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The March Transit Service Change – How Will it Affect Bellevue Travelers?

Posted on March 12, 2021

March 2021 Service Change


Are you prepared for the upcoming transit service changes that will be effective March 20? We have pulled together a list of affected routes that travel in/out of Bellevue from King County Metro’s Service Change page, with alternative options to keep you moving. Need personal commute assistance? Fill out a form and we’ll help you get to where you need to go!


Increased Service

  • ST Route 550
    • ST Route 550 will continue to serve additional stops along Bellevue Way on a temporary basis due to suspension of Metro route 249.


Decreased Service

  • Route 212
    • Three AM and three PM trips will be suspended due to low ridership.
  • Route 218
    • ​​​​​​​Three AM and three PM trips will be suspended due to low ridership.


Ongoing Service Changes from September

Route 252 is still suspended  

Sound Transit Express Route 555/556 is still suspended 

  • Use Route 271 between Issaquah, Bellevue, and University of Washington
  • Between University District and Northgate use Route 67

Route 232 is still suspended 

Alternative options:

  • Use Route 224 between Duvall and Redmond Transit Center
  • Use the RapidRide B Line between Redmond Transit Center, Redmond Technology Station, and Bellevue Transit Center

Route 237 is still suspended 

Alternative options:

  • In Woodinville, use Route 231 to/from Kirkland TC and transfer to/from Route 250 to/from Bellevue, or use Route 311 and ST Route 535 with a transfer at NE 128th Street
  • At Woodinville Park and Ride, use routes ST 522 and ST 535 with a transfer at the UWB/CCC to travel to and from Bellevue
  • At Brickyard Park and Ride use Route ST 535 to/from Bellevue.
  • At NE 128th Street, use route ST 535

Route 246 is still suspended  

  • Between Factoria and downtown Bellevue, use Route 241
  • Between Factoria and Eastgate, use Route 241
  • Between Clyde Hill and downtown Bellevue, use Route 271
  • The 92nd Avenue NE freeway stop is served by Route 255, Route 542, and Route 545

Route 249 is still suspended 

  • Route 226 serves NE 24th Street between 156th and 164th Avenue NE
  • Between Overlake and downtown Bellevue use the RapidRide B Line
  • There is no service between Overlake and Northup Way, Kirkland Crossing, Eastside Preparatory, Linbrook Office Park. To reach this area use Route 250 from downtown Bellevue
  • There is no service on Bellevue Way NE between Northup Way and NE 10th Street. The nearest remaining service on this segment is Route 271 to the south on NE 8th Street and Route 250 to the east on 116th Avenue NE

Route 342 is still suspended  

  • Between Bothell and Bellevue, use ST Route 535
  • At Houghton P&R use Route 245 to connect with Route 255 on 108th Avenue NE
  • Between Bellevue and Renton, use ST Route 560 or ST 566
  • Between Shoreline and Kenmore, use Route 331 and connect with ST Route 522
  • Faster travel times may be available by traveling via downtown Seattle depending on your point of origin and destination


For full details, make sure to check out Metro’s Service Change page. Make sure to plan ahead of these Bellevue bus service changes. Wear masks on transit (required), maintain six feet, and stay healthy and safe!

-Choose Your Way staffer Alex




Stay Healthy with Choose Your Way Bellevue

Posted on March 5, 2021

Whether you’re taking transit or using vanpool to get to work, your vaccination appointment, or errand, we’ve got just what you need to make that trip as safe as possible!

Choose Your Way Bellevue, in collaboration with King County Metro and the Bellevue Downtown Association, is currently offering Stay Healthy Kits for users of transit and vanpool. Here is what each kit contains:


  • Cloth Adjustable Face Mask
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sanitizing Wipes
  • Reusable Zippered Pouch
  • Important Safety and Riding Reading Material 




You can request your kit now by completing this application form. All Stay Healthy Kits are free for Bellevue residents and workers. You can receive only one kit per person while supplies last.


-Choose Your Way staffer Alex



Daylight Savings is Coming!

Posted on March 1, 2021

Daylight savings time is coming up on Sunday, March 14! That means darker mornings and longer days, but how does it affect your travel? We’ve put together some helpful tips on what you can do to travel safely and stay healthy in March.


spring forward clock


  • With longer days it makes bike commuting easier. Remember to log your trips to earn rewards!
    • We are currently offering our “Cold Days, Warm Trips” incentive, with reward options such as branded backpacks, waist pack + keylight carabiner + reflective slap bracelet, and tumbler + touch screen gloves! Learn more here.
  • Morning darkness is more dangerous for bikers and pedestrians. 
    • Make sure to wear reflective material, and use a bike light.
  • Darker mornings also mean colder mornings.
    • Make sure to bundle up on your travels!
  • Start going to bed earlier to prepare for daylight savings.
    • Studies have shown that losing an hour of sleep can lead to increased rates for heart attacks and car crashes. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier a few days before the time shift to prepare your body for the lost hour of sleep.
  • Don’t grab that extra dose of caffeine.
    • More coffee means greater disturbed sleep patterns. Resist the desire to drink extra caffeine to help your body adjust to daylight savings.
  • If you work from home, take advantage of the longer days by going for a post work walk or bike ride. 


