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Seattle, WA 98104
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Martin Luther King Jr. Way S Rainier Avenue S

Affected Routes: 7, 7 Express, 8, 9 Express, 42, 42 Express, 48

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Purpose

  • Reduce duplication of transit service to downtown Seattle.
  • Provide more efficient express bus service on Rainier Avenue S.

Proposed changes

Rainier Avenue S

Route 7

  • Increase night frequency from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes until midnight seven days a week in 2010. This improvement will be made possible by a financial partnership between Metro and the City of Seattle.

Route 7 Express

  • Provide five morning peak-period trips rather than the current eight trips. Provide five evening peak-period trips rather than the current nine trips.
  • Coordinate schedule north of S Genesee Street with Route 34 Express so that buses are evenly spread out. (See more information about Route 34 Express).

Route 9 Express

  • Extend Route 9 Express to serve the Rainier Beach Link station at S Henderson Street/Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.
  • Increase frequency to every 15 minutes during peak periods in the peak direction (northbound in the morning and southbound in the afternoon).
  • Increase frequency to every 30 minutes during midday hours (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) on weekdays.

Martin Luther King Jr. Way S

Route 8

  • Extend Route 8 to Rainier Beach Link station and Rainier Beach via Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.
  • Add weekend service between Capitol Hill and Rainier Beach.
  • Add evening service between Capitol Hill and Rainier Beach.
  • Operate at least every 30 minutes between 5 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. on weekends.

Routes 42 and 42 Express

Route 48

  • Shorten route to end at Mount Baker Station instead of current terminals at Rainier Beach and Columbia City.
  • Improve weekday evening frequency to every 15 minutes until 9:30 p.m.

Advantages

Rainier Avenue S

Route 7 Express

  • Would maintain express bus connections from Rainier Avenue S to the I-90 Freeway Station and downtown Seattle, with a total of eight morning and eight afternoon peak-period trips between S Genesee Street and downtown Seattle on routes 7 Express and 34 Express.

Route 9 Express

  • Would establish a connection between Rainier Avenue S and the Rainier Beach Link station.
  • Would provide more frequent service between Rainier Valley and First Hill.

Martin Luther King Jr. Way S

Route 8

  • Would provide more frequent transit service along Martin Luther King Jr. Way S with both Link light rail and extended Route 8.
  • Would provide new evening and weekend service along Martin Luther King Jr. Way S in Mount Baker and the Central Area.
  • Would provide a new connection from Martin Luther King Jr. Way S to the Central Area, Capitol Hill, and Seattle Center.

Route 48

  • Would improve reliability because all trips would use the same routing between Mount Baker Station and the University District, and the route would be shorter.
  • Would eliminate confusion that has been caused by having some trips end in Columbia City and some trips end in Rainier Beach.

Disadvantages

Rainier Avenue S

Route 7 Express

  • Riders of route 7 Express would have fewer total trips.
  • By maintaining Route 7 Express, less new service would be provided on other routes in southeast Seattle.

Martin Luther King Jr. Way S

Routes 8, 42, and 42 Express

  • Some riders along Martin Luther King Jr. Way S would have to transfer between Link light rail and bus service for travel to and from downtown Seattle or to destinations between Link stations.

Route 48

  • Riders between the Rainier Valley and Capitol Hill, the University District, and Ballard would have to transfer to reach their destinations.

Service levels for Martin Luther King Jr. Way S Rainier Avenue S

 

Hours of operation

Frequency
(minutes between trips or number of trips)

Route

Weekday

Saturday

Sunday

Peak

Midday

Evening

Saturday

Sunday

7

24 hours

24 hours

24 hours

5-10

10

15-30,
2 owl trips

12

15

7 Express

Peak hours

none

none

5 morning trips,
5 afternoon trips

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8

5:45 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

6 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

6 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

15

30

30

30

30

9 Express

6 a.m -7 p.m.

none

none

15-30

30

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42

Service would be replaced by portions of routes 8, 107, and Link light rail.

42 Express

Service would be replaced by portions of routes 8, 107, and Link light rail.

48

5:30 a.m -11:30 p.m.

6:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

6:45 a.m.-11:45 p.m.

10-15

15

15-30

15

30

Jan.10, 2009