King County Metro Transit is making changes next October to several bus routes currently serving Bellevue and Redmond. This is to update bus service and reduce duplication with the new RapidRide B line that will connect the communities starting in the fall of 2011.
Metro will will host two open house meetings this week to provide information, answer questions, and get feedback on the proposals that have been developed. The meetings are at:
- Redmond City Hall: 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, 15672 NE 85th St., Redmond (Served by Metro routes 221, 230, 248, 253, and ST 545); and
- Bellevue City Hall: 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, 450 110th Ave. NE. (Served by Metro routes 222, 230, 234, 240, 253, 271 and ST 535, 550, 560 and 566).
The RapidRide B Line will provide frequent, fast, and reliable service between the transit centers in downtown Bellevue and Redmond via the Crossroads and Overlake areas. Metro is looking to adjust bus routes to provide good connections with the B Line and Sound Transit Express bus routes. Some existing bus routes will be discontinued, so that Metro can reinvest service hours into routes where the demand is higher.
- Proposed for cancellation: Routes 225, 229, 230 (east), 247, 253, 256, 261, 266, 272 and 926;
- Proposed for routing or service changes: Routes 212, 221, 222, 230 (west), 233, 234, 240, 245, 246, 249, 250, 255, 265, and 271;
- No changes at this time: 232, 242, 243, 248, 251, 268, 269, 277 and 280.
Metro wants to hear your ideas. Learn more by attending one of the meetings, or visiting King County Metro Bellevue-Redmond Connections. You can make comments about potential changes on that web page, at the meetings, by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 206-205-8788 (English) and 206-269-5088 (Spanish).
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