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Route 44 stop-spacing project

Metro is planning to reduce the number of closely spaced bus stops along Route 44. This change will help buses move faster and keep to a more reliable schedule, and reduce Metro’s operating and maintenance costs.

Route 44 currently makes about 30 stops each direction between Ballard and the University District. Metro plans to remove 10 bus stops in late September 2012, increasing the average spacing between stops from about 900 feet to 1,050 feet.

As a result of this change, about seven percent of Route 44 riders will have to catch their buses at different stops.

More changes to improve Route 44

The City of Seattle is also installing a number of improvements, such as bus bulbs, transit signal priority, and bus stop amenities to give Route 44 riders faster and more reliable trips.

Read more about the NW Market St/N 45th Street Transit Priority Corridor Improvement Project on the City's website

The following stops are proposed for closure:

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Route 44 Stop-Spacing Project
Route 44
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Feedback and Schedule

Metro will post rider alerts at stops planned for closure in August to give the public a three-week period in which to comment. After considering public comments and making any modifications, Metro will close stops in late September.

Please submit these comments by Friday, September 7 in any of the following ways:


  • Fill out a comment form.
  • Call Metro’s message line, 206-263-4478, and record your message, including the location of your stop.

Stay informed

Metro will keep you informed of changes to the plan through notices posted at each bus stop. We’ll also send messages to Transit Alert subscribers for Route 44.

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Updated: August 17, 2012