Plan ahead for reduced Metro holiday service

November 3, 2009

By Staff

Plan ahead for reduced Metro holiday service

King County Metro buses will operate on a reduced weekday schedule on several holidays — from Veterans Day until early January. The transit agency will also operate on a full week of reduced service at the end of December.

The reductions are planned for holiday stretches when Metro historically sees 20 percent to 40 percent fewer weekday riders. Metro will operate on a Sunday schedule on several upcoming legal holidays. The reduced weekday schedule will be in effect on:

Nov. 11, Veterans Day

Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving

Dec. 24, Christmas Eve

Dec. 28-31, the winter holiday period and New Year’s Eve

Jan. 18, 2010, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Metro will operate on a Sunday schedule on the following holidays:

Nov. 26, Thanksgiving

Dec. 25, Christmas

Jan. 1, 2010, New Year’s Day

On weekdays with reduced schedules, some commuter and school-oriented routes do not operate, and other routes will have trips canceled. Many routes will have no changes. Regular fares apply in most cases. View a complete overview of all Metro holiday service at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/up/ holiday-service.html.

The reduced weekday schedule was used on a limited basis last winter. The plan features more bus service than weekend schedules, but less service than a normal weekday.

Development rights swap will protect Issaquah Creek Basin

The developer of a Front Street North condominium complex will be allowed to build more parking after paying to protect sensitive land related to the Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer.

The final document related to the process, known as a transfer of development rights, was recorded Oct. 9 with King County.

Arrington Place Condominiums purchased the transfer of development rights to add 1,000 additional square feet of impervious surface for up to five more parking spaces at the complex, 700 Front St. N. The developer needed the additional parking as crews convert the remaining seven apartments into condos.

The purchase of development rights requires a conservation easement to be placed on five acres of developable land. The land serves as a recharge area for the aquifer, a key source of drinking water for Issaquah residents. Because the land has high value as habitat, King County designated the land as a “sending site.” The “receiving site” of the development rights was the condo complex. The conservation easement prevents development on the land forever.

The transfer of development rights was the first from a “sending site” in unincorporated King County to Issaquah. The deal was part of a city-county interlocal agreement approved in February 2007. The agreement provides for 75 transfers of development rights to be sent from environmentally-sensitive-yet-developable areas in the creek basin to be protected by sending the rights to receiving sites in Issaquah.

Salmon Days reels in tons of compostables, recyclables

Salmon Days Festival volunteers diverted 2.8 tons of food waste and compostable cups, bowls, plates and utensils from the landfill. The refuse was sent to Cedar Grove Composting instead.

An additional 1.4 tons of bottles, cans, cardboard and other materials were recycled after the fish-centric festival.

Festival organizers partnered with Cedar Grove, Waste Management, Food Services of America, Kenco, AtWork! and the city Resource Conservation Office to improve the already-impressive environmental record of the festival. Salmon Days is one of the first major festivals to use compostable serviceware.

Salmon Days, held during the sun-splashed Oct. 3-4 weekend, lured more than 180,000 visitors to Issaquah for arts, crafts, food and a chance to watch chinook and coho salmon swim upstream from the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

New food bank Web site aims to increase donations

Donors can give to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank through a new Web site designed to make it easier for the food bank to raise money and collect donations in tough times.

The site, at http://issaquahfoodbank.org, opens with “Don’t let your neighbors go hungry tonight.”

The site explains how potential donors can give nonperishable food items, as well as clothing, and donate money. The site is updated with lists of needed items. Organizers are in need of clothing for children and infants as winter approaches. Bring items to the food bank, 179 First Ave. S.E.

Visitors to the site can also donate online, and learn how to volunteer with the organization.

Mark Mullet, a member of the food bank board, spearheaded the Web site project, and paid for a Web developer out of his own pocket to develop the updated site. Mullet was expected to be elected to the City Council unopposed Nov. 3.

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