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27
DEC

Metro shuttles heading to Hawks game
SEATTLE – Football fans who want an easy trip to the games this weekend can climb on King County Metro Transit game day shuttles to the Seahawks game on Sunday, Dec. 29.

23
DEC

Ferry District announces contract with Bellingham ship builder to replace aging water taxi fleet
The King County Ferry District announced today a contract has been signed with Bellingham-based All American Marine to design and build two new water taxis to replace its pair of 25 year-old leased vessels.

19
DEC

Metro preparing for a snowy morning commute
With the weather forecast calling for the possibility of the first widespread snow of the season, Metro is making plans for a snowy Friday commute.

18
DEC

New transit information kiosks make their debut on Third Ave. in Downtown Seattle
The first of nine transit information kiosks was unveiled today at a Metro RapidRide stop on Third Avenue in downtown Seattle.

17
DEC

Metro Transit has upcoming holiday schedules, reduced service
King County Metro Transit reminds riders that buses will operate on holiday and reduced weekday schedules over the Christmas holiday and during several holiday periods through January – including a full week of reduced service Dec. 24-31.

9
DEC

Metro preparing for icy commute
If cold weather and difficult travel conditions persist into the Tuesday morning commute, Metro may substitute other available buses in place of articulated electric trolley buses in the Seattle area. That move provides service using buses that are better able to operate during winter weather but could reduce the number of bus trips during the commute.

27
NOV

Know before it snows: Sign up for Metro Transit alerts
With winter weather in the forecast, it’s a good reminder for King County Metro Transit riders to plan ahead how they will get around before the flurries fly.

27
NOV

Metro Transit has upcoming holiday schedules, reduced service
King County Metro Transit reminds riders that buses will operate on holiday and reduced weekday schedules over the Thanksgiving holiday and during several holiday periods through January – including a full week of reduced service at the end of December.

15
NOV

Meetings ahead for Metro bus cuts
Due to inaction to date on stable funding for public transit, Metro must begin three months of meetings across King County to inform riders of proposed drastic bus cuts due to the absence of funding.

7
NOV

Metro announces proposed bus service cuts
News Release: The consequences of inaction to date on stable and sustainable funding for public transit were spelled out today, as King County Metro Transit detailed drastic cuts to bus service that must be planned now in the absence of funding.

31
OCT

Metro shuttles heading to Hawks game
SEATTLE – Football fans who want an easy trip to the games this weekend can climb on King County Metro Transit game day shuttles to the Seahawks game on Sunday, Nov. 3.

25
OCT

Metro football shuttles heading to UW game
SEATTLE – Football fans who want an easy trip to the game this weekend can climb on King County Metro Transit game day shuttles to the University of Washington Huskies game on Saturday, Oct. 26.

16
OCT

Business leaders helping reshape our daily commute receive Diamond Awards
Business leaders helping reshape our daily commute receive Diamond Awards

10
OCT

Metro shuttles heading to Huskies, Hawks games
SEATTLE – Football fans who want an easy trip to the games this weekend can climb on King County Metro Transit game day shuttles to the University of Washington Huskies game on Saturday, Oct. 12, and Seahawks game on Sunday, Oct. 13.

26
SEP

Metro has football shuttles for Huskies game
Football fans who want an easy trip this weekend can climb on King County Metro Transit game day shuttles to see the University of Washington Huskies game on Saturday, Sept. 28.

24
SEP

More reasons to use transit in the Snoqualmie Valley
Beginning Sept. 28 Snoqualmie Valley residents can take advantage of a new shuttle service and more tranist choices.

19
SEP

Metro shuttles provide a great passing lane for Huskies, Hawks fans
SEATTLE – Football fans who want an easy trip to the games this weekend can climb on King County Metro Transit game day shuttles to the University of Washington Huskies game on Saturday, Sept. 21, and Seahawks game on Sunday, Sept. 22.

18
SEP

Metro Transit launches fall service change Sept. 28
Streamlined service on Interstate 90, better timed connections and more bus trips in downtown Seattle mark some of the changes to 55 bus routes starting Sept. 28 as King County Metro Transit launches its fall service revisions.

