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County to take testimony on Valley's new shuttle bus pilot project, route changes

Proposed changes for commuters in east King County and the Snoqualmie Valley are the focus of a special meeting of the Metropolitan King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee on Tuesday, April 30.

Locals can learn about the project and give testimony. An open house is 3:30 p.m., with a hearing at 4 p.m., at Council Chambers, on the 10th floor of King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle

The meeting will be carried live on King County TV, seen on Comcast and Broadstripe Cable Channel 22.

The proposed transit service changes under consideration for September 2013 include implementation of an alternative service demonstration project in the Snoqualmie Valley and changes to I-90 commuter bus routes to address chronic overcrowding. Also under consideration is implementation of RapidRide E and F Lines in 2014.

Detailed information on the specific route changes is available on the Metro Transit website at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/have-a-say/

Metro’s first alternative service demonstration project in the Snoqualmie Valley includes changes to the fixed route bus network and the establishment of a new alternative intra-Valley shuttle. The focus of the alternative services concept is to increase productivity and reduce costs while improving mobility in areas that are difficult to serve in a cost effective way with traditional transit services. Metro has worked with the community in the creation of the service and has identified a committed local funding partner and local service provider that can operate intra-Valley service at a lower cost.

Under the proposed plan, some transit riders who commute on I-90 will see faster and more direct trips as Metro addresses chronic crowding by redistributing resources within the corridor.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to submit your comments to the committee, they can be sent to testimony@kingcounty.gov.

 

 

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