Director of Snoqualmie Valley Transportation (SVT), Amy Biggs, had GREAT news this week for Valley residents – MORE bussing options!
In a year that saw King County Metro slash bus service in the area, they’re now increasing service thanks to a creative, local partnership.
Amy says the new SVT Shuttle Service starting February 16th will get people between the Upper Snoqualmie Valley and the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride during peak commuting hours. From the Highlands terminal Amy says, “People can connect to just about anywhere pretty frequently.”
So commuters, if you are looking for another option to access the regional transit network or work in the Snoqualmie Valley, check out the new Metro Route 628 community shuttle. It will run seven morning trips between North Bend and Snoqualmie to Issaquah Highlands Park-and-Ride – an and eight return trips in the evening.
Amy says an added benefit to the new shuttle route is the “reverse direction” connection taking commuters from Issaquah Highlands in the morning, express along I-90 to North Bend, and back again in the afternoon. Plus, it provides flexible service in the Issaquah Highlands area, which means patrons can call ahead and have bus pick-up and drop-off at locations right in their neighborhood.
This new service is provided as part of Metro’s expanded alternative service program approved by the King County Council in their new 2015-2016 budget. It has been developed through a partnership with the cities of Snoqualmie, North Bend, Issaquah and Snoqualmie ValleyTransportation.
According to King County Metro, “The service, part of Metro’s regular winter service change, will be more cost-effective, help mitigate the recent loss of regular bus service and will complement community transit services already in place through a partnership with Metro.”
Standard Metro bus fares apply and the SVT Community Shuttle accepts cash and ORCA cards. Check out the New North Bend-Snoqualmie-Issaquah Highlands Community Shuttle Route 628 HERE.