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Star Trek fans are descending on Bellevue this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Meydenbauer Center is expected to host 800 fans per day for Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention. Unless you have your own transporter or you’re planning to land your homemade version of the Star Trek Enterprise on the roof of the Bravern, you’ll be facing some congestion and looking for parking. Not to worry! Choose Your Way Bellevue can beam you up into the city so you can spend more time enjoying the festivities and less time— or no time— in your car!

Follow these guidelines to getting into the city to enjoy the Star Trek Convention!

Tips for traveling around Bellevue, WA:

TRAFFIC UPDATE: Nightly closures of Bellevue Way between Northeast Fourth Street and Northeast Eighth Street will begin Friday, Nov. 28, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Full closure details can be found on the City of Bellevue website.

TRANSIT UPDATE: Beginning Friday, Nov. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 1 to 9 p.m. each day, Metro Routes 246, 271, Rapid Ride B and Sound Transit Route 550 will be rerouted near Bellevue Square due to holiday traffic. Visit King County Metro for specific reroute information.

RIDE TRANSIT: More than 20 Metro and Sound Transit bus routes come through the Bellevue Transit Center in the heart of downtown. Park your car at one of the nearby park-and-ride lots, such as the South Bellevue, Eastgate, or South Kirkland Park-and-Ride lots and take a bus the rest of the way downtown for shopping and attending downtown events. Visit the online trip planners at King County Metro or Sound Transit to plan your route. Visit Choose Your Way Bellevue for all your Bellevue Transit needs.

TRY THE B-LINE: Metro’s RapidRide B Line route begins at the Redmond Transit Center and ends in downtown Bellevue with stops through Overlake, Crossroads and all along NE 8th Street.

TRAVEL WITH FRIENDS: Carpooling is a great way to shave time off your trip downtown. Be sure to use 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. Transit and 3+ carpools and vanpools can now take advantage of the new direct-access HOV ramp on 108th Avenue NE to SR 520.

WALK: Just steps from Meydenbauer Center lies the eastside’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations. If you drove, leave your car behind. Many shops and restaurants are located just a few blocks from Meydenbauer Center.

SAFETY FIRST: With even more people out and about, please use caution when making turns, and look out for pedestrians.

Download these mobile apps to help you get around in real-time.

ONE BUS AWAY: Taking the bus to complete holiday shopping? Download the OneBusAway app for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone and have real-time bus arrival times at your fingertips. onebusaway.org.

INRIX TRAFFIC OR WSDOT: Both apps will keep you in the know on real-time traffic and travel information. Save time by avoiding the backups! inrixtraffic.com and wsdot.gov

 

-Jason Hampton
Choose Your Way Bellevue

Friday, December 12th, 2014 9:04 AM | by geri | Add a Comment

Commuting via an alternative mode isn’t always easy but Choose Your Way Bellevue is always thankful for the many commuters who brave the cold to ride their bikes or wait for the bus, shift their schedules to carpool or vanpool, work long hours to work a compressed work week… and the list can go on. We are so thankful to everyone who chooses to drive alone less and we were thrilled to receive so many wonderful stories. Last month we had several people enter their “Thankful Commute Stories.” Here are just a few for your enjoyment.

Why are you thankful for your non-drive alone commute?

Viren A.
The feeling of human touch,
ever present, for each ride on the bus.
He smiles, she smiles,
after a tiring day, nap awhile.
The lake shimmers with the morning glow
relaxing, uncaring with the traffic flow.
I doze off, dreaming, peace and happiness,
Awake now, the journey ends,
Gathering myself, thankful, for the ride on the bus!

thankful viren aggarwal
Cindy B.
Riding the bus every day allows me time to read the books I wouldn’t have time to get to otherwise. Sometimes I turn down an offer of a ride to work because I don’t want to give up my reading time. Every now I then, when I glance up from my book, I have such an awesome view! #luckyme!

Thankful Cindy Bouldin
Denise J.
I’m grateful for my non-car commute because I can smell the holidays coming! It smells like snow and pine trees and leaves! While it smells awesome, it looks like this:

Thankful Denise jones
 

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 12:31 PM | by geri | Add a Comment

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