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Bellevue Magic Season is here! Downtown Bellevue is home to a winter wonderland of delights this holiday season, and Choose Your Way Bellevue has all the resources to help you arrive stress free. Events are peppered around Downtown and easily accessible by bus. If you do prefer to drive, remember that carpooling means more time with friends and family, holiday songs in the car and more eyes peeled for a parking spot!

The simplest transit option is to take a bus to the Bellevue Transit Center. From here you can easily walk to Ashwood Park, where the Magic Season Ice Arena is hosted this year, or Bellevue Library which is also hosting holiday events. Take the pedestrian corridor on NE 6th Street two blocks west to Bellevue Way for Snowflake Lane. Walk half a block to the Meydenbauer Center Theatre to see a beautiful production of the Nutcracker; or walk to one of the retail centers in Downtown to do some last minute gift shopping!

magic season map

Here are some routes you can take to the Bellevue Transit Center:

Find your specific route through trip planners from King County Metro, Sound Transit or Google Maps (select “Directions” and click on the transit icon) and entering “Bellevue Transit Center” as the destination. Or check out a mobile app in the next section.

Download These Mobile Apps to Help You Get Around:

Puget Sound Trip Planner: This King County Metro app allows you to find a route between your origin and destination in real time, or for a future trip. See stop details, fare information, route schedules and options.

One Bus Away: Take the bus and save money— for more holiday shopping! Download the app for iPhone, Android and Windows phones to access up-to-date bus arrival times so you aren’t running or waiting for the next bus. You can click on every bus stop from a map to see all arrival times.

Google Maps: Google Maps now includes real-time bus data. You can plan out your trip for transit and it will give you arrival times and even fare information. Google Maps also allows you to add your trip to your calendar so you can be t

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 6:10 PM | by Paige Anderson | Comments Off on ‘Tis the Season for Transit

The Seahawks are poised for another great season, and they can’t do it without you! To make sure you get to the game without getting stuck in traffic or a stadium parking lot, try taking transit to the game!

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• From the Bellevue Transit Center you can catch Sound Transit Route 550, which will drop you off at the International District Chinatown station, a short distance from Pioneer square and Century Link Field. You can also catch the 550 at the South Bellevue Park & Ride. Regular adult fare: $2.75 (each way). *Note: The South Bellevue Park & Ride may be closed as early as January 2017 for up to five years for East Link Light Rail construction.

• If you’re heading across the lake from the Eastgate Park & Ride you will enjoy 20 festive minutes with fellow Hawks fans on Sound Transit Route 554 before arriving at 5th and Jackson, which is a short walk to the stadium. The 554 departs Bay 3 (I-90 Expressway Ramp & 142nd Place Southeast) every 30 minutes. After the win you can catch the 554 for your return trip from 5th and Jackson. Regular adult fare: $2.75 (each way).

• Metro Transit will operate Seahawks game day shuttle bus service from three locations: Eastgate Park & Ride, South Kirkland Park & Ride, and Northgate Transit Center. Fares will be $4 each way, or $8 round trip. Bus service generally begins two hours prior to kickoff and ends 45 minutes prior. Please note that service is only available for weekend games. Get more info on game day transportation straight from the Hawk’s mouth.

• You can also catch Metro Route 271 from Eastgate Park & Ride or the Bellevue Transit Center to the University of Washington, where you can use your ORCA card to seamlessly jump onto Link light rail to the stadium. Sound Transit’s website has fare and schedule details.

Remember, Seahawks game days are busy for all downtown buses. A couple of things that help the offense run more smoothly are patience and an ORCA card:

• Post-game traffic can clog the streets. Please be patient and remember the bus will eventually come.

• When making the play call to ride the bus, also remember that an ORCA card will not only save you money by letting you transfer between buses, but also speed up boarding. If you will be paying your fare with cash try to have exact change ready. There are many places to get an ORCA card. You can purchase one at the Bellevue Transit Center vending machine on the north sidewalk, or at other participating retail locations, as well as by mail. Here’s the playbook on getting an ORCA card.

If you’d like help planning your route or need additional information, fill out an online commute inquiry form or send us an email. Some great resources for trip planning are trip planners from Sound Transit and Metro; Puget Sound Trip Planner App; OneBusAway; City Mapper; and Google Maps.

