Expanding transportation options today

It was 86 degrees today in Issaquah for the opening of the new Issaquah Transit Center. The best part of today’s event? The christening of the facility using a bottle of Issaquah Brewhouse ale. Usually, I’d hate to see a good ale spilled, but it was for a good cause.

If you’ve ever been to Issaquah Salmon days, what used to be the parking lot is now a multi-story garage for park ‘n riders.

The new transit center will serve people commuting between Seattle, Mercer Island, Eastgate and the Issaquah Highlands. Seven of every 10 buses that stop there will be run by King County Metro, with Sound Transit providing the rest. That’s real regional transportation improvement.

I’ve been to a few of these lately: King County Metro opened the Redmond Transit Center earlier this year and just last week announced construction of an expanded transit center in Burien that will give residents there more options when construction begins on the Alaskan Way viaduct. I look forward to being able to share more news like this.

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