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Transit Service News - Federal Way

Changes in bus service in Federal Way to begin Saturday, September 27

King County Metro Transit is reconfiguring bus service in Federal Way and northeast Tacoma this fall.

Metro developed these service changes over several months in partnership with Pierce Transit and with advice from a sounding board of local riders and community stakeholders. We gathered public input through two area-wide mailings and at several public meetings and held discussions with the City of Federal Way.

The service changes are designed to:

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

These changes are consistent with the objectives and strategies of the Six-Year Transit Development Plan for 2002-2007, adopted by the County Council in September 2002.

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2003 Changes in Federal Way and northeast Tacoma

On September 27, Metro Transit bus routes will be revised to provide better overall service and connections and more trips on busy routes. Most riders will benefit from these changes through faster, more direct, or more frequent service, but some will have longer trips or different connections. Some bus stops will have new route numbers.

The changes include discontinuation of some routes, revisions of others, and one new route. These route changes will still allow buses to serve most of the streets and stops served by current routes, sometimes with different combinations and more trips available on some routes.

The routes to be discontinued and replaced with other service are:

  • King County Metro routes 176, 178, and 188.

The following routes will change:

  • King County Metro routes 174, 175, 177, 179, 181, 183, 187, 194, 196, 197, and 903;
  • Sound Transit ST Express routes 565 and 574.

The new route between northeast Tacoma and Federal Way is:

  • King County Metro Route 182, to provide service along SW 356th Street.

The following routes will not change:

  • King County Metro routes 173 and 901;
  • Pierce Transit routes 402, 500 and 501.

The rest of this publication details the changes by route number for both peak service and all-day routes. Please check in September for upcoming Rider Alerts with specific stop changes and other details.

Other changes in King County

In addition to the changes described in this publication, September service changes are also planned for north King County, including Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, and parts of north Seattle.

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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) or 206-684-1682 (TTY users), or 206-263-3489 (fax), or write to Transportation Community Relations, KSC-TR-0824, 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104-3856.

This information is available in alternative formats by calling 206-684-1142/ TTY Relay: 711

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Help is available

Look for the Special Rider Alert brochure and new orange timetables on your bus and at Metro information racks, work sites, and libraries on September 18.

Metro's service change events and outreach activities.

You can get general information now about the service changes by calling Metro Transit Rider Information (see below). You can get specific trip planning help from Rider Information after September 18.

Metro Transit Rider Information

  • Telephone 206-553-3000
  • Toll-free 800-542-7876
  • TTY users 206-684-1739

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Produced by Community Relations, King County Department of Transportation, August 2003.

Sept. 2003