Metro Transit Service Change

This Special Rider Alert summarizes Metro service revisions and improvements that begin September 10, 2016. These changes include a major restructure of service in southeast Seattle that will affect routes 9E, 38, 106, 107 and 124. These changes are the result of four years of work with community based organizations whose mission is to provide access to low-income and non-English speaking communities.

There will also be service changes that are unrelated to the southeast Seattle restructure:

  • New route: 243, Redmond LOOP
  • Deleted route: 38
  • Added trips or schedule changes: 8, 15, 17, 18, 21E, 26E, 28, 40, 45, 48, 62, 63, 65, 67, 71, 73, 75, 76, 77, 118 (new Sunday service), 119, 120, 131, 132, 316, 372
  • Minor routing changes: 11, 26E, 27, 28, 33, 49, 63, 193, 303, 345
  • Temporary routing change: 249
  • Routing revisions serving new bus stops: 111, 114, 177, 178, 190, 373
  • DART area changes: 915

Attention Route 107 customers

Due to the delayed opening of the new Route 107 terminal on S Lander St between 15th Ave S and Beacon Ave S, Route 107 will be rerouted via Beacon Ave S between S Spokane and S McClellan streets to a temporary terminal located just south of S McClellan St.

Effective Sept. 10, 2016 thru March 10, 2017

Redmond LOOP (New)

On weekdays, the Redmond LOOP operates a one-way clockwise loop via Education Hill, Avondale, southeast Redmond and downtown Redmond (see Redmond LOOP map). It serves 27 designated stops approximately every 45 minutes from 9 am-3 pm.

The Redmond LOOP also provides flexible service within a defined area in Education Hill east of 166th Ave NE, and to four destinations including the Redmond Senior Center, Friendly Village, Swedish Medical Center and Group Health. Reservations for flexible service areas and destinations can be made on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 425-702-9616 or by sending an email.

Route 8

A new southbound trip to downtown Seattle leaving Queen Anne Ave N & W Mercer St at 6:05 pm will be added. Also, the two southbound trips leaving Queen Anne Ave N & W Mercer St at 6:09 and 6:24 pm will be revised to leave at 6:15 and 6:25 pm.

These improvements are funded through a mobility contract between Metro and the City of Seattle.

Route 9E

Route 9E will be revised to operate during the morning and afternoon peak periods only. Midday service will be discontinued. The resources saved will be used to improve service on Route 106.

Alternative midday service between Rainier Ave S and Capitol Hill via First Hill will be provided by Route 7 and connections with Link light rail at Mount Baker Station or the First Hill Streetcar and Route 60 at S Jackson St & 12th Ave S.

In the morning, Route 9E will operate 10 northbound peak-period trips about every 15 to 30 minutes from 6-9:30 am and four southbound trips about every 30 minutes from 7-8:30 am.

In the afternoon, Route 9E will operate 10 southbound peak period trips about every 30 minutes from 2-6:30 pm and six northbound trips about every 30 minutes from 3-5:30 pm.

Route 11

Route 11 to Madison Park will be revised to operate on 8th Ave between Pike and Pine streets, and on E Pine St between 8th Ave and Bellevue Ave. Route 11 will no longer operate on E Pike St between 8th Ave and Bellevue Ave, and on Bellevue Ave between E Pike and E Pine streets.

Route 15

A new southbound trip to downtown Seattle leaving 15th Ave NW & NW 90th St at 8:19 am will be added. This change will provide a 10 minute service frequency between about 7:54 and 8:55 am.

This improvement is funded through a mobility contract between Metro and the City of Seattle.

Routes 17, 18

On weekday mornings, a new Route 18 trip will be added and both routes 17 and 18 trips will be rescheduled to provide 10 minute service frequency between 7:57-8:37 am.

These improvements are funded through a mobility contract between Metro and the City of Seattle.

Route 21E

A new Route 21E trip to downtown Seattle leaving 28th Ave SW & SW Roxbury St at 8:08 am will be added.

