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Proposed changes for Metro service in north King County

The following proposals were developed with comments from bus riders and reviewed by a community sounding board, and they are consistent with strategies adopted in the Six-Year Transit Development Plan. The proposed changes are designed to:

  • improve east-west service;
  • improve service span and frequency of local routes;
  • improve service span and frequency of peak-only routes;
  • provide more frequent service throughout the day;
  • make routes easier to understand and use;
  • reduce waiting time.

Many riders will be asked to take routes different from those they take today. While most riders will have the same or better service, some riders north of 175th Street will have slightly longer trips. Metro routes will no longer make direct connections to Edmonds and Lynnwood. Connections to those cities can be made via Community Transit routes at Aurora Village or at Mountlake Terrace.

Recommendations

The proposed network of routes provides all-day two-way service to the same set of King County streets, but serves them in a different way. Because of the changes, several routes will have new numbers. Choose a route number below to find out what the recommendation is.

» Route 16 Express » Route 64 » Route 77 » Route 78 » Route 301
» Route 302 » Route 308 » Route 314 » Route 315 » Route 317
» Route 341 » Route 370 » Route 377 » Route 943

Route 16 Express: Renumber to Route 316 Express and extend north to North 175th Street via Meridian Avenue North.

Route 64: Extend to First Hill via Spring and Seneca streets. Revise routing in downtown Seattle to serve 5th Avenue southbound and 4th Avenue northbound. Provide about seven trips during each peak period, one more than current Route 64 and two more than current Route 943.

Route 77: Extend north to NE 175th Street via 15th Avenue NE and add at least one trip during each peak period. Discontinue service east of 15th Avenue NE in Jackson Park.

Route 78: Replace with new Route 373, which will have more trips.

Route 301: Extend north to the Aurora Village Transit Center (AVTC). Add one southbound trip during the morning peak period and three northbound trips during the afternoon peak period. Also provide more reverse-peak servicebetween downtown Seattle and Shoreline. Reduce the number of trips serving the Richmond Beach loop to about four during each peak period. Coordinate transfers at AVTC with Routes 345 (new) and 630 (Community Transit).

Route 302: Replace with new Route 331 and Route 345, providing improved east-west service and weekend evening service.

Route 303: This new route would provide one-way peak-only service between Shoreline, Northgate, and First Hill via the I-5 reversible lanes and 5th Avenue and James Street; and provide about seven trips during each peak period, two more than current Route 943.

Route 308: Cut two northbound trips in the afternoon and reschedule remaining four trips to improve productivity. Continue to provide four trips in the morning.

Route 314: Replace with new Route 330, Route 331, Route 347, and Route 348. New Route 331 would serve most current riders of Route 314 between Lake Forest Park and Shoreline Community College.

Route 315: Replace with new Route 347 and Route 348, which will provide earlier and later service, improved east-west service, and improved Saturday service. Riders north of NE 175th Street would take new Route 348. Riders on 5th Avenue NE between NE 145th and 175th streets would take new Route 347.

Route 316: This new service would provide peak-period peak-direction between North 175th Street and downtown Seattle via Haller Lake, Licton Springs, and Green Lake. Provides about seven trips during each peak period.

Route 317: Replace with new Route 303, Route 316, and Route 346. Riders traveling between Aurora Village Transit Center and downtown Edmonds would take CT Route 630. Riders between Aurora Village and Northgate Transit Centers would take new Route 346, which would provide more frequent service northbound in the morning and southbound in the afternoon than current Route 317. For direct connection between Meridian Avenue North and the Haller Lake area with downtown Seattle in peak periods, riders may use new Route 316. For connection between Northgate Transit Center and 5th Avenue and James Street in peak periods, see new Route 303.

Route 330: This new route would provide two-way peak-only service between Lake City and Shoreline Community College via NE 145th Street, 25th Avenue NE, NE 150th Street, NE and North 155th Streets, Aurora Avenue North, and North 160th Street. Route 330 would run every 30 minutes in both directions between about 6 and 9 a.m. and 3 and 6 p.m.

Route 331: This new route would replace current Route 302 between Shoreline Community College and Aurora Village Transit Center, and current Route 341 between AVTC and Kenmore. Would provide two-way all-day service between Shoreline CC and Kenmore park-and-ride lot via AVTC and Lake Forest Park. Route 331 would run every 30 minutes Monday through Saturday from about 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and every 60 minutes on evenings and Sundays. At Shoreline CC, route will continue to Northgate as Route 345.