17
SEP

New South Kirkland Park-and-Ride garage open for commuters
Metro's new three-story garage at a busy Eastside park-and-ride near SR-520 is open for commuters. The garage on the Bellevue-Kirkland border opened Sept. 5 and has 530 parking spaces, plus 260 spaces in the surface parking lot. The lot used to have about 600 spaces, and will top out at 850 spaces next year once construction is complete on the mixed-use housing project next door.

6
SEP

Vashon seawall reconstruction starts Sept. 14
The King County Road Services Division will close a section of Vashon Highway SW along outer Quartermaster Harbor for two weeks beginning Saturday, Sept. 14. The road will be closed daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. between 115th Avenue SW and SW Burton Drive while county crews work to rebuild the seawall and bulkhead.

4
SEP

King County Metro Transit launches ‘Safety Season’
School is back in session and fall is near, and King County Metro Transit today launched the pedestrian Safety Season – a focused effort to reduce the number of pedestrian traffic injuries that happen in our communities.

30
AUG

Ride Metro to Huskies, Bumbershoot, PAX Prime; holiday schedules Labor Day
Labor Day weekend is packed with lots of events in Seattle, and King County Metro Transit has buses on the street to carry tens of thousands of riders. On the Monday Labor Day holiday, buses and water taxis will have altered schedules and riders should plan ahead.

16
AUG

King County to repave handful of roads this summer
Due to plummeting tax revenue and tight budgets, crews plan to repave just a handful of unincorporated King County roads near Redmond, Federal Way, Auburn and Issaquah as part of the county’s summer paving program. The roadwork is only possible thanks to federal grants; otherwise, the county would not be able to repave any roads this summer.

31
JUL

Metro Transit shuttles to carry fans to Seafair hydros and air shows this weekend
Seafair fun takes off this week and Metro Transit has free shuttles to get fans to the hydro races and Patriots Jet Team air shows. Travelers should plan for delays and bus reroutes during these major regional events, which include temporary closures of the Interstate 90 floating bridge Friday through Sunday, Aug. 2-4.

25
JUL

Metro Transit grabs a gold for its actions to protect the environment
King County Metro is not only getting you there, it’s doing it with less energy, waste and pollution – reasons it is being recognized as the gold-standard for sustainability by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

25
JUL

Metro buses rerouted for parade, events this weekend
Riders should plan ahead and prepare for rerouted bus service and potential delays on Saturday, July 27, from about 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., as Metro Transit shifts 35 bus routes in the Seattle Center, downtown Seattle and Alaskan Way Viaduct areas for the Seafair Torchlight fun runs and parade. Other transit and traffic delays can be expected Saturday as a major event at Key Arena lets out, the Capitol Hill Block Party rocks on and the Mariners are in town.

16
JUL

Metro’s top bus driver a ‘smooth operator’
In a surprise ceremony today, Robert Duncan, 60, was honored as Metro’s 2012 Transit Operator of the Year.

2
JUL

Transit service changes for Thursday, July 4
King County Metro Transit bus routes will operate with a Sunday schedule on Thursday, July 4, for Independence Day, and many routes will be redirected around community celebrations around the county. Changes also are in store for the South Lake Union Streetcar and water taxis.

2
JUL

New Metro Transit eLockers make it easier to bike and ride
King County Metro Transit this week launched a new on-demand bike locker project to offer cyclists a more flexible and efficient option for accessing transit by bicycle.

27
JUN

West Snoqualmie Valley Road Northeast near Carnation to close July 8 for major repairs
West Snoqualmie Valley Road Northeast between Northeast 100th Street and Novelty Hill Road will close for approximately one month beginning Monday July 8th so crews can repair a severely damaged section of the roadway.

27
JUN

Repair work to close Preston-Fall City Road
Drivers who travel Preston-Fall City Road east of Issaquah should plan ahead for a lengthy five-day detour starting July 8 as King County Road Services crews completely close a portion of the road for emergency repairs.

27
JUN

Metro preps for the arrival of the RapidRide E Line along Aurora Avenue North
The transformation of an 11-mile stretch of Aurora Avenue North has begun as King County Metro Transit prepares to bring its fifth RapidRide on-line. The E Line will serve Seattle and Shoreline and is scheduled to begin February 15, 2014.

