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Should Metro revise Route 167 serving Auburn Park-and-Ride, Kent, Renton, Newport Hills Park-and-Ride, University District?

Ways to comment on these proposals

The comment period was over February 8, 2006; however, you may read the questions asked here.

King County Metro Transit wants to hear from you about the proposed bus-service revisions for Route 167. Metro Transit is proposing to revise Route 167 in September 2006 as part of a set of proposed changes to bus service in South King County. The changes would include starting new service, revising existing routes, and shifting under-used service to areas that need more service. Resources saved from the Route 167 changes would be used for service improvements in the Auburn and Kent areas.

Route 167 currently provides five northbound morning trips and five southbound afternoon trips on weekdays. Two-thirds to three-quarters of the ridership on Route 167 trips is concentrated between Renton and the University District. Traffic congestion on I-405 through Bellevue and on SR-520 often causes Route 167 to fall behind schedule.

Metro Transit is proposing to make the following changes to Route 167 (see map):

  • Revise Route 167 to operate on I-90 instead of SR-520 to improve reliability and travel time. Metro proposes to revise Route 167 between Renton and the University District to operate on I-90 between I-405 and I-5. Route 167 would operate via the I-90 express lanes and I-5, and serve the Mercer Island Park-and-Ride and Rainier Avenue S/I-90 freeway station. It would no longer serve the Wilburton Park-and-Ride or the freeway stations at Yarrow Point and Evergreen Point. Route 167 would continue to serve the Newport Hills Park-and-Ride and the I-405 freeway stations at N 30th Street in Renton/Kennydale and Coal Creek Parkway.
  • Revise the routing of Route 167 in the University District. Route 167 would operate in the morning and afternoon on a clockwise loop through the University District via I-5, NE 45th Street, 15th Avenue NE, NE Pacific Street, and westbound SR-520.
  • Revise Route 167 in Renton to start and end all trips at Renton Transit Center. All Route 167 trips would start and end at Renton Transit Center, where commuter parking is available at the Renton City Municipal Garage and at the Renton Metropolitan Garage, adjacent to the Transit Center. Route 167 would no longer serve the South Renton Park-and-Ride.
  • Discontinue Route 167 between the Auburn Park-and-Ride and Renton. Metro is proposing to discontinue Route 167 service to the Kent Station/Transit Center and to Auburn Park-and-Ride due to low ridership. Alternative service between Auburn, Kent, and Renton Transit Center is available every 15 to 30 minutes on weekdays on Sound Transit ST Express routes 564 and 565. Metro Transit would reschedule Route 167 to make good connections with ST Route 564 or 565 at Renton Transit Center.
  • Continue to operate five northbound morning trips and five southbound afternoon trips between Renton and the University District.

The comment period is now over.

Public Open House Planned

Metro Transit will host a public open house about this proposal:

Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Renton High School Commons
400 South Second Street, Renton
Metro routes 101, 105, 107, 140, 148, 169, 240, and Sound Transit routes 560 and 565 serve this site.

To request a sign language interpreter, call 206-684-1154 (voice) or 206-684-1682 (TTY) at least one week before the meeting.

Produced by Community Relations,
King County Department of Transportation
January 2006

Jan. 18, 2006