June 2011 News
Work begins July 11 on new bridge on SE 416th StreetJune 30
Work begins Monday, July 11 on a project to replace the Newaukum Creek Bridge near Enumclaw. The 16-foot concrete bridge carries Southeast 416th Street over Newaukum Creek, and is located about two-tenths of a mile west of 278th Way Southeast. The roadway in that location will be closed for approximately three months until the new bridge is complete.
Watch for transit & traffic impacts next week as Lions Club roars into SeattleJune 30
A huge convention comes to Seattle next week, and the crowd of international visitors and array of events is expected to impact traffic and transit travel in the downtown area.
Demand for Metro Transit service up 5 percent in May over the same period a year agoJune 28
New numbers show that demand for King County Metro Transit service jumped 5.1 percent in May compared to the same period a year ago – lending support to calls for the Metropolitan King County Council to enact a Congestion Reduction Charge authorized by the state Legislature to prevent a 17 percent cut to King County bus service.
Transit service on Monday, July 4June 28
Metro Transit bus routes will be operating on a Sunday schedule on Monday, July 4 for Independence Day. The holiday schedule means many commuter bus routes will not be in service on July 4. Bus riders should be sure to check the schedule for their individual routes in advance of the long holiday weekend. Sunday fares are in effect on all Metro routes on both Sunday and Monday.
Metro and community partners launch five ‘In Motion’ programs
King County Metro Transit is bringing its popular “In Motion” program to five Seattle-area neighborhoods this summer to help residents increase their use of travel options such as walking, cycling, riding the bus or water taxi, and sharing rides. Program participants receive detailed travel information and earn rewards when they reduce their driving over a set period of time.
Executive calls on King County Council to enact interim Metro funding or face cutting 17 percent of bus service over the next two years
The recession-driven decline in the sales-tax revenues that support public transit leaves the Metropolitan King County Council with two choices - ensure interim funding to continue service at current levels, or face the reality of cutting 17 percent of bus service.
Transit Agencies Urge Drivers to Dump the Pump on June 16
In the Puget Sound region, eight public transportation agencies carry more than 600,000 passengers every weekday and 200 million riders a year. That means fewer automobiles clogging the region’s roadways and a lot more money in the pockets of commuters.
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Metro Transit seasonal service changes begin June 11June 3
Starting Saturday, June 11, King County Metro Transit will revise some bus routing and schedules to update service. There are not any large-scale route changes, but some individual bus trips are being eliminated to continue Metro’s efforts to make its operations more efficient and financially stable and sustainable. There are also some long-term construction reroutes in Georgetown for routes 106, 131 and 134.
King County to rebuild bridge on SE 424th Street near EnumclawJune 3
King County is rebuilding a bridge north of Enumclaw on Southeast 424th Street west of 284th Avenue Southeast. The road and bridge will close Monday, June 20. The project is expected to be completed in November.
Fay Road near Duvall to close for three weeks for slope stabilizationJune 2
A section of Fay Road Northeast, southeast of Duvall, will close for three weeks this summer while the King County Road Services Division stabilizes the hillside above the roadway.