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Rainier Beach – Rainier View – Skyway – West Hill

Affected Routes: 7, 7 Express, 42, 42 Express, 106, 107, 126

Table of Contents

Purpose

  • Provide service connecting Rainier Beach, Rainier View, Skyway and West Hill to Rainier Beach Link station.
  • Provide east-west connections between Rainier View, Skyway, Rainier View and Renton.

Proposed changes

Route 7

  • No changes to Route 7 south of Rainier Beach. (See changes to Route 7 north of Rainier Beach.)

Route 7 Express

  • Provide five morning and five afternoon peak-period trips, rather than the current levels of eight morning peak-period trips and nine afternoon peak-period trips.

Routes 42 and 42 Express

  • Replace these routes north of S Henderson Street with extended Route 8 (see the details).

Route 106

  • Revise this route to connect to Rainier Beach Link station by way of S Henderson Street. (See additional information about proposed changes to Route 106.)
  • Improve peak frequency to every 15 minutes in the peak direction (to Seattle in the morning and from Seattle in the afternoon).
  • Add late-night service departing downtown Seattle at 1:15 a.m. and 2:15 a.m.

Route 107

  • Revise routing to serve north Skyway, Rainier View and the Rainier Beach Link station.
  • Revise routing in the Lakeridge neighborhood to serve the neighborhood more fully.
  • Improve afternoon peak frequency to every 15 minutes.
  • Improve evening and weekend frequency to every 30 minutes.

Route 126

  • Discontinue this route. Link light rail and Route 140 would provide replacement service between Rainier Beach and Southcenter.

Route 126 changes are described in more detail in a newsletter for Southwest King County.

Advantages

Route 106

  • The Skyway neighborhood would be connected to the nearest Link station—Rainier Beach Station.
  • There would be more late-night frequent service in the peak periods and late night hours.

Route 107

  • The Rainier View neighborhood would be connected to the nearest Link station—Rainier Beach Station.
  • Residents of Rainier View would be able to travel south to Renton and south King County without transferring in Rainier Beach.
  • Residents of West Hill would be able to travel west to Skyway and Rainier View.
  • The revised routing along S Lakeridge Drive would better serve the Lakeridge neighborhood.
  • More frequent service would be provided in the afternoon peak period, in the evenings, and on weekends.
  • The revised route would serve more people than the current Route 107, making it a stronger candidate for future service improvements.

Disadvantages

Routes 42 and 42 Express

  • Current riders from Rainier View would have to transfer for travel to and from downtown Seattle or to destinations along Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.

Route 107

  • Riders along Rainier Ave S east of 57th Avenue S and a small portion of Cornell Ave S would no longer have bus service.
  • West Hill riders would have a slightly longer trip to reach Rainier Beach.

Service level for Rainier Beach – Rainier View – Skyway – West Hill

 

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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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

106

5 a.m.-2:15 a.m.

5:45 a.m.-2:15 a.m.

6:45 a.m.-2:15 a.m.

15-20

30

30

30

30

107

4:45 a.m.-1 a.m.

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

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

15-30

30

30

30

30

126

Service would be replaced by portions of Route 140 and Link light rail.

Jan.10, 2009