Dept. of Transportation
Metro Transit Division
King Street Center
201 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
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Service Change – Beginning Saturday, June 11, 2011
Making the transit system as efficient as possible.
Every day, changes occur to roads, businesses and communities that affect our transportation network. King County Metro Transit responds to these changes by adjusting and modifying 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 June. Please read this brochure for a summary of the changes, and check your route's new green timetable for more details.
You can also visit our website or call us at 206-553-3000 to learn about the many transportation options and services available to you in King County. 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, convenient 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 green timetable on your bus or at a Metro information rack. On Friday, June 10, complete schedule information and custom printable timetables will be available on Metro Online. You can also plan your trips online as early as June 1 with Metro's Trip Planner. Remember to enter a travel date of June 11 or later.
Metro's Customer Information office at 206-553-3000 (TTY Relay: 711) is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It's closed on major holidays.
Early this summer, Airport Way S will be closed for about 18 months between
When the bridge closes, northbound Route 106 to downtown Seattle will be rerouted in the Georgetown/SODO area via S Lucile St, S Dawson St, 4th Ave S, S Industrial Way to 6th Ave S and regular routing. Southbound, Route 106 to Renton will operate via 6th Ave S, S Industrial Way, 4th Ave S, S Lucile St to Airport Way S and regular routing. In addition to serving all regular bus stops on the reroute, Route 106 will also serve a pair of temporary stops northbound and southbound on 6th Ave S just north of S Industrial Way.
Routes 131 and 134 will operate the same reroute except they will continue on S Industrial Way to and from Airport Way S.
Metro and Sound Transit have added about 130 trips each weekday to bus routes crossing the SR-520 bridge. More buses mean more alternatives to driving and paying the bridge toll that begins this summer. For more information about new service, park and ride availability and other travel options available to riders and employers, please go to our "We'll Get You There" page. For information on the SR-520 project and electronic tolls, go to www.GoodToGo520.org.
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 green 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, operated by Metro and Pierce Transit (routes 566 and 567), and Link light rail will operate a Sunday schedule on Independence Day, Monday, July 4, and Labor Day, Monday, September 5. Sounder commuter rail will not operate on these holidays.
For holiday service information for ST routes 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.
Route 540 will no longer operate midday and evening service. It will operate to and from the U-District without a scheduled layover during the morning and afternoon peak periods. It will also be revised to operate via Stevens Way on the UW campus and will no longer serve the bus stops southbound on 15th Ave NE between NE 45th St and NE Campus Parkway.
On weekdays, a new eastbound trip to Bellevue leaving Convention Place Station at 5:12 pm will be added. Also, weekday evenings after 8 pm and all day Sunday, eastbound trips to Bellevue will end at the Bellevue TC, Bay 9, after operating to the Bellevue Regional library on 110th Ave NE.
On weekdays, midday service frequency will be reduced from 15 minutes to 20 minutes. On weekends, Route 554 will operate every 30 minutes between about 10 am and 7 pm, and every 60 minutes at other times. Also, all trips will serve the Issaquah Highlands P&R.
During the weekday peak periods only, Route 560 will continue to operate between the Bellevue TC and West Seattle. At all other times, it will operate between the Bellevue and Burien transit centers only. Route 560 will also be revised to operate in both directions via S 182nd St at Sea-Tac Airport and will serve a new express stop northbound on International Blvd just north of S 176th St (across the street from the SeaTac/Airport Link station).
At the Bellevue TC, eastbound Route 560 trips will serve Bay 7 instead of Bay 3.
Deleted: the southbound trip to Auburn Station leaving the Overlake TC at 5:33 am and two northbound trips to the Overlake TC leaving Auburn Station at 7:07 and 9:36 pm.
The last three northbound Link trips leaving SeaTac/Airport Station at 12:20, 12:35 and 12:50 am will be revised to operate to Beacon Hill Station instead of Mount Baker Station. The hours of operation at Beacon Hill station will be extended to about 1:15 am Monday through Saturday, and to about 12:15 am on Sunday and holidays.
For service to downtown Seattle, the last northbound Link trip arriving at Beacon Hill Station at 1:14 am will connect with Metro Route 36 leaving from the bus stop northbound on Beacon Ave S just south of S Lander St at 1:20 am. This trip will continue to 3rd Ave & Pike St in downtown Seattle.
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 Monday, June 13, through Friday, June 17, and from Monday, August 22, through Friday, September 23, when the University of Washington is not in session.
Metro bus routes will operate a Sunday schedule on Independence Day, Monday, July 4, and Labor Day, Monday, September 5.
Please check your route’s timetable or Metro Online for details. Also, check the Sound Transit section of this brochure for more holiday service information.
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