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2018

18
OCT

Riders asked to weigh in on King County Metro, Sound Transit proposals to change, improve north Eastside bus service
Facing regional growth, construction and congestion, King County Metro and Sound Transit are working with transit customers to expand transit service and improve mobility for people who live, work, or use transit in the north Eastside area of King County. Based on community feedback and in response to rider-expressed needs and priorities, changes are proposed on 13 bus routes. Several new flexible Metro Community Ride and Community Van services also are proposed.

17
OCT

First- and last-mile solutions: King County Metro to launch ride-hailing apps for on-demand shuttle service to transit
King County Metro will launch a pilot project that offers on-demand shuttle service to and from transit hubs throughout the region using mobile apps. The first app will be activated Oct. 23 with service to and from the Eastgate Park-and-Ride in Bellevue.

3
OCT

Open house Oct. 10 on Route 120 improvements: Metro, SDOT prepare for future RapidRide H Line in West Seattle, White Center, Burien
King County Metro invites the public to a joint open house with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) on Oct. 10 in White Center as the agencies launch the second round of neighborhood conversations to upgrade Route 120 to become the RapidRide H Line in fall 2021.

19
SEP

King County Metro honors three ‘Operators of the Year’
King County Metro announced today a first-ever three-way tie for Operator of the Year. Selected by their peers, they represent the best of Metro’s 3,000 bus drivers, who carry nearly 122 million riders across Seattle and King County each year.

13
SEP

King County Metro will offer an additional 150 trips on more than 50 routes each weekday, the eighth service increase since 2015
For the eighth time since 2015, King County Metro will increase bus service countywide to provide faster, more reliable service on some of the most popular routes. It will provide more peak service in Auburn, Renton, and Bellevue, more frequent service into downtown Seattle on popular routes such as the RapidRide E Line and Route 40, and expanded peak-hour service in West Seattle.

30
AUG

Holiday schedule for King County Metro on Labor Day
King County Metro will operate a Sunday/holiday schedule on Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day.

28
AUG

King County seeks new proposals to build affordable housing on Metro property near future Northgate light rail station
King County on Tuesday began a new search for a team of developers to transform publicly-owned land at Metro’s Northgate Park-and-Ride into a mixed-income, mixed-use neighborhood with 200 or more units of affordable housing near the Link light rail station scheduled to open in 2021.

8
AUG

Ride the Water Taxi, Metro to Sub Pop Records’ 30th anniversary party along Alki Beach on Saturday, Aug. 11
The Water Taxi will add a second boat to its normal Saturday, Aug. 11, schedule to help carry thousands of fans to and from free concerts at Alki Beach in celebration of Sub Pop Records’ 30th Anniversary. Riders should travel early and prepare for potential crowding and possible delays on each sailing and bus trip.

6
AUG

King County Metro named the best large transit system in North America
The nation’s foremost transit association named King County Metro the best large transit system in North America, citing achievements in ridership, safety, innovation, equity, and sustainability over the past three years.

27
JUL

Military personnel ride free on transit during Fleet Week
Sound Transit, King County Metro and the King County Water Taxi will continue their annual Seafair tradition of providing free transit service to members of the military July 31-August 5.

6
JUL

Metro bus stops at Convention Place Station will be relocated on July 21; buses expected to continue to operate in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel through March 2019
As expansion of the Washington State Convention Center continues, the bus stops at Convention Place Station will relocate to Ninth Avenue on July 21. Buses are expected to continue to operate in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel through March 2019, when it will be used exclusively for Link light rail service.

29
JUN

Metro, Sound Transit to run late night service for July 4 revelers
Revelers celebrating Independence Day this year will be able to ride Link trains until 2 a.m. on Thursday, 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 as needed on routes serving Seattle Center, Gas Works Park, downtown and light rail stations to help crowds get home.

28
JUN

Go simple with Metro’s new $2.75 fare on July 1
Metro is switching to a new simple fare of $2.75 for all regular adult fare passengers on July 1. Riders will no longer pay additional surcharges for zones or travel during peak commute hours.

7
JUN

King County Metro, ATU Local 587 reach settlement on back wages
King County Metro and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 587 have reached an agreement to pay transit operators back wages for all uncompensated time claims worked over the past three years. A settlement agreement outlining the details on back wages will be forwarded to the King County Council with a recommendation to affirm and approve.

1
JUN

Metro seeks public input on North Eastside Mobility Project
King County Metro is developing a North Eastside Mobility Project to improve transit and mobility options for the communities of Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Redmond and Woodinville. The project begins with an online survey through June 24 to learn more about the transportation needs of residents and transit customers.

30
MAY

Metro’s $2.75 simple fare takes effect July 1
Metro is switching to a new simple fare of $2.75 for all regular adult fare passengers on July 1. Riders will no longer pay additional surcharges for zones or travel during peak commute hours.

24
MAY

Metro buses, Water Taxi, and streetcars will operate adjusted schedules on Memorial Day
King County Metro Transit, the West Seattle Water Taxi and the Seattle Streetcar will operate Sunday schedules for Memorial Day (Monday, May 28). The Vashon Water Taxi will not be in service on the holiday.

16
MAY

In Motion: King County Metro will reward people who pledge to drive less in Kent Valley & South Bellevue
People who live, work or go to school in the Kent Valley and South Bellevue areas can pledge to drive less and earn rewards through King County Metro’s In Motion program, available now through Aug. 8. The program has cut pollution and drive-alone trips across King County for more than 14 years.

2
MAY

Metro’s new second-in-command grew up riding buses in Seattle; now oversees transit operations
Terry White has been named Deputy General Manager for Metro Operations. He succeeds Victor Obeso, who retired in March after three decades of service.

24
APR

‘Report it to Stop it’ campaign aims to reduce sexual misconduct, increase awareness and reporting
Unwanted harassment and sexual misconduct occurs daily on public transportation across the world, and King County Metro is working with advocates and law enforcement on a campaign to increase awareness, encourage reporting, support victims and reduce misconduct. The “Report It to Stop It” campaign starts April 24, during National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.