These are just a few ways to help keep you safe and healthy when daylight savings hits. Remember to mark your calendars for Sunday, March 14!


-Choose Your Way staffer Alex





Vanpool Benefits – February 2021

Posted on February 12, 2021

Are you commuting and looking to save time and money? Try restarting your commute with vanpool!

vanpool freeway

From King County Metro:
“King County Metro’s VanPool Program is here to help you get to and from work and stay healthy on your commute. We support social distancing through fewer riders per van, flexible schedules, and providing all vanpools with public health recommendations. Join a vanpool today to share the responsibility of driving, save money, and improve your commute.”

Looking to use to the Metro vanpool program? Here are some guidelines on health and safety:


  • Wear your mask or face covering—it’s required to ride!—and stay home if sick.
  • Agree to regularly wipe down commonly touched surfaces of your van between trips, and practice good hand hygiene.
  • Use Metro’s no-contact van maintenance to keep your van running smoothly, as needed.
  • Leave as much distance as possible between drivers and riders.
  • Keep the windows cracked or down to increase airflow when conditions allow.

Commuting from West Seattle? Cut your commute time and breeze by traffic in your Metro Vanpool by gaining access to the SW Spokane Street Bridge.

For more information on restarting your King County Metro vanpool, click here. Commuting to or from locations outside of King County? Check out vanpooling programs of other agencies in the Vanpool section on


-Choose Your Way staffer Alex


Get Rewarded This Winter With Choose Your Way Bellevue

Posted on January 29, 2021

There are plenty of ways to receive free items from Choose Your Way Bellevue for broadening your transportation choices. Take a gander at the current rewards and offers we have going on this winter!


  • Crossroads Connect
    • City of Bellevue and King County Metro have launched an on-demand service called Crossroads Connect. It serves people in Bellevue’s diverse Crossroads and Lake Hills neighborhoods, linking homes, jobs, schools and shopping to Metro bus routes that serve the broader Eastside. Take a picture of yourself using this service and email it to with your current mailing address to receive a free Choose Your Way Bellevue backpack (while supplies last)!

CC offer

  • Stay Healthy Kits
    • Stay safe while getting around Bellevue! Receive an adjustable cloth face mask, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and information about riding transit or vanpooling during COVID-19, all within a reusable zippered pouch for carrying papers on the go. Our transit and vanpool stay healthy kits are FREE for Bellevue workers and residents while supplies last. Request your kit and learn more about the measures being taken to keep you healthy on transit and vanpool during COVID-19.
  • Try Transit
    • Choose Your Way Bellevue wants to help you try transit. We are inviting new transit riders to apply for a preloaded $25 ORCA card (while supplies last). Try transit for work or for play; we have your first trips covered (while supplies last). Please complete this questionnaire and receive your free ORCA card and pre-loaded with $25.



  • Cold Days, Warm Trips
    • Every new year brings with it the opportunity to make a fresh start.  This winter if you log at least eight days’ worth of non-drive-alone trips, such as walk, bike, telework, or carpool, you’ll qualify for a Choose Your Way Bellevue reward! These trips must be taken to or from a Bellevue location through March 31, 2021. Choices for merchandise packages include branded backpacks, waist pack + keylight + reflective slap bracelet, and tumbler + touch screen gloves.​​​​
Winter 2021 Incentive
  • Mover of the Month
    • Share your non-drive-alone transportation stories with us! How have you overcome the challenges of COVID? Do you work from home or go to the office? Each month CYWB staff will select one Bellevue traveler’s submission, and their story may be featured in our monthly Choose Your Way Bellevue newsletter. Winners will receive $50 towards your bus or vanpool fare in the form of a TranBen voucher or the equivalent in Choose Your Way Bellevue merchandise! There’s no need to reapply each month, but feel free to share more than one story with us. Learn more and submit your commute story here.
  • Bellevue's $50 Winner
    • Every month we're still randomly choosing one Bellevue trip logger to win a $50 reward from among those who log eight (8) days of non-drive-alone travel (transit, carpool, vanpool, walk, bike, telework or trip removed due to compressed work week) in a calendar month to or from a Bellevue address. Trips must be logged by the 7th of the following month to count toward eligibility for the drawing. Your travel habits make a difference in our community - we're here to reward you for it!

