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Together we're improving commuter service on the I-90 corridor

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Eastgate Park-and-Ride

Metro’s I-90 peak-only routes are some of our most popular and heavily used bus routes. They offer very fast trips between large park-and-rides and downtown Seattle, and with ridership steadily growing, they’re experiencing overcrowding, pass-ups, and crush loading. To address these issues, Metro is making changes to better match the demand with our existing resources.

More than 700 Metro riders gave us feedback via our online survey on how to improve service on this corridor. We carefully reviewed the suggestions while developing a final set of recommendations. The King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee had a hearing on the recommendations on April 30.

The adopted improvements are designed to provide riders with more options to meet the demand during peak commute times. We focused on ways to provide bus trips when and where they’re most needed. Because of Metro’s constrained budget, we can make only improvements that do not involve added costs.

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Table: Changes by route

Route Change Areas served Rationale AM trips PM trips
210 Reroute to serve Eastgate P&R Newport Way, Lakemont, Eastgate, Factoria, downtown Seattle Maintain morning trips from the Eastgate P&R loading platform to take advantage of unused Route 210 capacity 4 4
211 Discontinue deviation to S Bellevue P&R Issaquah Highlands P&R, Eastgate P&R, Mercer Island P&R, First Hill Reduce travel time by 8-10 minutes 7 7
212 Reduce the number of trips, replace with re-routed Route 210 Eastgate P&R, downtown Seattle Match service levels with demand. During the morning commute, maintain the number of trips from Eastgate P&R loading platform 19
4 fewer (replace with 4 Route 210 trips)
19
4 fewer (additional service available at Freeway Station)
214 Provide additional trips to offset loss of Route 215 capacity, reduce number of trips that travel east of Issaquah Transit Center Downtown Issaquah, Issaquah Transit Center, downtown Seattle Match service levels with demand 13
2 more
13
3 more
215 Discontinue deviation to Issaquah Transit Center North Bend, Snoqualmie, Eastgate, downtown Seattle Provide faster service 5 5
216* Reroute to serve Issaquah Highlands instead of N Issaquah Bear Creek P&R, Sammamish P&R, Issaquah Highlands P&R, Mercer Island P&R, downtown Seattle Provide more service in higher ridership areas; speed service 6 6
218* Convert 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. trips to create a new Route 219 that will travel beyond Issaquah Highlands to serve Sammamish Sammamish, Issaquah Highlands P&R, Eastgate Freeway Station (a.m. only), downtown Seattle (transit tunnel) Provide more service to Sammamish 5 9

*Routes 216 and 218 stop at Eastgate Freeway Station in the morning only.

Table: Changes by location

Location Change AM trips PM trips
Eastgate Freeway Station Routes 210 (p.m.) and 216 would stop here. Routes 218 and 219 (new) would stop here in the AM only. 56
(2 fewer)
37
(2 more)
Eastgate Park-and-Ride
(Lower platform)
Route 212 would have 4 trips, which would be offset by 4 Route 210 trips in the a.m. 23 19
(4 fewer)
Issaquah Highlands Park-and-Ride Routes 216, 218, and 219 (new) will stop here. 21
(6 more)
21
(6 more)
Issaquah Transit Center Route 215 will no longer stop here, Route 214 would have additional trips. 20
(3 fewer)
22
(2 fewer)
South Bellevue Park-and-Ride Route 211 will no longer stop here. 31
(7 fewer)
33
(7 fewer)
South Sammamish Park-and-Ride Routes 216 and 219 (new) will stop here. 11 15

Budget constraints

The past four years have been among the most difficult in Metro’s history. The recession that began in 2008 caused a steep drop in sales tax revenue, making it very hard to balance Metro’s budget. Even in this challenging fiscal climate, we’re working to make positive changes for our riders by redistributing resources to where they are most needed.

In the past few years, we’ve already changed our bus service on the I-90 corridor to meet the needs of more riders and to keep buses moving as smoothly as possible through downtown Seattle.

The proposed changes would help relieve overcrowding on this corridor.

Timeline

  • January-February 2013: Gather feedback from the community on proposed changes to I-90 bus service
  • March 2013: Recommend changes to the King County Council
  • April 30, 2013: County Council committee hearing (Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee)
  • September 2013: Change bus service

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