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Follow these easy travel tips and spend more time enjoying the holiday sights, sounds and celebrations in Downtown Bellevue.

Catch a ride: There are over 20 Metro and Sound Transit bus routes coming into the Bellevue Transit Center daily.  Try parking your car at one of the nearby park-and-ride lots such as the South Bellevue, Eastgate, or South Kirkland Park and Ride and take a bus the rest of the way.  Visit tripplanner.kingcounty.gov for trip planning assistance.

Go with a friend: If you have two or more people in your car be sure to utilize the direct access ramp at NE 6th Street off of I-405, as well as the HOV lanes on I-405, I-90 and parts of SR-520.

Avoid popular roads: Driving to the Bellevue Collection?  Save time by skipping the NE 8th Street exit off of I-405 and try the NE 4th Street exit instead.  Or try NE 2nd and NE 10th to avoid backups.

Park “right” at the Bravern: If the Bravern is your destination, be aware that you can only make right turns into the parking garage entrances on 110th Avenue NE (valet only), NE 8th Street or 112th Avenue NE.  If you are traveling west on NE 8th Street, you can legally make a u-turn at the 110th Avenue NE intersection.  Coming from 4th Street, take a right onto NE 10th Street to make a right turn into the garage. 

Park near the park: Free on-street parking is available for up to 2 hours on Main Street in Old Bellevue.  You’ll be just steps from your favorite shops.

Be safe: With even more people out and about, please use caution when making turns and avoid pedestrians.

For information on holiday events in Downtown Bellevue, visit magicseason.com.

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 3:13 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

The Bellevue Transit Center is now equipped with its very own ORCA Ticket Vending Machine. Get a new ORCA card, check your balance, or reload your e-purse or monthly bus pass, all right at the transit center. The machine accepts cash and credit card. Try it out today!

Not nearby the transit center? Stop by these downtown Bellevue retail locations to reload your card:

Downtown Bellevue Safeway
at 300 Bellevue Way NE
Hours: 5:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Downtown Bellevue QFC
at 10116 NE 8th Street
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Service Center

Note: Most forms of payment accepted at retail outlets. Your pass or e-purse will be processed and available for immediate use. Retail outlets can only load value to current ORCA cards and do not issue new cards.

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 3:39 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

Are you interested in telework but have questions about how a work from home program could be successfully implemented at your company? Choose Your Way Bellevue works with telework expert Rick Albiero, CEO of the Telecomuting Advantage Group (TAG). Submit your telework questions to our expert here, or read on for previous Q&A’s requested publicly on the Telework Bellevue Ask an Expert page. And be sure to check back for more telework questions and answers from our expert. The Q&A’s will be featured on the Choose Your Way Bellevue blog on a monthly basis.

Question 2: We have a few people who telework by necessity and are considering expanding the program.  What steps should we take and are there any risks?

Rick’s Reply: The steps that you need to take are directly related to the risks that you are concerned about.  An important step is communicating the fact that the telework program will be made available to everyone but there will be requirements in order to apply.  A thorough policy that includes participation requirements, materials and equipment that will be made be made available to them through your organization, how support will be handled and performance requirements should be developed.  The goals of the program, for employees and your organization should also be communicated.  These steps will help you avoid one of the biggest risks which is equity issues.  We also recommend that managers receive support and information about the program and how it will affect their jobs.  This step will help reduce manager resistance to the program.  The risks of an informal program, including work disruptions and potential equity issues far outweigh the risks of implementing a well structured telework program.

Thursday, November 11th, 2010 10:50 AM | by admin | Add a Comment

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