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Route 65 will serve Seattle Children’s Hospital starting Oct. 1

Metro is revising Route 65 to provide improved access to Seattle Children's Hospital.

The route will move from 35th Avenue NE to 40th Avenue NE between NE 55th Street and NE 45th Street/Sand Point Way NE (see map). It will not change north of NE 55th Street or west of NE 45th Street/Union Bay Place.

The change will add two to three minutes of travel time for customers who travel through the revised area. Route 65 will serve all existing stops along its new routing on NE 55th Street and Sand Point Way NE/NE 45th Street, as well as some new stops along 40th Ave NE (exact locations for these have not been determined).

Metro is making this change in order to serve the significant numbers of employees, volunteers, and visitors to Seattle Children's Hospital who live in areas served by Route 65. Also, the businesses and apartments along the revised routing can potentially provide more riders than the single-family homes and cemetery along 35th Avenue NE and NE 45th Place between NE 55th Street and NE 45th Street.

Metro is currently working to adopt a proposed standard for making changes to existing routes in order to attract more riders at the expense of additional travel time for customers who already use the routes. This revision to Route 65 would meet this standard, since the expected number of new riders is enough to outweigh the added travel time for existing customers.

Some of the intersections along the new routing need to be reconfigured for bus operation before this change takes place. Metro is working with Seattle Children's Hospital and the City of Seattle to make these changes this summer.

Public involvement

Many of you shared your thoughts about this change via our online survey earlier this year. Thank you for your participation. The survey results indicate that most of you support this change.

If you have any questions about this routing change, please send e-mail to or call and leave a message on our questions and comments line, 206-263-9770.

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Map of the route change

Map of change to Route 65

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Updated: July 11, 2011