New transportation option between Black Diamond and Enumclaw

South King County residents can now use the Black Diamond-Enumclaw Community Ride operated by Hopelink.

DART buses will no longer be taking bus riders between Black Diamond and Enumclaw on Route 907.

Instead, south King County residents can use the Black Diamond-Enumclaw Community Ride operated by Hopelink.

“For Route 907, the segment between Black Diamond and Enumclaw has had few riders, averaging just one person per trip,” King County Metro wrote in a press release. “Shortening Route 907 has enabled Metro to re-invest hours to provide more frequent service on the segment of the 907 between Black Diamond and Renton where demand is higher.”

The new Community Ride service isn’t limited to the old Route 907 bus stops in Black Diamond and Enumclaw. Residents looking for a ride can be picked up in several places in both cities in what Metro calls a “flexible service area” said spokesman Scott Gutierrez.

The new transportation service will be active every Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Instead of running on a schedule, the Black Diamond-Enumclaw Community Ride program takes reservations on a first-come, first serve basis.

Reservations must be made at least two hours in advance and up to 30 days in advance.

Customers can make reservations online or by calling 866-261-3278 on weekdays from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. or Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Community Ride service has been operational since Feb. 20 on a promotional basis. Starting March 13, standard Metro fares will apply to the service.

Route 907 will have its last run this Friday, March 10.

In other news, Route 915 in Enumclaw is being extended south from downtown on weekdays, taking riders as far as the pool at McDougall Street, to cover Route 907.

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