Choose Your Way Bellevue News and Updates

Sound Transit March Service Change

On March 23, 2019, ST Express bus 550 will shift from the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel to surface streets to accommodate the Washington State Convention Center construction and future Link light rail expansion.

From WSDOT: Good to Go! Customer Update - New ramp at the SR 167/I-405 interchange is now open (3/1/19)

New ramp at the SR 167/I-405 interchange is now open
The new flyover ramp which provides a direct connection between SR 167 and the carpool lanes on I-405 in Renton is now open.

The ramp is restricted to vehicles with two or more people between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily, the new ramp is open to all vehicles.

Here are some tips for drivers using this ramp:

  • If you are traveling northbound in the SR 167 HOT lanes as a carpooler, after the HOT lane ends you can stay left to use the new ramp to access the I-405 carpool lane. If you are a solo driver paying to use the HOT lanes and wish to access I-405, you will need to merge to the right after the HOT lane ends and use the existing ramp used today.
  • If you are traveling southbound in the I-405 carpool lane, after using the new ramp, you will be able to decide whether to enter the HOT lane or merge into the regular lanes.

This ramp is designed to improve traffic flow and safety at this critical interchange. Read more here about how to use the HOT lanes.

From King County Metro Transit - Transit Alert – Metro service is restored with possible delays remaining in some areas (2/15/19)

Friday operation At the start of service on Friday morning, Metro is operating regular routes. Some routes have a few service reductions in the form of individual trip cancelations. 

Transit customers can find out if their trip is canceled or delayed by entering their stop ID in the Metro Trip Planner Next Departures feature, or by texting it to 62550 in the Text for Departures tool.

Riding Metro on Friday
Information
Use Metro’s online regional trip planner to plan your route, then check for reroutes.

Trip cancelations and predicted departure times at stops are available in the Next Departures trip planner feature, or in the Text for Departures tool.

Use regularly published schedules as a guide, then expect delays. 

Plan ahead
Be prepared for cold weather and anticipate possible delays and some remaining slick streets and sidewalks in some areas.

Riding transit in adverse conditions
In areas where streets are slick, transit customers are advised to wait for buses on their designated routes at posted bus stops on flat portions of cleared arterials or at major transfer points, such as park-and-ride lots and transit centers.

It is not possible to know when a bus will arrive at a specific location. 

It is possible for buses to temporarily go on unplanned reroutes if streets they normally travel on are unexpectedly blocked. 

Temporary reroutes are not reflected in the Snow & Ice or in Metro’s trip planner. 

When possible, a Transit Alert will be sent about an unexpected reroute, however we may not know about all of them.

Know before you go
What to expect
During bad weather and when road conditions are treacherous, be prepared for the existing conditions, longer than usual waits at bus stops and more crowded buses. 

There may also be longer waits on hold if you call Metro’s Customer Information line at 206-553-3000.  When the Customer Information line is open, Metro staff can help you with reroutes and other transit information, but cannot tell you when your bus will be at a specific stop.

Safety first
While Metro utilizes all available resources to operate service as normally as possible during adverse weather or other conditions, the safety of everyone is always our highest priority. Service may be reduced, buses may be delayed or rerouted, and Metro staff cannot predict affected locations or tell riders exactly when a bus will get to a specific bus stop.

Additional information
Visit Metro’s website for complete transit information.

If buses are operating along their normal routes, but delayed, it may be possible to get more specific information by visiting Metro’s Puget Sound Trip Planner and checking the ‘Next Departures & Stops’ or ‘Tracker’ features.  Real time information may be less reliable in adverse or unexpected conditions.  Metro’s real time features provide the scheduled times of service at stops, then the predicted time if they are able to do so, as well as known trip cancelations.  During adverse conditions, it is best to use the scheduled times, then expect delays.

 

Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for complete information about revised bus service, routing and stops for planned events.

 

Visit Metro’s online or mobile Puget Sound Trip Planner to plan your travel using regularly scheduled service, and for bus stop, schedule and other information. Snow reroutes and other service disruptions are not reflected in results derived in the trip planner feature. When planning your trip, also check for service revisions that might affect it.   


Visit the King County Water Taxi site for information about Water Taxi operation.

