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King County Metro Transit wants to hear from you about proposed bus service changes

Ways to comment on these proposals

The comment period is over, thank you for your comments.

You may read the questions that were on the questionnaire.

Changes are being proposed for bus service in and around the following areas:

  • Auburn
  • Kent
  • Sea-Tac Airport
  • Maple Valley/Four Corners
  • Tukwila Commuter Rail Station
  • Kent East Hill
  • Glencarin/North Meridian Park
  • Covington
  • Enumclaw
  • Black Diamond

King County Metro Transit is proposing changes to bus service in Auburn, Kent, Maple Valley/Four Corners, Tukwila Station, Kent East Hill, Glencarin/North Meridian Park, Covington, Enumclaw, and Black Diamond, and to and from Sea-Tac Airport. These changes would include new service and changes to existing routes and would shift some bus service to areas that are currently under-served. Your comments will help King County Metro Transit decide which, if any, of these changes to make.

In this newsletter, you will find:

  • Descriptions of the proposed changes;
  • Maps showing the proposed changes;

Please tell us what you think about the proposals outlined in this newsletter. They include:

  • Changes to routes 150, 152, 154, 168, 185, 186, and 915.
  • A new Route 180, providing a weekday connection to Sea-Tac Airport.
  • Replacement of routes 151, 160, and 163 with new service.
  • Elimination of Route 912.

The comment period is over, thank you for your comments.

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Public open house schedule

Drop in at an open house to learn more about these proposals and share your ideas with Metro Transit planners.

Thursday, January 26, 5 - 8 p.m.
Auburn City Hall Council Chambers
25 W. Main St.
Served by Metro Transit routes 150, 151, 152, 181, 186, 915, and 917; and ST Route 565.

Tuesday, January 31, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Kent Campus of Green River Community College
417 Ramsey Way, Room 237
(entrance just west of Pac-Sun in the Kent Station commercial complex)
Served by Metro Transit routes 150, 164, 166, 168, 169, and 183; and ST Route 565.

Tuesday, January 31, 5 - 8 p.m.
Kent Campus of Green River Community College
417 Ramsey Way, Room 237
(entrance just west of Pac-Sun in the Kent Station commercial complex)
Served by Metro Transit routes 150, 164, 166, 168, 169, and 183; and ST Route 565.

Why make changes?

Every few years, under the guidance of King County's Six-Year Transit Development Plan, Metro Transit redesigns bus service in response to changes in where people live, work, and travel. Metro is trying to respond to many competing needs in south King County by managing its available resources to serve the most riders.

Overall goals of these proposed changes

Metro Transit is looking for ways to:

  • make the best use of existing resources;
  • provide better connections between local bus service and Sounder trains;
  • start direct service between Auburn-Kent and Sea-Tac Airport;
  • move buses to areas with greater potential ridership; and
  • improve bus stop facilities in the area.

Please see the pages in this newsletter for details on the routes proposed for change, the routes that will not change, and the new routes Metro proposes to add in order to better serve south King County.

Routes that would be changed

This publication includes information on the following routes proposed for changes: 150, 152, 154, 168, 185, 186, and 915.

Routes that would be replaced by new service

The following routes are proposed to be eliminated and replaced by a new bus route: 151, 160, and 163.

Route that would be discontinued

The following route is proposed to be discontinued: 912

Routes NOT proposed for change

The following routes are NOT proposed for revision: 153, 158, 159, 162, 164, 166, 169, 181, 183, 914, 916, 917, and 918. They will continue to run exactly as they do now even if all of the proposals are accepted, although schedules may change to improve connections with other service.

What happens next?

Metro Transit is now conducting public outreach to gather comments on the proposed changes. Metro staff members will review public comments and make appropriate changes to the proposals. Throughout this review, Metro Transit works with a community-based sounding board of local bus riders and key stakeholders.

In March, the proposals will be sent to the King County Executive, who, after review, will forward his recommendations to the King County Council Transportation Committee. The full council, after inviting another round of public comment, will act on the proposed changes in April and May. If you would like to receive notices about these meetings, you must include your name and address when you fill out the questionnaire.

If adopted, these changes to King County Metro Transit routes would go into effect on Saturday, September 23, 2006.


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

Jan. 6, 2006