City Council reschedules Route 200 discussion

March 1, 2011

By Staff

The plan to extend Route 200 from downtown Issaquah and the business district to the Issaquah Highlands and Talus is due to reach the City Council soon.

The free bus route had been scheduled to extend to the highlands and Talus in September. The city and Metro Transit had planned to start collecting fares on Route 200 in the months ahead.

Port Blakely Communities, the highlands developer and a partner in the effort to expand transit service, requested last month for the extension to be delayed until at least 2013.

Council Transportation Committee members agreed last month to push the implementation date to February 2013.

The council had been scheduled to discuss the proposal March 7. Members plan to consider the measure March 21 instead.

Municipal and Port Blakely staffers continue to work on the proposal.

Metro Transit and Issaquah officials could also establish a route, 928, to offer additional service on Squak Mountain.

In order to fund the additional service, the proposal calls for Metro Transit to charge fares on Route 200 buses. In the meantime — due to the delayed extension — rides along the route remain free.

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