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Transit Service News - south King County

Changes in bus service for south King County begin Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001

Changes are coming for bus riders. Metro Transit is adding and revising service to make it easier to get more places in south King County.

Metro Transit worked with residents, bus riders and local community organizations to develop these service changes. The changes, approved by the County Executive and County Council in spring 2001, take effect Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001.

How will you benefit from these changes?

In south King County, Metro is carrying out the following changes:

  • revised routes
  • more frequent service
  • added rush hour trips
  • new Renton Transit Center.

These changes are consistent with the objectives and strategies of the Six-Year Transit Development Plan for 1996-2001, recommended by the County Executive and adopted by the County Council in December 1995.

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Route change information

Choose a route number to see the change information.

Route 105, Route 107, Route 118, Route 135, Route 148, Route 153, Route 155, Route 162, Route 166, Route 181, Route 240, Route 908, Route 909.

Route 105:
Add evening service, run buses more often on Saturday and revise routing

Why the changes?

  • Cover more streets in the Renton Highlands with more frequent bus service.
  • Improve how often buses run in the evening and on Saturday in areas with greatest ridership.

What's new?

  • Operate farther east in the Renton Highlands along Northeast Fourth Street, Union Avenue Northeast and Northeast 12th Street (see map).
  • Operate new evening service every 30 minutes until about 9:30 p.m. on weekdays and Saturday, and every 60 minutes from 9:30-11:35 p.m. evenings and on Sunday.
  • Discontinue service between the Renton Highlands and Kennydale (see Route 909 for replacement service).
  • Improve Saturday service frequency to every 30 minutes instead of every 60 minutes.

Service levels: Every 30 minutes until 9:30 p.m. and every 60 minutes from 9:30-11:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; every 60 minutes on Sunday.

Options if your service has changed: Riders on Monroe Avenue Northeast between Northeast Fourth Street and Northeast Seventh Street can take revised Route 908 on Northeast Fourth Street or Route 908 on Northeast Seventh Street; riders between Northeast Seventh Street and Northeast 12th Street can take revised Route 909 operating three blocks to the west on Harrington Avenue Northeast or Route 240 on Northeast Sunset Boulevard; riders north of Northeast 16th Street can take revised Route 909.

Route 107:
Make minor schedule changes, continue as Route 148

Why the changes?

  • Route 107 will be revised to continue at the Renton Transit Center as Route 148 to and from Fairwood - to improve service efficiency and to reduce the number of routes ending at the Renton Transit Center.

What's new?

  • Most trips on Route 107 will continue as Route 148 to and from Fairwood.
  • Minor changes will be made to scheduled departure times from the Renton Transit Center to Rainier Beach.

Route 118:
Operate Saturday service

Why the changes?

  • Provide Saturday service on Vashon Island similar to the former level of service operated before February 2000.

What's new?

  • Operate Saturday service on Vashon Island from about 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Route 135:
Add more rush-hour trips

Why the changes?

  • Add capacity to overloaded route.

What's new?

  • Add four new trips from downtown Seattle to White Center during afternoon rush hours.

Service levels: About every 15 minutes from downtown Seattle to White Center from 3:36-6:36 p.m. Monday through Friday; no other changes.

Route 148:
Make minor schedule changes, continue as Route 107

Why the changes?

  • Route 148 will be revised to continue at the Renton Transit Center as Route 107 to and from Rainier Beach to improve service efficiency and reduce the number of routes ending at the Renton Transit Center.

What's new?

  • Most trips on Route 148 will continue as Route 107 to and from Rainier Beach.
  • Changes will be made to scheduled arrival and departure times at the Renton Transit Center to and from Fairwood.

Route 153:
Revise routing in Renton

Why the changes?

  • Streamline routing to improve on-time performance.

What's new?

  • Discontinue Route 153 service along Southwest 16th Street, Oakesdale Avenue Southwest and Southwest Grady Way.

Options if your service has changed: Take Route 110 along Southwest 16th Street or Route 140 along Southwest Grady Way.

Route 155:
Saturday service, construction routing

Why the changes?

  • Provide Saturday service until about 6 p.m. similar to the former level of service operated before February 2000.
  • Revise routing because of a one-year project to build a bridge for South 180th Street over the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway tracks.

What's new?

  • Operate 60-minute service on Saturday until about 6 p.m.
  • Use 80th Avenue South, South 196th Street and West Valley Highway to bypass construction along South 180th Street.

