Seattle is improving sidewalks, lighting, traffic signals, landscaping, transit facilities and other urban features. The project will be complete Summer 2003.

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Metro and Sound Transit working together to improve bus connections

Weekend ST Route 540 will have trip adjustments making better connections at Kirkland Transit Center with Metro routes. ST Route 540 will operate every 15 minutes westbound in the morning and eastbound in the afternoon between Kirkland Transit Center and the University District during weekday rush hours.

ST routes 545, 550, and 554 will have schedule adjustments and additional weekday rush hour trips.

ST routes 560 and 565 will have schedule adjustments. Express stops will be added on Rainier Ave. S. at S. 7th St. in Renton. ST Route 565 will serve the Auburn Sounder Station, and will no longer serve the Auburn park & ride lot.

Express stops will be added to ST Route 570 on SW Roxbury St. at 20th Ave. SW in White Center.

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External links to partnering transit agencies

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