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Discontinued peak-only routes

Routes 225, 229, 247, 250, 261, and 266

Rationale

  • Peak-only routes 247, 250, 261, and 266 have attracted fewer riders since Sound Transit's ST Express routes 545, 564, and 565 have been available.
  • Improved two-way, all-day service would provide alternatives for riders of discontinued peak-only routes.

Potential changes

  • Routes 225 and 229 would be discontinued; between Eastgate and downtown Seattle, they would be replaced by new Route 212 trips.
  • Routes 247, 250, 261 and 266 would be discontinued.

Alternatives to discontinued service

  • Routes 225 and 229: New Route 227 and existing Route 245 would provide connections with routes 212 and 554 at Eastgate.
  • Route 247: Alternative service is available on ST Express routes 564 and 565, with connections to Metro Transit routes 153 and 918.
  • Route 250: New Route 227 or revised Route 249 would connect with routes 268 and 545 at Overlake Transit Center.
  • Routes 261 and 266: Alternative service every 15 minutes or better would be available along NE 8th Street and 148th Avenue NE connecting with frequent services at the Overlake and Bellevue transit centers.
  • Route 261 west of Bellevue Transit Center: Existing Route 271 would provide connections with service to and from downtown Seattle at Evergreen Point Freeway Station along SR-520.
  • Route 266 east of Redmond Transit Center: Alternative service would be available on routes 268 or 545.
  • Route 266 south of NE 40th Street: New Route 221 would provide transfer connections at SR-520/NE 40th Street to and from routes 268 or 545.

Advantages

  • More frequent service on eastside routes.
  • Less duplication with all-day network.
  • Better match of service levels and coverage with ridership.

Disadvantages

  • A transfer would be required for some Route 225 and 229 riders who currently travel through Eastgate Park-and-Ride.
  • Riders along SE 26th Street, W Lake Sammamish Parkway SE, and SE 34th/35th streets would no longer have bus service.
  • Longer trips and transfers for routes 247, 250, 261 and 266 riders.

Routes 243 and 256

Rationale

  • Improve two-way all-day service between the University District and Bellevue to decrease wait times.

Potential changes

  • Improve Route 255 to every 15 minutes in both directions during weekday peak periods.
  • Improve Route 271 to operate every 15 minutes on weekdays all day until approximately 7 p.m. (evening and weekend frequencies would not change).
  • Discontinue Route 243. Riders could access Route 555 at Northgate Transit Center or take Route 68 or 372 and transfer to and from Route 271 on NE Pacific Street.
  • Discontinue Route 256; partial replacement service would be available on new Route 224 via a transfer at South Kirkland Park-and-Ride (see options).

Advantages

  • More frequent Route 255 service would help reduce wait times and provide more service between downtown Seattle, downtown Kirkland, and Totem Lake employment areas.
  • More frequent service on Route 271 would help reduce wait times and provide convenient access between the University District, other SR-520 routes, and downtown Bellevue.
  • Resources would attract more riders and improve mobility if used on intra-eastside routes.

Disadvantages

  • Current Route 243 riders would have to transfer between either Route 68 or Route 372 and Route 271 in the University District.
  • Current Route 256 riders would have to transfer between Route 255 and new Route 224 at the South Kirkland Park-and-Ride.
Apr. 6, 2006