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Two meetings about potential changes to bus service in Snoqualmie Valley are coming up in the next couple of weeks:

Thursday, February 7
6 -7:30 p.m.
Cherry Valley Elementary School,
26701 Cherry Valley Road, Duvall

Monday, February 11
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Fall City Elementary School
33314 SE 42nd Street, Fall City

Our commenters batted around some ideas from possible changes to Snoqualmie Valley service in a previous post.

From the Metro Future Blog post:

During the meetings, Metro will outline proposed adjustments that reflect the community’s desire to see improved connections between Duvall and Redmond and a more reliable and better connected valley transit network. All day service to Snoqualmie Ridge — a growing residential and employment center in the valley — was another priority shared by stakeholders.

In addition to these service adjustments, the plan points to the role vanpools and vanshares can play in providing additional transit opportunities. The effort also looks at longer-term ideas that can be explored in future years to provide more integrated transit service to valley residents.

The proposal will be available beginning Feb. 7 on Metro’s Have-a-Say website, where you will also be able to share your feedback via an online survey.

Since September’s major restructure to West Seattle and Ballard (which, by the publicly available results, has proved a smashing success in West Seattle), Metro’s service change proposals have ranged from insipid (I-90) to nonexistent (RapidRide E), so I’m not particularly hopeful here, but I suppose Metro could pleasantly surprise me.

9 Replies to “Upcoming Meetings on Snoqualmie Valley Service Changes”

    1. That’s a reflection of the area having insufficient population for full-time service. If the meeting is in the middle of the day, most people will be at work and can’t attend. If it’s in the evening, people can’t get home on transit. If it’s on Saturday, people will be doing other things (and Metro staff would have to work on the weekend). So you can’t win any way, and weekday evenings seem to be the most popular with the public.

  1. This includes Sammamish as well as the eastern sides of Redmond and Issaquah, built-up suburban areas desperately in need of a transit overhaul.

  2. My primary interest in transit through the Snoqualmie Valley corridor is for outdoor recreation – either hikes through Si or similar areas, or an opportunity to quickly get yourself and your bike over to the Snoqualmie Valley trail and the Iron Horse trail without having to climb up and down the hills of Snoqualmie Ridge.

    So, my number one wish list of whatever comes out of this is keeping all-day Saturday service available to North Bend and Tiger Mountain, as any kind of Monday-Friday schedule makes the bus almost completely unusable for anyone who has to work during the week. Also along these lines is making sure that all-day service to the Tiger Mountain trailhead on exit 20 is maintained as well.

    Number two is I would like to see better connections to the 554 in Issaquah. There is no reason why, on a Saturday morning, you should have to wait 40 minutes to connect from the 554 to the 209. Simply shifting the 209 schedule over half an hour would cost nothing and make the service considerably easier to use.

    Third, I would support a change that swapped 209 service to Fall City with 209 service to Snoqualmie Ridge. I personally like it because it would get the bus to and from North Bend faster, but I also believe there is (relatively speaking) more ridership potential on Snoqualmie Ridge, mostly in the form of older children who are too young to drive, but have parents that are too busy to drive them around.

    Fourth, is there any possibility that the 209 could be reconfigured allow a couple of bikes to be carried inside the bus, at the expense of a couple of seats that would usually be empty anyway? At present, limited bike capacity combined with long headways, makes me very nervous about planning any trips that involve carrying my bike on that bus.

    1. On bike-heavy runs (the 511 and all the routes going over 520 in the reverse-peak) some drivers let people bring bikes on-board if the racks are full and there’s extra space up front. I have no idea whether it’s there’s a policy surrounding this or not.

      1. My understanding is that Metro policy explicitly forbids bikes to be brought inside a bus – even when the bus is completely empty, except for passengers whose bikes have filled up the racks.

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