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Capitol Hill First Hill Central Area Rainier Avenue S
Routes that could be affected: 7 Express, 8, 9 Express, 60

map of suggested changes

Why Metro is suggesting changes

  • Improve connections between Capitol Hill, First Hill, the Central Area, and Link light rail stations.
  • Reduce duplication of transit service to downtown Seattle.

Suggested changes

  • Discontinue Route 7 Express.
  • Extend Route 9 Express to serve the Rainier Beach Link station.

Potential service enhancements

Depending on resources available, Metro may consider more frequent service on Routes 8, 9 Express, and 60. Options include:

  • More frequent service in peak periods (6-9 a.m., 3-6 p.m.), evenings or weekends on Route 8.
  • More frequent service in peak periods, midday or evenings on Route 9 Express.
  • More frequent service in peak periods or evenings on Route 60.


  • Rainier Beach and the Rainier Avenue S corridor would be connected to Link light rail stations.
  • Operating savings from Route 7 Express could be used to improve other local routes.


  • Current Route 7 Express riders would have a longer bus trip on Route 7 local, or could use alternative bus routes and transfer to Link light rail to reach downtown Seattle.
Oct. 3, 2008