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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

By David Grant, Transportation Public Information Officer  (Reprinted from City of Bellevue publication It’s Your City, June 2018”)

With a boost from the 2016 voter-approved Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy, 2018 is shaping up as Bellevue’s year of the bike.

Crews will add about 19 miles of new bike lanes citywide, compared with 8.5 miles last year and 2.6 miles in 2016. In addition, several regional projects are providing new links to neighboring cities. Here are some highlights:

Regional trail network

In May, the state Department of Transportation hosted a celebration for the State Route 520 Trail, which opened last December. Through May 13 this year, more than 70,000 bicyclists and pedestrians crossed the floating bridge on the new east-west regional connection.

Plans call for King County in late June to officially open 2.7 miles of pedestrian-bicycle trail in Bellevue, part of the Eastside Rail Corridor that stretches from Renton north to Woodinville. On the city’s south end, the interim gravel trail runs between the Renton border and Newcastle Beach Park; on the north end, the segment runs between the Kirkland border and the BelRed area.

Later this year, work is expected to start on $17.5 million worth of improvements to fill a gap in the Mountains to Sound Greenway along Interstate 90 in Bellevue, another east-west regional trail.

Downtown bike projects

A demonstration bikeway will be installed on 108th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast 12th Street to Main Street. It will be the first pair of bike lanes that run the length of downtown. The levy funded project is expected to be completed in early July.

Other downtown-area improvements to the bicycle network include another levy project to improve bicycling on 108th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast 12th to 24th street, as well as projects on: 108th Avenue Southeast, Main Street to Bellevue Way; 112th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast 12th Street to the Kirkland border; and 112th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast Eighth to 10th Street.

Citywide bike share system

People already are pedaling green, orange and yellow bicycles to Bellevue but this summer, the city will unveil a pilot permit system for regulating private bike share companies that want to operate in Bellevue.

The new right of way permits will require bike share companies to provide electric bikes only, limit the number of bikes to a total of 400 to start and place restrictions on where the bikes can be left.

Eastgate projects

A slew of improvements this year will focus on the Eastgate area. Several bike lanes will be created through simple, inexpensive restriping to be completed as part of the city’s annual overlay program. Here’s the rundown: Southeast 38th Street, from the I-90 Overpass to 154th Avenue Southeast; and Southeast 38th Street, from the 14700 block to Allen Road (Levy project).

In addition: Eastgate Way, Richards Road to 160th Avenue Southeast; Newport Way Southeast near 150th Avenue Southeast; 139th Avenue Southeast, from Eastgate Way to Kamber Road (Levy project); and 142nd Avenue Southeast, from Southeast 36th to 32nd street (also a Levy project).

In the Lake Hills neighborhood, crews will improve 156th Avenue Southeast, from Southeast 22nd Street to Lake Hills Boulevard.

Editor’s Note:  Join the City of Bellevue and Choose Your Way Bellevue to celebrate the opening of the 108th Demonstration Bikeway project on Tuesday, July 31 from 11:30am – 1:30pm.  See the Event Flyer for more details.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 2:19 PM | by Tim Kelley | 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

This post originally appeared on the Bellevue Downtown Association News Page.

Whether or not you’re a regular bike rider, you might have noticed some fresh paint on 108th Avenue NE. If you’re wondering what’s happening, look no further! Starting June 10, the City of Bellevue began installation of a “Demonstration Bikeway” along 108th Avenue NE. Read on if you’re interested in learning more about this project, and how it will enhance livability and mobility in Downtown Bellevue.

What is the Demonstration Bikeway?
Using temporary and low-cost treatments, the demonstration project provides a real-world opportunity to evaluate how bike lanes with enhanced separation from vehicle traffic function on 108th Avenue NE from Main Street to NE 12th Street. These new bike lanes through downtown will complete a continuous north-south route between the I-90 and SR-520 Trails.

The project is funded by the Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy, which was approved by voters in 2016. For more information about the levy visit: BellevueWA.gov/TransportationLevy.

When will it open?
Construction began June 10 and the project is expected to be finished in July. A celebration to mark the new bikeway is planned for Tuesday, July 31, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Bellevue Corporate Plaza (600 108th Avenue NE).

Construction in Progress:

Bike Lanes

What will this look like?
The City will be applying the following modern bikeway design concepts used in cities such as Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, BC: Curb & post dividers; Green pavement markings;  Planter box dividers; and, Shared lane markings.

Once the project is complete, curbside activities such as parking, passenger load/unload, and freight delivery will be modified. To ensure the corridor is as safe as possible for cyclists, parking enforcement will be monitoring curbside activity along 108th Avenue NE so that vehicles do not block the bike lanes. For more information about changes to parking, passenger load/unloading, and freight delivery see the Loading Zones Flyer.

Why “Demonstration?”
With this project’s demonstration approach, the City is able to design and build the project faster –“from planning to design to construction in one year.” During the course of the assessment period (approximately one year), data will be collected to evaluate how the project impacts travel for all street users, local businesses, and others in the community. If outcomes are favorable, City Council could approve more permanent upgrades in the future, including more robust bike lane separation, traffic signal modifications, durable pavement markings, and other changes to curbs and the streetscape. This demonstration project could help guide other downtown bicycle improvements.

Do I need to worry about more construction?
Construction has already started and will continue through early July. Work hours are 7 p.m. – 4 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Because the work is taking place during the evening hours, major construction impacts and/or traffic delays are not expected. The work is dependent on dry weather conditions.

City of Bellevue Resources:

Click here for a full list of City resources.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer Emma

Friday, June 29th, 2018 11:27 AM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

24th Street Bike Lanes

Hot on the heels of getting the green light for a Downtown Demonstration Bikeway and having a Bikeshare permit system vetted, there are more bike projects coming to the streets of Bellevue!  Next up are buffered bike lanes on NE 24th Street from Northup Way to the SR-520 Trail.

Construction is slated to start in mid-April and improvements include widening the existing bike lanes from five feet to six-and-one-half feet, adding a three-foot-wide bike lane buffer, and green bicycle markings. This improvement will increase the separation between bicyclists and vehicles, providing more comfort and safety for users of all ages and abilities.  View the official construction alert here for more details.

From the SR-520 trail, which parallels the highway all the way to Redmond, the NE 24th Street lanes will connect to the green bike lanes (literally green paint) on Northup Way.  People on bikes can connect to Downtown Bellevue using the bike lanes and facilities on NE 116th Avenue/NE 12th Street and in the coming months will be able to connect to the Eastside Rail Corridor.

24th Street Bike Lanes Map

This NE 24th Street bike lane project is part of the larger Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy project, which address a backlog of neighborhood safety, connectivity, sidewalk, bicycle, technology, congestion reduction and maintenance projects. There are currently 43 projects that will be delivered during 2017-2018.

You can read more about this 20 year program, including bike projects, on the city’s Transportation Levy Project page.

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer, Tim

Monday, April 2nd, 2018 4:35 PM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

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