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King County Metro Riders Will See More Bus Service, Boosted Night Owl Service Starting Sept. 23

King County Metro and the city of Seattle are adding hundreds of new bus trips and increasing reliability on more than 50 bus routes across the county beginning Sept. 23.

Modest service changes proposed for March 2018

Tuesday Metro presented a list of proposed services changes slated for next March to members of King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee. The proposal includes adding over 50,000 hours of service and eliminating bus Route 99. As the proposal added service to only one Eastside bus route, Councilmember Claudia Balducci criticized the proposed […]

$3 Is Simpler and Faster Than $2.75 Cash Fare

The $2.75 flat fare just proposed by County Executive Dow Constantine is a big step forward for the simplicity of King County Metro’s fare system. But consider if the cash fare were $3 instead, with the electronic fare left at $2.75. Paying $3 is simpler and faster than paying $2.75. You just pull out three […]

WA: King County Metro Plans Single Bus Fare Systemwide

King County Metro Transit plans to change to a single all-day, all-zone $2.75 basic fare in July 2018, to replace the multiple prices that have appeared on bus fareboxes for decades.

A Single Metro Fare for All

King County Metro Transit wants to simplify bus fares by establishing a flat rate of $2.75 for passengers — eliminating zones and peak-rate fares. Calling the current fare system one of the most “complicated” in the country,” Dow Constantine, King County Executive, announced a proposal to streamline fares at a press conference Thursday. The change […]

WA: King County Metro Transit Workers Approve Inflation Raises, Guaranteed Breaks

It took four votes, but union rail operators, bus drivers, supervisors and mechanics at King County Metro Transit approved a contract this month that includes 9 percent worth of inflation raises spread over three years.

New Labor Agreement Allows Part-time Drivers to Work Weekends

The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 587 approved a three-year labor contract which includes a nine percent raise over three years and allows part-time drivers to work weekend shifts, King County Metro Transit announced Tuesday. The current contract prohibits part-time drivers from working weekends and past 8:30 pm during the week. According to Metro, this […]

Back to Ballard. Win!

In 2011 I lived in Ballard. I rode my bike into the city sometimes and other times I rode the bus. At the time the bus I took was the 18. Sometime over the years King County Metro took the 18 and the 75, killed those local routes and rolled them into route 40. There […]

Avoid Trailhead Congestion, Ride a Bus

To relieve overcrowding at parking lots near trailheads in the Issaquah Alps, starting Saturday a new King County Metro bus route will ferry hikers to three trailheads between the city’s two park and rides. Partnering with King County Parks Department, Metro’s new Trailhead Direct service will run Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays through October, with buses […]

Metro Survey for SODO Commuters

King County Metro has a survey up, aimed at people who work in the SODO area, which the agency defines as between Royal Brougham Way and Lucille Street. This is part of Metro’s Community Connection program, “in which Metro works with local governments and community partners to develop innovative and cost-efficient transportation solutions in areas […]

WA: Audit Slams King County's Access Transit for Disabled Riders

King County Metro Transit's Access service, which carries people with disabilities across the county, is inefficient and fails to promote service for non-English-speaking riders, says a county audit issued Tuesday.

UW Reroutes Bring Several Closer to Station, for Two Weeks

Due to construction on the University of Washington campus, several King County Metro and Community Transit bus routes, as well as ST Express 540, will be diverted off Grant Lane and Stevens Way on weekdays for the next two weeks, as well as for the weekend of June 24 and 25. Westbound, Metro routes 31, […]

News Roundup: Better Than Tweeting

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Metro General Manager Rob Gannon order electric buses for Metro. Photo by Atomic Taco / flickr Governors and mayors must do a lot more than tweeting against Trump to fight climate change and housing crises. Councilmember Kshama Sawant pushes a simple and awesome mandate on landlords to provide voter […]

King County Metro and Sound Transit Debut Reduced Summer ORCA Youth Fares

King County Metro and Sound Transit will offer reduced fares from mid-June through Labor Day to all youth who use an ORCA Youth card to pay their fares.

Summer Youth ORCA Promo

King County Metro and Sound Transit are teaming up to promote youth transit ridership and ORCA card use this summer. Both are offering limited-time special discounted fares for youth ORCA card users from June 17 through Labor Day (September 4). The promotion was announced Tuesday. All youth ORCA card users on King County Metro and […]

WA: Metro Launches Crackdown on Rule-Bending Cars at Park-and-Ride Lots

After years of letting park-and-ride users bend the rules, King County Metro has decided to crack down.

King County Metro to Increase Park-and-Ride Enforcement

As park-and-rides fill up, King County Metro will have extra staff monitoring park-and-rides with high rates of complaints and violations, such as Eastgate, Kingsgate, Redmond and Northgate

King County Metro Partners with Des Moines and Normandy Park

King County Metro has partnered with the cities of Des Moines and Normandy Park to pilot new transportation services for commuters and residents as the area experiences an influx of new employers.

TOD at Northgate Station: Take the Survey

From now until Monday, May 22, King County Metro and the City of Seattle are seeking input on their plans for transit-oriented development right on the front door of Northgate’s upcoming light rail station. Take the survey here. The TOD project would be split into two phases because of the selected site and its current use. […]

Virtual Coinlessness & Affordability for Families

King County Metro is considering a modernization of its fare system, and has gone expeditiously through a lot of public process to get to two final proposals. The results of the second of two non-scientific surveys are available online. Out of 935 responses, 609 strongly liked the $2.75 flat fare proposal, while 147 somewhat liked […]

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