Service levels: Every 60 minutes on Saturday until about 6 p.m.; no other changes.

Route 162:
Add more rush-hour trips

Why the changes?

  • Add capacity to overloaded route.

What's new?

  • Add one trip from the Kent park-and-ride lot to downtown Seattle, arriving in downtown Seattle about 9 a.m.; add one trip from downtown Seattle to the Kent lot, leaving downtown Seattle about 6:30 p.m.

Service levels: Monday through Friday; six morning rush-hour trips (instead of five trips) from the Kent park-and-ride lot to downtown Seattle; four afternoon rush-hour trips (instead of three trips) from downtown Seattle to the Kent lot.

Route 166:
Revise routing in Des Moines

Why the changes?

  • Restore transit service to South 216th Street in Des Moines.

What's new?

  • Revise Route 166 to operate along Pacific Highway South and South 216th Street between Highline Community College and downtown Des Moines (see map).
  • Discontinue Route 166 service along South 240th Street between Highline Community College and Marine View Drive.

Options if your service has changed: Take routes 130 or 132 along South 240th Street between Highline Community College (25th Avenue South) and 16th Avenue South, or Route 130 along Marine View Drive.

Route 181:
Add trips to serve Sounder commuter rail

Why the changes?

  • Add trips to connect with Sound Transit's Sounder commuter rail trains in Auburn.

What's new?

  • Add a trip leaving the Federal Way Transit Center at 6:07 a.m. and leaving Green River Community College at 7:07 a.m.

Service levels: Every 30 minutes during morning rush hours; no changes to service at other times.

Route 240:
Run buses more often, add night service

Why the changes?

  • Provide more convenient service levels and longer hours of operation in response to ridership growth.

What's new?

  • Run more often.
  • Operate night service until about 11 p.m. from Bellevue to Renton and until about 11:30 p.m. from Renton to Bellevue.

Service levels: Operate every 30 minutes (instead of every 60 minutes) until about 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; every 60 minutes after 7 p.m. and all day on Sunday until about 11 p.m. from Bellevue to Renton, and until about 11:30 p.m. from Renton to Bellevue.

Route 908:
Revise fixed routing and DART area

Why the changes?

  • Provide fixed-route service to new residential development in the Renton Highlands along Northeast Eighth Street and Duvall Avenue Northeast.
  • Discontinue Dial-A-Ride Transit service in areas where ridership is low.

What's new?

  • Revise fixed routing to provide new service along portions of Northeast Eighth Street and Duvall Avenue Northeast, and discontinue service on Union Avenue Northeast between Northeast Fourth and Northeast Eighth streets (see map).
  • Discontinue DART service in the Lake Kathleen area east of 169th Avenue Southeast and to Hazen High School on 142nd Avenue Southeast.
  • Convert fixed-route service between the Renton Transit Center and Renton Senior Center to DART service.
  • Alternate with revised Route 909 to provide 30-minute service on weekdays and Saturday along common routing between the Renton Transit Center and Harrington Avenue Northeast/Northeast Seventh Street.

Service levels: Every 60 minutes Monday through Friday from about 7:20 a.m. to 6:48 p.m.; every 60 minutes on Saturday from about 7:50 a.m. to 6:18 p.m.

Options if your service has changed: Take revised Route 105 along Union Avenue between Northeast Fourth Street and Northeast Eighth Street; take Route 111 during weekday rush hours east of 169th Avenue Southeast.

Route 909:
Revise routing, convert to daytime service

Why the changes?

  • Replace evening and night service in the Renton Highlands now provided by Route 909 with improved evening and night service on Route 105 and Route 240.
  • Replace current bus service in the Kennydale neighborhood with Dial-A-Ride Transit service operated with transit vans to respond to community requests.
  • Scale levels of service to current ridership levels.

What's new?

  • Revise frequency and hours of operation to every 60 minutes on weekdays and on Saturday.
  • Replace current Route 105 service between Northeast 16th Street and North 30th Street with fixed-route service on Route 909.
  • Replace current Route 105 service in the Kennydale neighborhood north of North 30th Street with DART service operating Monday through Saturday (see map).
  • Alternate with revised Route 908 to provide 30-minute service on weekdays and Saturday along common routing between the Renton Transit Center and Harrington Avenue Northeast/Northeast Seventh Street.

