The Redmond Senior Center is a happening place, with visitors coming by at all hours of the day to have lunch, play some games, and join a dance class.
But sometimes, it’s good to go out on the town.
That’s where City of Redmond staffer, Chester Knapp, steps in. Chester has been working with the Senior Advisory Committee on transportation issues as they relate to seniors in the city.
The Senior Advisory Committee proposed creating a shuttle service to take them to destinations around the city they need to access to remain independent. Places like the grocery store, the doctor’s office, senior center, and more.
Chester recognized many of these locations Seniors wanted to get to were already served by King County Metro & Sound Transit. Not only were they on existing bus routes, but the routes ran more regularly (every 15 or 30 minutes), are more accessible to those with disabilities than a shuttle could be, and would be much more cost effective.
Armed with this information, Chester, with the help of went back to the Senior Advisory Committee and made a proposal-”Who wants to go to lunch?”
Working with the Senior Center Advisory Committee and staff, they arranged two progressive lunches, visiting three Redmond restaurants along the bus lines.
This served as an educational opportunity on how to get around Redmond by transit – learn what works well, what doesn’t, where the bus stops were, how to board the bus, how to use ORCA cards & transfer buses, and even how to plan a route using the bus schedules.
Those who came along felt like the field trip was not only a good way to learn about transit, but that it was fun to see Redmond from a different perspective and enjoy new Redmond locations they hadn’t been to before, like La Isla and the Flying Apron.
In addition to the progressive lunch field trip, City of Redmond staff is developing a Senior Center Transit Guide, to help make the transit system more understandable, and easier to use – focusing on how to use the B-LINE to connect between the Senior Center and the many local routes that serve the Redmond Transit Center.
Downtown Redmond is well connected to Education Hill, Avondale, Bear Creek, and Grass Lawn with routes that come at least every half hour for most of the day, and on weekends too! The map should be available at the Senior Center in mid-October.
King County Metro will join the fun and will be at the Senior Center on October 23rd to sell Senior discount transit passes.
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