Downtown Seattle tunnel stations closed May 30-31, June 6-7

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Click to see PDF map of surface street bus stops when the downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel is closed.

The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will be closed during the next two weekends (May 30-31 and June 6-7) and transit customers in the downtown area, and other areas served by affected routes, are advised to allow plenty of time for their transit trips on those days.

Bus service that normally operates in the transit tunnel on those two weekends will operate instead via surface streets and stops, and Link light rail will not travel north of Stadium Station, as Sound Transit completes work to prepare for the expansion of Link service in 2016.

During the weekend tunnel closures (May 30-31 and June 6-7):

  • All downtown tunnel stations will be closed.
    The Metro-operated Link Shuttle Route 97 will operate. All bus stops on the SODO Busway will be open, and bus service will operate via normal routes and stops in the SODO area.
  • Metro bus routes 41, 71, 72, 73 & 255 heading toward Northgate, the University District or Kirkland respectively, will travel through downtown Seattle via Fourth Avenue and Olive Way; heading south into downtown Seattle they will travel via Second Avenue.
  • Metro routes 101, 106 and 150 heading to their south end destinations, and Sound Transit Route 550 to Bellevue, will travel through downtown Seattle via Stewart Street and Second Avenue; heading north into town they will travel via Fourth Avenue.

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Burien, Mercer Island shuttles debut June 8 to connect key places in communities

New Burien shuttle freshly wrapped and ready for riders – keep an eye out. Service begins June 8.

New Burien shuttle freshly wrapped and ready for riders – keep an eye out. Service begins June 8.

Burien and Mercer Island residents are eager to welcome new transit service June 8, when Metro launches community shuttles to connect riders with popular destinations via direct service.

The shuttles will operate as two-year demonstrations as part of Metro’s Alternative Services program.

Burien shuttle
Burien residents will be able to board the new Route 631, restoring weekday service previously provided by Route 139. Route 631 will connect Gregory Heights and Seahurst to critical places like the city’s downtown area, Burien Transit Center and Highline Medical Center. It also will offer flexible service in the Gregory Heights neighborhood.

Route 631 is the outcome of community input and a partnership between the city of Burien and Metro. Hopelink will operate the shuttle under contract.

During an outreach period early in 2015, the city and Metro heard from area residents about their transportation needs and how improved services would affect their lives. Over 50 residents attended a community meeting and nearly 200 answered a survey. Residents favored a predictable, scheduled service to get to medical appointments, downtown services and the transit center.

“I’m going to sleep better tonight knowing I’ll have this transportation,” one resident said after a sneak peek of the new vehicle earlier this month. Several others shared that they were impressed with the size of the van and the ease of getting on and off. Route 631 adds a feature that former Route 139 lacked: a flexible area where riders can reserve a pick-up or drop off beyond the route.

Mercer Island shuttle
On Mercer Island, a new peak-hour community shuttle, Route 630, will provide flexible service in east Mercer Island and trips to First Hill and downtown Seattle. The service is jointly funded by Metro and the cities of Mercer Island and Seattle through the regional partnership program created by Seattle’s Proposition 1. Hopelink will operate the shuttle under contract.

Some commuter transit service was eliminated last year because of low ridership numbers. Metro worked with both Seattle and Mercer Island to expand commute options and reduce the number of drive-alone trips on already-clogged highways and city streets.

Another new service will be debuting for Mercer Island riders traveling to the park-and-ride called “TripPool.” Through a free app, users can ask for a ride in a volunteer-driven community van and get picked up at home and dropped-off at the Mercer Island Park-and-Ride, where the new Route 630 shuttle awaits, as well as existing service on Metro routes 201, 204, 216, 981, 989, and Sound Transit routes 550, 554.

About the new Burien Community Shuttle – Route 631

  • The shuttle will operate every 30 minutes Monday through Friday from about 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The route forms a one-way clockwise loop with marked stops from the Burien Transit Center to Highline Medical Center, along SW 160th Street and 21st Avenue SW and SW 152nd Street.
  • The new route will provide a midday complement to peak Route 123 between the Gregory Heights and Lake Burien areas and downtown Seattle.
  • From the Burien Transit Center, riders can connect to seven all-day routes and three peak-period express routes to destinations such as downtown Seattle, Sea-Tac Airport, Highline College, Southcenter, Renton and downtown Bellevue.
  • ADA-eligible riders can also use Access and riders 55+ or disabled can use Hyde Shuttle.
  • Riders in the Gregory Heights neighborhood will additionally be able to take advantage of both scheduled marked stops as well as a new flexible service allowing them to call ahead to request a pick-up or drop-off.
  • Standard peak and off-peak fares will be charged, accepted in cash or ORCA card.
  • The shuttle will use a new 19-seat, “low-floor” vehicle, which speeds boarding when using a lift. The vehicles can accommodate up to two wheelchairs and space for two bicycles.

