Issaquah commuters get more bus routes to Microsoft, Seattle

October 1, 2008

By Staff

With ridership nearly 7 percent higher than this time last year, Metro Transit added service and made several changes for the Issaquah and Preston areas.Metro’s ridership has recently climbed to about 400,000 boardings each weekday, and is expected to increase this fall. Most of the additional service for the change is funded through the voter-approved Transit Now initiative, and includes several partnerships with local cities and businesses.

For local bus riders, the changes include:

  • Route 209 will have new commute-time trips to provide hourly service on weekdays between Issaquah and North Bend via Preston and Fall City.
  • Although it doesn’t stop in Issaquah, the new Route 211 will be important to commuters who travel to the hospitals and medical offices on Seattle’s First Hill. It replaces Route 942 with service between Eastgate and First Hill with stops at the South Bellevue and Mercer Island park & ride lots. There are some routing changes, and the schedule for the Route 211 is adjusted to enable transfers to commuter trains at King Street Station.
  • Route 214 will now focus solely on commute-time service between downtown Issaquah and downtown Seattle, and will no longer travel east of Issaquah.
  • New Route 215 will provide service between North Bend, Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Ridge and downtown Seattle during peak-commute times with stops at the Issaquah Transit Center and Eastgate Park & Ride for connections to other locations.
  • The Route 216 connecting Bear Creek, Sammamish and north Issaquah to Seattle will now stop at both the Eastgate freeway stop and the Mercer Island Park & Ride on its trips.
  • Seven trips will be added to Route 269 — which runs weekdays between Issaquah and Overlake — thanks to a Transit Now partnership between Metro, Microsoft, and the cities of Issaquah, Sammamish and Redmond. Service will improve to every 20 minutes headed north in the morning and south in the afternoon. Buses had been operating every 30 minutes. The route links the Issaquah Transit Center to the Overlake Park & Ride via Issaquah Highlands, Sammamish, Bear Creek Park & Ride and Overlake Transit Center near the Microsoft campus.

Learn more about all of the services Metro provides at www.kingcounty.gov/metro, or call Metro Rider Information at 206-553-3000.

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