Service levels: Every 60 minutes Monday through Friday from about 5:48 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; every 60 minutes on Saturday from about 6:18 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Options if your service has changed: Take Route 105 along Northeast Fourth Street and Union Avenue Northeast, and along Kirkland Avenue Northeast and Northeast 16th Street; take Route 240 along Northeast Sunset Boulevard.

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Sound Transit Regional Express Service

Routes 560 and 565

Why the changes?

  • Streamline ST Express services through downtown Renton.
  • Free up capacity at the south Renton park-and-ride lot by serving a new park-and-ride facility at Metropolitan Place next to the Renton Transit Center.

What's new?

  • Operate on Rainier Avenue South and no longer stop at the south Renton park-and-ride lot.
  • Serve 150 new park-and-ride spaces at Metropolitan Place next to the Renton Transit Center in downtown Renton.
  • Operate on Park Avenue North instead of Logan Avenue North.

Options if your service has changed: Park at the new Metropolitan Place park-and-ride facility next to the Renton Transit Center; take King County Metro routes 101, 140, 148, 153, 169 or 240 between the south Renton park-and-ride lot and Renton Transit Center in downtown Renton.

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New Renton Transit Center

Routes 101, 105, 106, 107, 110, 140, 143, 148, 149, 153, 169, 240, 342, 560, 565, 908, 909: Revise routes to use the new facilities at the permanent Renton Transit Center

Why the changes?

  • Renton area routes are being revised to use the new facilities at the permanent Renton Transit Center, which will have improved customer facilities and increased capacity.

What's new?

  • Specific bay locations for boarding each route are shown in the table below.

Revised Bay Locations at Renton Transit Center

Route
Direction

Bay

Location

101
Southbound

7

Burnett Avenue South

105
Southbound

5

Burnett Avenue South

106
Northbound

9

Burnett Avenue South

107
Westbound

2

Transit Center roadway

110
Westbound

2

Transit Center roadway

110
Eastbound

4

Transit Center roadway

140
Northbound

8

Burnett Avenue South

143 to downtown
Seattle Westbound

2

Transit Center roadway

143 to Black Diamond
Eastbound

4

Transit Center roadway

148
Eastbound

4

Transit Center roadway

149
Southbound

6

Burnett Avenue South

153
Southbound

6

Burnett Avenue South

169
Northbound

10

Burnett Avenue South

240 to Bellevue
Eastbound

4

Transit Center roadway

240 to south Renton P&R
Westbound

2

Transit Center roadway

342
Eastbound

4

Transit Center roadway

560 to downtown
Bellevue Eastbound

3

Transit Center roadway

565 to downtown
Bellevue Eastbound

3

Transit Center roadway

560 to SeaTac
Westbound

1

Transit Center roadway

565 to Federal Way
Westbound

1

Transit Center roadway

908
Southbound

5

Burnett Avenue South

909
Southbound

5

Burnett Avenue South

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Special Rider Alert brochure and timetables available Sept. 19

Look for a special Rider Alert brochure and new orange timetables on your bus and at Metro information racks, work sites and libraries on Sept. 19. The special Rider Alert will be available on Metro Online.

Timetables will be available on Metro Online by close of business Sept. 28. Watch for Rider Alert signs at your bus stop.

For trip planning help, call Metro Rider Information at 206-553-3000 after Sept. 15.

Some minor changes may occur after this publication has been printed.

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Other changes in King County coming

Besides the changes described in this publication, September service changes are planned for east King County, Seattle and north King County.

Some approved service changes and improvements will not be made until February 2002. In south King County, that includes additional evening and weekend service on Route 101. Those changes will be delayed so Metro can hire and train additional transit operators.

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For more information

If you would like paper copies of this document, call the community relations hot line at 206-684-1146 (voice), 206-684-1682 (TTY users) or 206-689-3489 (fax), or write Transportation Community Relations, KSC-TR-0824, 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104-3856.

Look for the Special Rider Alert brochure and new orange timetables on your bus and at Metro information racks, work sites and libraries on Sept. 19.

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Help is available

You can get general information now about the service changes by calling Metro Transit Rider Information. You can get specific trip planning help from Rider Information after Sept. 15.

Rider Information 206-553-3000
Toll-free 800-542-7876
TTY users 206-684-1739

To get this information in alternative formats for people with disabilities, call 206-684-1146 (voice) or 206-684-1682 (TTY).

Produced by Community Relations and Communications, King County Department of Transportation, August 2001.

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Updated: Aug. 2001