September 25, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 25, 2014
Even though Metro Transit recommended cutting Route 200 to the King County Council in its initial April proposal to eliminate 16 percent of services, the Issaquah “freebee” bus will stick around for at least a little while.
Beginning Sept. 29, Route 200 will no longer run mornings or evenings, but instead operate only between about 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., according to the listed approved service cuts on Metro Transit’s website.
February will bring the next round of service reductions. Though the County Council has not yet approved the specific cuts, Metro Transit does not list Route 200 in its recommendation for those service changes.
In total, Metro Transit officials expect to delete 72 of its 214 routes by September 2015.
April 1, 2014
As King County residents vote whether to fund Metro Transit on April 22, city leaders are considering what to do with Route 200.
Issaquah pays a yearly subsidy to the county in order to keep the bus free of charge. But the city-centric route has been offered for the chopping block for years as Metro has faced increased expenditures. In response, the city has begun to survey residents who would most likely use the bus to try and get a clearer sense of its community impact.
City Economic Development Manager Andrea Lehner said the information would prove valuable for the city as well as the county.