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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Help plan "RapidRide" bus service to Redmond

King County Metro Transit will improve bus service between Bellevue and Redmond, and you can help it choose new routes, decide which current ones should get more buses and pick locations for new bus stops.

Metro is beefing up service on five its most heavily used transit corridors, including the Bellevue-Redmond line, since voters last year approved funding through the Transit Now initiative. Metro will introduce "bus rapid transit" or RapidRide, with new buses, synchronized traffic signals and dedicated transit lanes all adding up to faster bus service.

Bellevue is partnering with Redmond and Metro to plan RapidRide on the Eastside and community members are needed to help develop the plans. Metro is looking at ways to connect downtown Bellevue and Redmond with frequent bus service via the Crossroads and Overlake areas and the Microsoft campus. 

An Eastside RapidRide Advisory Panel will advise the county about routing alternatives, bus stop locations and other issues. The panel will meet approximately six times between October and April 2008. Panel members will also participate in community outreach activities, starting in January 2008.

Metro will appoint members of the panel. Applicants can be bus riders, people who live, work or go to school in the community or anyone else interested in transit issues. No technical expertise is necessary.

You can also apply online. For information about the panel or the application process, e-mail Metro's Barbara de Michele or call her at 206-263-3792.  The deadline for submitting completed applications is Friday, Sept. 7.

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