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2014 Archive

22
DEC

Metro improving restroom access for transit operators
King County Metro Transit has improved access to some restrooms for bus drivers and is correcting other problems identified in its restroom network.

18
DEC

Metro Transit has upcoming holiday schedules, reduced service
King County Metro Transit reminds riders that buses will operate on Sunday and reduced weekday schedules during the holidays, including the final week of the year.

25
NOV

Metro Transit has upcoming holiday schedules, reduced service
King County Metro Transit reminds riders that buses will operate on Sunday and reduced weekday schedules over the Thanksgiving holiday and during several holiday periods through January – including a full week of reduced service at the end of December.

25
NOV

New Metro Transit vending machine at Third and Pine will offer a no-hassle way to pay your fare
Beginning Dec. 1, riders boarding King County Metro buses on Third Avenue between Pine and Stewart streets by Macy’s in downtown Seattle will have another option - buying their ticket before they even board the bus.

6
NOV

Public meetings ahead as Metro, Sound Transit begin Link Connections outreach
King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit are preparing for improvements to the Seattle transit network in 2016 with the launch of Link light rail service to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington.

7
OCT

Come to a Third Avenue “neighborhood session” and help SDOT and Metro plan better connections
Have an idea about how to make Third Avenue in downtown Seattle more transit and pedestrian friendly?

19
SEP

Metro shuttles to carry football fans to Huskies, Seahawks games
King County Metro Transit has game day shuttles Saturday, Sept. 20, to carry thousands of fans from eight park-and-rides to the University of Washington Huskies game. Shuttles also going to the Seahawks game Sunday, Sept. 21.

12
SEP

Metro shuttles to carry football fans to Huskies game
King County Metro Transit has game day shuttles Saturday, Sept. 13, to carry thousands of fans from eight park-and-rides to the University of Washington Huskies game.

5
SEP

Metro shuttles to carry football fans to Huskies home opener
King County Metro Transit has game day shuttles Saturday, Sept. 6, to carry thousands of fans from eight park-and-rides to the University of Washington Huskies game.

3
SEP

Plan ahead for Seahawks opener
Metro Transit advises fans and commuters to plan ahead as tens of thousands of people are expected in downtown Seattle Thursday, Sept. 4, to cheer on the champion Seahawks in their football season opener and attend a pre-game concert.

19
AUG

Plan ahead for delays: Metro Transit to reroute buses Aug. 22-27 during SR 99 closure
King County Metro Transit warns riders to prepare for upcoming transit delays and reroutes on State Route 99 and Aurora Avenue North as the state closes sections of the roadway for construction Aug. 22-27.

11
AUG

Burien gets 'In Motion'
King County Metro Transit just launched its In Motion program in Burien to encourage people who live or work in the area to leave their cars behind and use healthier travel options such as transit, bicycling, walking and carpooling. Participants who pledge to change some of their trips from driving alone to some other way of getting around will receive a free ORCA card good for two weeks of unlimited travel.

6
AUG

North Seattle, Shoreline get 'In Motion' with Metro
King County Metro Transit just launched its In Motion program North Seattle and Shoreline to encourage people who live or work in the area to leave their cars behind and use healthier travel options such as transit, bicycling, walking and carpooling. Participants who pledge to change some of their trips from driving alone to some other way of getting around will receive a free ORCA card good for two weeks of unlimited travel.

4
AUG

Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel closed for light rail integration testing Saturday
The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel (DSTT) will close temporarily to train and bus riders for about six hours Saturday morning, Aug. 9, while Sound Transit and King County Metro conduct operational tests for the planned 2016 opening of the University Link light rail expansion. The tests will run from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.

31
JUL

First round of Metro bus cuts take effect Sept. 27
To match service levels with actual revenues, King County Metro Transit must move forward with a first round of difficult and unprecedented service cuts Sept. 27, canceling, reducing and revising dozens of bus routes. Service will be canceled on 28 routes and another 13 will be reduced or revised. Riders should visit the Metro website to review the September cuts and reductions and begin to assess daily travel plans for later this fall.

30
JUL

Metro Transit shuttles to carry fans to Seafair hydros this weekend
Seafair fun takes off this week and Metro Transit has free shuttles to get fans to the hydro races. Travelers should plan for delays and bus reroutes during these major regional events, which include temporary closures of the Interstate 90 floating bridge for Blue Angles air show practices and performances Thursday through Sunday, July 31 through Aug. 3.

30
JUL

Renton gets 'In Motion' with Metro
King County Metro Transit just launched its In Motion program in Renton to encourage people who live or work in the area to leave their cars behind and use healthier travel options such as transit, bicycling, walking and carpooling. Participants who pledge to change some of their trips from driving alone to some other way of getting around will receive a free ORCA card good for two weeks of unlimited travel.

