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Bus service revisions begin
Saturday, September 23, 2006

Every day, changes occur to King County roads, businesses and communities that affect our transportation network. That’s why Metro makes changes to its bus service three times each year. We want to deliver dependable service and help make your bus trips as fast and convenient as possible.

This Special Rider Alert brochure lists service revisions for September 2006, but please refer to your route’s new ORANGE timetable for details.

You can also visit our Web site or call us to find out about the many transportation choices and services available to you in King County. Choose from buses, vanpools, Flexcars and Access vans – and learn new ways to plan your travel and buy passes online. 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! That’s why we offer you a variety of transit choices and routes you can count on.

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 users 206-684-1739), or visit Metro Online.

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Discontinued Bus Routes

Metro will discontinue routes 151, 160, 163, 185 and 186 to increase operating efficiency by consolidating routes while maintaining needed transit services in the affected areas. In some areas, transit service might be retained or modified by a route replacement. Please refer to specific routes in the Metro Schedule and Route Revisions section.

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Revised Bus Routing for Construction at Issaquah P&R

The bus roadway and passenger stop at the Issaquah P&R will close, and passengers will be directed to a temporary stop on a new bus-only roadway at the east side of the lot. The new roadway will operate in a southbound direction only! This revision will take place as construction schedules allow and will be as close to the start of the service change as possible. Please understand that temporary reroutes will still occur as needed for construction to move ahead on time. Watch for Rider Alerts in affected passenger areas to help keep you informed.

See Sound Transit's Get Ready to Ride Transit Guide for changes to routes 554, 555 and 556, which are also affected by construction.

The following Metro routes will be affected: 200, 209, 210, 214, 271, 269, 927

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New Eastgate Direct Access Freeway Ramps and Stops

Update, September 22: Construction of the new direct access ramps is not yet complete. Until these ramps open, probably in mid-October [OR anticipated to be on October 21], all trips on Routes 212, 225, 229 and 554 will continue to operate on SE Eastgate Way and serve stops in the vicinity of Richards Rd; they also will not stop on 142nd Place SE at SE 32nd Street. Route 218 and ST Express routes 555 and 556 also will not use the new ramps until they open in October.

The new HOV-only on- and off-ramps in the I-90 median, connecting to the existing 142nd Place SE bridge, will give buses more direct access to the Eastgate P&R. The ramps will decrease travel times for buses and improve traffic flow and safety for all drivers.

The following routes will be affected: 212, 218, 225, 229, ST 554, ST 555, ST 556

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Service Revisions in North Renton Due to Construction

Bus service in north Renton is affected by the City of Renton’s project to rebuild Park Ave N to The Landing project. Construction started in July and should be substantially finished by September 2007.

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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 selected trips canceled on these days: Veterans Day, Nov. 10; the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 24; during the period when school is closed from Dec. 18, 2006, through Jan. 2, 2007; and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15, 2007. Please refer to your route’s timetable for more details.

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New Orange Timetables & Advanced Trip Planning

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 14, pick up a new orange timetable on your bus or at a Metro information rack, your work site or local library. Beginning Saturday, Sept. 23, complete schedule and custom printable timetables will be available on Metro Online. You can plan your trips as early as Sept. 9 with Metro’s Trip Planner. Remember to enter the date of Sept. 23 or later.

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.

  • Metro Online (New timetables and maps will be available by close of business September 22, 2006.)
  • Metro Trip Planner Enter a day/date of September 23 or later for itineraries in Metro's service area. Regional trip plans outside of King County may not contain complete information until September 23.
  • Rider Information: Voice: 206-553-3000, TTY: 206-684-1739
  • Bus Time: 206-287-8463
  • More Metro numbers

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Holiday Bus Service

On Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 10; the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 24; and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, Metro routes will operate on a weekday schedule. However, service on the following routes will be canceled: 45, 46, 76, 77, 79, 133, 167, 197, 202, 205, 272, 277, 304, 308 and 373. Selected trips will be canceled on the following: 31, 65, 67, 68, 75, 372 and 540. Please refer to your route’s timetable for more details.

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Spread the Word about Commuting Options

Gasoline prices are at an all-time high. That fact, along with higher parking rates, makes commuting by car more expensive every day. Consider telling your family, friends, and neighbors about the commuting choices provided by Metro Transit and its transportation partners 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 Try to Board a Moving Bus

Bus drivers turn their attention to the road and traffic when the bus is leaving a bus stop. That is why you should never try to board a moving bus – the driver cannot see you. Also, an attempt to board a moving bus puts the driver at risk of causing a serious accident because of distraction. Please don’t put yourself and others at risk. Be safe, and never try to board 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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