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2017

12
OCT

Metro working to provide transport to all Access customers after contractor network outage
Contractors that provide King County Metro’s Access Paratransit Service experienced a network outage Thursday afternoon that affected their customer database and the ability to locate and pick up passengers. Metro is asking Access riders or residents who see Access customers in need of a ride to immediately call (206) 205-5000.

2
OCT

Metro expands Carpool Permit Parking to 9 park-and-rides
Starting November 1, King County Metro will offer reserved parking for carpoolers at nine additional park-and-rides, including Green Lake, Aurora Village, Shoreline, Kenmore, Bear Creek, Bothell, Kingsgate, Wilburton, Renton Metropolitan Place, and Tukwila. To access reserved parking, customers must first obtain a free Carpool Parking Permit.

29
SEP

King County Metro to pay back wages to transit operators identified during U.S. Department of Labor review
King County Metro today informed employees that eligible transit operators will receive back wages determined by a U.S. Department of Labor review of Metro pay practices.

28
SEP

Seahawks park-and-ride shuttle service canceled for Oct. 1 night game
King County Metro’s direct shuttle service to Seahawks games from area park-and-ride lots has been canceled for the game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, October 1.

19
SEP

To improve innovation and accountability, Executive Constantine proposes to make Metro its own County department
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a plan to begin transforming King County Metro into its own department within County government by early 2019. The proposal will go to the County Council next year.

14
SEP

Know your transit options to Seahawks and Huskies games
Metro offers nonstop football shuttle service in partnership with the Seahawks and Huskies from several park-and-ride locations. In a change from past years, both teams are contracting for private shuttles to operate from some locations.

13
SEP

King County Metro riders will see more bus service, boosted Night Owl service starting Sept. 23
Riders will see more King County Metro bus service starting Sept. 23 on dozens of routes, including expanded Night Owl bus service on 13 routes, as well as more reliable service across the county. Improvements are funded by King County and Seattle’s voter-approved Proposition 1. Details are now online and new purple timetables will be available soon.

7
SEP

Riding Metro to the game? Plan for reroutes and changes to Husky football park-and-ride shuttle service
Fans headed to the Huskies’ home opener this Saturday at Husky Stadium can ride Metro-operated shuttle buses directly to the stadium from six park-and-ride locations. In a change from past years, the University of Washington is contracting for private shuttles to operate from the Shoreline park-and-ride and Northgate Transit Center.

31
AUG

Holiday schedule for Metro on Labor Day
King County Metro will operate a Sunday/holiday schedule on Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day.

17
AUG

Metro’s top bus driver is cheerful, patient, considerate
Metro Transit announced that James Turner is the Transit Operator of the Year. Chosen by his peers, he represents the best of Metro’s 2,800 bus drivers, who carry nearly 122 million riders each year. Turner’s family also drives for Metro, including his sister, son, daughter, cousin and four nieces.

11
AUG

Water Taxi resumes service following move
Following a five-day service interruption to move to its new temporary location at Pier 52, King County Water Taxi will resume its West Seattle service Saturday, Aug. 12, two days earlier than anticipated. It resumes its Vashon Island service Monday, Aug. 14.

4
AUG

Ride transit to the trails with Trailhead Direct
King County agencies are launching Trailhead Direct, a transit van service that seeks to ease vehicle congestion, reduce safety hazards and expand access to beloved hiking destinations in the Issaquah Alps and along I-90.

28
JUL

Military personnel ride free during Fleet Week
Military service members can ride free on King County Metro Transit, Sound Transit and the King County Water Taxi during Seafair Fleet Week, from August 1-6. Service members must be in uniform or show a valid military ID.

27
JUL

Ride Metro to Seafair festivities
The Seafair Torchlight Parade kicks off a busy week leading up to Seafair weekend and Metro has options for people traveling to see the festivities. Riders should prepare for delays and bus reroutes during Saturday’s parade and next week's events such as temporary closures of the Interstate 90 floating bridge for the Blue Angels.

14
JUL

Tolt Hill Bridge emergency closure update
The bridge will reopen to noncommercial pickup trucks, passenger vehicles, bikes and pedestrians on Monday, July 17.

