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County Council to vote on changes to bus service in southwest King County

The Metropolitan King County Council will vote on proposed Metro bus service changes for the southwest King County 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 southwest King County after Sound Transit's Link light rail service begins in July and extends to Sea-Tac Airport in December. Some of these changes would be made this September, while others are scheduled for next February.

King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit worked together to propose changes to bus routes serving portions of Burien, Federal Way, Kent, SeaTac, Tukwila, and the Sounder Tukwila Station. The purpose of the changes would be to connect Metro buses with Sound Transit's Link light rail and Metro's new RapidRide service, and to improve bus service in southwest King County.

Metro involved the community in planning the changes. Over the past six months, Metro informed people in southwest King County 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 Ellen Hansen, Metro community relations planner, at ellen.hansen@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-6477 (TTY Relay 711).

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What bus service changes are being considered?

The following are Metro's recommendations for southwest King County bus routes. If approved by the County Council, some of the changes will be made in September 2009 while others are scheduled for February 2010, as noted below.

Changes that would take place in September 2009

Route 124 (new)

  • Operate new Route 124 between the Tukwila International Boulevard light rail station and downtown Seattle to replace Route 174.
  • Operate the same service levels operated by current Route 174.

Route 126

  • Discontinue Route 126. Replace parts of this route with revised Route 154 between the Sounder Tukwila Station and Federal Center South.

Route 129 (new)

  • Operate new Route 129 during weekday peak hours between 24th Avenue S/S 116th Street in north SeaTac/Riverton Heights and the Tukwila International Boulevard light rail station, replacing a portion of Route 170.
  • Provide five round trips in the morning and five in the afternoon.

Route 154

  • Shorten to operate between the Sounder Tukwila Station and Federal Center S via East Marginal Way S.
  • Increase the number of trips to four northbound in the morning and four southbound in the afternoon, coordinated with Sounder train times.

Route 170

  • Discontinue Route 170.
  • Replace service between the Tukwila International Boulevard light rail station and 24th Avenue S/S 116th Street with new Route 129.
  • Replace service on Military Road S between S 164th Street and S 176th Street with new Route 156 in February 2010.

Route 174

  • Shorten Route 174 to operate between Federal Way and the Tukwila International Boulevard light rail station.
  • Revise route to operate on International Boulevard instead of the Sea-Tac Airport drives.
  • Replace service between the Tukwila International Boulevard light rail station and downtown Seattle with new Route 124.
  • Improve weekday peak-period service frequency from every 20-30 minutes to every 15 minutes.

Route 179

  • Revise routing to serve the Federal Way Transit Center.
  • Reduce weekday service levels from 10 trips each in the morning and afternoon to eight trips each in the morning and afternoon.

Route 191

  • Discontinue Route 191.
  • Replace service along Pacific Highway S between S 272nd Street and S 160th Street with more frequent peak-period service on revised Route 174.

Changes that would take place in February 2010

Route 128

  • Revise routing to serve the Tukwila International Boulevard light rail station.

Route 140

  • Revise routing to serve the Tukwila International Boulevard light rail station and Southcenter Boulevard instead of the Sea-Tac Airport drives, Air Cargo Road, and McMicken Heights in SeaTac.
  • Replace service on Air Cargo Road with revised Route 180.
  • Replace service in portions of McMicken Heights with new Route 156.
  • Improve evening frequency from every 60 minutes to every 30 minutes.

Route 156

  • Operate new Route 156 between Tukwila and SeaTac, serving Southcenter and the SeaTac/Airport light rail station and replacing portions of Route 170 in the McMicken Heights area of SeaTac and Tukwila
  • Split Route 156 routing between S 164th Street and S 170th Street in McMicken Heights.
  • During weekday peak periods, extend some new Route 156 trips to operate between Southcenter and the Sounder Tukwila Station.
  • On weekdays, provide service every 30 minutes between approximately 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • On weekends, provide service every 60 minutes between approximately 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Route 180

  • Revise routing to serve Air Cargo Road instead of the Sea-Tac Airport drives.
  • Extend service between Burien and Kent until approximately 8 p.m.

Route 194

  • 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 service on Sound Transit routes 577 and 578 (new).
  • Replace service between Sea-Tac Airport and Federal Way with expanded service on Sound Transit Route 574.

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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