To help reduce crowding, improve reliability and increase the frequency of bus trips on key corridors, King County Executive Dow Constantine identified routes across King County to receive service and reliability investments as part of his proposed 2017-18 budget.
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In his biennial budget now before the Metropolitan King County Council, King County Executive Dow Constantine called for increases to 86 Metro Transit bus routes to quickly improve service reliability and address over-crowding.
“As King County’s population grows, so does demand for frequent and reliable transit,” said Executive Constantine. “These investments provide added service where riders really need it, especially riders who rely on transit most. We also make long-term investments to ensure Metro Transit can grow sustainably right along with our region.”
The bus routes proposed for service improvements are drawn from Metro’s upcoming 2016 System Evaluation – Annual Service Guidelines Report, an annual system-wide analysis of demand and performance. Metro planners apply the guidelines to track and analyze route crowding and performance issues and focus resources where investments are needed. Planners also track growth and demographics and establish target service levels to serve riders who need improved transit service.
Investments in the 2017-2018 proposed budget include:
• Improvements in weekday service to the RapidRide D, E, and F lines.
• Routes serving the I-90 corridor – such as routes 212, 216, 217, 219 – and routes to Ballard such as the 15X, 17X, 18X and RapidRide D Line, to reduce crowding or help ensure they operate on-time despite congestion.
• To bring them closer to their target transit service levels, routes 60, 131, 150, 153, 156, 169, 180, 181, 183 and others would receive investments.
• Routes 101 and 102, serving riders between Renton and downtown Seattle, ranked high for needing more service to address crowding and reliability deficiencies and to meet target service levels.
• Dozens of other local and commuter bus routes.
The list of routes proposed for added service will be refined during the next two years as ridership continues to change and updated ridership and crowding data is available, which could revise where more service is needed most.
The service investments identified begin to move Metro toward the Metro Connects vision of more safe, frequent, reliable and accessible service.
Service improvements across the county are just part of Executive Constantine’s transit budget proposal, which also calls for more Metro Transit Police deputies, outfits Metro’s entire fleet with on-board camera systems by 2018 and prepares the infrastructure foundation needed to accomplish the recently released Metro Connects long-range plan.
Under Executive Constantine’s Community Mobility Contract with the City of Seattle, proposed county investments in transit service within the city limits in turn allow the city to redeploy service hours funded by Seattle Proposition 1 funds. The county’s current contract with Seattle is for an estimated 270,000 hours of Metro bus service annually from 2015-2017 and can be renewed for an additional three years.
Metro Transit typically makes service and reliability improvements during periodic service changes, scheduled in March and September each year. Detailed service hour investments as a result of the 2017-18 budget will be refined and finalized in the months leading up to when the changes are implemented.
The Executive transmitted his proposed 2017-2018 budget to the King County Council on Sept. 26. The County Council expects to adopt a final budget by Thanksgiving.
- Executive Constantine calls for new investments in Metro Transit service, safety and reliability (Sept. 7 news release)
- PSRC: Puget Sound region has fastest-growing transit ridership in U.S.
As King County’s population grows, so does demand for frequent and reliable transit. These investments provide added service where riders really need it, especially riders who rely on transit most. We also make long-term investments to ensure Metro Transit can grow sustainably right along with our region.
For more information, contact:
Alex Fryer, Executive Office, 206-477-7966