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The New Year is a time for resolutions so, this year, why not resolve to make a change that’s a win-win for yourself, others and the planet? Make 2019 the year of transit!

With construction, closures, and perpetual traffic, there’s never been a better time to give driving a break and pursue other transportation options. We like the bus this time of year when the weather is unpredictable and it gets dark just after lunch, but we support and applaud our cyclists and walkers as well!

Our team of transportation experts will write you a custom commute plan–all you need to provide is your origin and destination addresses. You can also plan a commute yourself! There are some great tools such as Google Maps which allow you to route your commute; just choose the bus icon at the top left and change your time frame to “Arrive by” to enter the time you’d like to get to work. Sometimes, there isn’t a route, it takes too long, or it requires too many transfers. A great way to simplify is to enter your origin as a transit center or park-and-ride. Some park-and-rides fill up early, so depending on how early you leave and where from, your new commute may require a little bit of trial and error before you perfect your plan.

Did you know that traveling via the Eastgate Park-and-Ride has gotten easier? King County Metro will actually pick you up and connect you to your Eastgate/Factoria office, or from your home if nearby, the park-and-ride through the Ride2 program! Your office parking may be tight, but by taking this Metro shuttle, you have a worry-free ride to and from your ride!

Not ready to leave the comfort of the car yet? There’ve never been more carpool resources than right now, and for a limited time, King County Metro is helping make your carpool even cheaper by partnering with carpool apps Waze and Scoop.

Need an ORCA card? Sign up for King County Metro’s Just One Trip to get a new ORCA card pre-loaded with $25 fare mailed to you, or get $25 value added to your existing ORCA card when you take the survey. Traveling to or from Bellevue? Choose Your Way Bellevue will also help you try transit with a $25 pre-loaded ORCA card.  ORCA is a regional transit card which allows you to simply tap your card and ride. The card will automatically track your transfers and fares, so you never have to calculate or pay twice when switching buses or agencies. ORCA is accepted on Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit and Washington State Ferries.

And you can use ORCA to pay vanpool fare for King County, Community Transit, Pierce Transit or Kitsap Transit.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 10:07 AM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

(Editors note: This post originally appeared on the Bellevue Downtown Association website.)

The countdown is on.

The Alaskan Way Viaduct is slated to close on January 11 for three weeks, at which point the new two-mile-long SR 99 tunnel connecting Seattle Center to the stadiums will open. Then, on March 23 the buses that currently go through the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will be brought up to surface streets to allow for better light rail scheduling.

Map of SR 99 closure through downtown Seattle via WSDOT.

These changes, coupled with construction on both sides of the lake and our region’s usual traffic, will likely make for long commutes in the months ahead, and not just in Seattle. According to WSDOT, “drivers should expect up to six weeks of region-wide congestion.”

News agencies, transit agencies, SDOT and WSDOT all recommend making a plan and doing as much as you can to stay off the roads, especially during the three weeks (ish) when both the new tunnel and the viaduct will be closed.

So, what does making a plan mean? Some of us can’t change our work schedule, or the way we work, but for those of us that can, Seattle Councilmember Mike O’Brien suggests that we “think about…what can we do for the common good” such as:

  • Telework – The best way to avoid being part of traffic is to stay home!
  • Shift your work day – Can you travel outside peak travel times? Start later and catch a less crowded bus for your commute.
  • Carpool – Talk to your neighbors and coworkers or go to RideshareOnline to form a carpool; or let an app like Waze, iCarpool or Scoop do it for you! To help with congestion and encourage carpooling King County Metro is partnering with Waze and Scoop dynamic carpooling apps to offer discounts and incentives to those commuting to, from or within King County. Learn more here and check with your employer; some are offering additional incentives
  • Take transit – Your employer may provide you with an ORCA card (if not, click here), and transportation experts like us at Choose Your Way Bellevue will plan your commute for free! There are a few easy bus routes that go between Seattle and the Bellevue Transit Center including:

Coming from Eastgate or West Seattle? Try Ride2, the new on-demand shuttle service from King County Metro!

  • Take vacation – Saving up those time off days? Cash in during these three weeks and say goodbye to traffic and hello to a beach.

No matter what you choose or questions you have, our team is here to help you navigate.

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 12:54 PM | by Tim Kelley | Comments Off on Your commute to Bellevue during the #SeattleSqueeze

Great news! For a limited time, King County Metro is sponsoring carpooling trips for all King County commuters! This means lower costs when you ride, and an even higher reimbursement when you drive, plus bonuses when you refer a friend.

With this special incentive and flexible, easy-to-use carpooling apps, upgrading your commute is easier than ever. Just follow these four steps:

  1. Download a participating free carpool app (Scoop or Waze Carpool).
  2. Enter your trip locations and times.
  3. Get matched with neighbors or co-workers going your way.
  4. Book a ride and enjoy the benefits.*

Learn more at kingcounty.gov/carpool

*Service areas, pricing, and features vary across apps.

