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Metro proposes new bus service changes in southwest King County

Bus routes that may change
126, 128, 140, 154, 170, 174, 179, 180, 191, 194, 574, 577
Bus routes that won’t change
101, 120, 121, 122, 123, 131, 132, 133, 134, 139, 150, 155, 175, 190

King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit are working together on possible changes to bus routes serving portions of Burien, Federal Way, Kent, SeaTac, Tukwila, and the Tukwila Sounder Station. The changes would be made to connect Metro buses with Sound Transit’s Link light rail and Metro’s new RapidRide service, and to improve overall bus service in southwest King County.

Link will provide frequent, fast, and reliable service between Sea-Tac International Airport, Tukwila, southeast Seattle, and downtown Seattle. RapidRide is Metro Transit’s new, streamlined bus service that will provide frequent, all-day service in five high ridership corridors. The A Line will run between Tukwila International Boulevard Link Station and Federal Way on Pacific Highway S/International Boulevard (State Route 99) beginning in 2010.

Last fall, Metro asked community members what they thought about some suggested changes. More than 1,100 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 in this newsletter.

The comment period ended February 6, 2009.

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Metro wants to know what you think of the revised proposals

Metro wants to know what you think of the revised proposals. Ways to express your opinions are listed below.

Metro and a community sounding 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.

Most approved bus service changes would be phased in after Sound Transit’s Link light rail service reaches Sea-Tac International Airport in late 2009 and Metro’s RapidRide A Line service begins along Pacific Highway S / International Boulevard in 2010.

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

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Graphic of RapidRide bus at stop


RapidRide is Metro’s new "bus rapid transit" service, scheduled to start with the A Line on Pacific Highway S in 2010.

Everything about RapidRide is being designed to keep people moving quickly throughout the day, with enhanced safety and security, in heavily used transit corridors. Buses will arrive frequently, and electronic signs at the stations will provide real-time information about when the next bus will arrive.

Visit the RapidRide web site for more information.

Ways to comment on the options

  • Attend an open house. Express your views directly to transit staff and members of Metro’s community sounding board. Times and places are listed below.
  • E-mail your comments to
  • Call Metro's message line at 206-296-4511 and record your comments.
  • Mail your 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 and Sound Transit invite you to stop by any of the events listed below, where you can learn more about the proposed changes and talk with transit staff members.

Tukwila (information table)

Saturday, Jan. 24, 12-2 p.m., McMicken Heights Safeway, 4011 S 164th Street. Served by Metro Transit Route 140.

SeaTac (open house)

Thursday, Jan. 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m., SeaTac City Hall, 4800 S 188th Street. Served by Metro Transit routes 180 and 194 and Sound Transit Express Route 574.

SeaTac (open house)

Thursday, Jan. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., SeaTac City Hall, 4800 S 188th Street. Served by Metro Transit route 194 and Sound Transit Express Route 574.

Federal Way (open house)

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Federal Way Community Center, 876 S 333rd Street. Served by Metro Transit DART Route 903.

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 Ellen Hansen, King County community relations planner, at 206-263-6477, TTY Relay 711, or

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Jan. 10, 2009