25
JUN

New county road open in Novelty Hill area
After two years of construction, King County today opened a new connection just south of Novelty Hill Road, a final segment expected to ease congestion, improve reliability and better link residential areas with the Redmond, Bellevue and Seattle economic centers.

25
JUN

Rebounding economy boosting demand for Metro bus service
King County Metro is experiencing its second highest ridership year and is closing in on a new record as demand for transit continues to strengthen along with the local economy and job market.

20
JUN

Major transit reroutes, disruptions June 22 in Seattle
News Release: Widespread transit and traffic delays are expected in Seattle Saturday, June 22, including changes for more than 40 bus routes as streets are closed for the Rock & Roll Marathon and the Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade in Fremont.

19
JUN

Regional transit agencies host lunchtime fair in Seattle to help commuters “Dump the Pump”
Commuters wanting to learn how to save money and stress by taking transit can stop by a lunchtime information fair Thursday afternoon at Westlake Park as part of national Dump the Pump Day.

17
JUN

Metro to partner with New Flyer on next generation of electric trolley buses
King County Metro Transit announced today it will replace its aging trolley fleet with new all-electric New Flyer coaches that will take about one-third less energy to power.

10
JUN

East King County town hall June 19: Transportation at a crossroads
The public is invited to a June 19 open house and Town Hall meeting with elected leaders from cities and the county to learn more about our critical infrastructure needs for roads, bridges and transit service.

4
JUN

Metro Transit service changes begin Saturday, June 8
Starting Saturday, June 8, King County Metro Transit will revise bus service, routing and schedules to continue to operate more efficiently, improve travel times and better match bus service to ridership.

3
JUN

Century-old Alvord T. Bridge near Kent to close early, on June 5
The King County Road Services Division has moved up the closure of Alvord T. Bridge by three weeks at the direction of King County Executive Dow Constantine, after reported observations from staff that suggest oversize load restrictions were not being complied with.

31
MAY

Paving prep on Issaquah-Hobart to close lanes June 3-5
Drivers should plan ahead for traffic delays lasting up to 20 minutes from June 3-5 while King County Road Services grinds and patches pavement on Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, closing lanes and alternating traffic just south of the city of Issaquah. Work is planned daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 3, through Wednesday, June 5, between Southeast 104th Street and May Valley Road. Crews will alternate traffic through the construction zone.

29
MAY

King County to host open house June 5 to update Vashon residents on upcoming guardrail improvements
The King County Road Services Division will host an open house on Wednesday, June 5 to familiarize residents on upcoming guardrail improvements on Vashon-Maury Island.

23
MAY

King County hosts June 1 open house to discuss Skykomish transportation options
King County hosts June 1 open house to discuss Skykomish transportation options

22
MAY

Shuttles to Folklife, holiday bus schedule for Memorial Day
Metro Transit buses will operate on a Sunday schedule for Memorial Day – Monday, May 27 – and provide special shuttle bus service Saturday through Monday to the Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center. Shuttles will operate from both the Northgate Transit Center and South Renton Park-and-Ride.

16
MAY

New program quadruples options for buying ORCA
SEATTLE – Transit and ferry riders can now choose from four times the number of locations to buy ORCA, the smart card for paying fares throughout the Central Puget Sound region. More than 120 retail stores, including local QFC, Safeway and Saar’s locations, just joined the 40 transit agency venues that sell ORCA cards.

16
MAY

'Look, Smile, Wave' campaign promotes bike safety
A new campaign called “Look, Smile, Wave” is on the streets promoting bus and bike safety as Bike Month continues.

10
MAY

Work to close Lake Alice Road this summer (Editor's note: See update below)
A public meeting is planned May 14 to discuss plans by King County Road Services to replace a collapsing aging culvert beneath Lake Alice Road Southeast this summer.

9
MAY

Sale of Metro Transit ticketbooks ends June 30
King County Metro Transit is reminding customers that paper ticketbooks will no longer be sold after June 30. That means ORCA cards and cash will be the primary forms of fare payment on Metro.

8
MAY

Route 50 challenge: Which neighborhood can ride the most before June 7?
The race is on between the neighborhoods at either end of Route 50. King County Metro Transit is challenging riders to take and record at least 250 bus rides before June 7 on the east-west route, which stretches from Columbia City/Seward Park to West Seattle/Alki, connecting Link light rail and every north-south route in the area.

