Archive for March, 2019

From Sound Transit:

On March 23, 2019, ST Express bus 550 will shift from the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel to surface streets to accommodate the Washington State Convention Center construction and future Link light rail expansion.

Due to Convention Center construction and to prepare for light rail expansion, buses will permanently leave the downtown transit tunnel. ST Express Route 550 and six Metro routes will operate on surface streets.

All tunnel buses will move to surface streets on March 23, 2019

With buses no longer sharing downtown tunnel stations with trains, Link light rail will be more reliable and the system will be ready to expand. Extensions to Northgate (2021) and Mercer Island, Bellevue and Overlake (2023) are under construction. Trains will then reach Lynnwood, Federal Way and downtown Redmond in 2024; West Seattle and Tacoma in 2030; Ballard and South Lake Union in 2035; Everett in 2036; and South Kirkland and Issaquah in 2041.

As the system expands, Sound Transit will operate longer trains at higher frequency. Early next year, Sound Transit will begin the process of connecting tracks from the Eastside to the current system at International District Station.

Sound Transit, Metro, and SDOT issued the March 2019 Service Change press release on Feb. 20.

Signage at bus stops will go up in the first week of March, and street teams will be out at stops several days before and after the service change at affected stops to direct riders to their new/revised bus stops.

The newly updated Downtown Accessibility Map shows how to get around the steep grades of downtown Seattle.

Bus service changes

  • Route 513 will extend to Seaway Transit Center and connect to Community Transit’s Swift Green Line. The route will serve a new stop at Casino Road and Evergreen Way, which will replace the current stop at Evergreen Way and 79th Place. All other stops will remain the same.
  • Route 542 will add evening and weekend service between Redmond/Overlake and the University District to mitigate the June 2019 closure of the Montlake Freeway Station.
  • Route 550 will travel inbound to Seattle via 4th Avenue and Pike Street, and outbound to Mercer Island and Bellevue via Union Street and 2nd Avenue. Outbound riders currently boarding at International District Station will board at 2nd Ave Ext S & Yesler Way. Visit here for more info on new routings for Metro tunnel routes 41, 74, 101, 102, 150, and 255.
  • Route 555 will only operate between Northgate and Bellevue starting on March 25, 2019.  Sound Transit will invest resources into improving reliability on Route 554. Riders can use King County Metro Route 271 between Issaquah, Eastgate and Bellevue or routes 240 or 241 between Bellevue and Eastgate.
  • Route 580 will run fewer trips to Lakewood beginning March 25, focusing resources on the high-ridership segment between Puyallup Station and South Hill Park and Ride.

In addition to these major changes, Sound Transit is making additional minor service adjustments to several other ST Express routes. Visit soundtransit.org/servicechange for more info.

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Friday, March 8th, 2019 10:33 AM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

Jeff, on a recent trip to Glacier National Park

Did you know that you can have a chance to earn awesome rewards just by logging your commute? If you sign up with Choose Your Way Bellevue, you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $100 REI gift card just by participating and logging your non-drive-alone commute at least 8 times a month.

Jeff is our March Mover of the Month and commutes regularly from Issaquah to Bellevue by bus. By choosing to commute by bus, Jeff is less stressed, saves money with an employer subsidized bus pass, and enjoys have some “me” time on his commute.

We caught up with Jeff earlier this week and this is what he had to say about his commute:

CYWB: What is your green commute (what is your mode and where are you coming from/going to)?

Jeff: I’m fortunate enough to be within walking distance of the Issaquah Highlands Park and Ride so I catch the Sound Transit 556 Express in the mornings and get off at the Bellevue Transit Center where I’m within walking distance of my building.  I feel like I’m living the dream with an efficient, car-free commute to and from work.

 

CYWB: Why do you choose to commute this way?

Jeff: There are few reasons I commute by bus.  The #1 reason I commute by bus is because it’s the least stressful way of getting to work.  I’d rather have someone else do the driving instead of me dealing with traffic.  My employer also subsidizes my bus pass, so I’m saving money on transportation and not having to spend as much money on gas.  On top of that, I can read my Kindle on the bus or take a nap.  It’s basically extra time in my day for whatever I want to do.

 

CYWB: What is something unexpected you’ve discovered/learned/experienced since you began commuting via this mode?

Jeff: I occasionally think deeply while staring out the window.  I don’t know why, but some of my best creative brainstorming and reflection happens on the bus.

 

CYWB: Tell us a bit about yourself—do you have any fun hobbies?

Jeff: I love learning new things, so I’m always reading.  Currently, I’m learning programming and building projects in my spare time.  Besides that, I enjoy being outdoors riding my road bike and running trails.

Special thanks Jeff for sharing his commute with us! We hope his experience can serve as inspiration for others to try out your own alternative mode of transit – why not start with the bus!

Would you like to be the Choose Your Way Bellevue Mover of the Month? Log at least eight non-drive-alone trips on your RideshareOnline calendar and you’ll automatically be entered into the drawing for next month – as well as our 25 win $25 drawing – and be eligible for “Perks” local business discounts! Learn more at www.ChooseYourWayBellevue.org/Rewards.

– Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer Tim

Thursday, March 7th, 2019 4:16 PM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

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