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Rainier Beach Rainier View Skyway West Hill
Routes that could be affected: 7, 7 Express, 42, 42 Express, 107, new Route 108, new Route 109

Why Metro is suggesting changes

  • Provide service connecting Rainier Beach, Rainier View, Skyway, and West Hill to the Rainier Beach Link station.
  • Improve connections to the Skyway business district.
  • Minimize duplication of transit service to downtown Seattle and free up resources for expansion of other local bus routes. Most of routes 42 and 42 Express 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 include changes to routes 7, 7 Express, 42, and 42 Express. Options A and B would make different routing changes for Route 107 and would create different new routes.

Changes for both options:

  • Discontinue Route 7 local service between Rainier Avenue S/S Henderson Street and 62nd Avenue S/S Prentice Street.
  • Discontinue Route 7 Exp
  • Discontinue routes 42 and 42 Express.

Option A

In addition to discontinuing Route 7 local service between Rainier Avenue S / S Henderson Street and 62nd Avenue S / S Prentice Street, as well as Route 7 Express and routes 42 and 42 Express, Option A would make the following changes:

  • Extend Route 107 to serve the Rainier Beach Link station.
  • Revise routing on Route 107 to operate via Skyway and 62nd Avenue S to the Rainier Beach Link station. Route 107 would no longer serve portions of Cornell Avenue S and Rainier Avenue S between Cornell Avenue S/S 114th Street and 57th Avenue S/Rainier Avenue S.
  • Create new Route 109 to replace Route 42 and Route 42 Express trips and operate between Skyway, 53rd Avenue S / S Leo Street and the Rainier Beach Link station. If Option B from the Martin Luther King Jr. Way S section (page 5) is selected, Route 109 would continue north on Martin Luther King Jr. Way S to Mount Baker.

map of suggested changes option A

Potential service enhancements Option A

Route 107, new Route 109

Routes 107 and 109 would operate every 15-30 minutes during weekday peak periods (6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.), every 30 minutes all day on weekdays and weekends until at least 9 p.m., and every 60 minutes until 12 a.m.

Depending on available resources and preferred routing options, Metro may consider additional service for Routes 107 or 109. Options include:

  • More frequent service during peak periods (6-9 a.m., 3-6 p.m.).
  • More frequent evening service (9-11 p.m.).

Advantages Option A

  • The West Hill, Skyway, Prentice Street, and Rainier View neighborhoods would be connected to the nearest Link station, Rainier Beach Station.
  • Trolley bus service north of S Henderson Street would be more reliable because all trips would operate to and from a single terminal at Rainier Avenue S/S Henderson Street.
  • West Hill and Prentice Street neighborhoods would have a new connection to the Skyway business district and Renton.
  • Rainier View may still have a direct connection to Martin Luther King Jr. Way S, and would have a new connection to the Skyway business district.
  • New portions of Rainier View would have transit service.

Disadvantages Option A

  • Current Route 7 and Route 7 Express riders south of Henderson Street would have to transfer to travel north on Rainier Avenues.
  • Current Route 42 and Route 42 Express riders from Rainier View would have to transfer to travel to and from downtown Seattle.
  • Travel time for Route 107 between Renton and Rainier Beach would be five minutes longer.
  • Route 107 service between Rainier Avenue S/57th Avenue S and Cornell Avenue S/ S 114th Street would be eliminated.

Option B

In addition to discontinuing segments of Route 7 local service between Rainier Avenue S/S Henderson Street and 62nd Avenue S/ S Prentice Street, as well as Route 7 Express and routes 42 and 42 Express, Option B would make the following changes:

  • Revise routing of Route 107 to operate via Skyway, Rainier View, and the Rainier Beach Link station.
  • Create new Route 108 as a one-way loop to connect Prentice Street, Skyway, and West Hill with Rainier Beach and the Rainier Beach Link station.

Potential service enhancements for Option B

Route 107

  • More frequent service (every 30 minutes) between 7 and 9 p.m.

New Route 108

Route 108 would operate every 30 minutes all day on weekdays and weekends until at least 9 p.m. and every 60 minutes until 12 a.m. Depending on available resources and preferred routing options, Metro may consider additional service for Routes 107 or 108. Options include:

  • More frequent service during peak periods (6-9 a.m., 3-6 p.m.).
  • More frequent evening service (9-11 p.m.).

map of suggested changes option B

Advantages Option B

  • The West Hill, Skyway, Prentice Street, and Rainier View neighborhoods would be connected to the nearest Link station, Rainier Beach Station.
  • The Rainier View and West Hill neighborhoods would have a new connection to the Skyway business district and Renton.
  • New portions of Rainier View, Skyway, and West Hill would have transit service.
  • Trolley bus service north of Henderson Street would be more reliable because all trips would operate to and from a single terminal at Rainier Avenue S/S Henderson Street.

Disadvantages Option B

  • Current Route 7 and Route 7 Express riders would have to transfer to travel north of S Henderson Street.
  • Rainier View riders of Route 42 and Route 42 Express would have to transfer to travel north of S Henderson Street.
  • Travel time for current Route 107 riders between Renton and Rainier Beach would be 5-10 minutes longer.
Oct. 3, 2008