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Service changes are coming to King Conty in March, so get prepared!

Posted on February 19, 2020

How the North Eastside Mobility Project service change will affect Bellevue travelers.

 

KCM Service Change

 

King County Metro's North Eastside Mobility Project will expand transit service and improve mobility in communities such as Kenmore, Bothell, Woodinville and parts of Redmond—neighboring cities where many Bellevue workers and residents use service. Service changes within the Bellevue city limits will provide some frequency and time span improvements; routing remains the same, in Bellevue, with routing changes only to the non-Bellevue portions of this service. Overall, the service change is aimed at strengthening connections to important destinations.

What's Changing in Bellevue?

Within Bellevue, King County Metro frequent service will be replaced with a new route number on the same routing. Outside Bellevue, this replacement route number will have different routing than the current routes it is replacing. read on to learn more:

  • Replaced Route: current route 234
    • Current: Kenmore—Kirkland—Bellevue; will be removed and replaced
    • Between the Kirkland Transit Center and Bellevue, new route 250 will follow same route as current route 234
    • Additional replacement routes for portions outside of Bellevue are 255, 230, 231 and Community Ride. For more information go to the service change information for route 234.
  • Replaced Route: current route 235
    • Current: Totem Lake—Kirkland—Bellevue; will be removed and replaced
    • Between the Kirkland Transit Center and Bellevue, new route 250 will follow same route as current route 235
    • An additional replacement route for portions outside of Bellevue is 239. For more information go to the service page information for existing route 235.
  • More About Proposed New Bus Route 250
    • New frequent route connecting Redmond, Kirkland, the South Kirkland Park-and-Ride and Bellevue
    • Will provide replacement service for removed routes 234, 235 and 248
    • During peak periods and midday, new route 250 will operate more frequently than existing route 248 on weekdays
    • Will operate later than existing route 248
    • Hours of service
      • Weekdays: 5 a.m. — 12:30 a.m.
      • Saturday: 6 a.m. — 11 p.m.
      • Sunday: 6 a.m. — 11 p.m.

Adopted changes to scheduled bus service take effect with Metro's March 21, 2020 service change! You can view full details on what's changing on the Eastside here.

What's Not Changing?

For more information on the North Eastside Mobility Project and King County Metro's March service change, go here!

 

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staff Alex

 

Staff Stories - Travis

Posted on February 4, 2020

This new blog series, Staff Stories, will bring you an interview with different Choose Your Way Bellevue staff about their daily commutes. Today's interviewee: Travis Lange.

Trashely

What is your occupation?

I am the Transportation Outreach Coordinator for TransManage.

Where do you live, and work?

I currently live in Tukwila and I work at the Bellevue Downtown Association.

Where do you like to hang out for fun and how do you get there?

One of my favorite things to do is to go on urban hikes. I'll bus from Tukwila into Seattle and walk around for hours. I also enjoy going on bike rides; we are fortunate to have a bike rack and we'll load up the bikes and carpool to a trail.

Which mode of transportation do you use?

I carpool, bike, bus and walk.

How do you commute to work and why do you commute that way?

I carpool as my regular daily commute. My fiance and I live in Tukwila and work in Bellevue and we share the one car. With our current living situation, it makes sense for us to carpool and take the HOV lane to work and back. I would love to live closer to work and be able to bike, bus or walk to work, but it's just too expensive.

What are some benefits of commuting to work? What are some things you like about commuting?

One of the best parts of my commute is I get to share the trip with my wonderful fiance. We drink our morning coffee, listen to the news and talk about the day ahead, those are the moments I treasure. I love sharing the one car, because the environmental benefits, as well as the financial savings, make any inconvenience that comes with it worthwhile.

What would you like to experience during your commute?

Ideally, I would love to have an active commute of biking or walking.

How have things changed since you switched up your main mode of transportation?

Since I moved here in June of 2018, my main commute mode has been carpooling. I have since moved further away from my job in Bellevue due to cost of living, so the biggest change has been an extra 10 minutes in the HOV lane.

 

Want to share your commute story? You can do so through the Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards program! Each month, our staff will select one Bellevue traveler's submission, and their story will be featured in our monthly 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.

 

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Phyllis

 

Rapid Transit on the 405? Find out what's coming at Sound Transit Online's Open House

Posted on January 28, 2020

From Sound Transit:

Congestion, traffic and long commute times are a headache and driving alone is becoming less reliable for commute times. Fortunately, Bellevue has access to a variety of mobility options, including vanpools, bike trails and, of course, transit. In fact, those commuting the I-405 corridor can look forward to a welcome addition: Bus Rapid Transit.

I-405 Bus Rapid Transit

 What is Bus Rapid Transit?

Bus Rapid Transit is a fleet of buses using a dedicated right-of-way providing fast, frequent, accessible and reliable high-capacity transit. With features like off-board fare payment, improved and efficient bus stations, specialized bus vehicles, and all-door entry and exit, BRT cuts commute times with a more streamlined and efficient busing experience.

BRT is expected to be implemented by 2024 along the I-405 and SR 518 corridors and on SR 522/NE 145th Street to help provide better commuting options along these routes. This new BRT service will be known as Stride BRT and will provide the Eastside with much-needed access to reliable public transportation going north and south.

