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New Metro Shuttle #630 Takes Riders to Downtown Seattle

Mayor Bassett greets riders on the new shuttle

June 8, 2015 - Early this morning, the City and King County Metro launched a new commuter oriented, weekday shuttle service to replace the terminated 202/205 routes.  Mercer Island Mayor Bruce Bassett, King County Council Member Jane Hague, and Metro and City staff celebrated the first runs of the morning with assembled riders.


The new Metro Route 630 is jointly funded by the City of Mercer Island, Metro, and the City of Seattle, and will operate five trips to downtown Seattle during the morning rush hour, and five trips back home again in the evening.  There will be four scheduled stops on the Island at Park & Rides only, then multiple stops in downtown Seattle.


Mercer Island is one of the first communities to experiment with such a novel solution, and the City is pleased to roll out this pilot project.

The 19-person vehicle is a small Metro shuttle bus, and comes equipped with a wheelchair lift, a two-slot bike rack in front, and an ORCA card reader.  In addition to scheduled service, flexible service will be offered in the Shorewood neighborhood. Riders can call ahead for a ride off the route - see details on printed schedule.


"Mercer Island transit riders were heavily impacted by the Metro service cuts last year," said Mayor Bruce Bassett.  "This new route is an exciting first step in rebuilding our local access to transit. We appreciate Metro's dedication to finding creative solutions and Seattle's willingness to share costs. I hope all Islanders will take advantage of the route and make it a success!"


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