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Proposed Route 161.

Why make changes?
  • Respond to requests for more Sounder connections: Commuters have requested more bus connections to Sounder commuter rail trains, particularly from the area north of SE 240th Street.

Proposed changes

  • Existing routes 160 and 163 would be replaced by new Route 161: New Route 161 would consolidate and replace weekday commuter service on existing routes 160 and 163. New Route 161 would operate a counterclockwise loop in the morning and a clockwise loop in the afternoon through North Meridian Park and Glencarin, and cover a portion of the existing Route 163 routing via 108th Avenue SE, Carr Road/S 180th Street, and Lind Avenue SW.
  • When Sounder trains are operating: New Route 161 would operate four morning trips and four afternoon trips scheduled to connect with Sounder trains at Tukwila Station.
  • When Sounder trains are not operating: New Route 161 would operate two morning trips and two afternoon trips between North Meridian Park/Glencarin and the Tukwila Park-and-Ride, scheduled to connect with frequent service on Route 150.
  • Interconnection with Route 154: When operating through Tukwila Station, three new Route 161 trips in the morning and afternoon would be interconnected with Route 154, serving Gateway Corporate Center, East Marginal Way S, and Federal Center S.

Advantages

  • More service on one route: New Route 161 would operate six morning and six afternoon trips on weekdays, more service at more times than is currently provided individually on routes 160 and 163.
  • Fast and reliable Sounder service: Sounder commuter rail offers reliable, fast service between Tukwila Station and downtown Seattle.
  • Connection between Route 154 and new Route 161: The interconnection with Route 154 would provide direct bus service between North Meridian Park/Glencarin and the Duwamish area.

Disadvantages

  • Transfers would be required on all trips: Riders would have to transfer at either Tukwila Station or Tukwila Park-and-Ride for connecting service to and from Seattle.
Jan. 6, 2006