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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.

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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

For those of you who may be interested in exploring your region or expanding your commute options, purchasing an ORCA (One Regional Card for All) card is a great place to start. For $5, you will receive a reloadable card that can be used to pay your fare when traveling by bus, ferry, rail, train or any combination of those. It is accepted on Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit and even Washington State Ferries.

It’s easier than cash (just tap it on the ORCA reader and you’re good to go) and gives you added security, since you can keep the credit on your card, if you register it, even if it’s lost or stolen. Whether you’re exploring for a day or looking to simplify your daily commute year-round, ORCA is a good option for you.

Regional Day Pass

The regional Day Pass is a good choice for anyone who may be visiting the region, and using multiple modes of public transportation or planning to take several trips in a day. When you load your card with the $8 regional pass, you can use it all day for any fare costing less than $3.50. This is the best option for friends or family visiting from out of town to get around without having to worry about parking.

Monthly passes

The amount you pay for your Puget Pass depends on your daily commute. For example. If you live in King County and commute to Bellevue, a Puget Pass will cost $117 and cover all fares below $3.25. Rates start as low as $18 for those who may just want $.50 off each ride and go up to a $360 monthly pass that gives you unlimited use for even the highest fares of $10 each way. This option has the potential to save you A LOT. Check out a detailed price list of monthly Puget Pass and other fares here.

E-Purse Value

For those of you who want the convenience of tapping a card without the commitment of a daily or monthly pass, you can add value to an “E-Purse” that is stored on your card and used like cash to pay your fare. You can use it pay for your whole fare, or in combination with one of the other passes. The minimum value you can add at a time is $5, with a maximum stored value per card of $300. Your fare won’t be discounted, but you will have the ease and security of one card for all your transportation options. We recommend keeping your card loaded with at least $5, since you never know when it might come in handy to pay for a longer, more expensive trip.

Check out the product options to find out the best way for you to ORCA. Need to find out how to get a card, add value, or report yours lost or stolen? This is the best place to start. Want to learn more? Visit our ORCA page or send questions to the info@cywb.org.

Are you new to transit? Take your first rides on us! We’re offering new users free ORCA cards pre-loaded with $25. Simply fill out this request form and we’ll mail one to you!

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 10:20 AM | by admin | Add a Comment

Enjoying Washington DC’s Cherry Blossom festival by bikeshare.

My name is Tim Kelley and I am the new Transportation Program Director at TransManage. We operate the Choose Your Way Bellevue outreach program on behalf of the City of Bellevue.  This is my semi-serious response to the question, “Why do you ride a bike for your commute?”

I ride my bike because I am lazy.

Okay, hear me out:  Walking takes too long. My three mile commute to work (downhill in the morning!) would take an hour if I walked it.  It’s barely 12 minutes by bike and I can just wear my normal work clothes.

The bus can be really great (it’s the best way to get into downtown Seattle in the morning) but I like the independence of leaving on my own schedule.  My bike is always waiting for me and is ready to go and I never have to worry about when the next bus will arrive.

Driving is pretty easy, but I don’t want to pay for parking in a garage and who has time to circle the block looking for a spot?  Biking is basically free and there is bike parking everywhere.  Besides, I can literally ride right up to office’s front door and take my bike inside. Oh and when was the last time you saw a bicycle traffic jam? The bike lanes are always clear!

Sure, biking is great because it’s super fun to feel the wind in your hair, it saves money, it’s good for the environment, and it means I don’t have to feel guilty about not going to the gym, but really when it comes down to it, riding my bike is the easiest option.

Did you know? Choose You Way Bellevue has tons of biking resources available to you!

-Choose Your Way Staffer, Tim

Tim recently relocated to Bellevue from the East Coast where he was with local county government, encouraging people to try bicycling for transportation. Tim has enjoyed experiencing the Seattle region’s bike lanes and trails from his handlebars.

 

Monday, October 2nd, 2017 9:49 AM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

From the City of Bellevue: On Sept. 5, the city began a three-month pilot traffic mitigation program that is intended to discourage commuter traffic from using some neighborhood streets during East Link light rail construction.

Traffic studies show that commuters often access Bellevue Way in the evening commute hours via neighborhood streets. In response to concerns about the increase of this traffic since light rail construction started on Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue Southeast this summer, temporary turn restrictions are being piloted and enforced.

The pilot includes two restrictions that are in effect Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m. At 108th Avenue Southeast, a no-through restriction prohibits through travel (southbound) at Southeast 16th Street; if motorists travel this stretch when the restrictions are active, they will have to turn right (west) onto SE 16th St. The turn restriction on Southeast 16th Street at Bellevue Way will prohibit travel (westbound) on Southeast 16th Street and left turns (southbound) travel to Bellevue Way. The restrictions do not apply to people bicycling or to transit vehicles, including public and school buses. The pilot utilizes signs and flashing beacons to call attention to the locations where turns are restricted.

Downtown employees are asked to plan their commutes in advance due to light rail construction occurring south of Main Street. If you are interested in taking the bus but have been hesitant to do so, consider a $25 ORCA card through Choose Your Way Bellevue. In addition to the bus, there are many other ways to get around Bellevue.

To read a detailed flyer about the pilot, go to www.bellevuewa.gov/ELtraffic.

Traffic monitoring is being conducted throughout the pilot and the results will be shared with the Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Committee (NTMC). The NTMC was formed in 2016 to work with the City on recommending traffic mitigation that would discourage commuter traffic on neighborhood streets during East Link construction on Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue SE.

Let Choose Your Way Bellevue know if you have questions and don’t forget to check out these other East Link resources:

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, September 28th, 2017 1:13 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

When traveling on express buses crossing county lines (such as the ST 535 to Lynnwood or ST 532 to Everett), the ORCA card reader is automatically set to charge you for the 2-county fare ($3.75). If you’re going north out of Downtown Bellevue and get off the bus at the Totem Lake Freeway Station in Kirkland, Brickyard Park-and-Ride in Bothell, Bothell Park-and-Ride, Beardslee Blvd, UW Bothell or the I-405 and NE 195th St flyer stop – you’re a one-zone rider ($2.75). Canyon Park is the beginning of the two-zone ride going north out of Bellevue.

Pro Tip: Are you traveling on multi-county bus but disembarking before the bus crosses the county line? Let the driver know when you board that you’re a “one-county” rider. The driver can adjust the fare for you, saving you $1 per trip! This can save you whether you pay with e

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Augusta

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 12:02 PM | by augusta | Add a Comment

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