12:42:59pm | Friday, April 28th, 2017
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Apple Blossom Reroutes

Link Transit Adjusts Routes For Apple Blossom Parades
All routes except 21, 22 and 28 will be fare-free on parade days

Link Transit routes will be altered on Saturday, April 29, and Saturday, May 6 to accommodate the parades in Wenatchee. Schedules will be adhered to as closely as traffic conditions will allow. Routes have been adjusted to get riders to and from the main areas of activity as easily and conveniently as possible, without disrupting regular service to a great extent. And this year, Routes 1, 5, 8E, 8W, 23 and Current A, B and C will be fare free on both Saturdays. Route 7 will not operate on either day.

There will aslo be a shuttle operating from Shopko the the carnival at the Town Toyota Center on April 28 & 29, and May 5 & 6, from 3 to 9 PM. This shuttle is free and runs every 20 minutes.

For more information, call Guest Services at 662-1155.

Here are maps of the re-routes:

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Apple Blossom 2017 "General" Information

As you are aware, Link will be operating a unique service on both Saturdays of Apple Blossom. Here is a summary of the service changes. All routes with deviations will begin service using their designated re-routes.

Current A: Depart Columbia Station using Kittitas to Chelan.

Current B: Regular hours from Columbia Station via Worthen/Riverfront/9th /Chelan to 5th. IB 5th-Mission-9th-Riverfront/Worthern

Current C: Youth Parade: Regular service outbound. Inbound route will travel from Chelan St. down 9th St. to Wenatchee Ave to Columbia Station
Grand Parade: Regular hours from Columbia Station via Worthen Street/5th/Pierre/9th outbound/inbound

Route 1: Grand Parade: Departs Columbia Station every 30 minutes from 7:30AM – 5:30PM with a modified routing from 7:30AM – 2:30PM. Will return to regular routing beginning at the 3:30pm departure.

Route 5: This route will not serve Columbia Station. It will begin service on King Street @ Washington (Memorial Park) at 7:30am and run every hour until 4:30pm (except at 11:30AM). Deviated to Cherry St OB/IB. then regular route to/from 5th and Miller. Deviated Miller and 9th OB/IB. Regular route to/from WalMart.

Route 7: This route will not operate either Saturday.

Route 8W: Depart Columbia Station using Kittitas to Okanogan with some deviations off of Miller between Millerdale and Washington. Return to regular routing on Miller at the 3:30PM departure

Route 8E: Depart Columbia Station with some IB deviations off of Miller between Washington and Millerdale and (using Kittitas to CS all day). Return to regular routing on Miller at the 2:30PM departure.

Route 21: Grand Parade: Depart Columbia Station deviating outbound/inbound via Worthen Street/5th/Pierre/9th
Youth Parade: Depart C.S deviating OB/IB via Worthen Street/5th/Wenatchee Ave/9th

Route 22: Grand Parade: Depart Columbia Station deviating outbound/inbound via Worthen Street/5th/Pierre/9th
Youth Parade: Depart C.S deviating OB/IB via Worthen Street/5th/Wenatchee Ave/9th

Route 23: Regular service.

Route 28: Grand Parade: Depart Columbia Station deviating outbound/inbound via Worthen Street/5th/Pierre/9th
Youth Parade: Depart C.S deviating OB/IB via Worthen Street/5th/Wenatchee Ave/9th

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, we will be using the same re-route for both the Youth and Grand Parades.

 

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Help Build The Future Of Link Transit

ITS TIME TO MAKE GRAPHIC

Last year, we asked the residents of Chelan and Douglas Counties for their ideas and suggestions on how transit could be improved. We saw about 1100 comments come in, ranging from wanting more service on Saturdays, earlier or later hours of service during the week, adding service on Sundays, and a variety of other suggestions.

Now it is time for you to priortize those ideas, and tell us which ones are the most important to you, your family, friends, neighbors or co-workers. We want to know whether you desire some service improvements over others, and how that desire may translate into support for additional sales tax to fund the improvements you want to see happen.

To help you do this, we have a very cool interactive survey for you to take. This lets you see what kind of costs are associated with each of the choices you are making, and how this may impact sales tax, which is the primary funding source for Link Transit.

Click here to  take this survey. And thank you for taking a few minutes to share your vision for the future of our public transit.

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SkiLink Service Continues Through April

With the extended season at Mission Ridge, SkiLink service will operate through April 30 with the normal schedule of trips each day. You can view that schedule here.

SkiLink is free for anyone to ride this season too!! So get up and enjoy some sunshine and spring skiing or riding at the best mountain in the Northwest!!

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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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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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