Get ready for the upcoming State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct closure. Avoid the stress of driving alone and get in the carpool lane!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, December 13th, 2018 2:46 PM | by geri | Add a Comment

Ever thought about taking the bus to work, but the “last mile” connection from the Eastgate Park-and-Ride was just a little to far from your worksite?  Ride2 has you covered, and that bus commute option is back on the table!

Ride2 Eastgate is a new service launched by King County Metro on Oct. 23. The service connects you car-free to home, school or work from transit at the Eastgate Park-and-Ride and the other way around.

How does it work? From within the 2- to 3-mile service area, you can use an app to hail a Ride2 van to take you to the park-and-ride so you can catch your bus and go where you need to! Or, if you live outside of the service area but your office is within it, take the bus to the park-and-ride and then hail a Ride2 van to travel that last mile from the park-and-ride to your office in the morning, and back at the end of the day. Best of all, it’s free for the first few months!

Sounds like a good deal, right? Well, Choose Your Way Bellevue wants to sweeten that deal—The first 25 people who show us that they’ve ridden Ride2 will receive a free Choose Your Way Bellevue backpack, more than a $20 value!

Interested? Here are three easy steps that will score you a backpack:

Step 1: Book a ride on demand or schedule it in advance with the Ride2 Park-and-Ride app to take a trip to or from the Eastgate Park-and-Ride.  If you take the bus to the park-and-ride you can use the service to travel the “last mile” to work! Need help? Visit the King County Metro Ride2 webpage.

Step 2: Enjoy your fast, easy, convenient and free (for a limited time!) ride and snap a selfie of yourself in or with the van.

Step 3: Email us your photo (info@cywb.org) and provide us with your mailing address. We’ll send you a fancy, limited edition Choose Your Way Bellevue backpack, just for taking a free ride and sharing your photo! (While supplies last. Let us know if you don’t want us to post your photo publicly.)

The Fine Print:
Do you have questions about the Ride2 program? Visit the program page. We only have a limited number of backpacks, so this promotion is first-come, first-served. We want to share your smiling selfies with the world, but we do respect your privacy–let us know if you don’t want us to share your photos on social media.

Friday, October 26th, 2018 11:18 AM | by geri | Add a Comment

Fireworks Show

Downtown Bellevue is thrilled to welcome you and your family for our Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk and Bellevue Family 4th events!  Getting around may be a challenge especially if you’re driving.  Below are some tips and tricks for beating the crowds and making your commute in an easy one! Just looking for a map? Click here.

Read on about directions and parking for the Dog Jog and Family 4th.

 Tips for riding transit to downtown Bellevue:

  • Carry your exact bus fare in cash or your ORCA card loaded with either a pass or e-purse. Bus drivers do not have change. You may pay your fare, and the fare for others traveling with you, using any combination of paper, coin currency, and/or transit pass equal to or of greater value than the required fare. For fare information along your route and desired travel time follow this link.
  • Free fares for children: Up to four children ages five and under always ride free with a paying adult on Sound Transit and King County Metro buses.
  • All buses are by selecting ‘Accessible Trip’ in the advanced options of Trip Planner.
  • Plan your return trip: 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 will be posted at each bay to assist you.

Be Aware

  • Westbound Northeast First Street will be closed between 100th and 102nd Avenue Northeast from 1 p.m. to midnight;
  • Before the fireworks, starting about 9:30 p.m., streets closed to vehicle traffic will include: Northeast Fourth Street, 100th Avenue Northeast to Bellevue Way Northeast; Northeast First Street, 100th to 103rd Avenue Northeast; and 100th Avenue Northeast, Northeast First to Northeast Fifth Street;
  • After the fireworks, restrictions will include: right turns prohibited from northbound 100th Avenue Northeast to Northeast Eighth Street, and from eastbound Northeast 10th Street to all side streets between 100th Avenue Northeast and Interstate 405; access to northbound I-405 from Northeast 10th Street will be via southbound 116th Avenue Northeast, then westbound Northeast Eighth Street;
  • After the event, left turns will be prohibited from southbound Bellevue Way to eastbound Northeast Fourth Street; drivers headed to I-90 or I-405 may continue south on Bellevue Way.

BIKE

Please check the Bellevue Bike Map for information about biking in the Bellevue area. Bike racks are available throughout Downtown Bellevue; check out the downtown bike rack map to find one near the festivities.

DRIVE

We recommend carpooling to those choosing to drive to the event. Stay up to date on traffic and closures from the City of Bellevue’s website.

Read here for more information from the City of Bellevue about getting to and from the festivities.

We’ll see you there!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer Tim

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 3:45 PM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

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