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Downtown Seattle Sea-Tac International Airport

Affected Routes: 194, new Route 195

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Purpose

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

Proposed changes

Route 194

  • Replace this route with Link light rail between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport, which will begin service to the airport in late 2009. (See planned Link service levels.)

New Route 195

  • Create this new route to provide service between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport during early morning hours when Link is not operating. Route 195 would operate at least three daily round trips between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. and would serve the existing bus zones at the southern end of the airport terminal.

Advantages

Link light rail

  • Link light rail service will be more frequent and reliable than existing bus service.
  • Link light rail will have longer hours of operation than existing Route 194 service.

Route 195

  • Route 195 will offer a faster connection to Sea-Tac Airport during early morning hours than existing owl service provides.

Disadvantages

Link light rail, Route 194

  • The distance from the Link light rail Sea-Tac 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.

Replacement service for Route 194 south of Sea-Tac Airport is described in more detail in a newsletter for Southwest King County.

Service levels for Downtown Seattle Sea-Tac International Airport

 

Hours of operation

Frequency
(minutes between trips or number of trips)

Route

Weekday

Saturday

Sunday

Peak

Midday

Evening

Saturday

Sunday

194

Service would be replaced by portions of routes 574, 577, and Link light rail.

195

2 a.m.-5 a.m.

2 a.m.-5 a.m.

2 a.m.-5 a.m.

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4 "owl" trips

4 "owl" trips

5 "owl" trips

Link light rail

5 a.m.-1:30 a.m.

5 a.m.-1:30 a.m.

6 a.m.-12
midnight

6-8

10

10-15

10-15

10-15

Jan.10, 2009