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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Metro seeks advice on bus route changes

King County Metro Transit is considering changes to bus routes near the corridor to be served by the agency's new "bus rapid transit" service.

The RapidRide B Line will run between the downtown Bellevue and downtown Redmond transit centers via Crossroads and Overlake beginning in fall 2011.

People who live or work in Bellevue could have an opportunity to advise Metro as part of a "community sounding board" being formed. The deadline to apply for a board position is Aug. 23. Apply

Possible changes include: providing connections between other bus routes and the B Line; improving bus service frequency and coverage in the Bellevue-Redmond area; and reducing duplication of transit service. Bus routes that potentially could be changed are 221, 222, 225, 229, 230, 233, 240, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 253, 261, 265, 266, 271, 272, and 926.

Metro, in coordination with Bellevue, Redmond and Sound Transit, is forming the community sounding board to provide advice about public outreach and about what changes to bus service would be best for the local communities.

People are encouraged to apply if they: ride the bus frequently; OR live or work in a community served by one of the bus routes listed; AND enjoy participating in a diverse group, with many points of view, to develop recommendations.

The sounding board will meet once or twice a month, on Wednesday evenings, from mid-September 2010 to March 2011. Metro is seeking members representing diverse ages, income levels, ethnic backgrounds, neighborhoods and transit needs, as well as people with disabilities.

To receive a printed application, or to ask questions about the sounding board, contact Ashley DeForest, Community Relations Planner, at ashley.deforest@kingcounty.gov, or 206-684-1154 (TTY Relay 711), or by mail at King County Department of Transportation, 201 S. Jackson St., KSC-TR-0824, Seattle, WA 98104-3856.

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