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Three renowned art fairs will take over the heart of Downtown Bellevue the last weekend of July, the 28-30. 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 assistance planning your trip, feel free to get in touch with Choose Your Way Bellevue via email, info@CYWB.org.

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, 10:00 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.
  • Remember that the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride and Overlake Transit Center are both closed, but there are alternatives available.

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  
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
Metro B-Line Departs every 15 minutes Saturdays and Sundays Bay 3 Metro 249  
Kingsgate
13001 116th Way NE
 

Metro235

 
Kingsgate
13001 116th Way NE
Sound Transit 535** Departs every hour on Saturday    
 
             

**No Sunday service

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 Bellevue Arts Fair Weekend venues.

DRIVE

We recommend carpooling to those choosing to drive to the fair–more eyes to look for parking and someone to talk to about all great art! Stay up to date on traffic and closures from the City of Bellevue’s website.

We’ll see you at the fair!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Monday, July 24th, 2017 3:57 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

You might not believe it, but there was a time when there were only a handful of options to move about in the city. Mobile technology and transit growth means Bellevuites have arguably more choices than ever before. We have put together some popular questions that have been asked about rideshare programs and some ideas on how to get you moving.

The park-and-ride is always full; how can I ensure I’ll have a place to park if I share the ride to the park-and-ride?

Try starting a VanShare. A great promotion is going on right now for commuters sharing a ride to a Park-and-Ride in the I-90/I-405 corridor. Start a van with just two other riders and you can get the first three months free while you recruit more riders! On top of receiving a $50 MasterCard Rewards card, each member will receive a free Orca card with $25 pre-loaded. Need another reason? Your van is parked at qualifying Park-and-Rides for FREE at a reserved spot!

I don’t have enough people to start a VanShare or VanPool, but still want a reserved spot for my carpool.

You’re in luck, right now you can obtain carpool parking permit for carpooling to a park-and-ride with one additional passenger and get a reserved carpool space and skip driving around and searching for a parking spot. King County (Metro) is providing free permits at participating and Sound Transit is providing passes at $5 for their Park-and-Rides. Need a little push to start that carpool? Qualifying carpool drivers can receive a free Good To Go! pass while supplies last. If you will be carpooling at least one day per week between Bellevue and Lynnwood and, you could qualify for this free pass! Skip the traffic and jump into that express lane and get to work quicker without having to pay the toll!

But, I need my car for my lunch meeting or to run a quick errand in the middle of the day?

Zipcar is great option for those that need to run an errand during the day or don’t have access to a car. The hourly rate for a Zipcar is normally between $7.50 – $10.50 depending on car type and city. A few garages and surface lots hold a Zipcar that you can reserve a head of time and there might just be one close to or in the building you’re in! Uber and Lyft are also great resources for longer appointments where pick up and drop off happen right in front of your building. These carshare services available in Downtown Bellevue  is a great resource to use instead of having to drive your car to work, pay for gas, parking, tolls and car maintenance. To help increase car share services in the Eastside take the Eastside Carshare Survey and you can help bring more carshare options to Bellevue!

I still want to take the bus, but my Park-and-Ride is too full and the garage at my building is too expensive.

For those that need to get closer to a bus route, Metro has partnered with Diamond parking to give commuters the option of buying reserved parking spaces closer to your transit line. The first month is free and the following monthly rates are lower than most private garages in Bellevue. Check out our other blog post on the lots with convenient access to Downtown Seattle.

Friday, July 21st, 2017 12:40 PM | by Sandee Ditt | Add a Comment

From Franz Loewenherz, City of Bellevue Transportation Dept.

In 2016, road crashes resulted in 40,000 deaths and 4.6 million injuries in the United States. For young people under age 19, these collisions were the leading cause of death.

What if we could use technology to predict where vehicle collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists will occur, then take steps to prevent them? Would you want to help? Well, now you can.

This work is part of a multi-city, multi-organizational partnership called Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero. As indicated in this ITE Journal Article, this technology development partnership aims to use footage from traffic cameras across North America to “teach” computers how to recognize near-miss collisions. Data from these machine learning systems will allow transportation engineers to predict where crashes will occur and take proactive measures to prevent them.

The partnership invites public participation in the next project milestone – using crowdsourcing to analyze video and teach computers to identify a person in a wheelchair, on a bike or in a car, as well as patterns of movement in intersections. The more volunteers who take part, the better computers will learn to recognize near-miss collisions.

To participate visit: http://www.ite.org/visionzero/videoanalytics/

Here’s how it works: volunteers will view a short clip of a pre-recorded traffic scene, then label and track the movement of each person or vehicle within the screen. By doing so, the computer can begin to distinguish a person walking, biking, or using a wheelchair; a bus or car; then recognize patterns of near misses. Fair warning to potential volunteers – until you get accustomed to using the labeling tools, it may take you several minutes to complete the task – plan on at least five minutes or longer per task at the start. Once you master the image tracking tools, your speed will increase. You can submit just one task, or complete as many as you’d like. Volunteers are needed starting June 1.

For additional information on this partnership please contact Franz Loewenherz, project manager of the Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero Partnership, at +1-425-452-4077 or floewenherz@bellevuewa.gov.

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 3:05 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

Compiled from WSDOT and Sound Transit sources

Over the weekend of June 3, the Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit opened a new high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction of Interstate 90 between Mercer Island and Seattle, and permanently closed the express lanes. This allows Sound Transit to start construction of the 14-mile East Link light rail extension from Seattle to Redmond.

The new mainline HOV lanes will facilitate an I-90 commute that doesn’t depend on the direction of the express lanes, giving Eastside employees who reside in Seattle the option to take the bus or try a vanpool with increased reliability. The I-90 Trail remains open and unchanged for those who use it to bike, run or walk. Buses between Seattle and the Eastside will continue to use the same routes and stops they do today.

How has this affected your commute? We’d love to hear.

Read more about the project here.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Monday, June 19th, 2017 12:34 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

King County Metro secured a special deal with Diamond Parking Service to provide long-term guaranteed parking for transit users: http://www.parkbytransit.com/. You can find a Parking Spot with Diamond Parking Service that is close to transit through their locations list and even filter the results based on the Bus Route you use (https://www.parkbytransit.com/Location). Need to get to Seattle? The following Diamond Parking Service Lots can get you there with just one bus:

Bell Centre: 308 108th Ave NE (Bellevue, WA)

  • Direct to Downtown Seattle: 550 [ST]
  • Direct to U District: 555 [ST], 556 [ST], 271

The Belcarra: 10688 NE 10th St (Bellevue, WA)

  • Direct to Downtown Seattle: 550 [ST]
  • Direct to U District: 555 [ST], 556 [ST], 271

106th Ave Lot: 1001 106th Ave NE (Bellevue, WA)

  • Direct to Downtown Seattle: 550 [ST]
  • Direct to U District: 555 [ST], 556 [ST], 271

The Aviara: 2441 76th Ave SE (Mercer Island, WA)

  • Direct to Downtown Seattle: 550 [ST]

Spaces will be available beginning June 1st, right in time for the S. Bellevue Park-and-Ride Closure. Sign up today for low monthly rates now and your first month is FREE!*

*Spaces are available on a first-come first-serve basis

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, June 15th, 2017 9:45 AM | by admin | Add a Comment

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