New ‘Flip Your Trip’ initiative designed to ease traffic to and from West Seattle

As traffic volumes begin to return to pre-pandemic levels and the West Seattle Bridge remains closed, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced Thursday the start of its new “Change your trip to West Seattle“initiative.

The program, for those who live and work in West Seattle, was designed to help people get around without driving alone and reduce the effects of the West Seattle Bridge closure.

West Seattle workers and residents can sign up at FlipYourTrip.org and view the alternative travel options available. New users will get a $ 25 sign-up bonus redeemable for free rides on select travel services. Travel options include transit, scooter and bike share programs and vanpools. The program also offers free travel planning guidance, special informational events, and the opportunity to earn more free credits.

The “Flip Your Trip West Seattle” program also brings a new partnership between SDOT and King County Metro. The program covers the first month of passenger vanpool fares and provides assistance beyond that to eligible participants.

Passengers can also receive their rides for free using the Metro Transit GO Ticket app, available on both ios and Android. Passengers can redeem their registration credits by clicking the “rewards” button, which will appear as 2,500 reward points. Passengers can earn additional credits by taking shared bike and scooter trips and by using Metro.

A screenshot of redeemable options.

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Those who sign up for the “Flip Your Trip West Seattle” program can redeem their credits on King County Metro buses, water taxis, Sound Transit, Seattle Streetcar, and bike and scooter sharing companies like Lime. LINK and wheels.

SDOT announced last week that it would provide the funds needed to increase water taxi service and continue to navigate daily through the winter.

Changes to bus routes are also coming on October 2, which could affect travel in and around West Seattle. King County Metro will increase bus service on select routes, funded by the voter-approved 2020 Seattle Transit Measure.

The West Seattle Bridge is currently on track to open in 2022, as predicted. The bridge closed in March 2020 due to the number and growth of localized cracks. the final phase of construction it is scheduled to begin later this year.

Information on “Flip Your Trip West Seattle” is available in nine languages. People who do not have smartphones can choose to receive an ORCA card and program updates through community organizations, rather than using the Transit GO Ticket mobile app.



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