The City of Bellevue is working with King County Metro to implement a downtown circulator bus service that better serves the growing number of people who live and work downtown. The purpose of the circulator is to provide an alternative to driving alone for trips within the downtown area, and to serve as a “last mile” connection for transit from the Bellevue Transit Center.
Long championed by the Bellevue City Council, which in 2008 approved an agreement with Metro to provide the service, the new downtown route is anticipated to begin operation by September 2013. A Downtown Circulator Report by a citizen advisory committee in 2002 laid the groundwork for the project.
Plans call for the downtown circulator to operate Monday through Saturday (and on Sundays during the holiday season). It will be free to users and will feature specially marked stops and Bellevue-branded transit vehicles that run approximately every 10 minutes. The service is expected to operate on Bellevue Way, Northeast 10th Street, 110th Avenue Northeast and Main Street.
Bellevue’s downtown circulator is made possible by the voter-approved Transit Now program in King County. Under the partnership, the City will pay one-third of the cost of the circulator and Metro will cover the rest.