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Mount Baker Martin Luther King Jr. Way S
Routes that could be affected: 14, 38, 42, 42 Express, 48 and new Route 109

Why Metro is suggesting changes

  • Provide a connection between Mount Baker and Link light rail stations.
  • Provide bus service between Link light rail stations in the Martin Luther King Jr. Way S corridor.
  • Minimize duplication of transit service to downtown Seattle and free up resources for expansion of other local bus routes. Routes 42 and 42 Express largely duplicate the Link light rail route. Although no final decisions have been made about any of the proposals described in this publication, Metro is highly likely to recommend that routes 42 and 42 Express be discontinued.

Suggested changes

Two options, A and B, are proposed. Both options would extend Route 14 to serve the Mount Baker Link station and would discontinue routes 42 and 42 Express, but are otherwise different.

Changes for both options:

  • Extend Route 14 to serve the Mount Baker Link station, discontinuing the segment of Route 14 between 31st Avenue S / S McClellan Street and Hunter Boulevard S / S Hanford Street.
  • Discontinue routes 42 and 42 Express.

map of suggested changes option A

Option A

In addition to extending Route 14 and discontinuing routes 42 and 42 Express, Option A would make the following changes:

  • Extend Route 38 to serve the Mount Baker neighborhood (Hunter Boulevard S / S Hanford Street).
  • Discontinue Route 38 service between Beacon Hill and SODO.
  • Extend all trips on Route 48 to provide service along Martin Luther King Jr. Way S to Rainier Beach. Route 48 would no longer operate along SW Alaska Street in Columbia City.

Potential service enhancements Option A

Route 14

  • Depending on resources available, Metro may consider more frequent service on Route 14 during peak periods (6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.), midday or on weekends.

Route 48

  • Operate Route 48 between Rainier Beach and the University District every 10 to 30 minutes during weekday peak periods (6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.), and every 15-30 minutes during midday hours and weekday evenings until at least 11:30 p.m.
  • Operate Route 48 between Rainier Beach and the University District every 15-30 minutes on Saturdays until at least 7 p.m.
  • Operate Route 48 between Rainier Beach and the University District every 30 minutes after 7 p.m. on Saturdays and all day on Sundays.

Advantages Option A

  • The Mount Baker neighborhood would be connected to the Mount Baker Link station. Martin Luther King Jr. Way S would have more frequent transit service with both Link light rail and an improved Route 48.

Disadvantages Option A

  • Current Route 14 riders between 31st Avenue S/S McClellan Street and Hunter Boulevard S / S Hanford Street would have to transfer to reach downtown Seattle.
  • Current Route 42 riders between downtown Seattle and Martin Luther King Jr. Way S would have to transfer between light rail and bus service to reach destinations between Link light rail stations, and to travel to and from downtown Seattle.
  • Current Route 38 riders with trips in the SODO area would have to transfer to and from Link light rail.

map of suggested changes option B

Option B

In addition to extending Route 14 and discontinuing routes 42 and 42 Express, Option B would make the following changes:

  • Create new Route 109 serving Skyway, Rainier View, Martin Luther King Jr. Way S and Mount Baker.
  • Discontinue Route 38.
  • Shorten Route 48 so all trips end at the Mount Baker Link station.

New Route 109

New Route 109 would operate between Skyway, Rainier View, Martin Luther King Jr. Way S and Mount Baker every 15-30 minutes during weekday peak periods (6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.), and every 30 minutes during midday hours and on weekday evenings until 11:30 p.m. It would operate every 30 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays until 11:30 p.m.

Advantages Option B

  • The Mount Baker neighborhood would be connected to the Mount Baker Link station.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Way S would have frequent transit service with both Link light rail and new Route 109.
  • Riders from Skyway would be connected to Link light rail stations.
  • Route 109 would provide more efficient service than Route 48 in Option A, allowing investment in other routes that connect to Link light rail.
  • Route 48 north of the Mount Baker Link station would be more reliable because the route would be shorter.
  • Savings from discontinuing Route 38 could be used to improve service on other routes in the Rainier Valley.

Disadvantages Option B

  • Current Route 14 riders between 31st Avenue S / S McClellan Street and Hunter Boulevard S / S Hanford Street would have to transfer to reach downtown Seattle.
  • Current Route 42 riders between downtown Seattle and Martin Luther King Jr. Way S would have to transfer between light rail and bus service to reach destinations between Link light rail stations, and to travel to and from downtown Seattle.
  • Current Route 48 riders south of S McClellan Street would have to transfer at a new Mount Baker bus facility to reach the Central Area and the University District.
  • Current Route 38 riders would no longer have that bus service and would have to walk to reach Link light rail.
Oct. 3, 2008