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  • 1. Bellevue Transit Plan Update Washington State ITE 2001 Annual Meeting June 11, 2001
  • 2. East King County Service Area
  • 3. Downtown Bellevue Growth Population, 1970 - 2020 Employment, 1970 - 2020 80,000 79,00020,000 14,291 60,00015,000 60,000 9,151 35,00010,000 40,000 22,300 5,000 3,622 20,000 10,600 374 1,010 1,182 5,372 0 0 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020
  • 4. Coordination with Metro & Sound Transit Winter Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring Summer 2001 2001 2001 2001 2002 2002 2002 Bellevue Transit Plan Service Element Capital Element Policy Element* Metro Sept 01 Service Change Metro 6 Year Plan Update Sound Transit Annual Plans * Subject to change pending resolution of fare proposal.
  • 5. Changing Transit Service Structure“Continuing decentralization of population and employment in King County hasdecreased travel to Seattle in general and downtown Seattle in particular and hasresulted in the rapid growth of suburb-to-suburb and intra-community trips.”King County Metro, Six-Year Transit Plan (1996-2001) Pre-1995 Future Network
  • 6. Bellevue Transit Plan Service ElementEvaluate service options & outline six-year implementation strategy. Market Conditions System Concepts Service StrategiesEvaluate Existing Conditions Ideas • Hours of Operation Network Options • Service Frequency Define Service Goals & • Service Area Coverage Objectives Community-based routes Eastside routes • Directness of Service Regional routes • Travel TimeEvaluate Future Conditions Stakeholder Interaction
  • 7. Current Transit ServicesCurrent market conditions necessitatetransit service improvements ...Hours of Operation•Weekday services tend to be limited to peak hours.•Mid-day & evening service is poor.•Weekend service negligible all times.Service Frequency•Largely 60+ minute - resulting in lengthy waits.Service Area Coverage•Access limited or absent in many parts of the City.
  • 8. Findings Despite past success, transit services need improvementHours of Operation• Weekday services tend to be limited to peak hours; mid-day and evening service is poor.• Bus schedules do not match school schedules (Bellevue schools out by 12:30 on Wednesdays).• Weekend services are negligible at all times.• All-day service needed on 116th for access to medical offices.Service Frequency• Eastside routes have over-loaded buses; people are turned away.• More service is needed to ensure that missed transfer connections do not result in 60+ minute wait times.
  • 9. Findings, continuedService Area Coverage• Access is limited or absent in many parts of the City.• Bus stops in Bellevue are too far of a walk in many areas.Directness of ServicePoor connections:• Between neighborhoods• Neighborhoods and Downtown Bellevue• Other Eastside destinationsTravel Time• Transfers require additional time and make transit less attractive.
  • 10. Bellevue - Bellevue 2010 Person Trips Key Markets (10,000 + Person Trips) • E Bellevue - Overlake = 18,800 • S Bellevue - dwntn Bellevue = 18,400 • Bridle Trails - Overlake = 16,600 • N Bellevue - dwntn Bellevue = 15,400 • Bel-Red Northrup - dwntn Bellevue = 14,800 • Northeast Bellevue - Overlake = 13,600 • Crossroads - Overlake = 13,500 • Bel-Red Northrup - Overlake = 13,100
  • 11. Bellevue - Eastside 2010 Person Trips Key Markets (10,000 + Person Trips) • Redmond non-CBD - Overlake = 65,600 • Kirkland - dwntn Bellevue = 43,200 • Kirkland - Overlake = 39,300 • Redmond non-CBD - dwntn Bellevue = 15,700 • Renton - dwntn Bellevue = 14,800 • Medina,Clyde Hil - dwntn Bellevue = 11,700 • Sammamish - Overlake = 11,000
  • 12. Bellevue - Regional 2010 Person Trips Key Markets (10,000 + Person Trips) • Pierce County - Overlake = 21,300 • Pierce County - dwntn Bellevue = 21,000 • Snohomish County - dwntn Bellevue = 16,900 • Snohomish County - Overlake = 15,200 • South King County - dwntn Bellevue = 14,900 • Medina,Clyde Hil - dwntn Bellevue = 11,700 • North Seattle - dwntn Bellevue = 11,500 • South King County - Overlake = 10,500 • South Seattle - dwntn Bellevue = 10,300
  • 13. Bellevue Transit Network VisionServe Bellevue with urban quality transit service and establish a routenetwork for future improvements.Bellevue - Bellevue• Improved downtown circulation vis-à-vis the distributed service network.• Improved access vis-à-vis frequency and routing between Bellevue neighborhoods (e.g., East Bellevue, SE Bellevue, Crossroads) and Activity Centers (both P&R lots and community centers).Bellevue - Eastside• New connection between Kirkland & downtown Bellevue (Overlake Hospital).• Enhanced connections between Kirkland and Redmond to Overlake employment.• Improved access between Renton & downtown Bellevue.• Improved access between Issaquah & downtown Bellevue.Bellevue - Regional• Enhance off-peak period frequencies to connect with all-day regional services.• Eliminate duplicative regional service.
  • 14. Improving Connections in BellevueAll-day service Kirkland Faster connection& Overlake (Rt 239). between to Overlake via Bell-Red (Rt 233). frequent two-wayImproved access to service to Redmond (RtOverlake Hospital & 232), & frequentincreased frequency to Crossroads connectionKirkland (Rt 234). (Rt 249).More direct service Provide frequent all-daybetween Factoria & connection betweendowntown (Rt 222). Crossroads & Factoria, does not exist (Rt 926).More service - Issaquah& Bellevue.(Rt 271). Direct E. Bellevue dwntn service (Rt 272).Provide SE Bellevuewith access to transit Direct Factoria & Esystem (Rt 928). Bell. service (Rt 923).
  • 15. Frequency Improvements in Bellevue Peak Hour Frequency Off-Peak Hour Frequency Overlake Overlake Crossroads CrossroadsDowntown Downtown Eastgate/BCC Eastgate/BCC Factoria Factoria 5 - 10 Min 11 - 15 Min
  • 16. Recommendations within BellevueServe Bellevue with urban qualitytransit service and establish a routenetwork for future improvements.Neighborhood & Eastside Access• Greater access to activity centers from route extensions.• More frequency to facilitate convenient transfers.• Improve routing to enhance neighborhood access.Regional Coordination• Enhance frequency during off- peak periods to connect with all- day regional services.• Eliminate duplicative regional service
  • 17. Lessons LearnedCompleted project successfully, on-time & below budget …• Undertook early examination of data in-house - To expedite the process, the City had in-place an early understanding of the problems needing to be addressed by the consultant team.• Clarified project direction before work began - Held pre-scoping design/build meetings prior to contract initiation to identify opportunities and challenges of scope and timeline of project.• Created a collaborative planning process - Entranco, Perteet, Transpo Group, and Browne & Associates each assigned to specific work assignments & encouraged to collaborate in sharing of ideas.• Developed realistic recommendations - List of solutions are financially constrained and technically defensible.• Articulated transit vision - City’s goals & objectives are better represented in guiding KCM’s service planning process.
  • 18. Bellevue Transit Plan ApproachService plan• Evaluate existing & future markets• Evaluate existing services (span, frequency, coverage)• Recommend approach for new investmentCapital plan• Identify infrastructure improvements to improve transit travel time & reliability (signal priority, ped/bike connections)Policy plan• Consider policy directions to unify transit and growth decisions