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Metro proposes new bus service changes in southeast Seattle

Highlights of the proposals

  • Routes 7 Express and 34 Express - Keep some peak-period trips; no changes to routing.
  • Route 9 Express - Add more peak and midday service and extend route to Rainier Beach Link station.
  • Route 36 - Extend all trips to end at Othello Link station.
  • Routes 42 and 42 Express - Replace these routes with Link and extended Route 8 along Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. Route 8 will have more frequent peak-period service.
  • Route 48 - Shorten to end at Mount Baker Station; improve weekday evening frequency.
  • New Route 50 - Provide east-west service between southeast Seattle and West Seattle via SODO.
  • Route 107 - Modify routing and improve frequency of service.

King County Metro Transit is planning possible changes to bus routes serving Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley, Skyway-West Hill and part of West Seattle. The changes would be made to connect Metro buses with Sound Transit’s Link light rail and to improve overall bus service in southeast Seattle.

Last fall, Metro asked community members what they thought about some suggested changes. More than 2,000 people returned questionnaires or commented in other ways. Most of the comments were about the proposed routes and service levels. People also expressed concerns and made suggestions about safety, fares, travel times, transfers, reliability and frequency of service.

After considering the comments, Metro revised many of its proposals. The revised set of proposals is described here.

The comment period ended February 6, 2009.

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Metro wants to know what you think of the revised proposals

Metro and a community advisory board will consider your comments before making recommendations to King County Executive Ron Sims. Executive Sims will then send a proposed ordinance to the Metropolitan King County Council for review and a decision in April or May of this year.

Approved bus service changes would be phased in as part of Metro’s regular service changes in September 2009 and in February, June, and September 2010.

If you want to receive updates about the proposed bus service changes, please fill in the form on the questionnaire.

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Ways to comment on the options

  • Attend an open house or information table. Express your views directly to transit staff and members of Metro’s community advisory board. Times and places are listed below.
  • E-mail your comments to
  • Call Metro's message line at 206-684-1146 and record your thoughts.
  • Send written comments to:
    King County Dept. of Transportation
    Community Relations
    201 S Jackson St.
    Seattle, WA 98104
  • Fax your comments to 206-263-3489.

Come to an open house or information table

Metro invites you to stop by the information table or any of the open houses listed below, to learn more about the proposed changes and talk with Metro staff about bus routes and service. Sound Transit staff will also be present to talk about Link fares, transfer policies, and related matters.

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Rainier Valley

Saturday, Jan. 17, (date was incorrect on the mailed newsletter) 12-2:30 p.m., Rainier Beach Safeway, 9262 Rainier Ave. S.
Served by Metro routes 7, 39, 42, 48, 106, and 107.

Open Houses

West Seattle

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.
Served by Metro routes 120 and 125.

Beacon Hill

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S.
Served by Metro Route 36.

Skyway-West Hill

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Fire District 20 Training Facility, 12424 76th Ave. S.
Served by Metro Route 106.

Columbia City

Thursday, Jan. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S.
Served by Metro routes 7 and 39. Routes 9 and 48 provide service until 7 p.m. only.

Rainier Valley

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Holly Park Community Church, 4308 S Othello St. (downstairs entrance on east side of building).
Served by Metro routes 42, 48 and 106.

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Holly Park Community Church, 4308 S Othello St. (downstairs entrance on east side of building).
Served by Metro routes 42, 48 and 106.

All meeting locations are accessible for people with disabilities.

Interpreters available
If you need an interpreter for ASL or another language at an open house, please request this service at least five business days before the event. Contact Sarah Luthens, King County community relations planner, at 206-684-1154, TTY Relay 711, or

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