Archive for November, 2017

If you’ve thought about changing up your commute but feel overwhelmed about where to start, why not let the team here at CYWB do the work? Just fill out a commute inquiry and we’ll personally search for the most convenient option for you. Tell us what your work hours are, where you plan to travel to/from, and which transit options you’re interested in. We’ll give you detailed instructions for getting from point A to point B, whether you’re walking, busing, carpooling, vanpooling, or any combination of those. We’ll also send a Bellevue bike map your way if you prefer to travel on two wheels.

Which route is right for you? Image: Amazon.com

Part 1 of 2*: We’re Here for Commuters Like You

Last month, “K” from Seattle used a commute inquiry to find out the best way to get to work in downtown Bellevue from her home in Seattle. She decided she’d had enough of sitting alone in traffic and wanted to know if she could find a worthy alternative by bus. She had no idea that there was an ideal bus line which has a stop less than a block from her door! Thanks to the CYWB commute inquiry, she now knows that she can easily get to work or back home in about 40 minutes by either taking two Sound Transit buses, or combining the bus with Link light rail. We provided her with step-by-step directions for which line and direction to take, and where to walk to and from each stop. We also recommended she use her ORCA card to save time and money during her commute, which she can also use with King County Metro. K no longer has to stare at an endless line of single-occupancy cars or take the time to find a parking spot at work. She is now a happier commuter thanks to CYWB.

Interested in checking out your customized commute plan? Fill out your CYWB commute inquiry today.

*Be on the lookout for part 2, where we’ll address how we can help with commuting situations that might not have such a simple solution.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 12:59 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

Magic Season is here! Downtown Bellevue is home to a winter wonderland of delights this holiday season, and Choose Your Way Bellevue has all the resources to help you arrive stress free. Events are peppered around Downtown and easily accessible by bus. If you do prefer to drive, remember that carpooling means more time with friends and family, holiday songs in the car and more eyes peeled for a parking spot!

The simplest transit option is to take a bus to the Bellevue Transit Center. From here you can easily walk to Downtown Park, where the Magic Season Ice Arena is hosted this year, or to Bellevue Arts Museum for “Get Crafty Saturdays”. Take the pedestrian corridor on NE 6th Street two blocks west to Bellevue Way for Snowflake Lane. Walk half a block to the Meydenbauer Center Theatre to see a beautiful production of the Nutcracker; or walk to one of the retail centers in Downtown to do some last minute gift shopping!

Garden D’Lights is held at the Bellevue Botanical Garden East of I-405. To arrive by bus, take Metro route 271 from Bellevue Transit Center Bay 5 eastbound to the 116th Avenue SE and SE 1st Street stop, and walk for about five minutes east on SE 1st Street toward the glistening lights of the garden.

Download These Mobile Apps to Help You Get Around:

Puget Sound Trip Planner: This King County Metro app allows you to find a route between your origin and destination in real time, or for a future trip. See stop details, fare information, route schedules and options.

One Bus Away: Take the bus and save money—for more holiday shopping! Download the app for iPhone, Android and Windows phones to access up-to-date bus arrival times so you aren’t running or waiting in the cold for your transit option. You can click on every bus stop from a map to see all arrival times.

Google Maps: Google Maps now includes real-time bus data. You can plan out your trip for transit, biking or walking and it will give you arrival times and even transit fare information. Google Maps also allows you to add your trip to your calendar so you can be thoroughly prepared.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Monday, November 27th, 2017 1:39 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

For those of you who may be interested in exploring your region or expanding your commute options, purchasing an ORCA (One Regional Card for All) card is a great place to start. For $5, you will receive a reloadable card that can be used to pay your fare when traveling by bus, ferry, rail, train or any combination of those. It is accepted on Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit and even Washington State Ferries.

It’s easier than cash (just tap it on the ORCA reader and you’re good to go) and gives you added security, since you can keep the credit on your card, if you register it, even if it’s lost or stolen. Whether you’re exploring for a day or looking to simplify your daily commute year-round, ORCA is a good option for you.

