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Route 25 Extended to NCW District Fair

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Route 25, serving from Wenatchee to East Wenatchee and on to Orondo and Waterville, will be extended to provide service to the NCW District Fair on Thursday, August 24, and Friday, August 25.

All trips will serve the fairgrounds prior to stopping at the Douglas County Courthouse. Regular fares apply to this service.

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ThinkLink Survey Results

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We finished our public surveys in June, and now have the results compiled and ready for you to see.

The amount of input we received during this process was very good, with almost 2,700 respondents to the online and the mail survey combined. Add to this the input we received in the 2016 survey and some other comments gathered during this process, and the total is almost 4,000.

What we heard from those who responded was that they want more transit service. More service during the week, and more service operating on weekends. They would like us to expand service to cover some more areas, and to provide more frequent service in some cases.

The full report on the 2017 surveys is available here.

Available Resources

Link has budgeted $700,000 for additional service in 2018. This is an amount that, under currently forecasted financial models, we can sustain for the long term. This amount will pay for about 11,666 hours of service, or about 45 hours more per day each weekday. This means that there could be 2 - 3 hours more of service on some routes, or more on some routes and less on others.

Next Steps

At our August Board meeting, staff were directed to begin developing service plans to to focus the majority of available resources on expanding service hours during the week. Over the next few weeks, we will be working on several different scenarios that address this. If you have specific requests or wishes for earlier or later service on a specific route, please let us know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our board feels that there is greater opportunity to get higher levels of ridership on service added during the weekdays than with service added on weekends. However, depending on the scope of weekday service expansion, there may be some limited opportunities to improve weekend service.

The timeline on this process is to finalize the service plan by late January/early February, and implement this additional service in July 2018.

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Please Yield To Buses

YIELD TO BUSES BIG BOX ADEvery day, more and more people are riding Link Transit to get where they need to go. This means that along all our urban area routes, every few blocks a bus may stop to pick up or drop off passengers, pulling out of traffic when there is room to do so. Sometimes this is not possible depending on the configuration of the roadway and the width of the parking lane.

If you happen to be behind a bus when it is signaling to get back into traffic, we ask that you please yield to the bus. This allows the bus driver to safely merge back into traffic while maintaining their schedule for those riding the bus, and waiting further down the route for the bus to arrive on schedule. It only takes a few seconds for the bus to get moving again, and then everyone can continue safely on their way.

Our drivers and our passengers thank you for this courtesy.

 

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People For People Now Operating Wenatchee-Quincy Route

People For People, a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization committed to serving people throughout Central and Southcentral Washington State, is now providing service between Wenatchee and Quincy.

A grant from the Washington State Dept. of Transportation has made possible a pilot program to provide one round trip each day between Wenatchee and Quincy. The morning trip departs Columbia Station in Wenatchee at 5:50 AM and arrives at Quincy Foods at 6:50 AM. The return trip leaves Quincy Foods at 3:00 PM and arrives at Columbia Station at 4:00 PM.There are stops in Rock Island, Starr Ranch and ConAgra. Connections to Moses Lake via Grant Transit Authority are available in Quincy. Here is the complete schedule.

To ensure seating, please call between 8:00 am - 4:30 pm at least one business day in advance: 1-800-851-4204 Ext. 555 or (509) 765-9249 Ext. 555 or
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This service runs seven days a week, excluding holidays. There is no fare on this service.

 

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Take Your Bike With You!

All Link Transit buses and trolleys are equipped with bike racks to make it easy to take your bike with you. This allows you to extend your travel past where the bus might take you, to use your bike for mid-day errands, or to return home at night. It is easy and there is no extra charge to take your bike.

Just a heads up though, the bike racks on Routes 20, 21, and 22 hold three* bikes, and all other routes hold two bikes. During the summer, there are often capacity issues, so it is best to try to board with your bike at the beginning of the trip, either at Columbia Station or at the other end, whereever that may be. BIkes cannot be brought inside buses, so please have an alternate plan in the event there is no room on the buses.

*There may be a trip sometime during the day on these routes where a bus with two bike capacity is used. 

The racks are easy to load and very quick. For a short video on how to load your bike, click here.

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Tell Us Why You Ride The Bus

We want to know why you ride Link Transit. Is it because of the money you save, or because you know you are helping the environment? Take our poll here (it's on this page, just scroll down a bit and you will see it on the right).

And if you have more to add on why you choose to ride Link Transit, just drop us a short note at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Follow Us On Twitter!

twitter.gif Now you can get updates sent to your phone or email via Twitter. Just become a follower of Link Transit by clicking here.

If you are new to Twitter, just click here and you can get set up in a couple of minutes.There is no cost to Twitter, other than whatever text messages cost you with your cell phone plan.

To get our Twitter alerts sent to your phone as a text message, make sure you have setup your mobile device(s) under the "Settings" tab in your Twitter account. Then make sure you have "Device Updates" turned ON when you click "follow us" on the Link Transit page.

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Nine Ways You Can Fit Transit Into Your Busy Life

We know that not many people are ready to permanently park their car and start using transit for all their travel. But here are a few tips that might help you loosen the grip on your steering wheel, and help you begin using transit every now and then. A little change by many can result in positive changes in carbon emissions, congestion, and quality of life.

Download the complete list by clicking here>>nine_ways

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Link Transit is a Google Favorite Place

favplace.jpgLink Transit is a favorite place on Google. According to Google, between July 1 and September 30, Google users found Link Transit's business listing 2310 times, and requested driving directions or other information about Link Transit 87 times.

Google provides a window sticker to go on the door of businesses that are favorite places. This sticker includes a special bar code that potential customers can scan with the camera on their smartphone. To make this work, you will need to download a QR reader for your phone. After scanning the code, the user is taken to a Google page where there are links to that particular business, including reviews, hours of operation, etc.

To get your business set up on Google, create an account at www.google.com.

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What Are The Real Costs Of Driving?

Do you know what it really costs to drive your vehicle to and from work every day? There are a lot more costs than gas and oil when it comes to vehicle ownership, such as depreciation, insurance, taxes, etc.  Even if you are a transit user, you are probably going to own a vehicle anyway, but you might be able to get more years out of your car or truck, or cut back your vehicle ownership from two cars per household to just one, or from two down to three. When you make these kind of cuts, the savings really start to add up.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) publishes a brochure on the cost of driving. You can download the 2009 Edition of this (the most current edition) by clicking here.

Balance the cost of riding transit at a few dollars a day (or less) against the cost of vehicle ownership, or at the very least, filling your tank week after week.

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