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County Council to vote on changes to bus service in southeast Seattle

The Metropolitan King County Council will vote on proposed Metro bus service changes for the southeast Seattle area in May. The public may comment before the vote by attending a public hearing on April 28 or by calling or writing to council members (see column at right for hearing and contact information).

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Background

Metro Transit is proposing to change bus service in southeast Seattle after Sound Transit's Link light rail service begins in July. Most of the bus service changes would be made this September. Several additional changes are scheduled for February 2010.

The purposes of these changes are to connect neighborhoods to Link stations, avoid duplication of transit services, and improve bus service in southeast Seattle.

Metro involved the community in planning the changes. Over the past six months, Metro informed people in southeast Seattle about potential service revisions and listened to their comments. A community advisory group helped Metro evaluate this public input.

After considering public comments and other factors such as available resources, Metro has recommended bus service changes to the King County Executive. The recommendations are summarized below.

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Next steps

The council's Physical Environment Committee and Budget and Fiscal Management Committee will hold a hearing on the proposals at a joint meeting on Tuesday, April 28 (see column at right). The committees will then forward the proposals to the full council for a vote.

If you have questions about the proposals, please contact Sarah Luthens, Metro community relations planner, at sarah.luthens@kingcounty.gov or 206-684-1154 (TTY Relay 711).

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What bus service changes are being considered?

The following are Metro's recommendations for southeast Seattle bus routes. If approved by the County Council, the changes will be made in September 2009 except for a few that are scheduled for February 2010; these are noted below.

Route 7 Local

No change to local service.

Route 7 Express

  • Reduce the level of service to five morning and five afternoon trips.
  • Adjust Route 34 schedule to coordinate with Route 7 Express.

Route 8

  • Extend route to serve Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S between Mount Baker and Rainier Beach.
  • Provide service every 15 minutes during weekday peak hours and every 30 minutes at other times from Capitol Hill to Rainier Beach until approximately 1 a.m.

February 2010

  • Provide service every 15 minutes during midday hours.

Route 9 Express

  • End at Rainier Beach light rail station instead of Rainier Avenue S and S Henderson Street

February 2010

  • Improve service to every 15 minutes during peak hours (northbound in the morning and southbound in the afternoon) and every 30 minutes during midday hours.

Route 14

  • Revise routing to operate between downtown Seattle and the Mount Baker neighborhood via the Mount Baker Station bus facility.
  • Continue to serve Mount Rainier Drive S to S Hanford Street.
  • Serve the Mount Baker neighborhood until approximately 11 p.m.

Route 32

  • Discontinue Route 32.
  • Replace service between Rainier Beach and Beacon Avenue S/S Myrtle Street with revised Route 106.

Route 34 Express

  • Reduce service to three morning and three afternoon trips.
  • Adjust schedule to coordinate with Route 7 Express trip times.

Route 39

  • Revise routing to end at 38th Avenue S and S Myrtle Street, near Othello light rail station.
  • Discontinue service between Seward Park Avenue S/S Myrtle Street and Rainier Avenue S/S Henderson Street.
  • Adjust Monday-Saturday off-peak service frequency to operate every 45 minutes instead of every 30 minutes.
  • Improve Sunday frequency on Route 39 to operate every 45 minutes instead of every 60 minutes.

Route 35

No change to service.

Route 36

  • Revise routing so that all trips end at 38th Avenue S and S Myrtle Street, near Othello light rail station.
  • Replace service between Rainier Beach and Beacon Avenue S/S Myrtle Street with revised Route 106.
  • Discontinue evening and night service to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

February 2010

  • Improve Saturday service to every 10 minutes between approximately 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Route 38

  • Revise routing to operate between Beacon Hill Station and the Mount Baker bus facility.
  • Discontinue service between Beacon Hill and SODO and in Mount Baker north of McClellan.
  • Operate every 20 minutes instead of every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday between approximately 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Discontinue service on Sundays and on other days before 8:30 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

Routes 42 Local and
42 Express

  • Discontinue service on routes 42 Local and 42 Express.
  • Replace service between Mount Baker light rail station and Rainier Beach with revised Route 8.
  • Replace service between Rainier Beach light rail station and Rainier View with revised Route 107.

Route 48

  • Discontinue service between Mount Baker light rail station and Rainier Beach, and replace with revised Route 8 (will not include Columbia City loop).
  • Revise routing to operate between Loyal Heights and the Mount Baker bus facility.
  • Improve weekday evening frequency from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Route 60

  • Improve weekday peak frequency from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes.

Route 106

  • Revise routing to serve south Beacon Hill and Georgetown via Airport Way S, replacing portions of routes 32 and 36 between Rainier Beach and Beacon Avenue S/S Myrtle Street.
  • Provide service to Rainier Beach light rail station.
  • Improve weekday peak frequency northbound in the morning and southbound in the afternoon from every 20-30 minutes to every 15 minutes.
  • Replace service along S Othello Street with revised Route 36 and revised Route 39.
  • Discontinue service on Rainier Avenue S between S Henderson Street and S Othello Street.

Route 107

  • Revise Route 107 to serve Skyway, Rainier View, and Rainier Beach light rail station via S 114th Street and 74th Avenue S.
  • Improve service frequency to every 30-60 minutes on weekends and during evening hours between 7 p.m. and 12:15 a.m.
  • Improve afternoon peak frequency on weekdays from every 30 minutes to every 15-30 minutes.
  • Discontinue service between Cornell Avenue S/S 114th Street and Seward Park Avenue S/Rainier Avenue S.
  • Route 107 would not operate on S Lakeridge Drive, as proposed in January.

Route 126

Discontinue Route 126.

Route 194

February 2010

  • Discontinue Route 194.
  • Replace service between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport with Link light rail.
  • Replace service between downtown Seattle and Federal Way with expanded service on Sound Transit routes 577 and 578.

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How to comment

Attend the public hearing:
Joint meeting of the Physical Environment and Budget and Fiscal Management committees
Tuesday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.
King County Courthouse
Room 1001
516 Third Avenue, Seattle

E-mail comments to: janice.mansfield@kingcounty.gov

Phone: 206-296-1683
(TTY Relay 711)

Mail comments to:
King County Council Physical Environment Committee
King County Courthouse
516 Third Avenue, Room 1200
Seattle, WA 98104

To confirm the hearing date and time, or arrange meeting accommodations for persons with disabilities, please call Janice Mansfield at 206-296-1683 (TTY Relay 711).

This hearing will be televised on KCTV (King County Television) and streamed live on the Web at www.kingcounty.gov/kctv








Metro is facing a $100 million budget shortfall in 2010 because of the economic downturn. If a new source of funding is not found, this shortfall could affect Metro's ability to maintain and expand service. For more information about Metro's budget situation, visit Metro Matters.

April 13, 2009