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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

As part of East Link light rail construction, the Rainier Freeway station at I-90 will be closed starting Sept. 22 2018.  It will reopen as Judkins Park Link Station in 2023.  This may have a major impact on Bellevue residents, visitors and employees who use the Rainier Freeway Station.  Read on the find out how this may affect Bellevue readers, and what you need to know to change your travel plans if you are affected:

Most bus routes that currently serve the Rainier Freeway Station, like Route 550, will bypass the area, but Routes 554, 217, and select Route 212 trips will serve new stops on Rainier Avenue South and S Charles St. The transit-only roadway that connects the Rainier Freeway Station to Downtown Seattle will also close, leading to modest increases in travel time.

 

Route 550:

Route 550 will no longer stop at Rainier Avenue South due to the closure of the Rainier Freeway Station. 550 buses will continue to access all normal Downtown Seattle stops (International District, Pioneer Square, University Street,Westlake). This route also will not use the transit-only roadway on I-90 to get downtown. It will proceed on the I-90 mainline into Downtown Seattle.

For Bellevue Route 550 Riders:

  • If you stop at Rainier Avenue: Route 550 will no longer stop at Rainier Avenue South. To access the Rainier Valley, you may take Route 550 to North Mercer Wayand 80th Avenue SE (Mercer Island Park and Ride) and transfer to Route 554. You may also ride the 550 to the International District Station and transfer to a Rainier Valley bound service such as Link or Route 7 or 106.
  • If you ride between Bellevue and Downtown Seattle or other parts of the Eastside your stops will not change, but expect slightly longer travel times.

Route 554:

While route 550 will bypass the area, Route 554 will exit I-90 at Rainier Avenue South and access downtown Seattle via South Dearborn Street, including new stops at Rainier Avenue South and South Charles Street.

Bellevue-Eastgate Route 554 riders:

  • If you get on or off the bus at Rainier Avenue: Route 554 will serve a pair of bus stops at Rainier Avenue South and South Charles Street all day, every day, and will continue to serve the Eastgate Freeway Station. The 212 and 217 will also continue to go from Rainier Avenue to the Eastgate Park & Ride in the mornings, and fromEastgate to Rainier Avenue in the afternoons. Routes 216, 218, and 219 will no longer serve Rainier Avenue.
  • If you travel to Eastgate on this route from Downtown Seattle: Route 554 will pick up riders at existing stops along 2nd Avenue and a new stop at 2nd Ave Extension South and Yesler Way in Downtown Seattle, making similar stops as today.
  • If you travel to Downtown Seattle on this route from Eastgate: Route 554 will drop off riders on the eastside of 4th Avenue in Downtown Seattle.
  • If you travel within the Eastside: your route will not change.

Going eastbound, Route 554’s last stop in downtown Seattle will move to Second Avenue Extension South and Yesler Way from Fifth Avenue South and South Jackson Street. The nine King County Metro routes that serve I-90 will also change.  View those changes by visiting the King County Metro Service Change Page (Scroll down to Route Revisions and filter the list by “Rainier Freeway Station Closure”)

Overall, frequency will decrease slightly and trip times will be adjusted to maintain on-time performance. You can also keep up to date on the latest changes by joining Sound Transit’s Service Planning, Route 550, or Route 554 email lists.

Much of this information has been collected from the Sound Transit I-90 Services Change website.  If you have questions email us at info@cywb.org! Are you affected by the closure and need some help figuring out travel options? Submit a request for a custom Commute Inquiry and we’ll do the planning for you!

-Choose You Way Bellevue Staffer Tim

Monday, September 24th, 2018 1:51 PM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

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.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 2:46 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

In Part 1 of our Commute Inquiry series we told the story of “K”, who discovered a quick and easy bus route to her workplace. Often times, making a few simple changes can mean the difference between driving alone and commuting on cruise control. However, some commutes are more challenging and it may seem that trying transit or finding a ridematch is an impossibility. While it’s true that our team can’t always find another commuter going your way, we can give you the resources to stay up to date with new riders and available carpools or vanpools. Bus routes that look too long at first glance may be paired with a bike ride, carpool, or short drive alone to a park-and-ride you may not know about, so that you can still use an alternative mode to driving without too much compromise. If you’re able to carpool to a park-and-ride you may even have access to priority parking!

A bike-bus combo might work for you!

Commuter “M” was one such success story: This past spring, at the time of the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride closure, a commuter living in Renton who was used to parking at South Bellevue thought the closure would mean he’d have to pay to park at his workplace. Although taking the bus from his home would be too long of a commute, we helped him discover that by driving to a park-and-ride in Renton, he could still use transit for most of his commute. This route would mean transferring twice, but would save “M” from paying to park each day. We also used Sound Transit’s replacement park-and-ride lots maps to find a lot along his route that was closer to his workplace. This would mean a one-seat ride (no bus transfers), but he’d have to get there early to ensure a parking space. Now “M” has a few options to try out and more “me time” on the bus.

Commutes are not one-size-fits-all, so we want to help you consider all the mix-and-match possibilities that work for you. If an alternative mode doesn’t work right now, don’t give up! Our transit agencies are always making improvements, ridesharing options are always evolving, and we’ve got walk and bike tips and even strategies for teleworking. Let us know how we can help you by filling out your CYWB commute inquiry today.

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 2:17 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

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

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