 

Visit the Community TransitPierce TransitSound Transit or Washington State Ferries websites for information about services provided by Metro’s regional transit partners.

 

For non-transit traffic or other local updates, check media sources, follow @seattledot or visit

https://twitter.com/seattledot

https://twitter.com/SeattlePD

 

Everyone's preparedness and patience during snow or other adverse conditions is appreciated.

 

Thank you for riding and for using Metro’s services.

From Sound Transit: Winter Weather Update (2/13/19)

Most Sound Transit service in King, Pierce & Snohomish Counties are returning to service with regular routing. Monitor the Rider Alerts page for routes remaining on snow reroute.

Link light rail: Link trains continue to operate on their regular schedule. Please use caution at all stations and bus stops. Be prepared for snow and ice on platforms, stairs and parking lots.

Sounder Train: All trains are scheduled to operate regular service. Riders should arrive to the platform for on-time departure. Please use caution at all stations and bus stops. Be prepared for snow and ice on platforms, stairs and parking lots.

ST Express buses: Some ST Express buses remain on snow reroute. Reroutes are posted on our Rider Alert page. If your bus is not listed, then it does not have a snow reroute, it will operate its regular route. Road conditions can change at any time causing reroutes or stop closures with little to no notice. 

Riders may see smaller bus sizes being used on their routes. The safest bus equipment types and operation speeds are being used; this could result in reduced service throughout the system. Riders should expect significant delays throughout the service day.

The online trip planner, OneBusAway or third-party apps may not reflect current operation of service. Riders should monitor the Rider Alerts page for snow reroute information. It is not possible to know when a bus will arrive at a specific location, use posted schedules as a guide only.

Please use caution at stations and bus stops. Be prepared for snow and ice on platforms, stairs and parking lots. Sound Transit has crews out in the field working to clear snow and ice from our facilities, but be prepared in case your facility has not been cleared by the time you arrive. 

Riders should monitor local media outlets or visit @WSDOT_traffic for information on traffic conditions and street closures. 

For service information on Sound Transit’s regional transit partners, visit Metro’s Snow Alerts, King County Water TaxiCommunity TransitPierce TransitSeattle Streetcar, or Washington State Ferries

Thank you for riding Sound Transit. Travel safely.

From Commute Seattle: Apply for the Washington State Commute Trip Reduction Tax Credit by January 31!

Less than one week Left!

Employers who provide commute trip reduction incentives to employees or tenants are eligible to receive the Commute Trip Reduction credit on the Business and Occupation Tax, or B&O. Eligible employers can apply for this credit through January 31 and Commute Seattle has put together a short informational video to provide more details on what the credit is, who is eligible, and how to get help in completing the application. Watch the video for more information and reach out to Commute Seattle for help in applying for this great tax credit opportunity!

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From the City of Bellevue: Upcoming Open Houses on Neighborhood Congestion Reduction Intersection Studies

From the City of Bellevue: Upcoming Open Houses on Neighborhood Congestion Reduction Intersection Studies

Upcoming Open Houses on Neighborhood Congestion Reduction Intersection Studies

The Bellevue Transportation Department is hosting open houses to receive community feedback on neighborhood congestion reduction studies. The purpose of the studies is to evaluate how to improve traffic flow and safety at various intersections.

  • Open House: Study of 156th Ave SE All-way Stop Intersections, Jan. 29, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Lake Hills Library, 15590 Lake Hills Blvd (Details in mailer)
  • Open House: SE 8th Street and Lake Hills Connector Intersection Studies, Feb. 11, 6-7:30 p.m., Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street. (Details in mailer)
  • Open House: Lakemont Blvd SE at Forest Drive SE and at SE Newport Way, Feb. 20, 6-7:30 p.m., Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center. (Details in mailer)

These studies are part of the Neighborhood Congestion Reduction Program, aimed at easing traffic congestion in neighborhoods. The program is funded by the 2016, voter-approved, Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy.

For more about the Neighborhood Congestion Reduction Program, contact Chris Long, traffic engineering manager, at 425-452-6013 or clong@bellevuewa.gov. To learn more about levy-funded projects, view an interactive map, and subscribe to receive project updates at  BellevueWa.gov/transportationlevy.