June 6, 2012
Metro Transit service changes begin Saturday
Expect service improvements in some busy corridors as transit hours are reinvested
Starting Saturday, June 9, King County Metro Transit will revise bus service, routing and schedules to update service. This includes making improvements to many routes that are currently overcrowded or frequently late or unreliable. The changes will also provide new some new connections.
To fund these improvements, some poorly performing routes are being eliminated. There will be no net loss of transit service hours. The changes are part of an ongoing plan to keep Metro’s system whole with more productive service that is in line with the strategic plan adopted last year. These changes were part of the plan considered by the King County Council when it approved a two-year Congestion Reduction Charge last year to preserve overall service.
The following routes will be discontinued: 38, 79, 129, 162, 175, 196, 219, 912 and 925. The areas these routes currently serve have other routes and transit options, but could have less service outside commute hours. Detailed information can be found online, or in the new green timetables.
Other June 9 changes include:
- New Rt. 178 will provide peak-period express service between the South Federal Way Park-and-Ride, the Federal Way Transit Center, and downtown Seattle. It replaces Rt. 196;
- Rt. 180 will have extended hours of service between Burien and Auburn via Kent. The extended night trips will provide consistent levels of service seven days a week between southeast Auburn and the Burien Transit Center via Kent Station/Transit Center and SeaTac/Airport Station;
- Routes 25 and 348 will both have routing revisions;
- A new express stop will be added at Elliott Avenue and Harrison Street to serve the routes 15 E, 17 E, and 18 E;
- Sunday service on routes 71, 72, and 73 will be improved to every 10 minutes between Cowen Park and downtown Seattle;
- Rt. 99 will operate a later evening schedule for the summer;
- More trips will be added to Rt. 218 to Issaquah Highlands and some will be reduced on Rt. 212 to Eastgate to explore options to relieve overcrowding on the I-90 corridor; and
- In preparation for the elimination of the Ride Free Area in September, some bus routes in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will begin using Bay A on trips inbound to Seattle. This affects routes 212, 216, 217 and 218.
Metro updates its routes and scheduling three times a year to improve service and keep up with the changing needs of transit customers. The new schedule information is available in Metro’s online Trip Planner.
Be sure to enter a travel date of June 9 or later to access the new information. The revised route schedules will be available on Metro Online on Friday, June 8. Or, call Metro Customer Information at (206) 553-3000.
Beyond bus service, Metro’s Rideshare Services can help provide resources for carpooling, vanpooling or vansharing. Carpooling and vanpooling match people traveling to common destinations. VanShare helps those who need to make a connection to or from bus service. You can VanShare from home and connect to your bus, or use VanShare from the bus stop or park-and-ride lot to complete a trip to work. For more information about these services, visit RideshareOnline.
And, don’t forget to sign up for Metro’s Transit Alerts.