Sound Transit public hearing on four new proposed ST Express routes

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Sound Transit is proposing to add to its successful ST Express regional bus system by implementing four new long-haul, limited stop bus routes serving Issaquah, Northgate Transit Center, downtown Seattle, Tacoma and Bonney Lake.

A public hearing on the proposed new and revised service for Sound Transit will be held Thursday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. - noon, in the Sound Transit Boardroom, Union Station, 410 S. Jackson in Seattle.
The hearing is for the ST Board of Directors to receive public comment on Sound Transit's draft 2001 Service Implementation Plan (SIP) which outlines new service and revisions to existing service that Sound Transit is proposing. An extensive public outreach process took place in February and March to seek public comments on the proposals.

New ST Express bus routes being considered include:

  • Issaquah -downtown Seattle Express (new Route 554);
  • Issaquah -Northgate Transit Center Express (new Route 555);
  • Bonney Lake- downtown Tacoma Express (new Route 582);
  • Pacific Avenue Express, in Pierce County (new Route 586).

If approved by the Board, Sound Transit will implement these four new routes by September 2002. The Board will also consider proposed revisions to existing routes.

Voter-approved in 1996, Sound Transit is implementing a three-county regional transit system plan known as Sound Move. Sound Move is an integrated regional transportation system that includes Sounder commuter rail, Link light rail, ST Express buses and improvements to transit centers, park-and-ride lots and HOV access. More information on Sound Move, the 2001 Service Implementation Plan and the proposals for additional service and revisions to existing service is available on the Sound Transit web site at www.soundtransit.or or by phone at (800) 201-4900 (TTY: 1-888-713-6030). 

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