Regional Day Pass

The regional Day Pass is a good choice for anyone who may be visiting the region, and using multiple modes of public transportation or planning to take several trips in a day. When you load your card with the $8 regional pass, you can use it all day for any fare costing less than $3.50. This is the best option for friends or family visiting from out of town to get around without having to worry about parking.

Monthly passes

The amount you pay for your Puget Pass depends on your daily commute. For example. If you live in King County and commute to Bellevue, a Puget Pass will cost $117 and cover all fares below $3.25. Rates start as low as $18 for those who may just want $.50 off each ride and go up to a $360 monthly pass that gives you unlimited use for even the highest fares of $10 each way. This option has the potential to save you A LOT. Check out a detailed price list of monthly Puget Pass and other fares here.

E-Purse Value

For those of you who want the convenience of tapping a card without the commitment of a daily or monthly pass, you can add value to an “E-Purse” that is stored on your card and used like cash to pay your fare. You can use it pay for your whole fare, or in combination with one of the other passes. The minimum value you can add at a time is $5, with a maximum stored value per card of $300. Your fare won’t be discounted, but you will have the ease and security of one card for all your transportation options. We recommend keeping your card loaded with at least $5, since you never know when it might come in handy to pay for a longer, more expensive trip.

Check out the product options to find out the best way for you to ORCA. Need to find out how to get a card, add value, or report yours lost or stolen? This is the best place to start. Want to learn more? Visit our ORCA page or send questions to the info@cywb.org.

Are you new to transit? Take your first rides on us! We’re offering new users free ORCA cards pre-loaded with $25. Simply fill out this request form and we’ll mail one to you!

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 10:20 AM | by admin | Add a Comment
City of Bellevue Bikeway Demonstration Project Mockup

This is what 108th Ave NE could look like!

We’re spreading the word: The City of Bellevue wants to hear from you on the Downtown Demonstration Bikeway Project–a proposed “high-comfort” bikeway pilot in downtown Bellevue.

Join the Transportation Department and Choose Your Way Bellevue for three “pop-up” events at Bellevue Connection Compass Plaza (NE 6th St & 106th Ave NE, near the Food Trucks where Live at Lunch was frequently held this summer) for more information leading up to the Open House.  Learn about the benefits and trade-offs of concepts along four candidate streets and help pick the street and design that balances the community’s priorities.

The first event is Wednesday, November 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by another on November 21 and again November 28, both from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This concept comes from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Implementation Initiative. From the city’s news release:

“The Transportation Commission will review community feedback and make a recommendation about a demonstration project to the City Council in early 2018. If the project moves forward, the bikeway could be installed by mid-2018 and would be evaluated through at least December 2018. Bicycle, vehicle and pedestrian traffic would be monitored, and adjustments would be made to improve operations if necessary. If the demonstration is successful, more permanent upgrades could be installed in the future. ”

You also have until December 31 to complete the online survey, letting the city know what ideas you have for the bikeway.

Want to come to the Open House?

The City of Bellevue will hold an open house on the Downtown Demonstration Bikeway Project at City Hall (450 110th Avenue NE) on Thursday, November 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., where you can learn more and provide your input.

Check out the city’s website for more information about the open house and what’s under way.

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 9:03 AM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment
Melissa Torres

Melissa is excited for winter weather to finally arrive!

Hello! My name is Melissa Torres and I am the newest member of the TransManage team, filling the role of Transportation Outreach Coordinator. I work along with Choose Your Way Bellevue and various downtown properties to improve their employees’ commute to work with the aim to reduce single car occupancy trips.

Eight years ago, I ditched my car in Southern California and moved to Seattle. This permitted me to learn the lay of the land by foot and transit. This change of lifestyle completely altered my perception of place and community for the better. It has made me a more compassionate and eco-conscious person.

So how do I get to work? I take the bus! I take the bus because it is SO EASY. Once you understand the possible routes, catching the bus becomes a thoughtless activity. I use the OneBusAway app to check real time updates on my route so I don’t have to leave my place a moment too soon.

The bus ride provides extra time to drink coffee, check emails, zone out to a podcast, or doze off a little. I usually dabble in a little of each with the occasional Ariana Grande song to get my day started on the right note. I highly suggest it.

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer, Melissa

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 2:46 PM | by Melissa Torres | Add a Comment

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