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Downtown Seattle Sea-Tac International Airport
Routes that could be affected: 194, new Route 195

Why Metro is suggesting changes

  • Reduce duplication of transit service between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac International Airport.
  • Provide early morning bus service between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac International Airport when Link light rail is not operating..

Suggested changes

  • Discontinue Route 194. Replace Route 194 service between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac International Airport with Link light rail, planned to begin service to the airport in late 2009. (See charts on page 12 for planned Link service levels.) Sound Transit is proposing to modify ST Express 594 to serve the Federal Way Transit Center, providing bus service between downtown Seattle and Federal Way.
  • Create new Route 195 to provide service between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac International Airport during early morning hours when Link light rail is not operating. Route 195 would operate between downtown Seattle and the Link light rail SeaTac /Airport Station (International Boulevard S and S 176th Street) seven days a week, with departures from downtown Seattle at 2:15 a.m., 3:30 a.m., and 4:40 a.m. on Monday through Saturday, and an additional 1:15 a.m. departure on Sunday mornings.

map of New Route 195

Advantages

  • Link light rail will provide more frequent and reliable service compared to existing bus service.
  • Link will have longer hours of operation than existing Route 194 service.
  • Route 195 would provide a faster connection between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac International Airport than current early morning service.

Disadvantages

  • The distance from the Link light rail SeaTac /Airport Station to the airport terminal will be farther than the distance from the current bus zones to the terminal. The walk from the station to the airport terminal is about 1,000 feet and will take approximately four minutes.
Oct. 3, 2008