Critical to Bellevue, new Stride BRT service on I-405 will bring:

  • Two new BRT lines perfect for commuters: Lynnwood to Bellevue and Burien to Bellevue
  • Connection to Link Light Rail at Lynnwood, Bellevue and Tukwila

Why is BRT Better Than What We Have Now?

Easy: speed and reliability. The Stride BRT buses will use expanded express toll lanes north on I-405 to bypass traffic. The improvements are significant: the new Stride BRT service will save about 24 minutes on each trip from Lynnwood to Bellevue.

For the south end, Stride BRT buses will run in new Express Toll Lanes to be built as part of the I-405 – Renton to Bellevue Widening and Express Toll Lane project. According to Sound Transit, these new Stride BRT lines will save riders about 17 minutes on each trip from Burien to Bellevue.

How Do I Find Out More?

Sound Transit is making it easy to find out what these new lines are all about, but also have a say into how the system is shaped! Anyone interested in getting more information or providing feedback on the planned service can participate in Sound Transit's online open house. You can even provide input on:

  • Potential amenities and improvements at BRT stations and on Stride buses
  • Ways to access BRT stations
  • Biking facilities and traveling by bike
  • The updated BRT shelter design

Join the online open house and view a video instruction to Stride BRT at https://i405brt.participate.online/. The online open house will be open through Feb. 14, 2020.

As the region grows, adding new and efficient commuting options to and from Downtown Bellevue will make it easier to get around in less time with less stress. And that's something we can all be excited about!

 

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Alex

 

Commuting in the Cold Part II - Biking

Posted on January 16, 2020

In this edition of our "commuting in the cold" series, we'll dive into how to travel more safely and comfortably in the winter using another popular mode of transportation: biking!

Bike at Night

 

Winter is here, and with it comes changing weather that can affect many aspects of your daily bike route. Rain makes roads slick and impacts visibility; the darker days can make it harder for drivers to see you; and snow – while it's fun to look at and play in – can drastically impact your day-to-day travel. Check out this Seattle Bike Blog post for some helpful advice on biking in the snow.

What to do: There are several ways to bike smarter and safer in the winter weather. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Reflective gear – Wearing reflective jackets, pants, tires, etc., is on the best ways to help people driving see you biking at night, no matter how dark the days get!
  • Bike lights – Attaching bike lights to your handlebars and helmets can improve your visibility! By law, bikes must have a steady white light on front (flashing white lights are prohibited) and red reflector on back when being used at night. Steady or red rear lights can also be used in addition to the reflector.
  • Planning your route is a great way to prepare for and make the most out of your commute. Check out Choose Your Way Bellevue's bike map, which features citywide and detail maps, safety tips, helmet fitting tips, updated tools, resources and a frequent transit service map – remember, buses are equipped with racks for three bikes.
  • Other rain-ready gear – Wearing a raincoat (and lots of layers) and using a bike seat cover are great ways to stay as dry as possible when biking in the rain. Check out this classic Seattle Bike Blog post for gear ideas.

Now that you've got some handy tips for commuting in the cold and rain, you're more prepared to get around on your bike! Stay tuned for the next part in this exciting "commuting in the cold" series, and until then stay warm and happy commuting!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Alex

 

Ring in the New Year with Carpooling!

Posted on January 9, 2020

Welcome to 2020! There are a multitude of ways to start off the new year right: whether it's a new workout routine or resolutions to travel more, the list goes on and on. While resolving to improve your year ahead, don't forget to focus on one of your biggest day-to-day routines: commuting! There are lots of options to change your daily travel and help yourself (and others) save time and money - carpooling is a great way to do just that!

Carpool

Carpooling with your coworkers, friends and family provides a ton of advantages. First, you save money by splitting the cost of gas - when you're not driving alone, you're not paying for all of it yourself. Second, you help the environment by using one car for several people, cutting down carbon dioxide emissions. And it's a lot easier to organize a carpool than you think!

Choose Your Way Bellevue has all the information you need, from custom commute planning to rideshare resources. Use RideshareOnline.com and utilize the ride matching system to start carpooling: you can get involved with an existing one or start your own. New to the process? Learn how to create a ride match using this handy infographic.

Once you're carpooling, you can go to Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards to log your trips and earn awesome merch! Two rewards* are happening now:

  • Mover of the Month - Share your transportation stories with us! Each month CYWB staff will select one Bellevue traveler's submission, and their story will 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! Learn more and submit your commute story here.
  • Bellevue's Top 100 - Just because it's winter, raining, dark - and (the list goes on!) doesn't mean your non-drive-alone travel habits have to hibernate! This winter, the 100 people who log the most non-drive-alone trips between December 20, 2019 and January 31, 2020 will earn branded merchandise to keep them visible during the dark PNW days. Trips must be logged by 2/7/20 to be eligible. Keep up the good work!

*These rewards are for logging all types of non-drive-alone trips including transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking, bicycling, teleworking and reducing trips through a compressed work week.

For more information, check out the Share the Ride and Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards pages on the Choose Your Way Bellevue website.

 

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Alex

 

 

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