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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!

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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 Sreet 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)!

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  • 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