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I-5 South Federal Way International Boulevard
Routes that could be affected: 175, 190, 194, Sound Transit (ST) Express 574, and ST Express 594

Why Metro is suggesting changes

  • Reduce duplication of transit service to downtown Seattle.
  • Improve service between Pierce County, Federal Way, and downtown Seattle.
  • Provide connections to Link light rail.

map of suggested changes

Suggested changes

  • Combine routes 175 and 190 on a single timetable for more efficient operation. Discontinue Route 175 service on Pacific Highway S north of S 272nd Street. Route 175 would replace some Route 190 trips at Star Lake Park-and-Ride.
  • Discontinue Route 194 between downtown Seattle, Sea-Tac International Airport, and Federal Way. Link light rail will provide service between downtown Seattle and the Airport.
  • Improve service levels on ST Express Route 574 between Lakewood, Tacoma, Federal Way, and Sea-Tac International Airport.
  • Change ST Express Route 594 to serve the Federal Way Transit Center during off-peak hours, and double service levels on weekdays and Saturdays during daytime periods.
  • Change Route 190 to use Seneca Street instead of the SODO Busway into downtown Seattle in the morning.

Advantages

  • Service between Tacoma, Federal Way, and downtown Seattle would be faster and more frequent during off-peak hours.
  • Route 194 service between Federal Way and Sea-Tac International Airport would be replaced with enhanced service on ST Express Route 574.
  • Riders to and from Lakewood and Tacoma would have new connections to South King County Metro routes via a transfer at the Federal Way Transit Center.

Disadvantages

  • Riders of the current Route 175 between Pacific Highway S/S 272nd Street and Kent Des Moines Road would have to transfer from the RapidRide A Line to Link light rail at the SeaTac/Airport Link Station to reach downtown Seattle.
  • Travel times for ST Express Route 594 riders to or from Pierce County would increase by about five minutes during off-peak hours.

Potential service enhancements

Routes 175 and 190

  • Provide a total of seven morning peak-hour trips and six afternoon weekday peak-hour trips between the Redondo Heights Park-and-Ride and downtown Seattle. Of those trips, four in the morning peak hours and five in the afternoon peak hours would extend as Route 175 to West Federal Way.

ST Express Route 574

  • Operate ST Express Route 574 on weekdays, Saturdays, and Sundays between Lakewood, Tacoma, Federal Way, and Sea-Tac International Airport every 10-30 minutes from about 3 a.m. to 11 p.m.

ST Express Route 594

  • Operate ST Express Route 594 every 15 minutes between downtown Seattle, Federal Way, and Tacoma on weekdays and Saturdays until about 8:30 p.m.; and every 30 minutes after 8:30 p.m. and all day on Sundays.
Oct. 3, 2008