About the new Mercer Island Community Shuttle Metro – Route 630

  • The Route 630 will operate five morning and afternoon trips between Mercer Island and downtown Seattle Monday through Friday.
  • 30-minute service will be offered weekdays between 6:15 to 8:15 a.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m.
  • The shuttle will use a new 19-seat, “low-floor” vehicle, which speeds boarding when using a lift. The vehicles can accommodate up to two wheelchairs and space for two bicycles.
  • Riders will be able to plan their trip using Metro’s online Trip Planner and track location status in real time.
  • In addition to scheduled service, flexible service will be offered in the Shorewood neighborhood. Riders can call ahead for a ride off the route.
  • Standard peak and off-peak fares will be charged, accepted in cash or ORCA card.

Explore Metro’s neighborhood pages to learn more about other transit services in and around Mercer Island.

Frequent, reliable bus service proposed to connect to Link light rail next year

Link Connections

Link is coming to Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium in early 2016. Metro and Sound Transit are working with the public to plan how bus service will connect with new light rail.

King County Metro Transit, Sound Transit and the City of Seattle are proposing a better bus network in northeast Seattle, Capitol Hill and the University District, with more frequent and reliable service as the agencies prepare for the 2016 extension of Link light rail service to the University of Washington.

Proposed changes were released today — see our joint Metro and Sound Transit news release, or our website with details. The proposal comes after several months of public outreach and input from thousands of riders who helped shape the region’s future transit service to better serve the University District and Capitol Hill areas. The proposal is informed by prior outreach on service alternatives and work with a community sounding board and partner institutions the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s hospital.

Making the future bus and rail system work together to better serve riders is a central element of King County Executive and Sound Transit Board Chair Dow Constantine’s transit integration initiative.

In 2016, University Link will offer an 8-minute trip between UW and downtown Seattle, no matter what time of day. Under the bus restructure proposal, there will be 9 percent more bus trips than today to both of the new Link stations, totaling about 860 bus trips to UW Station and 570 bus trips to Capitol Hill Station each weekday.

Proposed bus routing and schedule changes will affect 32 Metro bus routes and three Sound Transit routes. Affected routes include: 8, 10, 11, 12, 16, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, 32, 43, 44, 48, 49, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 238, 242, 316, 372 and 373 and Sound Transit routes ST 540, ST 542, ST 545.

» Read the full news release (King County Executive, May 12, 2015)

Link Connections – how public feedback shaped our proposal

Link Connections

Link is coming to Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium in early 2016. Metro and Sound Transit are working with the public to plan how bus service will connect with new light rail.

We heard from nearly 8,000 people in March about two alternatives for how bus service might integrate with Link light rail after it begins operating to Capitol Hill and UW at Husky Stadium in early 2016. View a full summary of what we heard. Thank you to those who took the time to share their input. Watch a video that captures our public meeting process last March.

Based on this feedback, we have created a final proposal. Below are topics we heard during our previous community engagement phase and how the new proposal took each into consideration.

WHAT WE HEARD PEOPLE WANT – IN GENERAL

Frequent, all-day service

  • The proposed network provides improved frequency on 14 routes: 8, 10, 11, 12, 16, 44, 48, 49, 65, 67, 70, 73, 75 and 372X

Reliable Service

Our proposal:

  • Replaces complicated and unreliable all-day bus service between northeast Seattle and downtown Seattle with frequent connections to Link light rail at UW Station
  • Provides frequent connections to Link light rail at Capitol Hill station
  • Splits Route 8 into two routes (8 and 38).  Each route would be operated independently (no through-routing)
  • Splits Route 48 into two routes (45 and 48).  Each route would be operated independently (no through-routing)
  • Operates Route 67 independently (no through routing)
  • Routes 31 and 32 would be through-routed with a single route (75) instead of two routes (65 and 75)

Better east-west connections

Our proposal provides:

  • A new connection between Sand Point, View Ridge, Ravenna, Roosevelt, Wallingford and Fremont (revised Route 16)
  • Continuous service on Madison Street between Madison Park and downtown Seattle (revised Route 11)
  • Improved frequency on Routes 8, 10, 11, 12, 44, 65 and 75

WHAT WE HEARD PEOPLE WANT – ON CAPITOL HILL

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In our proposal:

  • Routes 8 and 12 would provide frequent east-west service on John/Thomas/Olive
  • Routes 9, 49 and the First Hill Streetcar would provide frequent north-south service on Broadway

Direct connection between Madison Park, Madison Valley and Downtown Seattle

In Alternative 1, the combination of three routes serving the Madison corridor (8, 38 and 49) was confusing

In our proposal:

  • The revised Route 11 would provide continuous service on Madison Street between Madison Park and Downtown Seattle
  • The revised Route 11 would be the only route operating in the Madison corridor

Frequent service in the Pike/Pine corridor

In our proposal:

