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Proposed changes for King County Metro and Pierce Transit routes in Federal Way and NE Tacoma

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. These proposed changes are designed to:

  • reduce service duplication;
  • increase use of Twin Lakes park-and-ride;
  • serve SW 356th Street;
  • improve frequency and hours of operation on key routes;
  • and provide better connections between northeast Tacoma and Federal Way.


Choose a route number below to find out what the recommendation is.

» Route 173 » Route 174 » Route 175 » Route 176 » Route 177
» Route 178 » Route 179 » Route 181 » Route 183 » Route 187
» Route 188 » Route 194 » Route 197 » Route 903

Route 173:Continue service at current levels. Reconsider options for the route as part of September 2004 service changes for the planned Redondo Heights park-and-ride and the Pacific Highway corridor.

Route 174: Begin and end evening and night trips at the Federal Way Transit Center. Alternative evening and night service near South Federal Way park-and-ride and South 348th Street is available on Pierce Transit Route 501.

Route 175: Revise p.m. routing at the southern end of 175 to serve most of the area previously served by Route 178; service to downtown Seattle would continue along Pacific Highway, connecting with I-5 at Kent-Des Moines Road.

Route 176: Replace service on Routes 176, 178, and 188 between the Twin Lakes neighborhood and downtown Seattle via the Federal Way Transit Center with additional trips on Route 187; this will require riders to transfer to expanded Route 177 at the transit center for trips to downtown Seattle.

Route 177: Provide additional trips to and from downtown Seattle during peak hours to maintain frequent service and adequate seating capacity.

Route 178: Replace this route from the Mirror Lake neighborhood to the Federal Way Transit Center with service to downtown Seattle on revised Route 175.

Route 179: Provide additional trips to and from downtown Seattle to increase Twin Lakes park-and-ride service.

Route 181: Extend to begin and end at Twin Lakes park-and-ride. Provide faster service between Auburn and the Federal Way Transit Center by operating both directions on Peasley Canyon Road and South 320th Street. Pierce Transit Route 501 will continue to provide service along Weyerhauser Way South and 28th Avenue South.

Route 182 (new): Initiate daily service until about 7:00 p.m. on SW 356th Street in Federal Way and along 29th Street NE and 48th Avenue NE in NE Tacoma, replacing some of the existing service provided by Metro Route 194 and Route 903 and Pierce Transit Route 61.

Route 183: Revise to provide new service along 28th Avenue South; No service would be provided on Military Road South between 31st Avenue South and South 320th Street. No changes are proposed north of Military Road South and 31st Avenue South.

Route 187: Improve weekday peak service to every 30 minutes starting at 5 a.m. between the Twin Lakes neighborhood and the Federal Way Transit Center to replace service from the discontinued Metro Route 176; continue to use small buses in response to neighborhood requests

Route 188: Replace with additional service to and from Twin Lakes park-and-ride on revised Route 181 and with service along SW 356th Street provided by the new Route 182.

Route 194: Begin and end evening and night trips at the Federal Way Transit Center; alternative evening and night service near South Federal Way park-and-ride would be available on Pierce Transit Route 500 service to Pacific Highway and South 348th Street. Also, peak period trips would be added to Route 194 in the "off-peak" direction to Federal Way in the morning and to downtown Seattle in the afternoon/evening.

Route 197: Revise to begin and end at Twin Lakes park-and-ride, to provide service to and from the University of Washington main campus; add a new evening trip leaving the University District around 6:10 p.m.

Route 903: Revise and replace service between SW 350th and SW 356th Streets with new Route 182 service; no other changes would be made to Route 903.

Proposed changes for Pierce Transit Route 61 and new Point "Loop" service

  • Route 61: Adjust to provide fixed-route peak-hour weekday service, connecting the Centre at Norpoint with Twin Lakes park-and-ride and express service to downtown Tacoma.
  • Point "Loop": Operate as a community circulator connecting Brown's Point, Dash Point, the Centre at Norpoint, and 49th Avenue NE. Service to weekend transit service at Twin Lakes park-and-ride would be on an advance-reservation basis.

In July 2003, the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners will consider these proposed changes. For details, visit the public hearings section of the Pierce Transit web site [external link] or contact Steve Abernathy, senior transit planner, at or 253-581-8131.

Southend Routes with no changes

  • Metro Transit: Routes 173*, 196, and 901
  • Pierce Transit: Routes 402, 500, 501
  • Sound Transit: Routes 565 and 574

* to be reconsidered for September 2004 service changes

If you have questions about the proposals, please contact Patrick Duhon, King County Department of Transportation Community Relations Planner, 206-263-3424 (phone), or 206-684-1682 (TTY).

April 2003