9
JUL

University Bridge closing to tall boats overnight July 12-13 and July 19-20
King County Metro Transit crews will be rebuilding the overhead electric trolley bus wires on the University Bridge during the next two weekends, and while the bridge will stay open to vehicle traffic, the drawbridge will not open to tall marine vessels from 10 p.m. Saturday, July 12, to 8 a.m. Sunday, July 13. The same restrictions are planned Saturday, July 19, into Sunday, July 20.

1
JUL

Transit service changes on Friday, July 4
King County Metro Transit bus routes will operate with a Sunday schedule Friday, July 4, for Independence Day, and many routes will be redirected around community celebrations in the county.

17
JUN

As gas prices rise, drivers can "Dump the Pump"
Metro and its partner transit agencies are urging drivers to save money by dumping the pump and taking transit.

6
JUN

King County celebrates launch of new RapidRide F Line
Riders traveling between Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila and Renton will have more frequent all-day bus service starting Saturday, June 7, as King County Metro Transit launches the RapidRide F Line.

3
JUN

Metro launches RapidRide F Line Saturday, June 7
Starting Saturday, June 7, Metro Transit launches its sixth RapidRide Line – the F Line – serving the corridor between Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila and Renton with frequent all-day service.

29
MAY

Metro’s top bus driver is 'calm and cool'
Metro bus operator Jeffery Jackson, for his focus on safety and customer service with riders, was chosen from among Metro Transit’s 2,700 bus operators to be this year’s Metro Transit Operator of the Year.

15
MAY

Skyway celebrates sidewalks, sign
Residents in the West Hill neighborhood celebrated a new “Welcome to Skyway” gateway sign and better sidewalk connections within their community Wednesday as part of recent King County work along Renton Avenue South.

1
MAY

King County International Airport/Boeing Field expands its impact on region’s economy
King County International Airport (KCIA), also known as Boeing Field, continues to make its mark on our economy according to a new University of Washington study that details the airport’s impact on family wage jobs and our economy.

30
APR

Transit delays, reroutes expected in Seattle on May Day
Riders should prepare for rerouted buses and traffic delays in downtown Seattle the afternoon and evening of Thursday, May 1, as 16 Metro routes and three Sound Transit routes will be temporarily rerouted during May Day events.

24
APR

Metro details service reductions as temporary funding ends, replacement revenues defeated
Following the defeat of Proposition 1, King County Metro Transit must move forward with its proposal to cut about 16 percent of transit service, steps required to reduce spending and balance its budget in light of the expiration of the temporary Congestion Reduction Charge and the lack of replacement revenues.

9
APR

New Visitor Day Pass promotes local transit use
A new regional transit pass will allow riders to travel by bus, train, streetcar or water taxi all day for one price.

24
FEB

King County Ferry District Announces Water Taxi Fare Increase
The King County Ferry District announces that beginning March 1, 2014, there will be a fare increase for the West Seattle and Vashon Island Water Taxi Routes. The increase will range from $.50 to $.75 per ticket for cash, ORCA, and youth fares; $.25 for riders with a Regional Reduced Fare Permit.

19
FEB

Open house Feb. 25 for SE Covington-Sawyer Road safety improvements
Starting this summer, the King County Road Services Division is planning to make several safety improvements to a section of Southeast Covington Sawyer Road, which connects the Lake Sawyer community with Highway 18 near Covington and Kent. A project open house is planned 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Grass Lake Elementary School Library, 28700 191st Place in Kent.

10
FEB

Metro Transit inches closer to record territory with another jump in annual ridership
Metro’s weekday ridership grew every month during 2013 and has now essentially tied the ridership record it experienced back in 2008.

10
FEB

Metro’s RapidRide E Line debuts Feb. 15
An 11-mile stretch of Aurora Avenue North – one of the most congested corridors in the region – will celebrate the arrival King County Metro Transit’s fifth RapidRide line Saturday, Feb. 15 as part of Metro’s winter service change.

6
FEB

Public transportation teamwork moved unprecedented number of Seahawks fans and commuters
The Puget Sound region pulled off a blitz of its own Wednesday as Seattle played host to the biggest victory party the Northwest has ever seen – and public transportation executed its plays mobilizing every available resource to get people to the parade and rally.

4
FEB

Ready for Seahawks victory parade?
With unprecedented crowds expected to cheer for the victorious Seattle Seahawks, local transportation and transit agencies are advising the traveling public to expect significant delays in and around downtown Seattle on February 5. The Seattle Department of Transportation, King County Metro Transit, Sound Transit and Community Transit urge Seahawks fans to enjoy the event but to pack some patience and plan ahead for delays.

15
JAN

Metro shuttles heading to Hawks playoff game Jan. 19
Football fans who want an easy trip to the games this weekend can climb on King County Metro Transit game day shuttles to the Seahawks game on Sunday, Jan. 19.

9
JAN

Playoffs: Metro shuttles heading to Hawks Jan. 11 game
Football fans who want an easy trip to the games this weekend can climb on King County Metro Transit game day shuttles to the Seahawks game on Saturday, Jan. 11.