This improvement is funded through a mobility contract between Metro and the City of Seattle.

Route 26E

The Route 26E trip to downtown Seattle leaving Bay 6 at the Northgate Transit Center at 7:47 am will be converted to a southbound trip leaving NE Ravenna Blvd & Woodlawn Ave NE at 8 am. A new Route 26E trip will be added leaving Green Lake at 8:20 am.

The Route 26E trip to downtown Seattle leaving the Northgate TC at 8:02 am will be revised to leave five minutes earlier at 7:57 am. Service frequency will improve from 15 to 10 minutes between 8:30 and 9 am.

Also, Route 26E will be revised to operate through North Seattle College, in both directions, via Corliss Ave N, N 95th St and College Way N. Route 26E will no longer operate on N 92nd St between Corliss Ave N and College Way N.

Route 27

On weekdays and Saturday, Route 27 will operate to and from Lenora St & 4th Ave. Also, Route 27 will be revised to serve the southbound 3rd Ave bus stops at Pike, Seneca and Columbia streets. Route 27 will no longer serve the southbound 3rd Ave bus stops at Pine, Union and Marion streets. Northbound Route 27 bus stops on 3rd Ave will remain the same.

Route 28

On weekdays, the southbound Route 28 trips to downtown Seattle leaving 7th Ave NW & Holman Road NW at 7:10, 7:15 and 8 am will be revised to leave at 7:12, 7:18 and 8:02 am. The southbound trip leaving Linden Ave N & N 143rd St at 7:52 am will be revised to leave at 7:56 am.

The northbound Route 28 trips leaving 4th Ave S & S Royal Brougham Way at 4:53, 5:03 and 5:13 pm will leave at 4:51, 5:01 and 5:16 pm instead.

The northbound Route 28 trips arriving at 8th Ave NW & NW 85th St at 4:03 and 4:34 pm will continue to 7th Ave NW & NW Holman Road. The 4:34 pm trip will no longer operate to Broadview.

On Saturday and Sunday, the southbound trip to downtown Seattle leaving 7th Ave NW & Holman Road NW at 6:33 am will be deleted. Trip times will be adjusted to provide 30 minute service frequency on weekends.

Route 33

On weekdays and Saturdays, Route 33 will be connected to Route 124 instead of Route 27. Also, Route 33 will be revised to serve the bus stops southbound on 3rd Ave at Pike, Seneca and Columbia streets. Route 33 will no longer serve the southbound 3rd Ave bus stops at Pine, Union and Marion streets. Northbound Route 33 bus stops on 3rd Ave will remain the same.

Route 38 (Deleted)

Alternative Route 38 service between Rainier Beach and the Mount Baker TC via S Henderson St and Martin Luther King Jr. Way S will be provided by revised Route 106. Route 106 will provide the same level of service as Route 38.

Route 40

On weekdays during the morning peak period, southbound Route 40 service frequency will improve to every seven to eight minutes between 7:23 and 9:04 am for trips leaving from 24th Ave NW & NW 83rd St. During the afternoon peak period, northbound Route 40 service frequency will also improve to every seven to eight minutes between 4:30 and 5:52 pm for trips leaving from 4th Ave S transit island & S Jackson St.

These improvements are funded through a mobility contract between Metro and the City of Seattle.

Route 45

On weekdays, the first two westbound trips to Loyal Heights leaving the UW Link Station at 5:21 and 5:50 am will be consolidated into one trip leaving at 5:35 am. Late night trips after 10 pm will be adjusted to provide a better connection with Link arrivals.

On weekends, late night trips after 11:30 pm will also be adjusted.  

Route 48

Two southbound trips to the Mount Baker TC leaving Memorial Way & Spokane Lane at 6:03 and 10:03 am will be added. Also, one northbound trip to the U-District leaving Bay 2 at the Mount Baker TC at 9:27 pm will be added.

