Metro's funding gap equals bus cuts

Dept. of Transportation
Metro Transit Division

King Street Center
201 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

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Service Change – Beginning Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012

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 mid-February. These revisions include three routes that are changing from fixed-route to Dial-A-Ride-Transit (DART) service. Please read the highlights listed for a summary of all changes, and check your route's new red timetable for more details.

Metro has 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, 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.

Highlights

New red timetables and trip planning

Pick up a new red timetable on your bus or at a Metro information rack. On Friday, Feb. 17, complete schedule information and custom printable timetables will be available on Metro Online. You can also plan your trips online as early as Feb. 8 with Metro's Trip Planner. Remember to enter a travel date of Feb. 18 or later.

If you ride Community Transit, Pierce Transit or Sound Transit, please check their websites and new schedules.

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.

Route 149 changes to new DART Route 907

New DART Route 907 Map
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Route 149 will change to a Dial-a-Ride-Transit (DART) service and be renumbered Route 907. New Route 907 will operate the same routing as the former Route 149 and serve three new DART areas in Enumclaw, Black Diamond and Renton.

In Enumclaw, the Route 907 DART area includes St Elizabeth Hospital, downtown Enumclaw and other commercial areas, Enumclaw High School, Enumclaw Aquatic Center and adjacent neighborhoods.

In Black Diamond, Route 907 will serve the area bordered by Roberts Drive, 3rd Ave (SR-169) and Morgan and Baker streets.

In Renton, it will serve downtown Renton and Rainier Ave S, SW Grady Way, SW 7th St and Hardie Ave SW.

Please refer to the Route 907 map and timetable, or Metro Online for schedule information and DART boundaries.

On weekdays, northbound Route 907 trips to Renton leave Semanski St S & McDougall Ave at 7:31, 8:01, 9:16 and 10:46 a.m., and 12:16, 1:46, 3:16 and 4:33 p.m. Southbound trips to Enumclaw leave the Renton Transit Center at 6:26, 9:24 and 10:54 a.m., and 12:24, 1:54 and 3:24 p.m. The former northbound Route 149 trip to Renton leaving Semanski St S & McDougall Ave at 7:31 p.m. will be deleted.

Some Route 186 trips change to new DART Route 915

New DART Route 915 Map
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On weekdays (midday service only) and Saturday, Route 186 will change to DART service and be renumbered DART Route 915. Route 186 weekday peak-period service will not change.

New Route 915 will operate the same routing as Route 186 between Griffin Ave & Wells St in Enumclaw and the Auburn Station, and serve three new DART areas in Auburn and Enumclaw.

In Auburn, Route 915 will serve two areas: downtown Auburn north of 1st St SW/SE including the Auburn Regional Medical Center, and east of Auburn Way S including the Auburn Senior Center on 9th St SE.

In Enumclaw, Route 915 will serve downtown Enumclaw north of Griffin Ave including St Elizabeth Hospital, the area east of Cole St and the neighborhood south of Roosevelt Ave (Hwy 410) along Watson St N and Dickerson Ave including Safeway.

Please refer to the Route 915 map and timetable, or Metro Online for schedule information and DART boundaries.

On weekdays, southbound Route 915 trips leave Auburn Station at 9:13, and 10:43 a.m., and 12:13, 1:43 and 3:12 p.m. Northbound trips to Auburn leave Wells St & Griffin Ave at 9:57 and 11:27 a.m., and 12:58, 2:28 and 3:58 p.m.

On Saturday, southbound Route 915 trips leave Auburn Station at 9:50 and 11:20 a.m., and 12:50, 2:20, 3:50 and 5:20 p.m. Northbound trips to Auburn leave Wells St & Griffin Ave at 10:39 a.m., and 12:09, 1:39, 3:09, 4:39 and 6:09 p.m.

Route 251 changes to new DART Route 931

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Route 251 will change to a DART service in the North Creek and downtown Bothell areas and be renumbered Route 931.

New Route 931 will operate the same routing as the former Route 251 except it will operate both directions on NE 195th St between 120th Ave NE and North Creek Pkwy. It will no longer operate on 120th Ave NE, North Creek Pkwy N and North Creek Pkwy.

Route 931 will also serve a new DART area between North Creek Pkwy N and Woodinville Dr/SR-522 that includes downtown Bothell and the UW Bothell/Cascadia CC campus.

Please refer to the Route 931 map for more information.

Route 931 will have the same service frequency as the former Route 251.

�Have A Say� about proposed route changes coming this fall

In November 2011, Metro asked the public to comment on service change proposals related to the start of the RapidRide C Line (West Seattle to downtown Seattle) and D line (Ballard/Uptown to downtown Seattle) in September 2012. Metro will be offering revised service change proposals for public review in early February that reflect suggestions we've received.

