Snoqualmie Valley Transportation expands bus services in North Bend
After weeks of consideration and gathering input from community members during public meetings held earlier this month, Snoqualmie Valley Transportation will be restructuring their routes to include new service areas in North Bend.
The rerouting will allow for expanded services in the Wilderness Rim and Riverbend neighborhoods, as well as create a service that will pick up passengers from the Mt. Si Senior Center to stops in downtown North Bend and points near Cedar Village before picking up passengers in Wilderness Rim and Riverbend.
SVT is aiming to offer the service before the end of April, said Director Amy Biggs in a press release, but the new routes will run similarly to the already established loops of the downtown and Cedar Falls neighborhood routes.
The route will operate for eight hours each day, from 7-11 a.m. and 2-6 p.m., Biggs said, “but if ridership demands it, the timing may be modified.”
During the summer, SVT will also offer a service that will connect riders from all over Snoqualmie Valley to recreation areas and trails around Rattlesnake Lake, in part to alleviate traffic congestion in the neighborhoods surrounding Rattlesnake, Biggs said.
“Our goal is to alleviate those issues by providing a safe and accessible public transportation alternative to this popular destination,” she said.
“In the process, maybe we’ll inspire more people to visit here during the week.”
The bus for the restructured route will also have a bike rack, which should benefit local teens, hikers, cyclists and tourists who can use the service to travel uphill and ride or bike back down along the trails.
SVT is a nonprofit bus company that performs both demand response and fixed-route service in the Valley. The services are paid for by the state Department of Transportation, the Snoqualmie tribe, King County Metro Transit, the Mt. Si Senior Center and the cities of Snoqualmie and North Bend.
SVT is still collecting feedback on the restructured vote. To participate in a survey, go to surveymonkey.com/r/CederFalls.