Change comes to Issaquah bus routes Oct. 1

September 27, 2011

By Staff

King County Metro Transit riders should prepare for changes soon as transportation planners adjust routes between Issaquah and Seattle.

Issaquah routes receive some shuffling in the latest service plan from the mass transit agency. Under a service plan starting Oct. 1, Route 211 runs from hospital-dense First Hill in Seattle to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride. Metro Transit is also adding trips departing First Hill for the highlands at 3:05 and 5:30 p.m.

Route 271 service is also due to increase. Metro Transit is adding trips on the route from the Eastgate Park & Ride to the University District. Riders can board a Route 271 bus in downtown Issaquah.

What to know

King County Metro Transit riders can learn more about route and schedule changes in the Special Rider Alert brochure at Metro Online, www.kingcounty.gov/metro. Call Metro Customer Information at 206-553-3000 to learn more.

The updated plan calls for buses to arrive at the Eastgate center every 10 minutes — rather than every 20 minutes — from 6-6:30 a.m. on weekdays. Service frequency is also due to increase throughout the day and during the evening commute.

The agency is urging riders to check updated routes before boarding buses for the weekday morning commute Oct. 3. Issaquah riders transferring buses in Bellevue should prepare for substantial changes after Metro Transit rolls out the updated routes and schedules.

County Council members approved the route changes and more than 20 other adjustments in May. County Executive Dow Constantine proposed the overhaul to accommodate the launch of RapidRide buses. Some Eastside route changes reflect the addition of the RapidRide B Line.

The red-and-yellow express buses offer service between Bellevue and Redmond.

RapidRide is part of the Transit Now initiative adopted in 2006. The initial RapidRide line between Tukwila and Federal Way is popular among riders.

Extending Route 211 to the highlands is possible due to a partnership between Metro Transit and the First Hill Transportation Group — a consortium of Harborview, Swedish and Virginia Mason medical centers.

Under the existing arrangement, Route 211 runs between First Hill and Eastgate.

Metro Transit updates routes and schedules three times per year to improve service and meet bus riders’ needs.

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