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Bus Service Revisions Begin Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008

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 revisions 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 summarizes service revisions beginning in late September. Please check your route's new orange timetable for more details.

You can also visit Metro Online or 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, VanShare, Rideshare, Access vans for eligible riders, carpool, Zipcar, bike-and-ride 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 the environment and reduce global warming. So when we say, "We'll Get You There," we mean it!

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New Orange Timetables & Trip Planning

  • Pick up a new orange timetable on your bus or at a Metro information rack, your work site or a local library September 16th.
  • On Friday, September 19, complete schedule and custom printable timetables will be available on Metro Online.
  • You can plan your trips as early as Friday, Sept. 12, with Metro's online Trip Planner. Remember to enter a travel date of Sept. 20 or later.

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

If you have questions or need help planning your trip, call Metro Customer Information at 206-553-3000 (TTY Relay: 711). The office is open 24 hours a day but closed on major holidays.

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New Route 46 Midday Service

Beginning Monday, Sept. 22, added trips on Route 46 will provide hourly midday service between Fremont, Ballard, Shilshole and Golden Gardens Park. Three morning and four afternoon peak-period trips will operate between the University District and Golden Gardens Park. Between about 9 am and 3:30 pm, Route 46 only operates between Fremont and Golden Gardens Park.

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New Transit Now Routes 157, 215 and 244

Route 157 (see the map) is a new weekday peak-period route providing service between the Lake Meridian P&R and downtown Seattle via the Kent East Hill, Glencarin, S 212th St and I-5. Route 157 will replace Route 161 in the Glencarin neighborhood between 116th Ave SE & SE 240th St and 108th Ave SE & SE 208th St. On weekdays, Route 157 will operate three morning trips to downtown Seattle and three afternoon trips to the Lake Meridian P&R.

Route 215 is a new weekday peak-period route serving North Bend, Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Ridge, the Issaquah TC, the Eastgate and Rainier Avenue freeway stations, and downtown Seattle. Route 215 will operate five morning trips to downtown Seattle and five afternoon trips to North Bend.

Route 244 (see the map) replaces temporary Route 644 between Kenmore and Overlake. Routing between 100th Ave NE & NE 132nd St and Overlake will be revised to serve Juanita, Kingsgate, Willows Road NE and limited stops on 148th Ave NE. On weekdays, Route 244 will operate five morning trips to Overlake and five afternoon trips to Kenmore. These improvements are funded through a Transit Now service partnership of Metro, the City of Redmond and Microsoft.

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New Transit Now Service Enhancements on 18 Routes

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 20, an additional 18 Transit Now-funded routes will provide improved service and more-efficient connections in downtown Seattle and areas of east and southeast King County. Nine routes in Seattle, four routes on the Eastside and four routes in southeast King County will be affected by these improvements.

For specific information on these changes and the partnerships that make them possible, please check the Metro Schedule and Route Revisions section.

Metro's Transit Now funding targets overcrowding and the need for improved service frequency. Metro is expanding transit service by 20 percent over 10 years. For more information, visit the Transit Now Web site.

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Totem Lake Transit Center opens in Mid-October

In mid-October, the new Totem Lake Transit Center opens on the campus of Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center in Totem Lake. The Totem Lake Transit Center is at the southeast corner of 120th Ave NE & NE 128th St.

The transit center features two bays served by five routes providing direct service to and from Kirkland, Kenmore, Bothell, Woodinville, Redmond and Kingsgate.

Please refer to the map of the Totem Lake Transit Center below for more information about boarding locations and route destinations. The transit center does not provide parking for bus riders.

Totem Lake TC map

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Bike Loading in All Tunnel Stations Begins Sept. 22

Because of the increased demand for linking bicycles and transit, King County Metro is opening all stations of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel to bicycle loading and unloading for a demonstration project, effective Monday, Sept. 22.

Cyclists may use elevators or stairs in the tunnel stations to transport their bicycles, but they are not allowed to use the escalators. While waiting for your bus, please stand at the head of the bus bay behind the yellow textured strip until the bus comes to a complete stop.

NOTE: Because changes to the bicycle loading policy were not completed before the September 2008 timetables were printed, the timetables still say that loading and unloading bicycles is allowed at only Convention Place and International District stations.

For more information, you can download the "Bicycle Loading in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel" brochure [.pdf 39 kb]. Alternative formats are available by calling 206-684-2046 (TTY Relay: 711).

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Holiday Bus Service

Metro bus routes will operate a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27; Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25; and New Year's Day, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009. Metro operates Partial Holiday service on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 28; the day after Christmas, Friday, Dec. 26; the day after New Year's Day, Friday, Jan. 2, 2009; and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 19, 2009.

Partial Holiday service operates on a weekday schedule but, many peak-only commuter routes are canceled or their trips reduced because of lower demand. Please check your route's timetable or Metro Online for details. See the holiday service page for more details.

Also, check the Sound Transit section for more holiday service information.

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University of Washington Bus Riders

In addition to the holidays where Metro operates a Sunday schedule or Partial Holiday Service, designated trips on routes 31, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 205, 272, 277 and 372 are canceled on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, and from Dec. 15, 2008 through Jan. 2, 2009 when the University of Washington is not in session. Also, designated trips on routes 31, 65, 67, 68 and 75 are canceled, and routes 167, 197, 205, 272, 277 and 372 do not operate on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 28; the day after Christmas, Friday, Dec. 26; the day after New Year's Day, Friday, Jan. 2, 2009; and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 19, 2009. Please check your route's timetable for details.

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Spread the Word about Commuting Options

Higher fuel 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 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 Try 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; it could cause a serious accident. Be safe, and NEVER try to stop a moving bus.

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Be Prepared When Boarding or Exiting Your Bus

To speed up the loading and unloading of passengers, have your cash fare, transfer or pass ready when boarding or exiting the bus. If there is a standing load, please move toward the back of the bus to allow room for others to board. Also, while standing on a bus, please hold onto an upright or overhead stanchion or seat-back handle. "Help Metro Help You" in case of unexpected starts and stops, while the bus is moving, and while getting on and off buses.

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When to Pay On Routes Traveling Through the Free Ride Area

Customers who board outside the Ride Free Area in downtown Seattle but are passing through downtown to a destination further on, should ask for a transfer when boarding the bus and show it to the operator when exiting.

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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/

graphic of vanpool van

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External links to partnering transit agencies

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Updated Sept. 18, 2008