26
APR

Bus changes recommended in Renton as part of RapidRide F Line
As part of launching the RapidRide F Line in 2014, King County Metro Transit recommends changes to four bus routes in the Renton area to serve more riders more efficiently. The King County Council will consider these changes as part of a public hearing April 30.

26
APR

Metro recommends bus changes on Interstate 90
Metro Transit recommends changes to routes 210, 211, 214, 215, 216, and 218, to reduce crowding, improve on-time performance and reduce the time riders spend on the bus. The King County Council is currently reviewing the recommended changes and has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday, April 30, to hear what riders think of the service change recommendations.

23
APR

Federally funded safety enhancement project set to begin on Northeast Novelty Hill Road
There’s something happening along Northeast Novelty Hill Road that you may not see until it’s too late – and that has King County engineers increasingly concerned about safety along the busy roadway.

18
APR

Demonstration program will bring new mix of transit services to the Snoqualmie Valley
Recognizing that traditional transit services don’t always meet every community’s needs, Metro Transit has a new approach to serving riders in less populated areas -- and the Snoqualmie Valley will be the first to try it out.

5
APR

Work on Renton Avenue South sidewalk improvements begins April 8
King County plans to start construction on sidewalk improvements along Renton Avenue South in the West Hill area between 75th and 76th avenues South starting Monday, April 8. The county and the city of Renton are teaming up to add sidewalks, landscaping and provide on-street parking on the east side of Renton Avenue South.

4
APR

Century-old Alvord T. Bridge near Kent set to close June 28
The Alvord T. Bridge – one of the most deficient bridges in the state of Washington – will be permanently closed to traffic on June 28.

1
APR

65 bus routes face elimination when Metro Transit’s temporary funding expires
Service also reduced on another 86 routes unless state enacts funding authority

19
MAR

2013 Infrastructure Report Card points to need to reinvest in roads, bridges, transit
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issued its 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure today, which reaffirms the need to invest the nation’s roads and public transportation. The report confirms the public’s investment in roads, bridges and transit has fallen too far behind. This report provides more urgency for the need to take action now to reverse this trend so we can preserve our infrastructure investments.

18
MAR

Schedule revised for RapidRide E and F lines
Metro has rescheduled the launch dates for the RapidRide E and F lines, allowing time to complete facility upgrades and add features that will make future service more reliable. Both lines were previously scheduled to launch in September. Under the new schedule, the E Line will begin service in February 2014, and the F Line is slated to launch in June 2014.

6
MAR

Metro buses return to Fairview Avenue March 16
After several months of diverting buses around construction, King County Metro Transit plans to return bus service to Fairview Avenue North starting Saturday, March 16.

19
FEB

Online calculator developed by King County Metro Transit helps strike a balance between parking supply and demand
With more multi-family housing projects on the drawing board to accommodate King County’s growing population, how will developers know how much parking should be added to meet the future needs of their tenants?

13
FEB

Metro changes for Feb. 18 Presidents Day holiday
On Presidents Day – Monday, Feb. 18 – King County Metro Transit will operate a regular weekday schedule with some trips canceled because the University of Washington is not in session.

6
FEB

Changes to Metro bus service begin Feb. 16
A handful of minor changes are coming Feb. 16 for several King County Metro Transit bus routes, part of an effort to improve service, reduce crowding and meet rider requests for better schedule information.

1
FEB

Bus changes proposed in Renton as part of RapidRide F Line
Before launching the RapidRide F Line, King County Metro Transit is seeking additional rider feedback on proposed changes to three bus routes in the Renton area intended to serve more riders more efficiently.

24
JAN

Suite of proposed transit options will deliver more travel choices to Snoqualmie Valley
The Snoqualmie Valley is poised to become the first area in King County to see a package of redesigned transit services tailor made to the needs of valley residents.

17
JAN

Metro buses on reduced schedules Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
King County Metro Transit will operate a reduced weekday schedule Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and will reroute buses around the holiday events in downtown Seattle, the Central District and Capitol Hill.

17
JAN

Metro Transit proposes better bus service on Interstate 90
To ease crowding and improve travel times, Metro Transit proposes schedule and route changes on seven peak commute routes along the Interstate 90 corridor, and has launched an effort to seek public feedback on the plans.