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Metro Transit needs feedback on possible route changes to I-90 buses

By REPORTER STAFF
Mercer Island Reporter Staff
January 18, 2013 · 11:28 AM
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Metro Transit is hoping bus riders can provide feedback on possible changes to several routes along the Interstate 90 corridor.

Metro hopes to ease crowding and improve travel times by making schedule and route changes along seven routes along I-90, including Route-211 and 216 which stop at the Mercer Island Parks & Ride.

The routes are some of the busiest and Metro often hears from riders that buses are over crowded.

When service changed in the fall of 2012, Metro saw an increase of riders on routes 216 and 218 which were already full as the buses left the downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel. Metro changed the service so route 218 no longer stopped at the Eastgate Freeway Station, as the buses were often too full. Route 216 will follow the same pattern beginning in February 2013. With the change, the 216 bus would no longer stop at the Park & Ride on Mercer Island.

Metro would like riders to share their thoughts and take an online survey through Feb. 10.

Planners will also be hosting a public meeting on Jan. 31 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Union Station in Seattle.

Learn more by visit the Metro website.

Public feedback can also be sent to haveasay@kingcounty.gov or by calling (206) 263-9768.

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