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Route 180

Why make changes?
  • Provide replacement service between Auburn and Kent: If Route 150 were shortened to operate only between Kent and downtown Seattle, replacement service would be needed between Auburn Station and Kent Station/Transit Center.
  • Operate a new direct service linking Auburn, Kent, and Sea-Tac Airport: Significant numbers of employees working in the Sea-Tac Airport area live in Auburn and Kent. Traveling by bus to Sea-Tac Airport from the Auburn and Kent areas currently is time-consuming and requires one or two transfers.

Proposed changes

  • Replace Route 151 with new Route 180, and extend from Auburn to Kent: New Route 180 would operate seven days a week between southeast Auburn, Auburn Station, and the Kent Station/Transit Center. Trips would be scheduled to connect well with Route 150 in both directions.
  • New a.m. and p.m. weekday routing between Kent and Sea-Tac Airport: During extended peak hours on weekdays, Route 180 trips would operate two-way service between Kent Station/Transit Center and Sea-Tac Airport via 64th Avenue S and Orillia Road.
  • Streamline routing in Auburn to speed up service: In north Auburn, Route 180 would operate via 9th Street NE and D Street NE, and would not enter Auburn Park-and-Ride. (Bus stops are located near the park-and-ride along D Street NE and 15th Street NE.)
  • Larger buses: Standard-size, 40-foot transit buses would be assigned to operate Route 180, replacing the smaller 30-foot buses currently used on Route 151.
  • Discontinue service to Lakeland Hills: Service would no longer operate to and from Lakeland Hills during weekday peak hours.

Map 2: proposed Route 180.

Frequency and hours of service

  • Weekday service: On weekdays, Route 180 would begin service at approximately 3 a.m. Between about 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. and between 12:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., Route 180 trips would operate two-way service between Kent Station/Transit Center and Sea-Tac Airport. Route 180 trips would be scheduled to arrive at Sea-Tac Airport every 30 minutes between about 3:45 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. In the afternoon, Route 180 trips would leave Sea-Tac Airport every 30 minutes between about 12:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Service between Kent and Sea-Tac Airport would operate in both directions. During midday and evening hours, Route 180 would operate every 30 minutes between southeast Auburn and Kent, and connect with Route 150 trips at the Kent Station/Transit Center through at least 11:30 p.m.
  • Weekend service: Route 180 would operate between southeast Auburn and Kent every 30 minutes starting at about 5 a.m. on Saturdays and 5:30 a.m. on Sundays, and would connect at the Kent Station/Transit Center with Route 150 trips leaving downtown Seattle through at least 11:30 p.m.
  • Future plans: When additional resources are available in the future, Metro would consider expanding Route 180 to full-time service between Kent Station/Transit Center and Sea-Tac Airport.

Advantages

  • New direct airport connection: New Route 180 would provide a new, direct, weekday peak-hours connection between Auburn, Kent, and Sea-Tac Airport.
  • Improved north-south service in Auburn: New Route 180 would replace portions of existing routes 150 and 151 between Auburn Station and Kent Station/Transit Center and would provide continuous north-south service through Auburn 19 to 21 hours a day.
  • Earlier service: Route 180 would start service earlier in the morning than existing Route 151.

Disadvantages

  • Transfers would be required in Kent: Auburn riders with destinations in Tukwila or downtown Seattle would have to transfer at the Kent Station/Transit Center.
  • Peak service would be discontinued to Lakeland Hills.
Jan. 6, 2006