Friday, October 14th, 2016 8:34 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

Three renowned art fairs will take over the heart of Downtown Bellevue the last weekend of July, the 29-31. The Bellevue Downtown Association’s 6th Street Fair, the Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair, and the Bellevue Festival of the Arts. Artists have traveled from across the nation to showcase their original creations. But you won’t be traveling that far, so let King County Metro, Sound Transit or the HOV lane get you downtown! For specialized plans feel free to get in touch with Choose Your Way Bellevue via email, info@CYWB.org.

Image thanks to: http://bit.ly/29qPnTp

Image thanks to: http://bit.ly/29qPnTp

Fair information:

The BAM ARTSfair, Bellevue Square and Bellevue Arts Museum
Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The 6th Street Fair, Bellevue Connection (Northeast 6th Street and 106th Avenue Northeast)
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Cost Plus World Market parking lot (10300 Northeast Eighth St.)
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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: http://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/fares-orca.aspx.
  • 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.

Suggested Park and Ride Options for Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31:

The information below is specific to Saturday/Sunday operations. If you plan to utilize a park & ride lot on Friday you can expect more frequent service, an increased fare and fewer available parking spaces due to heavy commuter use. All suggested routes serve the Bellevue Transit Center for incoming and outgoing trips. For specific King County Metro bus schedules and more detailed information, please visit http://metro.kingcounty.gov and enter your preferred route number in the “Get a Timetable” box in the upper right corner. For Sound Transit routes (535, 550 and 560) visit soundtransit.org.

Park and Ride Most Direct Route Departure Information Return pick-up at the Bellevue Transit Center Additional route options
South Bellevue 
2700 Bellevue Way SE
Sound Transit 550 Departs every 15 minutes on Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays Bay 9 Metro 241*
Metro 249
ST 555*
ST 556*
ST 560
 
Eastgate 
14200 SE Eastgate Way
Metro 271 Departs every 30 minutes on Saturdays and every hour on Sundays Bay 5 Metro 240
Metro 241*
Metro 246*
ST 555*
ST 556*
 
Mercer Island
8000 N. Mercer Way
Sound Transit 550 Departs every 15 minutes on Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays Bay 1 n/a  
South Kirkland
10610 NE 38th Place
Metro 234 or 235 Departs every hour on Saturdays and Sundays Bay 10 Metro 249  
Overlake Park and Ride
2650 152nd Avenue NE & Overlake Transit Center
15590 NE 36th Place
Metro B-Line Departs every 15 minutes Saturdays and Sundays Bay 3 Metro 249  
Kingsgate
13001 116th Way NE
 

Metro235

 
Sound Transit 535** Departs every hour on Saturday  

**No Sunday service

BIKE

Bike routes will change depending on where you are coming from. Please check the Bellevue Bike Map for information about biking in the Bellevue area, or get in touch with us to plan a bike plan for you by emailing info@CYWB.org. Bike racks are available throughout Downtown Bellevue; check out the downtown bike rack map to find one near Bellevue Arts Fair Weekend venues.

DRIVE

Those choosing to drive to the fair will have some construction projects to contend with, including the closure of 110th Ave NE (read about it here: ). Remember that the NE 6th direct access ramp is for vehicles with two or more occupants on weekends; therefore, single drivers exiting at NE 6th will need to turn south on 112th Ave NE and then head west on NE 4th; or turn north on 110th or 112th Ave NE and then head west on NE 8th to access the freeway.

We’ll see you at the fair!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 4:21 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

The 4th of July is right around the corner! Join the celebration in Downtown Bellevue!

Photo by Collin Walker

Photo by Collin Walker

Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk –  9 a.m. July 4, 2016

The Àegis of Bellevue Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk, a non-competitive 4K, begins at 9 a.m. on the morning of 4th of July at Ashwood Park. The jog & walk will also end at Ashwood Park where refreshments, activities and a costume contest will take place. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome! Hundreds of dogs will be in attendance, so it is not recommend anyone bring other types of pets or dogs in heat.

For more info click here.

