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King Street Center
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Seattle, WA 98104
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Bus Service Revisions Begin Saturday, September 22, 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 beginning in late September 2007. Please check your route's new red 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, carpool, bike and more. Name the place where you want to go - work, home or play - and choose your time. 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 Red Timetables & Advance Trip Planning

  • Beginning Thursday, Sept. 13, pick up a new red timetable on your bus or at a Metro information rack, your work site or a local library.
  • On Friday, Sept. 21, complete schedule and custom printable timetables will be available on Metro Online.
  • You can also plan your trips as early as Monday, Sept. 10, with Metro's online Trip Planner. Remember to enter a travel date of Sept. 22 or later.

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

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.

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Twenty-two Routes Move to Third Avenue Downtown

Twenty-two routes will shift to 3rd Ave in downtown Seattle to provide improved service along on the 3rd Ave transit-priority corridor and to reduce bus volumes on other downtown streets. Affected routes are 2 Express, 5, 11, 16, 17, 21E northbound during mornings only, 23, 35, 54, 55, 56E northbound during mornings only, 66, 113, 116, 118, 119, 120 northbound, 121, 122, 123, 125 northbound, and 358.

Third Ave between S Washington St and Stewart St will continue to be restricted to general traffic Monday through Friday from 6-9 am and from 3-6:30 pm. Non-transit vehicles may turn onto 3rd Ave from east/west streets, but they must turn off at the next block.

See more details about "First Avenue," "Second Ave," Third Avenue," "Fourth Ave" and "Fifth Avenue" below.

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Downtown Revisions by Avenue effective Sept. 22

First Avenue revisions

  • Routes 5, 21 Express northbound during mornings only, 54, 55, 56 Express northbound during mornings only, 120 northbound and 125 northbound have moved from 1st Ave to 3rd Ave. See changes under "Third Avenue" below.

Second Ave revisions

  • Routes 2 Express, 11, 17, 23, 35, 113, 116, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123 and 125 have moved from 2nd Ave to 3rd Ave. See changes under "Third Avenue" below.
  • Routes 174, 194, 212, 217 southbound during mornings only, 225, 229 and ST 550 operate in the transit tunnel on weekdays from 5 am to 7 pm. They operate westbound on Stewart St and southbound on 2nd Ave only when the tunnel is closed.

Third Avenue revisions

  • Northbound and southbound routes 2 Express, 17, 23, 35, 113, 116, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, and 125 operate on 3rd Ave.
  • Routes 5 and 358 to downtown Seattle and routes 54 and 55 to West Seattle operate new routing southbound on 3rd Ave south of Wall St.
  • Route 16 to the ferry terminal operates new routing southbound on 3rd Ave between Cedar St and Madison St.
  • Route 66 to the ferry terminal operates new routing southbound on 3rd Ave from Stewart St to Madison St.
  • Routes 41, 71E, 72E, 73E, 74E, 101, 106, 150 and 301 operate in the transit tunnel on weekdays from 5 am to 7 pm. They operate on 3rd Ave only when the tunnel is closed.

Fourth Avenue revisions

  • Routes 17, 23, 35, 116, 118, 119 and 123 have moved from 4th Ave to 3rd Ave. See changes under "Third Avenue" above.
  • Inbound routes 174, 194, 212, 225, 229 and ST 550 operate in the transit tunnel on weekdays from 5 am to 7 pm. They operate on 4th Ave and Olive Way only when the tunnel is closed.
  • Route 217 to downtown Seattle operates via 4th Ave and Olive Way on weekday afternoons. To Issaquah Route 217 operates in the tunnel at Bay D on weekday mornings; it will operate to Issaquah on 2nd Ave when the Tunnel is closed.
  • Routes 255 and 256 operate in the transit tunnel on weekdays from 5 am to 7 pm. When the tunnel is closed, they will operate northbound on 4th Ave when leaving downtown and on 5th Ave when they are inbound.

Fifth Avenue revisions

  • Routes 5, 16, 54, 55, 66 and 358 have moved from 5th Ave to 3rd Ave. See changes under "Third Avenue" above.
  • Routes 255 and 256 to downtown Seattle operate in the transit tunnel on weekdays from 5 am to 7 pm. They operate on 5th Ave only when the tunnel is closed.

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Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel Opens on Monday, Sept. 24

On Monday, Sept. 24, the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel reopens with 18 routes operating Monday through Friday from 5 am to 7 pm. All other service revisions begin on Saturday, Sept. 22.

See the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel Summary of Changes beginning on Saturday, Sept. 22 or Monday, Sept. 24, as noted. Please pick up a new red timetable for complete route and schedule information.

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South Lake Union Streetcar Begins in Early December

The South Lake Union Streetcar is scheduled to begin operation in early December between Fairview Ave N & Ward St (near Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) and Westlake Ave & Olive Way (near Westlake Center). The 1.3-mile route connects south Lake Union, the new waterfront park on Lake Union, the Denny Triangle and the downtown retail core.

The streetcar will serve 11 stops, sharing five stops with bus Route 17. Each stop will have a Streetcar Arrival Time system installed to tell riders when the next streetcar is due. Two streetcars will operate about every 15 minutes and can hold up to 140 passengers each. The streetcars are air-conditioned and fully accessible.

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New Transit Now Service Enhancements for Routes 25, 75, 234 and 269

In a Transit Now partnership with Children's Hospital, Metro is providing increased service on routes 25 and 75. Route 25 has two new northbound trips during the morning peak period leaving downtown Seattle at 5:44 am and 6:10 am and one northbound trip in the afternoon peak period leaving at 6:30 pm. Two new southbound trips leave Children's Hospital in the evening at 6:30 pm and 7:45 pm.

On weekdays between 6:30 pm and midnight, Route 75 now operates every 30 minutes between Northgate and the University District. New Route 75 trips operate every half hour from 6-8:30 am Saturday. On Sundays, half-hour service has been added for trips operating from 6:30 am to 8 pm.

Route 234 operates new hourly service on Sunday from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm between Kenmore and Bellevue.

Route 269 has three new weekday northbound trips leaving the Issaquah P&R at 6:50 am, 3:27 pm and 4:27 pm and four new southbound trips leaving the Overlake P&R at 8:12, 9:10 and 10:10 am and 3:51 pm.

Metro's Transit Now funding targets peak-hour overcrowding and the need for improved service frequency during weekday 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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Holiday Bus Service

Metro bus routes will operate a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22; Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25 and New Year's Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008. Please check your 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

Some trips on routes 31, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 205, 272, 277, 372 and ST 540 will be canceled when the University of Washington is not in session. Also, on Nov. 12, Nov. 23, Dec. 24, Dec. 31 and Jan. 21, some trips will be canceled on routes 31, 65, 67, 68, 75, 372 and ST 540. Routes 45, 46, 76, 77, 79, 133, 167, 197, 202, 205, 272, 277, 304, 308 and 373 do not operate on those days. 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 and friends about the commuting choices offered by Metro Transit and its neighboring transportation partners Community Transit, Pierce 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; that 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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