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September 15, 1997

Local News

Free shuttle bus between Bothell business parks

  by Andrew Walgamott
   BOTHELL--Good news for commuters who work in the city's business parks; Beginning next Monday, three free shuttles will provide transportation between North Creek and Canyon Park during morning and afternoon rush hours.
   The shuttles will speed access to area business parks from regional transit stops. "It's timed so it meets regional buses that serve the area," Lynn Guttman, Bothell's Community Development and Public Works director said.
   City officials also point out that the service will shorten carpool and vanpool trips into the business parks. The shuttle service is known as "Bothell's Free Ride" and is free to all humans with ten toes or who breathe oxygen. It is designated Metro Route 310.
   The program came about after study began last October when the Bothell Circulator Advisory Committee, consisting of city council, chamber of commerce and the North King County Sounding Board among others, began developing bus routes that would address community transportation needs within available funding levels.
   What they came up with was Route 310.
   The three 18-passenger vans will circulate on a route that includes stops at the UW/Bothell Campus, Canyon Park Park and Ride, 228th St. S.E. and SR 527 (Bothell-Everett Highway), 38th Ave S.E. in the Monte Villa development, and N.E. 195th St. and 120th Ave. N.E. near Group Health.
   Shuttles will hit stops every 15 minutes between 6:00 and 8:30 a.m. and 2:18 and 5:38 p.m. Check schedules for specifics. The free shuttle will connect with METRO and Community Transit bus routes.
   Commuters will be able to transfer at 195th to Metro Route 307 serving downtown Seattle, University District, Northgate, Lake City, Lake Forest Park and Woodinville, as well as to Community Transit Route 710, which serves McCollum Park and Mariner Park and Rides, and Mill Creek.
   The shuttle will connect Community Transit Route 120 from Lynnwood, Route 407 from Swamp Creek Park and Ride, Route 435 from Mays Pond, and Route 422 from Eastmont Park and Ride and Mill Creek with the Canyon Park Park and Ride. Riders can also catch Community Transit Route 120 and 710 at Canyon Park Place on 228th and SR 527.
   Cost to the city
   The city of Bothell received a $415,200 federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act grant to provide the service and is pitching in $64,800 of matching funds.
   Bothell will dole out $16,766 a month to METRO for the three shuttles. The service will operate for at least one year and may continue beyond if enough riders use the service. Service evaluations based on average ridership will begin at the beginning of next year.
   Shuttles are lift-equipped for passengers in wheelchairs or those unable to climb steps.
   For more information, call METRO at 553-3000.