Dept. of Transportation
Metro Transit Division
King Street Center
201 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
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Service Change – Beginning Saturday, February 5, 2011
Making the transit system as efficient as possible.
Every day, changes occur to King County roads, businesses and communities that affect our transportation network. That’s why Metro Transit makes revisions to its bus service three times each year. We want to make the transit system as efficient as possible, improve the speed and convenience of your bus trips, and deliver service you can rely on.
This Special Rider Alert summarizes service revisions that begin in early February. Please check your route's new blue timetable for more details.
Take your pick of travel modes: bus, train, VanPool, VanShare, Rideshare, Access vans for eligible riders, carpool, Zipcar, bike-and-ride and more. Name the place where you want to go — work, home or play — and choose your time. You’ll find that Metro has a solution for you.
At Metro, we’re working hard to give you easy access to the places you want to go, while helping you save money, control stress and protect the environment. So when we say, “We’ll Get You There,” we mean it!
If you have questions or need help planning your trip, call Metro Customer Information at 206-553-3000 (TTY Relay: 711) or visit our Trip Planner.
Pick up a new blue timetable on your bus or at a Metro information rack. On Friday, Feb 4, complete schedule information and custom printable timetables will be available on Metro Online. You can also plan your trips online as early as Jan 26 with Metro's Trip Planner. Remember to enter a travel date of Feb 5 or later.
Metro's Customer Information office at 206-553-3000 (TTY Relay: 711) is open from 5 am to 10 pm Monday through Friday and 8 am to 7 pm Saturday and Sunday. It's closed on major holidays.
The first phase of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Project is underway on 1st Ave between S King St and S Holgate St. To avoid construction delays and to keep buses moving through downtown Seattle and SODO, routes that now operate on 1st Ave between Broad St and Edgar Martinez Dr will be shifted to 3rd Ave. To accommodate these routes, some 3rd Ave routes will shift to 2nd and 4th avenues, while others will operate at different stops on 3rd Ave.
To provide continuing service on 1st Ave, Route 99 will operate, northbound only, on 1st Ave between S Jackson St and Broad St instead of northbound on Alaskan Way. Route 99 will continue to operate southbound on Alaskan Way. Routes 10 and 12 will also continue to operate both directions on 1st Ave between Marion St and Pine St.
Metro, with support from the Washington State Department of Transportation, has added weekday trips on bus routes that travel on corridors affected by this construction. More trips may also be added in the future, if needed.
Street-by-street revisions effective Feb. 5
Refer to maps in each section for specific stop information.
To maximize use of bus stop capacity on 3rd Ave, while continuing to group routes by common geographic destinations, Metro is introducing new color-coded alternating stop patterns. As they have been doing, bus routes will skip every other stop, but bus routes will be grouped differently at these stops. The bus stop signs have a color code at the top to help bus drivers identify the stops.
Some customers find these color codes useful for quick reference. However, we caution you to not identify your stop only by the color code. Always check the route panel on the bus stop sign at a particular stop to make sure your route number is listed.
Northbound on Third Ave
The yellow/red bus stops are on Prefontaine Pl S south of Yesler Way and on 3rd Ave north of Pike St and south of Columbia and Seneca streets. Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 25, 49 and 70 serve this alternating stop pattern. Routes 301 and 316 will also serve these bus stops when the transit tunnel is closed.
The blue/green bus stops are on 3rd Ave north of Pine St and south of James, Madison and Union streets. Metro routes 5, 11, 16, 26, 28, 66, 306, 308, 312 and 358, and ST Route 522 serve this alternating stop pattern. Routes 41, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76 and 77 will also serve these bus stops when the transit tunnel is closed.
Southbound on Third Ave
The yellow/green bus stops are located north of Pine and Marion streets and south of Union and James streets. Routes 2, 3, 4, 7, 14, 23, 27, 34, 35, 36, 39, 82 Night Owl and 124 serve this alternating stop pattern.
The blue/red bus stops are located north of Pike St and south of Seneca and Columbia streets. Routes 21, 22, 54, 55, 56, 57, 79, 84 Night Owl, 113, 116, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 125, 304 and 355 serve this alternating stop pattern.
