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Did you know that you can have a chance to earn awesome rewards just by logging your commute? Just by signing up for Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards and logging eight non-drive alone commute trips a month you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $100 REI gift card!

Gwen is our November Mover of the Month and carpools regularly from her home in Kent to Downtown. By choosing to carpool, Gwen has been able to catch up on her favorite audio books, and it almost sounds like she enjoys sitting in traffic!

Here’s what Gwen shared with us:

For most of 2018, I have been working at the eBay Bellevue offices and carpooling with a partner that I met through RideshareOnline. It made the trip from home to work much quicker and cost effective. We started listing to podcasts, but soon shifted to books on audio and discovered a shared appreciation for the fantasy, mystery, and horror. We listened to The Haunting of Hill House and most of The Dresden Files. Instead of being stressful, when there’s a lot of traffic it became an opportunity to hear more of the book that we’d only listen to while commuting together–a nice compensation.

But why the cutesy picture of jewelry instead of a carpool photo?  Well Gwen told us that in her personal life, she enjoys making chainmail jewelry as a part-time business and that carpooling has been an “Important Link” in her life.  Too clever! We love it Gwen!

And remember, you can learn more about Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards, including the Monthly Perks Program and 25 win $25 Drawing!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Friday, December 14th, 2018 10:56 AM | by geri | Add a Comment

You’ve probably heard the news about the SR 99 closure and the significant impacts for commuters. King County Metro needs your help to reduce traffic and fill seats in our vans. On January 11, 2019 the closure begins and will last for at least three weeks–some ramps and roadways may be closed to traffic for up to six weeks. Rideshare Operations has three exciting solutions to assist you during the closure and beyond!

  1. Add a New Rider – Metro Vans Get Rewarded. Existing Metro Vanpool or Vanshare groups that add a new rider can get a $50 gift card.
  2. Join a Metro Van – New Riders are Free During the SR 99 Closure. New riders can join a Metro Vanpool or Vanshare and ride for FREE during the SR 99 closure period
  3. Connect to the King County Water Taxi with Vanshare. New Metro Vanshare groups that connect from their home to the Water Taxi in West Seattle or from the Seattle Water Taxi at Pier 52 to their worksite get three months for FREE ($555 value). Groups can get started will just three participants.

Learn more about these promotions on the King County Rideshare page.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, December 13th, 2018 3:06 PM | by geri | Add a Comment

Great news! For a limited time, King County Metro is sponsoring carpooling trips for all King County commuters! This means lower costs when you ride, and an even higher reimbursement when you drive, plus bonuses when you refer a friend.

With this special incentive and flexible, easy-to-use carpooling apps, upgrading your commute is easier than ever. Just follow these four steps:

  1. Download a participating free carpool app (Scoop or Waze Carpool).
  2. Enter your trip locations and times.
  3. Get matched with neighbors or co-workers going your way.
  4. Book a ride and enjoy the benefits.*

Learn more at kingcounty.gov/carpool

*Service areas, pricing, and features vary across apps.

Get ready for the upcoming State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct closure. Avoid the stress of driving alone and get in the carpool lane!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, December 13th, 2018 2:46 PM | by geri | Add a Comment

This post originally appeared on the Bellevue Downtown Association website.
-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

The real magic of Magic Season? Not worrying about parking.

Magic Season has officially begun in Downtown Bellevue, and with so many things to do, why spend any time bothering with parking? From a life-sized snow-globe and ice skating in the park, to a nightly parade of fairytale wonder, and a garden of lights to explore; you can do it all without circling, cursing, or praying to the parking gods.

Most of the holiday events are central to the downtown core, making the bus an especially easy option:

First things first, find your route. All buses traveling in and out of downtown will go through the Bellevue Transit Center, located on 6th between 108th and 110th. A short walk and you’ll think you’re at the North Pole!

  • The Sound Transit route 550 will go from the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel (Westlake) up Bellevue Way and to the Bellevue Transit Center. Jump off at 4th and walk across the street to the downtown park for ice skating at the Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink presented by Alaska Mileage Plan, or to check out Snowflake Lane presented by The Bellevue Collection; or jump off at the transit center and walk down the block to Meydenbauer Center Theatre for a show. This route runs every 15 minutes, Monday-Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sundays.
  • The King County Metro route 271 goes all the way from the University District in Seattle to Eastgate Park-and-Ride or the Issaquah Transit Center via the Bellevue Transit Center; the Issaquah buses are less frequent, so if this is the route you need, double check the time schedule. Jump off at 10th & 106th (holiday reroute) to head down to Snowflake Lane and the Bellevue Downtown Park for a skate. Exit at 116th & 1st to check out the Garden D’Lights at Bellevue Botanical Gardens.
  • Take King County Metro routes 234 or 235 from South Kirkland to the Bellevue Transit Center
  • Take the Rapid Ride B Line from Overlake Park-and-Ride, Overlake Transit Center, or Crossroads to the Bellevue Transit Center.

Second, you’ll need to pay your fare. The easiest way to do that is to have your ORCA card handy, just tap and go! It’ll track transfers and fares for you. If you don’t already have an ORCA card, or your e-purse is empty, head over to justonetrip.org and after taking a quick survey for King County Metro, you’ll be mailed an ORCA card pre-loaded with $25 in fare; or you’ll have $25 added to your existing ORCA card. If you pay in cash, be sure to have $2.75 in exact change, since the driver will not give change. If you’re taking a King County Metro route, hold onto your transfer to use on the way back (if within 2 hours). Sound Transit does not accept paper transfers.

Third, get ready to ride! There are a few apps that will allow you to track your bus in real time to your stop. Our favorite is OneBusAway–free to download and use, this app will tell you how early or late your bus is running to your favorite stops. Google Maps is a trusty go to for route planning as well. Be sure to select the bus as your mode and play with the Schedule Explorer to minimize your wait time.

If you’re still feeling a little hesitant about your ride, you can ask for expert help planning your route and get answers to all your questions from the Just One Trip team at King County Metro, or your local Bellevue travel options program, Choose Your Way Bellevue.

We think taking the bus may get you (back) onto Santa’s good list, but carpooling, biking, and walking will also keep you clear of coal.

Explore Magic Season Events

Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink

Friday, December 7th, 2018 1:48 PM | by geri | Add a Comment

EDITORS NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 2019.

Telecommuting can help improve company productivity and enhance employee recruitment while decreasing overhead costs.

At this workshop, you’ll learn about how to implement an effective telecommute program that benefits your business’s bottom line and improves work/life balance.

This event will be hosted at the brand new Industrious coworking space and a complimentary lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Complimentary Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – Noon
Program: Noon – 1 p.m.

Industrious Office: Coworking Space
500 108th Ave NE, Suite 1100
Bellevue, WA 98004

City Center Bellevue is adjacent to the Bellevue Transit Center. Paid visitor parking is available at City Center Bellevue and other downtown locations. For questions, please email info@cywb.org.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 2019.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 4:19 PM | by geri | Add a Comment

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