Bellevue Family 4th 2 p.m. July 4, 2016

The Bellevue Collection Bellevue Family 4th presented by PACCAR hosts the largest Independence day celebration on the eastside, and this year is the 25th anniversary! The event takes place in Bellevue Downtown Park where families and friends can enjoy food, games, live music, and a spectacular fireworks show.

The Bellevue Downtown Park is located one block south of Bellevue Square on the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way in downtown Bellevue.

For more info click here.

Here are a few additional ways to get to the festivities:

Transit

Consider taking the bus to the Bellevue Transit Center located at NE 6th Street & 108th Avenue NE. The Bellevue Transit Center is less than 5 blocks from the Bellevue Downtown Park and offers evening transit service to and from Seattle and many surrounding areas. Visit King County Metro’s Online TripPlanner to help plan your bus route or Choose Your Way Bellevue for other travel options. Bus routes will operate a Saturday schedule on July 4th so be sure to check the schedule at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/schedules/ for your route.

The information below is specific to Saturday/Sunday operations. All suggested routes serve the Bellevue Transit Center for incoming and outgoing trips. For specific bus schedules and more detailed information, please visit http://metro.kingcounty.gov and enter your preferred route number in the “Get a Timetable” box in the upper right corner. For Sound Transit routes (535, 550 and 560) visit soundtransit.org.

Park and Ride Most Direct Route Departure Information Return pick-up at the Bellevue Transit Center Fare Additional route options
South Bellevue 
2700 Bellevue Way SE
Sound Transit 550 Bay 1, departs every 15 minutes on Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays Bay 9 $2.50 Metro 241*
Metro 249
ST 555*
ST 556*
ST 560
Eastgate 
14200 SE Eastgate Way
Metro 271 Bay 1, departs every 30 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays Bay 5 $2.50 Metro 240
Metro 241*
Metro 246*
ST 555*
ST 556*
Mercer Island
8000 N. Mercer Way
Sound Transit 550 Departs every 15 minutes on Saturdays and every 30 minutes on Sundays Bay 1 $2.50 n/a
South Kirkland
10610 NE 38th Place
Metro 234 or 235 Bay A, departs every  15 minutes on weekdays, and every hour Saturdays and Sundays Bay 10 $2.50 Metro 249
Overlake Park and Ride
2650 152nd Avenue NEOverlake Transit Center
15590 NE 36th Place
Metro B-Line Bay 7, every 15 minutes during peak travel times Bay 3 $2.50 Metro 249
Kingsgate
13001 116th Way NE
Metro235 I-405 Totem Lake South Bound Freeway Station, departs every hour on weekends Bay 4 $2.50 n/a
Sound Transit 535** I-405 Totem Lake South Bound Freeway Station, departs every hour on Saturday

*Weekday service only
**No Sunday service

Tips for riding transit to downtown Bellevue:

  • Carry your exact fare in cash: Bus drivers do not have change. You may pay your fare, and the fare for others traveling with you, using any combination of paper and coin currency. ORCA transit passes are also accepted provided they have a value equal to or greater than the required fare (if not, a cash supplement may be required).
  • Free fares for children: Up to 4 children ages 5 and under always ride free with a paying adult on Sound Transit and King County Metro buses.
  • All buses are wheelchair accessible.
  • Return trip to park and ride: 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 are posted at each bay to assist you.

Bike or Walk

Summer is here and this is the best time of year to bike! Throw your blanket in your backpack and don’t forget your bike lights! You can plan your route with the City of Bellevue bike map or the interactive King County bike map. Bike racks are available throughout the city (though bike parking is generally limited), and so are great pedestrian paths. If you’d like a hard copy of a bike or pedestrian map follow this link to request one (will be mailed after the 4th) or stop by our office!

Rideshare with family or friends. Make a plan to meet at a nearby park-n-ride.

If you’ve got a few extra seats in your car, try Choose Your Way Bellevue to find a ridematch. You can view the Family 4th Event and “Add Trip to Event” here to find a ridematch.

Nearby Park-n-Rides:

North

Houghton Park-n-Ride

Kingsgate Park-n-Ride

South Kirkland Park-n-Ride

South

South Bellevue Park-n-Ride

Wilburton Park-n-Ride

East

Eastgate Park-n-Ride

West

Mercer Island Park-n-Ride

Parking

If you are driving or carpooling with your family, once you get downtown there are a few parking options. Complimentary event parking is offered after 6 p.m. at the Bellevue Collection (Bellevue Square (access off NE 8th and Bellevue Way), Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place).