Now is a great time to take advantage of our rewards and offers! Stay in the know with our ongoing rewards at Want to continue getting updates from Choose Your Way Bellevue? Sign up for newsletter here.


-Choose Your Way staffer Alex


Looking Back at 2020: How was Metro Ridership Impacted by COVID-19?

Posted on January 26, 2021

Interested in knowing how the pandemic affected transit ridership in 2020? Choose Your Way Bellevue looked at King County Metro’s new webpage dedicated to this very topic. The Dash is a system-wide data dashboard summarizing King County Metro’s transit system. Updated on the 15th of each month, The Dash includes visual representations of key numbers such as ridership impact, mask use on board and capacity.


The Dash

*Graphic and all information taken from King County Metro’s webpage “The Dash.”

Referencing the above graphic and underlying data, here are some key takeaways of how countywide transit ridership on Metro has changed:

  • Metro weekday boardings were at their highest point during February 2020 with an average of 466,585
  • This number dropped to the lowest point during April 2020 with 118,737 average weekday boardings
  • Average weekday boardings remained fairly steady between May and December 2020, ranging from 120,000 to 155,000 

Due to the pandemic, ridership decreased for Metro during early 2020 compared to previous years. However, ridership on Metro buses remained steady for the remainder of the year due to Metro routinely cleaning its coaches and maintaining safe distances for those riding transit.

For more information on this topic, please visit Metro’s rider dashboard here.


-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Alex


Six Ways You Can Stay Safe and Healthy on Your Commute to Work

Posted on December 7, 2020

Note: This is second in a series of three blog posts about transportation/commuting as COVID-19 restrictions continue. Read the first entry here! Stay tuned for future posts with tips for transportation options information for your non-work trips.


seat closed

Photo by Ned Aherns, King County Metro ©

For those commuting during the pandemic, there are a lot of questions that can wrack your brain on staying as safe as possible. To help, we’ve compiled a few tips for keeping yourself healthy with a safe commute to work.

  • Mask up
    • One of the cheapest and easy ways to reduce your risk for contracting COVID-19 is to wear a cloth mask or face covering. Wear your mask everywhere you are in public, and always when riding transit or carpooling. In a carpool or vanpool, open windows when feasible. New: Sign up to receive a transit/vanpool Stay Healthy Kit with Choose Your Way Bellevue mask and sanitizer items in a durable travel pouch, while supplies last! Go to to learn more.
  • Socially distance
    • Maintaining six feet from others while in public spaces is yet another way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To maintain a good distance on transit, certain seats have been closed off to ensure commuters are being safe. 
  • Stay informed on transit safety
    • For buses, Sound Transit and its operating partners (including King County Metro, Community Transit and Pierce Transit) have taken the following steps to keep you safe:
      • All buses sanitized daily
      • Masks available to passengers on routes serving Pierce and Snohomish counties
      • Select seats blocked to promote social distancing
      • Some routes operating with capacity limits to limit crowding
    • Learn more about by reading our blog post “Transit Agency Steps to Promote Healthy Bus Riding.”
  • Commute on your bike
    • Take your bike to work OR bike to a nearby bus stop and use the bike racks when you climb aboard. Looking for some ways to improve your biking this fall? Check out our recent blog.
  • Plan ahead
    • Know your route before you go! Some great options for planning your trips include the King County Metro Trip Planner and Google Maps. Stay up to date on most recent changes to transit routes, road closures, and more to decrease your commute time.
  • Commute with vanpool
    • King County Metro’s Vanpool program is a great, safe way to commute to work moving forward. One major benefit is priority access. Commuters in West Seattle can now vanpool to travel on the Spokane Street Bridge for a faster trip. Since the West Seattle Bridge closed in March 2020 and more commuters are on the road, the regular detour routes are getting more congested.
    • Learn more about Vanpool by reading our blog “Consider Vanpool for your Commute!

These are just a few tips for a safe and healthy commute to work. Stay tuned for our next blog diving deeper into transportation/commuting as COVID-19 restrictions continue.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Alex


Six Healthy Things You Can Do at Home You Couldn’t Do Driving to Work

Posted on November 20, 2020

Note: This is first in a series of three blog posts about transportation/commuting as COVID-19 restrictions continue. Stay tuned for future posts with tips for those commuting to work during COVID, as well as transportation options information for your non-work trips. 

yoga at home


As Washington state heads into four weeks of further restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, for those of us working at home, the continued confinement can be a challenge. While all of us must do our part, it’s also important to focus on the bright side. What’s one aspect of the bright side, you ask? How about all the extra time you have to do activities that you couldn’t do while driving to work!

