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Rainier Beach Seward Park Columbia City Beacon Hill SODO
Routes that could be affected: 34, 35, 39, new Route 50

Why Metro is suggesting changes

  • Provide service connecting the Columbia City and Seward Park neighborhoods to Link light rail stations.
  • Reduce duplication of transit service to downtown Seattle.

Suggested changes

Two options, A and B, are proposed. Both options include discontinuation of Route 34. Options A and B differ in how they would connect Seward Park and Columbia City to downtown Seattle.

Changes for both options:

  • Discontinue Route 34.

map of suggested changes option A

Option A

In addition to discontinuing Route 34, Option A would make the following changes:

  • Discontinue Route 35.
  • Discontinue Route 39.
  • Replace routes 34 and 39 between Columbia City and Seward Park with new Route 50, which would operate between the Othello Link station and West Seattle via Seward Park, the Columbia City Link station, Veterans Administration Medical Center, SODO, and Harbor Island. Limited peak-period trips could serve Todd Shipyards on Harbor Island.

Potential service enhancements Option A

New Route 50 would operate at least every 30 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays, and at least every 60 minutes after 7 p.m. and on Sundays. Depending on resources available, Metro may consider more frequent service on Route 50. Options include:

  • More frequent peak-period service (every 15-20 minutes).
  • Service every 30 minutes on weekday evenings after 7 p.m.
  • Service every 30 minutes on Sundays.

Advantages Option A

  • The Columbia City and Seward Park neighborhoods would be connected to the Othello and Columbia City Link stations.
  • A new route would provide a new, direct connection between Seward Park and the Columbia City Link station, Beacon Hill, SODO, Harbor Island, and Alaska Junction in West Seattle.

Disadvantages Option A

  • Current Route 34 and Route 39 riders between Seward Park or Columbia City and downtown Seattle would have to transfer.
  • Route 35 riders would have to transfer between bus and light rail at the SODO Link station to travel to and from Harbor Island.
  • Route 39 riders south of S Othello Street would have to walk farther to bus stops.

map of suggested changes option B

Option B

In addition to discontinuing Route 34, Option B would make the following change:

  • Revise Route 39 to terminate at the Othello Link station instead of Rainier Beach. Route 39 would still operate to and from downtown Seattle. Service levels and hours of operation would not change (every 30 minutes weekdays and Saturday, and every 60 minutes on weekday evenings and on Sundays).

Potential service enhancements

Depending on resources available, Metro may consider additional service on Route 39. Options include:

  • More frequent peak-period service (every 15-20 minutes).
  • Service every 30 minutes on Sundays.
  • Additional evening and weekend service.

Advantages Option B

  • The Columbia City and Seward Park neighborhoods would be connected to the Othello and Columbia City Link stations.

Disadvantages Option B

  • Current Route 34 riders between Seward Park and downtown Seattle would have to ride Route 39 or transfer to Link light rail at Columbia City Station.
  • Depending where a trip begins, travel time on Route 39 would be as much as 10 minutes longer than on Route 34. If riders transfer to Link light rail at Columbia City Station, travel time would increase by only 3 to 10 minutes.
  • Route 39 riders south of S Othello Street would have to walk farther to bus stops.
Oct. 3, 2008