[UPDATE 8/9/12, 11:22am: We received word via a WSDOT consultant that the shuttle operating hours have since been extended:
As of this morning, the shuttle, which runs between Evergreen Point Road and the new temporary transit stop on Northeast Points Drive, west of 92nd Avenue Northeast, operates 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.]
Thanks to ongoing long-term construction of SR-520 on the Eastside, the eastbound stop of the Yarrow Point Freeway Station will be closed for roughly 18 months. The closure is already in effect, having started last Saturday. According to Metro, regular Yarrow Point riders will have to use other stops, which will prove to be a challenge given the station’s far-removed location from other stops and routes.
One interesting mitigation strategy is the provision of a free shuttle that will
run limited hours in the afternoon peak between Yarrow Point and Evergreen Point. Interestingly enough, the shuttle is not being provided by Metro and appears to be privately operated (PDF):
Effective Monday, August 6, and until further notice, a private, free, non-Metro Shuttle van operates on Weekdays from
5-8 PM(see above) between the eastbound Evergreen Point Station and Points Dr & 92nd Av NE.
During these times, exit eastbound buses at Evergreen Point Station and walk to the top of the pedestrian walkway. A private van marked ‘Shuttle’ operates about every 15 minutes on Weekdays between 5-8 PM, and will take passengers to the temporary bus stop northbound on Points Dr just west of 92nd Av NE.
I can’t attest to how well this shuttle will be used, but it does set an interesting precedent for construction mitigation, particularly given the fact that Metro doesn’t seem to be paying a cent for it. It will be intriguing to see, however, how riders might respond to having to hop into a van devoid of any Metro livery.