Beginning September 2018, the Rainier Freeway Station will be closed due to East Link light rail construction on the Judkins Park Station. The following routes will be affected until operation begins in 2023:
Sound Transit: 550 and 554 King County Metro: 111, 114, 212, 214, 216, 217, 218, 219
While these routes will continue to serve downtown Seattle, they will either bypass the Rainer Freeway Station or serve stops at different locations on Rainier Avenue. Routes that serve Rainier Avenue from the Eastside will exit I-90 at Rainier, and continue downtown via surface streets. There will be no changes to bus routing on the Eastside.
To learn about the changes to I-90 routes and to plan ahead, go here.
Payments to drivers are considered reimbursements for expenses, and thus these tools do not entail ride-for hire services; reimbursements to drivers do not exceed the Internal Revenue Service per-mile limits.
Dynamic Carpool apps available in Bellevue:
iCarpool and Scoop are dynamic carpooling apps available to Bellevue and surrounding areas in 2018. These apps are working make the jump into dynamic carpooling as smooth and approachable as possible. iCarpool is an existing Pacific Northwest product attached to the functionality and perks of RideShareOnline.com. It allows riders and drivers to make a carpool arrangement for a particular trip with their match in a matter of minutes, and operates based on established pickup and dropoff locations for efficiency of travel. These locations are revealed to you upon use of the app. Note: iCarpool’s user base is still growing. Sign up to increase the critical mass of users!
Scoop is launching in Bellevue on Jan. 29. While new to the Eastside, the app has already found success in the Bay Area and Seattle. Scoop is focused on commuting and requires that you arrange your morning commute the night before and arrange your evening commute in the afternoon the day of, allowing wiggle room those with flexible schedules. Note: The app will be new, so sign up to increase the critical mass of users! The pool of users will also include employees of some Eastside employers through arrangements with Scoop.