Watch for new service investments to ease chronic bus overcrowding, improve reliability
An innovative partnership, lower fuel prices, state grants, and stronger than projected sales tax revenues will allow Metro to make some improvements to 54 transit routes serving 28 King County cities in the coming months.
Metro plans to invest up to $89 million for 69,000 additional hours of annual bus service to relieve chronic overcrowding and delays on many of Metro’s busiest routes. This investment includes an innovative partnership with the City of Seattle to fund transit improvements to and from Seattle and other suburban cities.
As provided under Metro’s service guidelines, investments will be made in transit corridors that serve:
- Riders using routes along I-5 that connect Federal Way, Renton, Kent and Shoreline to Seattle.
- Riders using routes that provide connections between the SR 520, I-405 and I-90 corridors and Seattle.
- Riders in Des Moines and Burien heading to Seattle via the Fourth Avenue and SR99 corridors.
- Riders who use routes that connect the south county cities of Kent, Covington and Maple Valley.
- Riders using transit between eastside cities from Woodinville to Renton.
- Riders of routes between Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, and Seattle’s University District.