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Monroe in-town shuttle bus to Duvall starts service

MONROE — An in-town shuttle loop service going to Duvall that began Aug. 1 bridges a large gap in transit service.
The ride down state Route 203 is a mere nine miles, but from there? Oh the places you can go.
King County Metro buses that also stop in Duvall can take you to Redmond and Bellevue (Route 232). The stop in Duvall also can connect you to a shuttle to the Snoqualmie Casino and North Bend Factory Outlet stores. Meanwhile, Community Transit’s 271 and 270 buses along West Main Street terminate at Everett Station’s hub where Sounder trains to Seattle sit, and the bus route also runs east to Gold Bar.
Shuttle rides are a suggested donation of $1. The shuttle does not accept ORCA cards.
The Snoqualimie Valley Transportation Coalition is running the connector bus system. A $35,000 grant from Easterseals is largely paying for the coalition’s work.
The five stops in Monroe are at S. Lewis Street park, at North Kelsey Street next to Galaxy Way (the movie theater), at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds/Evergreen Division Courthouse, at the YMCA on Fryelands Boulevard and at the Monroe Community Senior Center on Village Way near the food bank and down the road from the library. Within a few blocks of walking distance from these stops are City Hall, EvergreenHealth hospital and the Providence Monroe clinic.
The pickup and dropoff point in Duvall is in its downtown core.
The shuttle operates in Monroe from 8:10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. For example, it lists stops at the senior center at 276 Sky River Parkway at 8:49 a.m., 10:44 a.m., 12:16 p.m., 1:49 p.m. and 3:08 p.m.
A full shuttle trip takes about 90 minutes.
The shuttle bus is ADA-accessible and equipped with bike racks. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult to ride the bus.
The service can give special pickups and drop offs along its route. Call 425-888-7001 for that service. For information and route maps are available online at www.svtbus.org and scroll down to the link for “Duvall-Monroe Shuttle Bus.”

  

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