Route 49

Route 49 to the U-District will be revised to operate on 8th Ave between Pike and Pine streets, and on E Pine St between 8th Ave and Bellevue Ave. Route 49 will no longer operate on E Pike St between 8th Ave and Bellevue Ave, and on Bellevue Ave between E Pike and E Pine streets.

Route 62

During the morning peak period, southbound Route 62 to downtown Seattle will be revised to operate every seven to eight minutes between 7:25 and 8:47 am. Also, the northbound trips to Sand Point leaving 5th Ave S & S Main St at 6 and 6:15 am will leave at 5:55 and 6:12 am instead.

Route 63

A new southbound Route 63 trip to First Hill leaving Bay 5 at the Northgate TC at 9:22 am will be added.

Route 65

During the weekday afternoon peak period, northbound Route 65 service frequency to Jackson Park will improve to every 7 to 10 minutes between about 4:15 and 6:45 pm.

On Sunday, service frequency will improve to every 20 minutes between about 8:30 am and 7 pm.

Route 67

During the weekday morning peak period, southbound Route 67 service frequency to the U-District will improve to every 10 minutes between 8:30 and 9:30 am. During the afternoon peak period, northbound Route 67 service frequency to the Northgate TC will improve to every 10 minutes between 3:15 and 5:45 pm.

On Sunday, service frequency will improve to every 20 minutes between about 8 am and 7 pm.

Route 71

On weekdays, the two southbound Route 71 trips to the UW Station that arrive at 9:30 and 10 am will be revised to arrive eight minutes earlier at 9:22 and 9:52 am. Also, the two northbound trips to Wedgwood leaving Bay 4 near UW Station at 9:30 and 10 am will be revised to leave 8 minutes earlier at 9:22 and 9:52 am.

Route 73

Sunday service will be added providing 30 minute service frequency between 7:45 am and 7:15 pm.

Route 75

The northbound Route 75 trip to Northgate leaving NE Campus Parkway & University Way NE at 9:23 am will be deleted.

Route 76

The southbound Route 76 trip to downtown Seattle that arrives at 2nd Ave Ext S & S Jackson St at 7:06 am will be revised to arrive four minutes later at 7:10 am.

Route 77

Two morning southbound trips to downtown Seattle arriving at 2nd Ave Ext S & S Jackson St at 5:48 and 9:25 am will be added. Also, two northbound trips to North City leaving 4th Ave S & S Jackson St at 3:10 and 6:40 pm will be added.

These changes will extend the span of service by 30 minutes in the morning and afternoon.

Route 106

Route 106 will be revised to operate between Rainier Beach (S Henderson St & Martin Luther King Jr. Way S) and the Chinatown/International District (S Jackson St & 5th Ave S) via Martin Luther King Jr. Way S, Rainier Ave S and S Jackson St. Routing between Renton and Rainier Beach will remain the same.  

Also, Route 106 will no longer operate in the downtown Seattle transit tunnel. Instead, riders can transfer to Link or other transit service in the International District/Chinatown Station or on S Jackson St and 4th Ave S for service to midtown Seattle.

Revised Route 107 will provide alternative service between Rainier Beach and Link’s Beacon Hill Station via Renton Ave S, Beacon Ave S, Swift Ave S and Georgetown. Route 124 will provide alternative service between Georgetown, SODO and downtown Seattle. Riders on South Beacon Hill can take Route 107 and transfer to Link or other transit service for service to downtown Seattle.

Route 106 will operate with limited stops between the Mount Baker TC (Rainier Ave S & S Forest St) and S Jackson St & 12th Ave S. Northbound Route 106 will serve the bus stops at S Walker St, I-90 and S Dearborn St. Southbound, it will serve the bus stops on Rainier Ave S at S Lane St, I-90 and S Walker St.

