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Metro to increase bus stop spacing for Routes 41 and 73

Metro is planning to reduce the number of closely spaced bus stops on the Route 41 and 73 corridors, affecting some stops that also serve routes 48, 242, 243, 71, 72, 77, 79, 83, 347, 348, and 373. The changes will help buses move faster and operate on a more reliable schedule, reduce energy consumption and emissions, and reduce Metro's operating and maintenance costs.

Route 41 has 43 bus stops north of Northgate Transit Center. The plan will remove 13 bus stops, increasing the average spacing between stops from about 785 feet to about 1,150 feet. 

Route 73 has 85 bus stops north of NE 50th Street, and the plan will remove 28 to increase the average spacing between stops from about 715 feet to 1,070 feet. This total includes 14 of the bus stops on 15th Avenue NE that were closed in February 2010 and are not planned to reopen.

As a result of the changes, about 15 percent of Route 41 riders who board north of Northgate Transit Center and Route 73 riders who board north of NE 50th Street will have to catch their bus at a different stop. When the project is completed, all riders should have a faster, more reliable trip.

Routes 73, 77, and 373 ended their long-term reroutes and returned to 15th Avenue NE on Saturday, April 16 (Route 73) and Monday, April 18 (routes 77 and 373). Route 77 makes all stops on 15th Avenue NE north of NE 80th Street. Route 373 stops on 15th Avenue NE at NE 65th Street, NE 80th Street, NE 88th Street northbound (proposed to be relocated to NE 90th Street), NE 89th Street southbound, NE 100th Street northbound, NE 98th Street southbound until the new stop is opened at NE 100th Street, NE Northgate Way, and NE 120th Street, using its normal routing and stops south of NE Ravenna Boulevard and north of NE 120th Street.

Metro plans to adjust the bus stops northbound on 15th Avenue NE between NE 80th Street and NE 90th Street after further refinement of the bus stop spacing plan.  The revised plan is to stop northbound at NE 80th, 85th, and 90th Streets.

The following stops are proposed for closure:

Route 41 and 73 Stop-Spacing Project
route 41
route 73
scheduled for closure stop scheduled for closure
new stop new stop scheduled to open
not scheduled for closure stop not scheduled for closure


Metro reviewed all comments submitted during the initial public comment period for this project and made several changes to the plan, shown on the updated map on this page.

Metro is extending the comment period for proposed changes on northbound 15th Avenue NE between NE 80th Street and NE 90th Street, and the proposed closure at 27th Avenue NE. please submit these comments by Tuesday, May 10 in any of the following ways:

  • Call Metro’s message line, 206-296-4511, and record your message, including the location of your stop.
  • Send an e-mail with Route 41, 73 in the subject line.

We'll keep you informed

Metro will consider your comments along with those made by others, and will keep you informed of changes to the plan through notices posted at each bus stop. Metro will also send messages to KCMetro Alerts subscribers for all affected routes.

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Updated: December 21, 2011