Metro and Sound Transit have added about 130 trips each weekday to bus route crossing the SR-520 bridge, including new service on routes 255 and 311. More buses mean more alternatives to driving and paying the bridge tolls that begin in spring 2011. Metro is also improving park-and-ride lots and bus stops. For more information about new service, other travel options and the all-electronic tolls, go to www.GoodToGo520.org.
On Saturday, Feb 26, the Kirkland TC reopens at the previous location on 3rd St between Central Way and Kirkland Ave in downtown Kirkland. Improvements at the Kirkland TC include new sidewalks and a wider roadway, longer bus bays and improved signage, shelters and lighting. The interim bus stops eastbound and westbound on Central Way just east of 3rd St will be closed.
Please refer to the map of the Kirkland TC for information on boarding locations for Metro routes 230, 234, 236, 238, 245, 248 and 255, and ST Route 540.
New Route 309 provides weekday peak-period express service to First Hill from the Kenmore P&R via Lake City, I-5 and South Lake Union. Southbound service to First Hill leaves Kenmore P&R every 30 minutes from about 7:30 – 8:30 am. Northbound service to Kenmore P&R leaves 12th Ave S & S Jackson St every 30 minutes from about 4:30 – 5:30 pm.
Route 309 makes no stops, southbound or northbound, between Lake City Way NE & NE 120th St and downtown Seattle except at Lake City Way NE & NE 110th St, NE 95th St and 20th Ave NE. Also, southbound trips do not serve the bus stop at Bothell Way NE & 39th Ave NE.
Schedule & Route Revisions
Below is a numerical listing of affected routes throughout Metro's service area. The listing includes changes, additions and deletions. Visit Metro Online or pick up a new blue timetable for complete route and schedule information.
Select a route number to read what's changing:
Routes 522, 540, 542, 545, 550, 554, 555, 556, 560, 566, 577, Link, Sounder
These Sound Transit bus routes and Link and Sounder rail service, operated by Metro and Pierce Transit (routes 566 and 567), will operate a weekday schedule on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb 21, and a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. Link light rail will operate a weekday schedule on Presidents Day and a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day. Sounder commuter rail will also operate a weekday schedule on Presidents Day but will not operate on Memorial Day.
For holiday service information for ST service operated by Pierce Transit and Community Transit — including routes 510, 511, 513, 532, 535, 574, 578, 590, 592, 593, 594, 595 and Tacoma Link — please visit Sound Transit.
On weekdays, three morning peak-period trips to downtown Seattle from the UW-Bothell campus will be added. Also, four afternoon peak-period trips to Woodinville from downtown Seattle will be added.
Effective Saturday, Feb 26, Route 540 will operate via 6th St S and Kirkland Way and will serve Bay 2 at the Kirkland TC. It will no longer operate on NE 68th St between 6th St S and State St, on State St between NE 68th St and Kirkland Ave. Also, Route 540 will no longer stop northbound on 6th St just north of Kirkland Way and eastbound on Central Way just east of 3rd St.
New express stops will be added northbound on 6th St S just north of NE 68th St and southbound just north of 9th Ave S.
When the transit tunnel is closed, Route 550 will serve bus stops on 2nd Ave at Stewart, Seneca and Cherry streets.
For detailed Sound Transit service and schedule information, please check Sound Transit's Ride the Wave Transit Guide.
Designated trips on routes 31, 45, 65, 67, 68, 75, 133, 167, 197, 205, 271, 272, 277, 372 and 373 will be canceled from Tuesday, March 22, through Friday, March 25, when the University of Washington is not in session.
Metro bus routes will operate a reduced weekday schedule on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb 21, and a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.
Reduced weekday service operates on a weekday schedule, but many peak-only commuter routes are canceled or have reduced trips because of lower demand.
Why are things changing?
Metro is making some scheduling changes to reduce costs, preserve bus service, and operate more efficiently. You may notice some differences in the schedule for your route, along with longer wait times for transfers or different spacing between bus trips. Unfortunately, due to reduced sales-tax revenue for transit, Metro also had to delete some trips on some routes. These reductions were chosen to minimize the disruption to service.
Past Service Changes