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The South Bellevue Park-and-Ride will be closed for approximately five years during construction. ST Express buses 550, 555 and 556, and Metro buses 241 and 249 will continue to serve Bellevue Way Southeast next to the closed park-and-ride during construction. The future South Bellevue Station will include bus and paratransit transfer facilities and a 1,500-stall parking garage. Sound Transit expects to receive a construction schedule from the contractor soon that will identify the closure date, to be announced through East Link construction alerts. Stay informed by subscribing to Sound Transit’s East Link alerts at soundtransit.org/subscribe.

With a closure like this, it’s a great time to evaluate all of your options and we’re here to help.

Sound Transit identified replacement and existing park-and-ride lots with additional parking capacity and also expanded service on routes traveling to downtown Seattle and Bellevue. Visit the links below to discover replacement park-and-ride lots and new routes to find an alternative lot that works best for your lifestyle and location. There may even be a carpool or vanpool option that can get you to your destination.

We realize the park-and-ride closure may have a big impact on your commute. If you would like help navigating your options, fill out a custom commute planning inquiry and the Choose Your Way Bellevue team will help you find your way. You can always visit ChooseYourWayBellevue.org for information about alternatives to driving alone.

Choose Your Way Bellevue has created a new “East Link and Travel Options” page to help you get around during East Link construction. The new page will be updated with relevant information throughout the various stages of construction as they emerge, including frequent commute plans we’ve created for commuters. Let us know how we can support you during this change in our environment!

-Augusta, Choose Your Way Bellevue staff

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 10:26 AM | by augusta | Add a Comment

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

Image courtesy of soundtransit.org

Image courtesy of soundtransit.org

East Link Light Rail construction is underway with the promise of new transit options in Bellevue and increased connectivity with Seattle, Mercer Island, and Redmond. Sound Transit isn’t stopping there, though. With population and employment growth on the horizon, Sound transit has released the Sound Transit 3 Draft Plan to extend both Light Rail and regional bus services. The draft is available for comment and Sound Transit would like 10 minutes of your time to help shape the future of transit in our region.

In this draft, Bellevue continues to be a hub for transit. From Downtown a user would be able to reach major Seattle neighborhoods as well as Issaquah and Redmond via rail, and cities to the south and north via enhanced bus service. The Sound Transit website has a helpful and interactive map of all existing and proposed projects as well as a detailed overview of the entire ST3 plan.

If implemented, ST3 could have a major impact on movement in and around the region. Whether you see the plan as a blessing, a curse, or simply not enough, make sure your voice is heard by taking the short ST3 survey by April 29th. The only way to ensure the future of transit in our region best serves commuters like you is to help influence its implementation.

Click here for a link to the ST3 Draft Plan: http://soundtransit3.org/draft-plan#map
Click here for a direct link to the survey: http://soundtransit3.org/survey
You can also email your comments to: soundtransit3@soundtransit.org

Mail comments to: Sound Transit | 401 S. Jackson St. | Seattle, WA 98104
Call with questions: 206-903-7000
Or attend an Open House:

All meetings are 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. with presentations at 6 p.m. except for the April 28 Seattle daytime meeting.

• REDMOND* – April 27 – Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
• FEDERAL WAY* – April 28 – Todd Beamer High School
• SEATTLE* – April 28 – Daytime meeting at Union Station (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., presentation at noon)

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 3:58 PM | by Paige Anderson | Comments Off on Take 10 minutes to influence the future of your commute
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Photo by TransportationCamp on Flickr

We at Choose Your Way Bellevue are geeked (literally) to report back from Transportation Camp, which took place in San Francisco this past weekend. A great mix of entrepreneurs, transit nerds, policy makers, activists, and students assembled under a disco ball to tackle the question: How can we use data to improve our cities and transportation systems?

