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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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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
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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Link Transit Joins Federal TransitWatch Program

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Link Transit is part of Transit Watch, a "neighborhood watch-type" program, which is led by the Federal Transit Administration.

The public awareness program, known as TransitWatch, encourages riders to participate in the safety of their transit community in the same way they watch out for their neighbors within their own communities.

The program is part of a nationwide initiative developed by the FTA encouraging transit employees, passengers and neighborhood residents to stay alert and work together to maintain the safety of public transportation for their community.

The program suggests passengers be aware of their surroundings on transit and be alert to any packages or situations that seem suspicious. If anything out of the ordinary or potentially dangerous is observed, passengers should immediately report it to the proper transit or law enforcement authorities.

For the fastest most direct response, Link Transit passengers should call 662-1155 to contact Guest Services.

For details about the national Transit Watch program, visit the FTA's Web site here.

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