The Lakes and Riverview Neighborhoods Get Long-Awaited Bus Service
KENT, Wash. – September 18, 2009 – At a time when public budgets are strained, new bus service would be considered quite a coup. But thanks to voter-approved initiative Transit Now, that’s exactly what residents in west Kent are getting.
Beginning Saturday, September 19, the new DART Route 913 Lakes-Riverview line opens. Buses will run every 30 minutes, 6:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Saturday with service between The Lakes and Riverview neighborhoods in west Kent and Bay 3 at the Kent Station Transit Center.
The route runs from the Riverview community on Riverview Blvd., across the Joe Jackson Bridge, into The Lakes neighborhood via Lakeside Blvd. W. and along James Street.
“Residents in these two areas have long been asking for this service. This new route will allow riders to reach shopping and services in Kent, as well as connect to other parts of our region via other bus routes, and Sounder Commuter Rail,” said Steve Mullen, Kent’s Transportation Engineering Manager. “The routes are timed to give riders adequate transfer time to or from the Sounder service.”
The City partnered with King County Metro Transit to bring west Kent residents this service. Metro will cover two-thirds of $616,128 annual cost, while Kent’s portion is $205,376.
Bus fare is $1.75 during off-peak hours on weekdays. For more details on fares, or to purchase passes online, visit http://buypass.kingcounty.gov.
Michelle Witham, City of Kent