Sponsored by Open Plans and the Rockefeller Foundation, Transportation Camp is a relatively new concept referred to as an “unconference”(also popular in the tech world because they reflect the culture of the industry) with a hands-on, flexible, a little casual but very hard working and fun to the extreme approach. Instead of a set schedule and droning speakers, every attendee at Transportation Camp had the opportunity to suggest or lead a breakout session, panel discussion or Q&A, and was encouraged to be as creative as possible.  Topics up for discussion ran the gamut of “sexy transit,” “building apps for livable streets,” and “the perils of privatization,” which resulted in delightful and sometimes unexpected conversations. Questions like, what makes a liveable street? Can mobile applications be built that facilitate street life? What are the best practices being deployed by transportation demand management groups across the globe? and How can social media be leveraged to generate more on the ground involvement? were asked.

The majority of the sessions were geared towards addressing the current reality: with accelerating technology and recent census figures pouring in, many municipal governments have unprecedented access to data sets and are trying to figure out what to do with them.  Attendees had the goal of brainstorming how to package this information in a way that is transparent, accountable, and efficient.

While attendees may not have arrived at any answers, there were definitely some concrete conclusions. Consensus abounded that information should be and wants to be made public, and that in order to facilitate and maintain democracy, it should be shared in a thoughtful and meaningful way. Attendees also agreed that nonprofit groups are essential at bridging the divide between public and private entities, and are well positioned to introduce new technologies to a diverse range of constituencies. Everyone acknowledged that web developers are notorious for existing in silos, and deemed it integral that they be encouraged, maybe even incentivized, to talk with citizens about how to build apps that would actually be useful and valuable to them. Groups like Code For America, which collaborates with selected cities throughout the United States to transform data into something which encourages citizen participation and civic building, were featured. 

What are your reactions? Could access to data really improve the transportation system? Are there mobile applications that would make you more likely to use transit? Would knowing the transportation habits of your co-workers make you want to change your behavior? Do you think real-time ridesharing could work in our region? What about connecting your transit pass to a carsharing service? The possibilities are as endless as a data set:  Share your thoughts below!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 2:07 PM | by admin | Comments (1)

Way to Work BellevueHave you ever heard of getting paid for trying a new commute? Didn’t think so. With Way to Work Bellevue , a new online commute incentive program, you could potentially earn up to $60 in gift cards to places like REI, Brown Bear Car Wash, Gregg’s Cycles, The Walking Company, Chevron and more! The deadline for signing up is Friday, February 18, so get on board while you still can! Here are the details:

Currently drive alone? Pledge to try a new way of getting to work and take these steps:

1) Fill out and turn in the Way to Work Bellevue sign up form.

2) Look for your sign up confirmation email containing a promotion code. 

3) Register on RideshareOnline.com.

4) Join the Way to Work Bellevue network. Search “Way to Work” under “Profile > My Networks” on RideshareOnline.com. Enter promotion code to join.

5) Begin logging your non-drive-alone commute trips on RideshareOnline.com’s trip calendar.

Just for pledging to try a new commute and registering on RideshareOnline.com, you will automatically receive a $10 gift card! Log 25 days or more of round trip non-drive-along commutes and you will automatically receive a $25 gift card! Monthly drawings for $50 gifts will also be made in February, March and April for those who continue to log their trips at least 3x per week. 

Already ride the bus, carpool, vanpool, bike or walk to work? Pledge to continue commuting the way you do:

1) Fill out and turn in the Way to Work Bellevue sign up form.

2) Look for your sign up confirmation email containing a promotion code. 

3) Register on RideshareOnline.com.

4) Join the Way to Work Bellevue Commute Pros network! Search “Way to Work” under “Profile > My Networks” on RideshareOnline.com. Enter promotion code.

5) Begin logging your non-drive-alone commute trips on RideshareOnline.com’s trip calendar.

Just for pledging to stick to your non-drive-alone commute and registering on RideshareOnline.com, you will automatically receive a $10 gift card! Monthly drawings for $50 gifts will also be made in February, March and April for those who log their trips at least 3x per week!

So what are you waiting for – sign up for Way to Work Bellevue today!

Friday, February 11th, 2011 5:21 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

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