June 27, 2008
News from King County Department of Transportation
Release date: June 27, 2008
Central Renton ‘In Motion’ program encourages healthy travel, and provides options during I-405 construction
More than 80 Renton residents have already signed up with King County Metro Transit’s “In Motion” program to encourage healthier travel. The program is kicking off just as residents are dealing with major construction along the Interstate 405 corridor.
The In Motion program is aimed at increasing the use of transit, carpooling, bicycling and walking by providing information and incentives to residents willing to take a pledge to drive less. Metro is partnering with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Hopelink to provide people with travel information and incentives.
The Central Renton In Motion program supports WSDOT's I-405 construction in Renton and Bellevue. This summer, WSDOT is widening I-405 between Interstate 5 and State Route 169 in the Tukwila/Renton area. In Bellevue, WSDOT is adding new lanes between 112th Avenue SE and SE 8th. To widen the freeway in Bellevue, the state will close a section of southbound I-405 to remove the Wilburton Tunnel north of Interstate 90 during three weekends in August. Although the tunnel is coming down, WSDOT has you covered - visit the project website for details.
The In Motion program will help Renton residents find other ways to get around during the construction – and the partners hope people like the new options so much that they make permanent changes in the way they travel.
Local residents are invited to sign up for the program and pledge to reduce their drive-alone trips. Participants are eligible to win prizes donated by local businesses and Metro free-ride tickets. The more people reduce their driving and bus, bike, walk and share rides, the more often and the more rewards they can receive. Local merchants will benefit, too, from the increased emphasis on shopping locally.
The Renton plan is based on successful In Motion programs held previously in various Seattle and Bellevue neighborhoods. Metro estimates the popular programs have reduced more than 249,401 miles of driving, 21,398 gallons of gas, and 415,120 pounds of CO2 emissions to date in King County.
For more information about the Central Renton In Motion program, visit the In Motion website. Or call, Lori Ferrin at Hopelink at (425) 943-6769.