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Transit Service News - Seattle/north King County

Changes in bus service for north King County begin Saturday, September 27, 2003

King County Metro Transit is adding and revising service to make it easier to get around in Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, and north Seattle.

Metro Transit developed these service Changes over several months with advice from a sounding board of local riders. We gathered public input through two area-wide mailings and at several public meetings, and held discussions with local governments in the affected areas.

How will you benefit from these Changes?

The service Changes were designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Provide better east-west transit connections;
  • Provide more frequent transit service through more parts of the day;
  • Add trips to peak-period routes that have many riders;
  • Serve more riders with existing resources.

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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Overview of Changes

On September 27, Metro Transit buses in North King County will operate a new network of transit routes designed to provide better east-west connections and more trips on busy routes. New routes will serve almost all the streets and stops served by current routes, but in different combinations and with more trips available during at least some time periods. Most riders will benefit from the new network, but some will have longer trips or different connections. Many bus routes will have new route numbers.

Four new two-way, all-day routes (345, 346, 347, and 348) will take riders to and from the Northgate Transit Center for timed connections to downtown Seattle, the University District, and other neighborhoods. These new routes replace most of current routes 302, 315, 317, and 377, which will be discontinued. See the All-day Metro Transit Routes map.

New routes that interlink at Shoreline Community College (331 and 345) will provide a direct connection between Northgate and Kenmore. Similarly, routes that interlink at Northgate Transit Center (345, 346, 347, and 348) will provide a connection between North Seattle Community College and Jackson Park/North City.

Peak-period-only routes with fewer riders will be consolidated, and trips will be added to the heavily-used Route 301. Routes that serve the same stops will be adjusted to provide shorter and more even waits at those stops. See the Peak-Only Metro Transit Routes map.

For detailed descriptions of each new and revised route, please read the route change information.

Other Changes in King County

In addition to the Changes described here, September service Changes are also planned for Federal Way and south King County.

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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