Metro Offers Service Between Issaquah Highlands & Snoqualmie
King County Metro is now offering customized metro service to the Issaquah Highlands and Snoqualmie Valley. The move is in keeping with an initiative started by King County Executive Dow Constantine to offer more transit options in King County. “We’re doing more than ever to customize services to meet the specific needs of the communities we serve — and that includes transportation,” Constantine said in a press release. “By working with cities in the Snoqualmie Valley and Issaquah, we will provide our customers with more transit options.”
The new shuttle service is the result of a partnership between King County, the cities of Snoqualmie and North Bend, and Snoqualmie Valley Transportation. Through a contract with Hopelink, the Metro shuttle — officially Route 628 once service begins — offers trips each weekday between the park & rides in North Bend and the Issaquah Highlands. Riders in the Issaquah Highlands will be able to call ahead to schedule off-route pickups and drop-offs.
A few highlights of the new service:
- Shuttles will operate from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Morning service will operate westbound from North Bend, Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Ridge and the Issaquah Highlands (including the flexible service in the highlands area) and then operate as an express route on Interstate 90 from the Issaquah Highlands to North Bend.
- Afternoon service will operate eastbound from the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride and flexible service area to Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie and North Bend, and then operate as express service on Interstate 90 from North Bend to the Issaquah Highlands.
- Standard, weekday peak/off-peak fares will be charged.
- The shuttle will operate every 30 minutes during peak periods.
- The Metropolitan King County Council included $12 million in the 2015-2016 budget to fund the alternative services program. Metro will continue to work with cities, community groups and others to assess local service needs and preferences.
The program will initially focus on communities where bus service was most significantly reduced in September due to declining revenue. Next in line are Mercer Island and Burien.
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