Service frequency will improve to about every 15 minutes between about 6 am and 7 pm on weekdays, and between about 8 am and 7:30 pm on Saturday. Route 106 will operate about every 30 minutes after 7:30 pm on weekdays and Saturday. On Sunday, evening service will improve to about every 30 minutes until midnight, and then hourly until about 1:20 am.

Route 107

Route 107 will be extended from Rainier Beach to Link’s Beacon Hill Station via south Beacon Hill and Georgetown. Routing between Renton and Rainier Beach will remain unchanged except for a shift to 51st Ave S between Renton Ave S and S Henderson St.

This extension will connect the Rainier Beach and Beacon Hill Link stations and will provide alternative service for south Beacon Hill and Georgetown riders instead of Route 106, which will be revised to operate via Rainier Valley.

During the peak periods on weekdays, routes will arrive every 15 minutes. This service frequency will be extended from about 6 to 9:15 am, and southbound in the afternoon from about 3 to 6:30 pm. On weekday and weekend evenings, 30 minute service frequency will be extended to about 11:30 pm.

Routes 111, 114

The last stop served by northbound routes 111 and 114 to downtown Seattle will be on Howell St just west of Minor Ave.

Route 118

Route 118 will operate a new Sunday schedule as follows:

  • Northbound: From Burton at 10:15 am, and 2:18 and 4:51 pm; from Tahlequah at 11:40 am, and 1:10, 3:35 and 5:50 pm.
  • Southbound: To Burton at 9:50 am, and 1:45, 4:25 and 6:25 pm; to Tahlequah at 10:50 am, and 12:25, 2:50 and 5:15 pm. On weekdays, the northbound Route 118 trips to the Vashon Ferry Terminal leaving Tahlequah at 4:31 and 11:42 am will be revised to leave 5 minutes later at 4:36 and 11:47 am.

    Also, the southbound trips to Burton and SW Bank Road (Vashon Town Center) leaving the Vashon Ferry Terminal at 5:09 and 10:30 am will be revised to leave at 5:14 and 10:40 am. The southbound trip to Tahlequah currently leaving the Vashon Ferry Terminal at 10:40 am will be deleted.

Route 119

On weekdays, the northbound Route 119 trip leaving Dockton at 5:59 pm will be revised to leave 10 minutes earlier at 5:49 pm and will operate to the Valley Center P&R (Vashon Highway SW & SW 204th St) only, where riders can connect with the northbound Route 118 arriving from Burton.

Route 120

On weekdays, a new northbound Route 120 trip to downtown Seattle will leave 15th Ave SW & SW Roxbury St at 4:37 am. The two current northbound Route 120 trips leaving 15th Ave SW & SW Roxbury St at 6:14 and 7:53 am will be revised to leave at 6:17 and 7:55 am instead. Also, the northbound trip leaving Bay 3 at the Burien TC at 7:37 am will be revised to leave three minutes later at 7:40 am.

These improvements are funded through a mobility contract between Metro and the City of Seattle.

Route 124

Route 124 service frequency will improve to every 15 minutes from about 6 am to 7 pm on weekdays, and from about 8 am to 7 pm on Saturday.

Also on weekdays and Saturday, Route 124 will be connected to Route 33 as well as Route 24. Route 124 will continue to be connected to Route 24 on Sunday.

In the evening, new southbound Route 124 trips will be added which will extend 30 minute service until about 11:15 pm every day. These additional trips will also help to replace current service provided by Route 106, which will be revised to operate via Rainier Valley instead of Georgetown and SODO. Late night service, including Night Owl service, will remain the same.

The weekdays and Saturday service improvements are funded jointly by the City of Seattle and Metro, through the city’s Regional Partnership Fund.

Route 131

The Route 131 trip to the Burien TC leaving Wall St & 5th Ave at 8:37 am will be revised to leave five minutes earlier at 8:32 am. The trip leaving from the same location at 8:31 am will be deleted.

Route 132

On Saturday and Sunday, the Route 132 trip to the Burien TC leaving Wall St & 5th Ave at 6:56 am will be deleted.

