Resources for the COVID-19 Era
The coronavirus pandemic has affected many areas of everyone’s lives. One of the heavily impacted areas is transit service, but we'll keep you up to date about walking, biking and teleworking as well. Below we’ve collected information and resources to help guide you through your transportation needs during these times.
- Fare suspended - King County Metro
- Ridership remains generally steady, and Metro is continuing to operate with fare suspension on buses in its King County service area, even as some regional transit partners are beginning to make revisions.
- Reduced fare - Sound Transit
- Effective June 1, Sound Transit will offer temporarily reduced Recovery Fares in response to the economic impact of COVID-19 as the agency re-introduces fares on Link light rail and Sounder.
- How Metro improves air quality in buses for drivers and passengers
- There’s one improvement Metro began making two years ago that also responds to the current health crisis: an enhanced air filtration system (4/10).
- Passenger limits
- To support the health of passengers, drivers, and community members, King County Metro has instituted new passenger limits to promote social distancing (4/22).
- Seat Signs
- Wear a mask
- Until further notice, all passengers are required to wear masks or face coverings while riding transit (5/11).
- Reduced schedules
- King County Metro and Sound Transit are taking the necessary precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Check out this reduced services page for up-to-date information on the constantly evolving transit situation.
- Check canceled trips
- Under the reduced schedule currently in place, the routes listed on this Metro page will continue to operate; however, some individual trips have been canceled. Use the drop-down menus to see which trips have been canceled for each route.
- Text for departure
- Find the next departure times of transit service by texting your stop ID to 62550. You will receive a return message with the next departure times or canceled trips at that stop. You can find your stop ID on the bus stop sign or in the Trip Planner tool.
- June is bike month this year!
- Take a look at our bike month section to learn how it is being celebrated during COVID-19, and about fun and rewarding ways that you can participate.
- Other biking events
- Cascade Bicycle released this announcement as an important update for their 2020 rides and events season (4/28).
- Bike trails
- According to the City of Bellevue, parks, trails and beaches remain open for walking and activities that do not require close proximity and allow for the recommended social distancing that allows six feet between people.
- Choose Your Way Bellevue biking blog post
- Read our recent blog post for a few positive reasons why getting out and about on your trusty wheels is better now than ever before!
There are more people teleworking now than ever before, so we've compiled some helpful teleworking resources for you:
- Looking for tips on teleworking? Check out this recent Choose Your Way Bellevue blog post for some info to help make working from home better than ever.
- If you live or work in Bellevue; the coronavirus crisis has affected your working situation; and you are now working remotely, please take a moment to tell us about it in our three-question survey.
- No teleworking program at your place of work? Tell your employer about King County’s WorkSmart program, which offers assistance and online resources to help businesses create telework programs (including a turn-key version) and implement flexible scheduling options.
- You can log your teleworking trips to earn rewards through the Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards Program, so get started now!
Page updated: 6/3/20