  • Yoga
    • What’s better than a relaxing yoga session on your floor at home to get the day started? Not only does yoga reduce stress, it also improves posture and promotes quality sleep! If you’re looking for a good place to find yoga videos, check out the Yoga With Adriene YouTube page.
  • Walk
    • There’s nothing like getting some fresh air on a crisp fall morning to jumpstart your brain and get the blood flowing. Grab your mask and take 15-30 minutes for some cool, relaxing, exercise!
  • Read
    • Reading has been proven to strengthen your brain, broaden your vocabulary and dampen stress. If you’re not already a big reader and are in need of a new hobby, now is a great time to start!
    • BONUS – Looking for some good books to read? This article shares 40 favorites to read during quarantine and is the perfect place to start.
  • Bike
    • Take advantage of the calm mornings by going for a solo or family bike ride to start the day! Looking for some ways to improve your biking this fall? Check out our recent blog.
  • Cook
    • Morning commutes usually make it a bit of a challenge to cook and eat a healthy, balanced breakfast. With that element in the past, there’s more time to ensure you eat a bountiful breakfast every morning. Looking for recipes to get you started? Check out this article.
  • Socialize (Virtually)
    • While we can’t physically be together, it’s important to maintain a balanced social life during the pandemic. You could try playing games online, setting up a video chat with friends or family, or join a community Facebook page.

Hopefully these ideas help kickstart a productive and healthy stay-at-home period as we head into the final weeks of 2020. Until next time; wear a mask, socially distance and stay safe!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Alex




Choose Your Way Bellevue’s Free Business Services, Resources for COVID-19 and Beyond

Posted on November 11, 2020



Business representatives: Are you concerned about employee commuting and managing your parking as your Bellevue worksite reopens? Contact us for a free commute program consultation tailored to your business with the latest information on transit services and safety of riding transit; vanpool program changes for COVID-19; how to support bike commuting; and/or how to enhance or formalize your telework program through King County Metro’s free WorkSmart program. We’re all in this together, and together we can help reduce strain on our roadways as offices and businesses reopen.

Other Resources

Re-Launch of Choose Your Way Bellevue Mini-Grants – Interested in improving the commute program at your worksite during or post-COVID-19? Apply to receive up to $10,000 through a Choose Your Way Bellevue Employer/Property Manager Mini-Grant! For the first time since 2016, applications are open again starting Nov. 13, 2020, on a rolling basis while funding lasts.

Choose Your Way Bellevue Business Commute Options Toolkit – This 30-page booklet has everything you need to know about setting up your employee commute program.

ORCA $8 Starter Cards – Want to help your employees try out a round-trip transit commute? Or perhaps you’d like to gauge their interest in transit to help you assess the viability of offering transit benefits to your employees. We’re providing Bellevue employers and property managers with a limited number of $8 ORCA “starter cards” for employees (while supplies last).

Choose Your Way Bellevue YouTube Channel – Visit our YouTube channel and watch our latest employer webinars Eastside Metro Webinar and Building a Successful Telework Program for your Eastside Business. 

King County Metro’s WorkSmart program – Receive free expert assistance with implementing or expanding your employee telework program. 

Business Resources for the COVID-19 Era – Check out this informational page on Choose Your Way Bellevue covering local COVID-19 business survey results and other items.


Just have a question, or want to learn more about our services? Contact us at or (425) 283-1357.


This post was updated on 11/20/20 to add information about the re-launched mini-grant program.


-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Travis

Three Ways to Improve Your Biking This Fall

Posted on November 3, 2020

As the weather turns colder and rainier, our northwest climate makes it more difficult to venture outside. However, this doesn’t mean you have to reduce your biking habits. In fact, here are a few bike hacks* to make your commute as comfortable as possible in the fall and winter.

1.    Keep Your Head (and Bike Seat) Dry
As the rain starts falling and the wind picks up, you’ll want to reduce the effect these have you as much as possible to make biking more comfortable. Shower caps are perfect for wind and water proofing. Pop one on your bike seat while parked or over your helmet while riding when the weather gets worse!

2.    Keep Your Whole Self Warm and Dry
Looking for a quick way to venture out in a sudden rainstorm? Try an inexpensive rain poncho to cover your whole body while you ride. Bonus: wearing wool underneath can keep you warm in case you do get wet.

3.    Don’t Let Your Phone Die
Keep a handwarmer handy! Not for the reason you think though. Cell phone batteries run out very fast in freezing temperatures, and the last thing you want is to be without a means of communication. Put a handwarmer in your pocket with your phone to keep its battery from draining quickly.

For additional information and inspiration, check out these historic posts from the Seattle Bike Blog:

I hope you find these quick tips and tricks useful for biking in the changing weather. If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out the 2020 Bellevue Bike Map. Until next time, stay safe and stay warm!



-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Alex