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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
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

Seattle’s Ruff Rider

Eclipse with her Orca card

It started with Eclipse’s owner smoking a cigarette a little too long one day which made this impatient pooch jump onto the bus without her owner. Eclipse’s owner followed suit on the next bus and noticed that Eclipse was already waiting at the dog park. Eclipse’s owner usually rides with her, but on the off chance she’s solo, Eclipse jumps onto the Rapid Ride D line, sits quietly and waits for her stop all on her own. Although Eclipse should really be on a leash, dogs are able to ride at the discretion of the driver and under certain guidelines. For those that are new to transit and want to join Eclipse in finding an alternative commute Choose Your Way Bellevue is currently offering a great promotion for new transit users*. Visit our homepage to find out more.

 

Friday, August 25th, 2017 2:12 PM | by Sandee Ditt | Add a Comment

You might not believe it, but there was a time when there were only a handful of options to move about in the city. Mobile technology and transit growth means Bellevuites have arguably more choices than ever before. We have put together some popular questions that have been asked about rideshare programs and some ideas on how to get you moving.

The park-and-ride is always full; how can I ensure I’ll have a place to park if I share the ride to the park-and-ride?

Try starting a VanShare. A great promotion is going on right now for commuters sharing a ride to a Park-and-Ride in the I-90/I-405 corridor. Start a van with just two other riders and you can get the first three months free while you recruit more riders! On top of receiving a $50 MasterCard Rewards card, each member will receive a free Orca card with $25 pre-loaded. Need another reason? Your van is parked at qualifying Park-and-Rides for FREE at a reserved spot!

I don’t have enough people to start a VanShare or VanPool, but still want a reserved spot for my carpool.

You’re in luck, right now you can obtain carpool parking permit for carpooling to a park-and-ride with one additional passenger and get a reserved carpool space and skip driving around and searching for a parking spot. King County (Metro) is providing free permits at participating and Sound Transit is providing passes at $5 for their Park-and-Rides. Need a little push to start that carpool? Qualifying carpool drivers can receive a free Good To Go! pass while supplies last. If you will be carpooling at least one day per week between Bellevue and Lynnwood and, you could qualify for this free pass! Skip the traffic and jump into that express lane and get to work quicker without having to pay the toll!

But, I need my car for my lunch meeting or to run a quick errand in the middle of the day?

Zipcar is great option for those that need to run an errand during the day or don’t have access to a car. The hourly rate for a Zipcar is normally between $7.50 – $10.50 depending on car type and city. A few garages and surface lots hold a Zipcar that you can reserve a head of time and there might just be one close to or in the building you’re in! Uber and Lyft are also great resources for longer appointments where pick up and drop off happen right in front of your building. These carshare services available in Downtown Bellevue  is a great resource to use instead of having to drive your car to work, pay for gas, parking, tolls and car maintenance. To help increase car share services in the Eastside take the Eastside Carshare Survey and you can help bring more carshare options to Bellevue!

I still want to take the bus, but my Park-and-Ride is too full and the garage at my building is too expensive.

For those that need to get closer to a bus route, Metro has partnered with Diamond parking to give commuters the option of buying reserved parking spaces closer to your transit line. The first month is free and the following monthly rates are lower than most private garages in Bellevue. Check out our other blog post on the lots with convenient access to Downtown Seattle.

Friday, July 21st, 2017 12:40 PM | by Sandee Ditt | Add a Comment

A South Bellevue Park & Ride Alternative Story

The South Bellevue Park-and-Ride will be closing on May 30th, 2017. We would like to provide those who are affected by this closure some ideas for exploring a new commute, provided through our fictional commuter, “Caffeinated Carey.”.

Caffeinated Carey’s New Morning Commute

Current Route – 23 min from South Bellevue Park-and-Ride to King County Courthouse in Seattle

New Route – 44 minutes from Wilburton Park-and-Ride to King County Courthouse in Seattle

Every morning, I wake up, grab my cup of coffee and hop into my car to start my morning commute to the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride. This park-and-ride is usually full, but I can normally find parking if I get there before 8:30 a.m. A few weeks ago, a sign was posted alerting bus commuters that it was going to close for at least five years due to construction of the new East Link light rail station. I was slightly comforted in knowing that the future South Bellevue Station will include bus and paratransit transfer facilities and a 1,500-stall parking garage (almost 1,000 more than current stalls). But all I could think about was what about how my current commute was going to change during those five years.

I figured now is as good a time as any to try my new commute so I could be prepared for the closure when it happens.

I started researching the new park-and-ride lots Sound Transit has secured, as well as those park-and-rides with existing capacity, to help with the displacement of cars from the lot.

Sound Transit’s resources include a web page about the closure and their East Link Replacement Parking Interactive Map.  I located the nearest park-and-ride to me on the interactive map, the Wilburton Park-and-Ride, which is only an additional five-minute drive from the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride. This trip did require a transfer, but according to Google Maps, it looked like the best option.

The following morning, I packed everything a few minutes earlier and headed to the new station to catch the 8:04 a.m. King Country Metro 240. Parking was relatively easy, though I made a note to remember the parking lot is much smaller than the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride. I walked about 5 minutes to SE 8th St & 118th Ave SE. I wanted to make sure I head I got on the quickest route, so I used my One Bus Away app that showed me arrival times of neighboring stations and bus stops. This bus then dropped me off a few minutes later at the Eastgate Park-and-Ride where I walked I caught route King Country Metro 212 dropped me off about two blocks away from my destination, and in less than five minutes I was at the Courthouse. Heading back home I had a few options, but I found that taking the Sound Transit 550 gets me faster to Bellevue in the evenings. I exited at the Bellevue Transit Center, and caught the King County Metro 246, or King County Metro 240, whichever came first since both buses travel to the Wilburton Park-and-Ride.

For now, this is a good substitution while I wait for the light rail to come across to the Eastside; and I still have time to grab my morning triple shot latte on ice before jumping on the bus!

-Sincerely, Caffeinated Carey

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To those who can relate to Caffeinated Carey’s story due to the closure of South Bellevue and Park-and-Ride, Choose Your Way Bellevue is here to assist with making the transition to your new commute an easier one. The 550, 555, and 556, 241 and 249 will continue to serve Bellevue Way in front of the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride when it closes. There will not be a park-and-ride in that vicinity; however, I would encourage you to plan ahead and look for an alternative park-and-ride that may work for you. (Note that you may need to transfer buses from your alternative lot in order to get where you need to go.) Or, try sharing the ride!

In fact, your new route may turn out to be faster than your old one. Recently, a commuter discovered that parking at the Newport Hills Park-and-Ride and taking the King County Metro Route 111 was 15 minutes faster than her current commute parking at the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride and taking the Sound Transit 550!

Try checking for a new route from home, rather than the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride; you may be surprised what you find! Some other helpful resources for planning your route include:

If you are having trouble figuring out your new commute, we are here to help! You may request Choose Your Way Bellevue custom commute assistance at any time. Also check out our East Link and Travel Options page for resources and updates.

Stay tuned to our blog for more examples in the future of how people are adjusting their commutes regarding the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride closure.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Sandee

Thursday, May 4th, 2017 4:23 PM | by Sandee Ditt | Add a Comment

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