Route 341: Replace with new Route 331 between Aurora Village Transit Center and Kenmore with longer hours of operation and more frequent service. Riders between Kenmore and Bothell could take Route 372 and Sound Transit 522 and transfer between them and new Route 331.

Route 345: This new route would replace current Route 302 between Northgate and Shoreline Community College. It would provide two-way all-day service between Northgate and Shoreline CC via North Seattle Community College, Northwest Hospital, Haller Lake, Four Freedoms House, and Broadview. Route 345 would run every 30 minutes Monday through Saturday from about 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and every 60 minutes on evenings and Sundays. Transfers would be coordinated at Northgate with routes 41 and 66-67. At Shoreline CC, buses will continue to Kenmore via Aurora Village as Route 331. At Northgate Transit Center, buses will continue as Route 347 past the Northgate Mall.

Route 346: This new route would replace current Route 317 between Northgate and Aurora Village, and provide two-way all-day service between those two transit centers via North Seattle Community College, Haller Lake, and Shoreline. It would run every 30 minutes Monday through Saturday from about 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and every 60 minutes on evenings and Sundays. Transfers would be coordinated at Northgate with Routes 41 and 66-67. At Northgate Transit Center, buses will continue as Route 348 past the Northgate Mall.

Route 347: This new route would replace the segment of current Route 315 on 5th Ave. NE between NE 145th and 175th streets and segments of current Route 377 north of NE 175th Street and between NE 145th Street and the Northgate Transit Center. It would provide two-way all-day service between Northgate and the Mountlake Terrace park-and-ride lot via Pinehurst, Jackson Park, Ridgecrest, North City, and Ballinger Terrace. Route 347 would run every 30 minutes Monday through Saturday from about 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and every 60 minutes on evenings and Sundays. Transfers would be coordinated at Northgate with Routes 41 and 66-67. Trips on new Routes 347 and 348 would be spaced evenly from each other to provide more service frequency along the common corridor between Northgate and Jackson Park, and to North City and the Shoreline Library. At Northgate Transit Center, buses will continue as Route 348 past the Northgate Mall. At Northgate Transit Center, buses will continue as Route 345 past North Seattle Community College.

Route 348: This new route would replace the segment of current Route 315 north of NE 175th Street and the segment of current Route 377 between North City and Northgate. It would provide two-way all-day service between Northgate and Richmond Beach via Pinehurst, Jackson Park, North City, and the Shoreline Center. Route 348 would run every 30 minutes Monday through Saturday from about 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and every 60 minutes on evenings and Sundays. Transfers would be coordinated at Northgate with Routes 41 and 66-67.

Trips on new Routes 347 and 348 would be spaced evenly from each other to provide more service frequency along the common corridor between Northgate and Jackson Park and to North City and the Shoreline Library. At Northgate Transit Center, buses will continue as Route 346 past North Seattle Community College.

Route 370: Replace with new Route 373, which will have more trips.

Route 373: This new route would provide peak-period peak-direction service between Shoreline, Jackson Park, and the University District via I-5, NE 145th Street, and 15th Avenue NE, provide about seven trips during the morning peak period and eight trips during the afternoon peak period, and serve limited stops along 15th Avenue NE.

Route 377: Replace with new Route 303, Route 347, Route 348, and revised Route 77. For connection between Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood, use CT Routes 112 and 630. For service between Mountlake Terrace and North City, see new Route 347. For service between North City and Northgate Transit Center, see new Route 348. For direct service between 15th Avenue NE south of NE 175th Street and downtown Seattle in peak periods, see revised Route 77. For connection between Northgate and 5th Avenue and James Street in peak periods, see new Route 303.

Route 943: Replace with new Route 303 and revised Route 64 which will have more trips. Riders traveling between the Green Lake park-and-ride lot (I-5/NE 65th Street) and First Hill would take revised Route 64.


If you have questions about the proposals, please contact Pat Cleary, King County Department of Transportation Community Relations Planner, at 206-684-1142 (phone), TTY Relay 711, 206-689-3489 (fax) or pat.cleary@kingcounty.gov (e-mail).

April 2003