14
JUL

Water Taxi to suspend service Aug. 7 for up to a week
The King County Water Taxi will suspend all service for up to one week starting Monday, Aug. 7 as the downtown Seattle terminal is relocated to accommodate construction of a new terminal.

27
JUN

Sound Transit, Metro to run late night service for July 4 revelers
For the first time since light rail began operating service, revelers celebrating Independence Day this year will be able to ride Link trains until 2 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5—an hour later than normal. For bus riders, King County Metro will deploy more than 40 extra buses from 10:30 p.m. to midnight on routes serving Seattle Center, Gas Works Park, downtown and light rail stations to help crowds get home.

16
JUN

Tolt Hill Bridge Emergency Closure
King County Road Services has scheduled an emergency closure of Tolt Hill Bridge 1834A where Northeast Tolt Hill Road crosses the Snoqualmie River, west of the City of Carnation. Tolt Hill Bridge 1834A will fully close to traffic starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 16. Detours will be in place for travelers.

16
JUN

No Water Taxi service during dock construction in August
Riders of the King County Water Taxi will need to make other transportation plans for up to 10 days starting in early August.

5
JUN

Metro, Sound Transit seek public comment on SR 520 service concepts
King County Metro and Sound Transit seek input from transit riders and Eastside communities on three possible options for restructuring transit service on state Route 520 to connect with downtown Seattle, the University District and growing areas such as South Lake Union. The public is asked to weigh in via an online survey at the Link Connections: SR 520 website.

25
MAY

Metro Transit, Water Taxi schedules adjusted for May 29, Memorial Day
Riders who travel by Metro Transit buses, King County Water Taxi or Seattle Streetcar should plan ahead for schedule adjustments on Monday, May 29, Memorial Day.

23
MAY

Metro to increase park-and-ride enforcement
King County Metro will step up enforcement this month at several area park-and-rides to ensure customers are following the rules and that spaces are being used by transit riders. Starting May 23, drivers who break the rules will receive courtesy warnings. After June 12, vehicles will be at risk of towing after two violations.

17
MAY

Metro partners with Des Moines and Normandy Park to pilot new transportation solutions
King County Metro has partnered with the Cities of Des Moines and Normandy Park to pilot new transportation services for commuters and residents as the area experiences an influx of new employers. As a first step, Metro wants to hear from area workers through an online survey about their transportation needs. The survey will help shape pilot services through Metro’s Community Connections program, an innovative collaboration with local government and community partners.

2
MAY

Metro announces new partnership to increase park-and-ride options for transit riders
A new partnership between King County Metro and Diamond Parking Services aims to increase park-and-ride options for people connecting to transit. The pilot project and its website, Parkbytransit.com, connect people with fee-based parking on commercial and residential properties near major bus routes. Spaces will be available June 1 but customers can apply for permits starting today.

28
APR

Major transit delays, reroutes expected in Seattle on May Day
Transit riders should prepare for significant traffic delays and rerouted buses in downtown Seattle on Monday, May 1, especially during the afternoon and evening commute, as dozens of Metro and Sound Transit routes will be temporarily rerouted or intermittently delayed during May Day events. Seattle First Hill and South Lake Union streetcar service also will be affected on May 1 as a result of planned marches.

17
APR

King County honors the heroic sacrifice of firefighter Luther Dean Bonner with a new airport fire station that captures his story
King County elected officials honored the memory of Luther Dean Bonner – a Seattle firefighter whose courageous sacrifice in 1943 has been largely forgotten– and named the new rescue and fire station at King County International Airport in his memory.

27
MAR

Metro ready to expand late-night bus service after King County Council approval
Bus passengers traveling after 1 a.m. will have expanded late-night service under legislation approved Monday by the King County Council. It is the first major expansion of “Night Owl” bus service in 40 years.

23
MAR

Metro considering simpler bus fares; public invited to provide feedback
King County Metro Transit wants to hear from the public as planning begins to make paying fares to ride the bus faster, easier, and simpler for everyone.

8
MAR

Metro, Sound Transit seek public input on future of SR 520 transit service
King County Metro and Sound Transit want to hear from transit riders and Eastside communities to help shape the future of transit service along State Route 520.