Routes 177, 178, 190

The last stop served by northbound routes 177, 178 and 190 to downtown Seattle will be extended to Howell St just west of Minor Ave.

Route 193

During the weekday morning peak-period, northbound Route 193 to First Hill will be revised to operate via 9th Ave between Seneca and Jefferson streets.

Route 193 will no longer operate on Seneca St between 9th and Boren avenues, on Boren Ave between Seneca and Alder streets, on Broadway between Alder and Fir streets, on Fir St between Broadway and 9th Ave, and on 9th Ave between Fir and Jefferson streets.

Route 243E (New)

During the weekday peak periods, new Route 243E will operate limited stop express service between the Overlake TC and the Kenmore P&R.

Route 243E will serve the Overlake TC, Redmond TC, downtown Redmond, Willows Road, Totem Lake TC and Freeway Station, UW Bothell/Cascadia College and Bothell and Kenmore park-and-rides.

Northbound trips to the Kenmore P&R will leave Bay 4 at the Overlake TC at 5:24, 5:51, 6:16 and 6:49 am. Southbound trips to the Overlake TC will leave the Kenmore P&R at 5:14, 5:44, 6:15 and 6:43 pm.

Route 249

Due to East Link construction at the South Bellevue P&R, Route 249 will be revised to operate a clockwise loop in South Bellevue and Beaux Arts via Bellevue Way SE, 113th Ave SE, SE 34th St, 106th Ave SE and 104th Ave SE. A new bus stop will be added southbound on Bellevue Way SE just north of SE 112th St which will be the last outbound and first inbound Route 249 stop.

Route 249 will no longer serve the existing southbound bus stops in Beaux Arts between SE 8th St and the South Bellevue P&R.

Route 303

During the weekday afternoon peak period, northbound Route 303 to the Shoreline P&R will be revised to operate via 9th Ave between Jefferson and Seneca streets.

Route 303 will no longer operate on 9th Ave between Jefferson and Fir streets, on Fir St between 9th Ave and Broadway, on Broadway between Fir St and Boren Ave, on Boren Ave between Alder and Seneca streets and on Seneca St between Boren and 9th avenues.

Route 316

The southbound Route 316 trip to downtown Seattle leaving Meridian Park at 6:37 am will be revised to leave two minutes earlier at 6:35 am.

Route 345

Route 345 will be revised to operate on N 92nd St between Corliss Ave N and College Way N, and on College Way N between N 92nd St and N 95th St. Route 345 will no longer operate through North Seattle College, in both directions, via Corliss Ave N and N 95th St.

Route 372

On weekdays, a new southbound Route 372 trip to the U-District leaving the Kenmore P&R at 6:06 am will be added. Also, the “UW Reduction” designation for the northbound trips leaving the U-District at 3:26 and 5:27 pm will be removed.

Service frequency will improve to every 15 minutes for southbound Route 372 trips arriving at the HUB between 6:20 and 6:50 am. Northbound Route 372 trips leaving the HUB between 4:20 and 5:40 pm, and between 6:30 and 7 pm will improve to every 8 minutes and 10 minutes respectively.

Other schedule adjustments, including the addition of one morning and two afternoon peak period trips, and the reduction of evening wait times for customers transferring from Link to Route 372 will be implemented.

Also, Route 372 will serve two new express bus stops in both directions on 25th Ave NE at NE 60th St.

Route 373

Route 373E will serve two new bus stops, in both directions, on 15th Ave NE at NE 70th St.

DART Route 915

DART Route 915 will be extended further east from its current terminal at Griffin Ave & Wells St to a new terminal at Griffin Ave & Cedar St in downtown Enumclaw. Westbound DART Route 915 trips will operate via Roosevelt Ave E, Monroe Ave, Cole St, Myrtle Ave and Wells St to Griffin Ave and regular routing to the Auburn Station Transit Center. Route 186 also operates this same routing in downtown Enumclaw during the weekday morning peak period.


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