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In exactly one week (Friday July 29 – Sunday, July 30) over 500 artists and about 300,000 people will swarm into Bellevue’s city center to experience arts fair weekend. What many people don’t know is that the event actually comprises three separate fairs:  The Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair, The 6th Street Fair and Bellevue Festival of the Arts. Will you be attending this year? If so, do you have your travel plans set? Read on for Choose Your Way Bellevue’s arts fair weekend transportation tips below!

Enjoy the arts and crafts in downtown Bellevue without sitting in traffic! Let Metro or Sound Transit do part of the driving for you. Simply park your car at a nearby park & ride, and then take the bus to a stop near the fair. Or better yet, visit metro.kingcounty.gov to plan your entire trip by bus using the Regional Trip Planner.

Tips for riding transit to downtown Bellevuea:

  • Carry your exact fare in cash: Bus drivers do not have change. You may pay your fare, and the fare for others traveling with you, using any combination of paper and coin currency. ORCA transit passes are also accepted provided they have a value equal to or greater than the required fare (if not, a cash supplement may be required).
  • Free fares for children: Up to 4 children ages 5 and under always ride free with a paying adult on Sound Transit and King County Metro buses.
  • All buses are wheelchair accessible.
  • Return trip to park and ride: Plan ahead by locating the bay where you will wait to catch a bus back to the park and ride, as well as determining when the last bus leaves to get you there. Schedules are posted at each bay to assist you.

Suggested Park and Ride Options for Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31:
The information below is specific to Saturday/Sunday operations. If you plan to utilize a park & ride lot on Friday you can expect more frequent service, a $2.50 fare on Metro routes and fewer available parking spaces, due to heavy commuter use. All suggested routes serve the Bellevue Transit Center for incoming and outgoing trips. For specific bus schedules and more detailed information, please visit metro.kingcounty.gov and enter your preferred route number in the “Get a Timetable” box in the upper right corner. For Sound Transit routes (535, 550 and 560) visit soundtransit.org.

Park and Ride

Most Direct Route

Boarding Information

Return pick-up at the Bellevue Transit Center

Fare

Additional route options

South Bellevue
2700 Bellevue Way SE
Sound Transit 550 Bay 1, departs every 15 minutes on Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays Bay 9 $2.50 222
240
560
Eastgate
14200 SE Eastgate Way
Metro 271 Bay 1, departs every 30 minutes on Saturdays and every hour on Sundays Bay 5 $2.25 N/A
South Kirkland
10610 NE 38th Place
Metro 230 Bay A, departs every 30 minutes on Saturdays and every hour on Sundays Bay 10 $2.25 234
Kingsgate
13001 116th Way NE
Sound Transit 535 I-405 Totem Lake Freeway Station, departs every hour on Saturday. Sunday service on Metro route 230 only. Bay 4 $2.50 230

If you have additional questions about arts fair weekend and getting there, please post a comment to the blog below. We’ll do our best to provide an answer as soon as possible. Plan ahead and enjoy the art!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 4:56 PM | by admin | Comments (2)

Have you ever wanted to try a new method of commuting, but weren’t sure where to start? Now it’s easier than ever!

Between now and September 30th, we’ll do the planning for you, and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of six $25 gift cards to Bellevue Collection!

It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Stop by Commuter Connection from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, or visit us online. Fill out a commute planning form (it only takes a minute!) and be automatically entered to win!

See you soon!

Thursday, July 14th, 2011 4:13 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

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