Revisions to the following routes are included:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 15X, 16, 17, 18, 20 (new), 21, 21X, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 30, 32 (new), 33, 34, 35, 37, 39, 51, 53, 54, 54X, 55, 56, 56X, 57, 60, 75, 81, 85, 116, 120, 123, 124, 125, 128, 131, 132, 133, 134, 156 and 166.

Note: Routes 26, 28X, 31, 48X, 355X, 773 and 775 were previously considered for revision but, as a result of public feedback, they will remain unchanged for the time being.

For more information about these proposals and to comment, please plan on attending an upcoming community open house (check the meeting calendar).

Visit the Have a Say website to complete an online survey, call 206-263-9768 or send an e-mail.

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Schedule & Route Revisions

Below is a numerical listing of affected routes throughout Metro's service area. Visit Metro Online or pick up a new red timetable for complete route and schedule information.

Metro Service Revisions

Metro is making some scheduling changes to reduce costs, preserve bus service and operate more efficiently. You may notice differences in the schedule for your route or trip.

These new routes will be added:

Sound Transit Service Revisions

ST Routes 522, 540, 542, 545, 550, 554, 555, 556, 560, 566, 577, Link, Sounder

The above Sound Transit bus routes, operated by Metro and Pierce Transit (ST routes 566 and 577), will operate a weekday schedule on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 20, and a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

Link will operate the same schedules as the routes listed above.

On Presidents Day, Sounder commuter rail will operate four northbound morning trips and four southbound afternoon trips between Tacoma and downtown Seattle. Sounder will not operate on Memorial Day.

For holiday service information for ST routes operated by Pierce Transit and Community Transit — including routes 510, 511, 513, 532, 535, 566, 574, 577, 578, 590, 592, 593, 594, 595 and Tacoma Link — please visit Sound Transit.

ST Route 510

On weekdays, five northbound trips to Everett leaving 6th Ave S & S Atlantic St at 2, 3:50, 4:20, 5 and 6 p.m. will be added. Also, the northbound trips leaving 6th Ave S & S Atlantic St at 3:55, 4:25 and 5:05 p.m. will be revised to leave at 4, 4:30 and 5:10 p.m.

ST Route 511

On weekdays, two southbound trips to downtown Seattle leaving the Ash Way P&R at 4:21 and 5:21 a.m. will be added. Also, the southbound trips leaving the Ash Way P&R at 5:11 a.m. and 5:40 a.m. will be revised to leave at 5:01 and 5:41 a.m.

ST Route 513

The southbound trips to downtown Seattle leaving Evergreen Way & 79th SE at 5:20 and 5:40 a.m. will be revised to leave three minutes later at 5:23 and 5:43 a.m.

ST Route 522

On weekends, the Route 522 schedule will have minor trip revisions.

ST Route 540, 542

Route 540 and 542 schedules will have minor revisions.

ST Route 545

On weekdays, a westbound trip to downtown Seattle leaving the Bear Creek P&R at 7:09 am will be added. Also, the westbound trips leaving at 7:05 and 7:14 am will be revised to leave at 7:02 and 7:16 am. NOTE: these schedule revisions took effect on Monday, Jan. 23.

ST Route 550

On Saturday (midday service), ST 550 midday service will have minor schedule revisions.

ST Route 560

On weekdays, the two westbound trips leaving 105th Ave NE & NE 2nd St at 7:27 and 7:57 am will end at the Burien TC instead of the Alaska Junction in West Seattle. Also, the two westbound trips leaving at 1:26 and 5:26 pm will end at the Alaska Junction instead of the Burien TC.

Two trips to Burien leaving the Alaska Junction at about 6:09 and 6:40 pm will be added.

For detailed Sound Transit service and schedule information, please check Sound Transit's Ride the Wave Transit Guide.

Metro Holiday Service

Upcoming Holidays

Metro bus routes will operate a weekday schedule on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 20, and a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

Please check our Holiday Service page or your route's timetable for details:

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Reduced Service when UW is not in session

Selected trips on routes 31, 65, 67, 68, 75, 133, 167, 197, 205, 271, 277, 372 and 373 will be canceled on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 20, and from Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23, when the University of Washington is not in session.

What's different about DART?

Dial-A-Ride Transit allows riders to request a pick-up or drop-off at locations away from the bus�s regular route within specified DART service areas. Reservations can be made by calling 1-866-261-3278 (voice) or 1-800-246-1646 (TTY) at least two hours before you want to be picked up. Reservations can be made for 30 days at a time, up to 30 days in advance. Riders can request a drop-off within the specified DART area by asking the bus driver. However, only a limited number of off-route deviations can be made on any given trip. Requests for a special pick-up or drop-off are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Due to safety and other operational considerations (narrow streets, cul-de-sacs, etc.), door-to-door service may not be possible. You may need to board or exit a block or more away from the location requested.

Why are things changing?

Metro is making some scheduling changes to reduce costs, preserve bus service, and operate more efficiently. You may notice differences in the schedule for your route or trip. Metro also has deleted some routes and trips.

Updated: May 18, 2012