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Major changes coming for transit riders this month

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

SEATTLE – In just a few weeks, transit riders across King County will face major changes as Metro Transit focuses bus service to serve more people, begins a pay-on-entry system and launches two new RapidRide lines serving downtown Seattle.

Thousands of riders will see changes to their routes starting Sept. 29. Dozens of routes will have different bus stops, travel on different streets or have changed schedules.

Riders can go online (metro.kingcounty.gov) and see a summary of the changes Metro has planned. Printed rider-alert brochures will be distributed in coming weeks, and Metro’s online trip planner will be updated mid-September so riders can map out which routes work best for them. Also, teams of Metro personnel will be on the streets at the end of September and first week of October to answer rider questions.

Metro also is transitioning to a pay-on-entry system on all buses Sept. 29.

Riders can speed up boarding times and be ready for the pay-on-entry system by getting an ORCA card (www.orcacard.com).

For those who relied most on the Ride Free Area to reach services in downtown Seattle, a free circulator shuttle will be implemented in association with the city of Seattle to serve those who need to access downtown human services and health resources.

Metro also is launching two new RapidRide lines Sept. 29, with frequent service and special features (metro.kingcounty.gov/travel-options/bus/RapidRide).

RapidRide C Line will travel between downtown Seattle and West Seattle, and RapidRide D Line will travel between downtown Seattle and Ballard via uptown.

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