Zoo’s Eastside Shuttle season ends with great success


Woodland Park Zoo’s Eastside Shuttle pilot program transported 3,414 guests this summer while at the same time helping reduce the number of vehicles on the highway and in the zoo’s parking lots.


The shuttle service, between the zoo and King County Metro’s South Kirkland Park-and-Ride, concluded with its final runs this last weekend.


The shuttle pilot project was a partnership among SP Plus Transportation, King County Metro and the zoo and operated on summer weekends from June 25 to Sept. 4 to offer a free and fun way to get to and from the zoo.


In addition to moving 3,414 passengers, the shuttle included an average ridership of 150 passengers per day. The highest ridership was this past weekend, with 349 passengers on Saturday and 339 on Sunday.


During the course of the project, the shuttle also kept people rolling during two closures of State Route 520, and provided support during the highly-traffic-congested Seafair Weekend.


Zoo staff and King County Metro will review the program and decide whether to offer it again in the future.