King County Metro Transit has announced that starting Saturday, Feb. 5, it's updating bus service, including several changes for buses serving Bellevue and the Eastside.
Bus riders across Metro's service area should check winter schedules for the routes they use most often to see what's new. They can prepare by picking up a new blue timetable and the Special Rider Alert brochure, which is also posted on Metro Online. Or, use the online Trip Planner for some advance research. Be sure to input a date of Feb. 5 or later, when using the Trip Planner.
Here are the highlights of the February changes for Bellevue-area bus riders:
- There are routing and bus stop changes for approximately two dozen bus routes from various areas of the county that pass through downtown Seattle, including Route 114, which serves South Bellevue and Newcastle. The changes are designed to keep people moving during the long-term construction along the Seattle waterfront and SODO area;
- Two morning trips on Route 219 serving Factoria will be deleted;
- There are more trips on routes 255 and 311 as part of the additional bus service for the State Route 520 corridor to provide more alternatives to driving when bridge tolling begins this spring. Both serve the 520 freeway stops in Bellevue;
- In Overlake, routes 247 and 269 return to previous routing on Northeast 31st Street and 152nd Avenue Northeast. Other parts of the current routing will be deleted;
- Route 342 southbound trips from Aurora Village at 6:24 a.m. and 6:49 a.m. will end at the Wilburton Park-and-Ride instead of continuing to Renton, and the northbound trip to Shoreline Park-and-Ride at 4:37 p.m. will originate at the Wilburton Park-and-Ride;
- On Feb. 26, Routes 230, 234, 245 and 255 return to the rebuilt Kirkland Transit Center;
Metro updates its routes and scheduling three times a year to improve service and keep up with the changing needs of transit customers.
Beyond bus service, Metro's Rideshare Services provides resources for carpooling, vanpooling or vansharing. For information about all the services Metro provides, visit Metro or call Metro Customer Information at 206-553-3000.
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