2
MAR

Reserve your ride: New service gets you around and between Black Diamond and Enumclaw
Southeast King County residents have a new way to get around and between Black Diamond and Enumclaw for work, school, errands and appointments. The Black Diamond–Enumclaw Community Ride is a reservation-based service that will fully launch with a brand new vehicle on March 13 as part of King County Metro Transit’s spring service change.

1
MAR

More trips, better reliability: Metro Transit adding bus service March 11
King County Metro launches another round of service improvements March 11, adding trips and improving reliability on more than 80 routes. The changes affect about one-third of Metro’s bus routes at a time when the Seattle metro area leads the nation in record high ridership growth and King County has budgeted service expansion in 2017 and 2018. Details of route improvements are online and new teal timetables will be available on buses soon.

22
FEB

King County Metro launches In Motion program in Beacon Hill and Mount Baker neighborhoods
Metro Transit launched its latest In Motion program Feb. 22, offering people who live or work in the Beacon Hill and Mount Baker areas the opportunity to earn rewards for pledging to drive less. A new partnership with El Centro de la Raza will help promote the program and help people with limited English proficiency sign-up and participate.

16
FEB

Presidents Day schedule for Metro, Water Taxi
King County Metro bus riders and Water Taxi customers are reminded that revised schedules will be in effect for Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 20.

14
FEB

Metro, SDOT expand late-night bus service for workers, travelers and nightlife denizens
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced legislation Tuesday to expand and improve late-night bus service in the City of Seattle. The proposal, which Executive Constantine will submit to the King County Council, meets demand for transit from late-night and early-morning workers, as well as those traveling off-hours to the airport and enjoying nightlife.

31
JAN

Starting Feb. 1, reserved park-and-ride spaces open to carpool permit holders
Starting February 1, King County Metro Transit will reserve parking spaces at six area park-and-rides until 8:30 a.m. for groups of two or more riders who display a free Carpool Parking Permit on their vehicle.

30
JAN

Sound Transit and King County Metro strengthening procedures on service disruptions associated with protest activity
At the direction of Sound Transit Chair Dave Somers and King County Executive Dow Constantine, Sound Transit and King County Metro transit have formalized a protocol under which the agencies’ senior leadership will review all future requests by law enforcement to interrupt rail or bus service during protests.

27
JAN

Potential strategies to keep the region moving through downtown Seattle construction outlined today
Potential strategies to improve the mobility and experience of people through downtown Seattle were jointly released today by the City of Seattle, King County Metro, Sound Transit, and the Downtown Seattle Association.

24
JAN

Metro Connects sets course for better transit service across King County
The King County Council on Monday approved Metro Connects, Metro Transit long-range plan and a shared vision created by transit customers, community stakeholders, regional leaders and County Executive Dow Constantine.

24
JAN

Transit ridership surges during Womxn’s March, sets Saturday record for Link light rail
King County and Sound Transit’s integrated transit systems logged more than 330,000 boardings on buses and light rail during the historic Womxn’s March on Seattle and set a record for Saturday ridership on Link light rail.

18
JAN

Plan ahead, expect delays if you’re riding Metro to the Womxn’s March on Seattle
Plan ahead and leave early if you’re riding King County Metro Transit Saturday to join the Womxn’s March on Seattle. Tens of thousands of participants are expected to attend the event, which will start at 10 a.m. with a rally at Judkins Park.

12
JAN

Revised Metro bus schedules for MLK Jr. holiday
Transit riders are reminded that some King County Metro bus routes will operate reduced service during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 16. The King County Water Taxi also will not be in service.

9
JAN

Think outside the bus: Sammamish residents invited to help shape transportation solutions
People who live, work or go to school in Sammamish are invited to take a survey about community transportation needs that aren’t being met by regular bus service.

4
JAN

Carpooling to transit? Metro program reserves carpool spaces at park-and-rides
Morning commuters traveling from the suburbs and areas that lack frequent transit service will soon have a new incentive to carpool to area park-and-rides and catch the bus.

4
JAN

Ride Metro to Seahawks playoff game
The Seattle Seahawks are back in the playoffs, and King County Metro Transit has plenty of options for getting you to Saturday’s first-round contest at CenturyLink Field.