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2019

29
AUG

Help on the way: Southbound SR99 corridor buses routed to Fourth Avenue, improving evening commute
After careful planning and evaluation of options, King County Metro and SDOT announced today that West Seattle and Burien-area bus routes heading south will move off First Avenue and instead use Second Avenue to connect to Fourth Avenue beginning Monday, September 9, 2019.

5
AUG

Community feedback needed on proposed future transit options in south King County
King County Metro seeks community feedback on its proposed future transit options to connect Renton, Kent, and Auburn, with faster, more frequent, and more reliable bus service and innovative travel options. This effort is a follow up to the public survey issued in March that identified transportation needs for people who live, work and play in the impacted area. Metro is now proposing transit options to address those needs.

29
JUL

Final construction work set to temporarily suspend King County Water Taxi service Aug. 5-11
In preparation for the opening of the new downtown Seattle passenger ferry terminal at Pier 50, the King County Water Taxi will suspend all service Aug. 5-11 to allow construction crews to make final connections needed to shift service to the new facility. Kitsap Fast Ferry service also will be temporarily suspended during construction.

17
JUL

King County Metro VANniversary celebrates 40 years of commuter vans
Forty years after the first vanpools started in Seattle in 1979, King County Metro’s publicly-owned and operated commuter van program leads the nation for having the most public vanpools. Today and this month we celebrate this important milestone in public transit history four decades in the making and dubbed VANniversary.

16
JUL

King County Water Taxi to remain in service July 22-28, planned temporary service suspension to shift to later date
The King County Water Taxi will remain in service the week of July 22-28 at Pier 52 to allow additional time to complete necessary work at the new Pier 50 passenger terminal, and a planned temporary suspension of service to move to the new facility will be announced soon.

2
JUL

Construction finale to temporarily suspend King County Water Taxi service July 22-28
In preparation for the opening of the new downtown Seattle passenger ferry terminal at Pier 50, the King County Water Taxi will suspend all service July 22-28 to allow construction crews to make final connections needed to shift service to the new facility. Kitsap Fast Ferry service also will also be temporarily suspended during construction.

26
JUN

King County Metro identifies candidate sites for a new all-electric battery bus base in south King County
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced that Metro has identified three potential sites in south King County as possible candidates to house, operate, and maintain 250 battery electric buses as soon as 2030. The new south King County base is part of Metro’s Operational Capacity Growth Program, part of the long-range plan to increase bus capacity and service as demand for transit grows.

18
JUN

King County Metro launching Sammamish Community Ride June 24
King County Metro continues to find ways to keep people moving. Starting June 24, Metro’s Sammamish Community Ride, in partnership with the City of Sammamish, will begin serving designated neighborhoods in Sammamish with a new reservation-based transportation option connecting the community to local destinations and transit.

24
MAY

King County signs five-year Access contract with MV Transportation
In a move that will improve service performance and accountability for paratransit riders, King County Metro has signed a contract with MV Transportation to provide Access services to customers for the next five years. The contract incorporates feedback from customers, caregivers, stakeholders & community organizations to ensure that Access has a stronger focus on performance, accountability, equity & social justice, customer service, innovation & continuous improvement.

21
MAY

Open houses May 29 and 30 for future RapidRide H Line; construction to begin in early 2020
King County Metro and the Seattle Department of Transportation will host open houses May 29 and May 30 to present the latest RapidRide H Line plans and designs, report results of public input, and inform the community of project timeline and expected impacts as Route 120 is upgraded.

16
MAY

King County Metro launches first-ever recruitment for full-time transit operators
King County Metro is seeking full-time transit operators who are customer-focused and want to work for one of the leading large transit agencies in North America. A one-week recruiting effort May 16-24 marks the first time in decades that Metro has opened the door to any aspiring transit operator to apply for full-time work holding a current Class A or B Commercial Driver License without first starting with the agency as a part-time operator.

15
MAY

King County Metro and City of Redmond seek feedback on transportation needs
King County Metro and the City of Redmond are working together to bring better transportation services to Education Hill, Bear Creek, Downtown and the Southeast neighborhoods of Redmond. A survey launched May 15 will help shape potential solutions.

30
APR

Reports have tripled following ‘Report it to Stop it’ campaign, leading to arrests and convictions
A joint effort to increase reporting and reduce unwanted harassment and sexual misconduct on public transportation is succeeding. Since the launch of "Report It to Stop It" last year, reports to law enforcement of such behavior have tripled. King County Metro, advocates and law enforcement continue to work to increase awareness, encourage reporting, support survivors and reduce misconduct as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month draws to a close.

4
MAR

Metro invites input from Renton, Kent and Auburn residents on future RapidRide line and other area improvements
On March 4, King County Metro will release a survey to gather feedback from communities on the transportation needs of Renton, Kent and Auburn. Metro is working to improve the transit network serving these communities and expand RapidRide bus service to this area. The survey closes March 29.

20
FEB

More Metro in March: Added service, all-door boarding on Third Avenue, and buses say goodbye to the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel
In partnership with the City of Seattle, more trips will be added on key bus routes beginning March 23. Metro is encouraging riders to study new stop locations in downtown Seattle when 15 routes are redirected onto different city streets and all buses shift out of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel (DSTT) in preparation for opening regional light rail extensions. To keep service moving more easily for customers, Metro is launching all-door boarding on Third Avenue.

8
FEB

King County Metro activating Emergency Snow Network, service reduced for Saturday and possibly beyond
With heavy snowfall across the region, King County Executive Dow Constantine directed Metro to shift bus service to the Emergency Snow Network starting Saturday, Feb. 9, reducing service to just 60 core routes that the City of Seattle and other jurisdictions prioritized for snow and ice removal.

31
JAN

King County Metro launches two new transportation services in Lake Forest Park and Shoreline starting Feb. 5
Looking ahead to future traffic constraints around the region, King County Metro continues to find ways to keep people moving. Starting Feb. 5, Metro’s Community Ride and Community Van services will serve residents in Lake Forest Park and Shoreline. These new services provide community members with both an on-demand evening option and a reservation-based, group trip option for trips at other times of day.

17
JAN

Ride Metro, Sound Transit to the Womxn’s March on Jan. 19
Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in the Womxn’s March and rally Saturday, Jan. 19 starting at Cal Anderson Park and marching to Seattle Center. During this year’s event, traffic is already constrained as a result of the closure of SR 99, so an additional measure of planning and patience is encouraged when taking transit to attend the events.