Using Lincoln Square (access off Bellevue Way) or Bellevue Place (access off NE 8th or Bellevue Way) allows for a much quicker post-event exit. Free parking also is available in the visitors’ lot at Bellevue City Hall (450 110th Avenue NE) – and a much quicker way to exit downtown post-event if you are willing to walk a couple blocks.

After the event, drivers are encouraged to use NE 2nd Street, NE 10th Street or NE 12th Street to cross I-405 and quickly exit downtown.

Driving Directions

Eastbound I-90 from Seattle:
Just past the I-405 interchange, take the Bellevue Way exit. Merge onto Bellevue Way heading north approximately 3 miles. The Bellevue Downtown Park is located on the left side of Bellevue Way, one block south of Bellevue Square on the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way.

Westbound I-90 from Issaquah:
Take the Bellevue Way exit and head north approximately 3 miles. The Bellevue Downtown Park is located on the left side of Bellevue Way, one block south of Bellevue Square on the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way.

Northbound I-405 from Renton:
Just past the I-90 interchange, take the NE 4th Street exit. Head west on NE 4th Street. Turn left on Bellevue Way. The park is located at the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way.

Southbound I-405 from Kirkland:
Just past the 520 interchange, take the NE 4th Street exit. Head west on NE 4th Street. Turn left on Bellevue Way. The park is located at the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way.

Eastbound 520 from Seattle:
Before reaching the I-405 interchange, take the Bellevue Way exit. Merge right onto Bellevue Way heading south. The Bellevue Downtown Park is located at the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way, just south of Bellevue Square.

Westbound 520 from Redmond:
Just past the I-405 interchange, take the Bellevue Way exit. Turn left onto Bellevue Way heading south. The Bellevue Downtown Park is located at the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way, just south of Bellevue Square.

Please Note the below traffic changes:

  • Before the fireworks, at approximately 9:30 – 9:45 p.m., some streets near Downtown Park will be closed to vehicle traffic: NE 4th Street, from 100th Ave to Bellevue Way NE; and 100th Ave NE, between NE 1st to NE 5th streets. After the fireworks, the following road restrictions will be put in place to help clear traffic leaving downtown.
  • Right turns will be prohibited from 100th Ave NE to NE 8th  Street, drivers may turn right on NE 10th Street
  • Right turns will be prohibited from eastbound NE 10th Street to all side streets between 100th Ave NE and Interstate 405. Access to I-405 from NE 10th Street will be via NE 116th Street.
  • Left turns will be prohibited from southbound Bellevue Way NE to eastbound NE 4th Street. Drivers headed to I-90 or I-405 may continue south on Bellevue Way.
  • Various other lane closures and turn restrictions, as needed, to move traffic quickly out of the downtown core. When traffic volumes decreases, road will reopen and turn restrictions will be lifted.

Stay safe out there and enjoy the fireworks and other festivities!

Friday, July 1st, 2016 9:16 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

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The Seahawks made it through the first round of playoffs, and now they’re up against (arguably) their toughest contender on Sunday, the Carolina Panthers who finished their season 15-1. The Seattle Seahawks and the City of Bellevue are calling all 12s to come and cheer on the team on “Blue Friday” at 2 p.m. at the Bellevue Downtown Park.

Fans are encouraged to either walk, bus or bike to the rally, and of course we at Choose Your Way Bellevue are all for that!

For those of you biking into the park, don’t worry they have racks for your convenience. If you’re unsure of which route to take just check out our newly updated bike map.

If you plan to walk over just be mindful of the construction going on around the area. As of right now the north sidewalk is closed so be sure to walk on the south sidewalk if you’re on NE 4th Street. In addition, Sound Transit route 550 has been rerouted to NE 2nd not NE 4th, your best stop will be at Main Street and Bellevue Way NE, a short stroll from the park.

So gather your friends and family this Friday and get excited with the Sea Gals, Blitz, Seahawks Alumni, a fan contest and the Blue Thunder band! Go Hawks!

Check out more information here.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Jackie

 

Thursday, January 14th, 2016 10:58 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

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