  • Routes 10, 12, 47 and 49 would all serve the Pike/Pine corridor and would provide service every 10 minutes or better

Connection between the top of Capitol Hill and the University District

Connection to downtown Seattle from the northeast quadrant of Capitol Hill

Service on 19th Avenue E

Our proposal provides:

  • Improved frequency on Routes 8 and 48
  • Frequent connection to Capitol Hill Station on Routes 8 and 12
  • Improved frequency on Routes 8, 11 and 48
  • A revised Route 12 that would serve 19th Avenue E between E Galer Street and E Thomas Street, then travel down E John Street past the Link light rail station, to the Pike/Pine corridor into downtown Seattle’s Central Business District

WHAT WE HEARD PEOPLE WANT – IN NORTH SEATTLE

Convenient all-day connections to UW station

  • 16379875784_d8224b0f42_mThe proposed network provides service every 8 minutes or better between the heart of the U District and UW Station on five all-day routes (44, 45, 48, 67 and 271)
  • Routes 65 and 941 would serve stops on Montlake Boulevard NE adjacent to UW Station
  • Routes 44, 45, 48, 65, 67 and 271 would serve stops on NE Pacific Street
  • Routes 31, 32, 65, 73, 75 and 372X would serve stops on NE Pacific Street
  • Metro is working with the Seattle Department of Transportation and other partners to establish bus stop locations near the new light rail stations that will allow connections to be made as conveniently as possible.
  • Routes 44, 45 and 67 will terminate near UW Station, which will help outbound trips depart on time and connections between bus and rail occur more reliably.

Connection between Wedgwood, Laurelhurst and UW Station

  • In the proposed network Routes 65 and DART 941 would serve stops on Montlake Boulevard NE adjacent to UW Station

All-day service on the Roosevelt/11th couplet in the U District

  • In the proposed network Revised Route 73 would operate on the couplet between NE 65th Street and NE Campus Parkway

All-day service on 15th Avenue NE in Pinehurst and Maple Leaf

  • In the proposed network the revised Route 73 would serve 15th Avenue E Between NE 145th and NE 65th streets; it would operate on the Roosevelt/11th couplet between NE 65th Street and NE Campus Parkway

Connection to the north end of the U District from Eastlake corridor

  • No changes are proposed for Route 70 in the proposed network

WHAT WE HEARD PEOPLE WANT – ON THE EASTSIDE

16382175183_e68c7ab23e_zAll-day service between Kirkland and Downtown Seattle

  • No changes are proposed for Route 255 in the proposed network

Direct peak period service from the I-405 corridor to downtown Seattle

  • No changes are proposed for Routes 252, 257 and 311 in the proposed network

Half-hourly service between Issaquah and Eastgate

  • No changes are proposed for Route 271 in the proposed network

You can check out the full details of the proposal on our project website, then tell us what you think. Complete an online survey or come to an outreach event. We’ll be accepting public comments through May 31.

Public Transportation Visioning Events in South and East King County May 18 & 19, 6-8pm

What is the future of public transportation in our region? Come hear a panel of experts speak, ask questions and share your ideas on Monday, May 18 in Federal Way and Tuesday, May 19 in Bellevue.

With King County growing fast, it’s time to plan for a public transportation system that moves more people and moves them better. What should our transit system look like in 25 years? How can we support our economy, our environment, and the people who live here? How will Metro integrate with the expanding light rail system? What facilities and technology are needed to support those services? These are the kind of questions that Metro will be seeking your input about over the next year as we develop Metro’s Long Range Public Transportation Plan.

South King County Public Transportation Visioning Event
Monday, May 18
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Federal Way Council Chambers
33325 8th Ave. S.
Federal Way, WA 98003 (map)

Opening Remarks: Victor Obeso, Deputy General Manager, King County Metro
Panelists:
Darin Stavish, Pierce Transit
Monica Whitman, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Kent
Shefali Ranganathan, Transportation Choices Coalition
Stephen Hunt, Transportation Planner, King County Metro
Facilitator: Jeanne Acutanza, Transpogroup

East King County Public Transportation Visioning Event
Tuesday, May 19
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Bellevue College
Cafeteria, Student Union building (campus map)
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007 (map)

Opening Remarks: Victor Obeso, Deputy General Manager, King County Metro
Panelists:
Franz Loewnherz, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Bellevue
Christen Leeson, City of Issaquah
Shefali Ranganathan, Transportation Choices Coalition
Stephen Hunt, Transportation Planner, King County Metro
Facilitator: Jeanne Acutanza, Transpogroup

Meeting Format
6:00-6:30 p.m.
Sign-in, meet and greet with staff and panelists, view information boards

6:30-7:30 p.m. Hear a panel of local experts discuss the future of public transportation in our region and address questions from the audience.
7:30-8:00 p.m. Participate in an exercise to share your ideas about the future of public transportation in King County.

Have questions for the panel speakers? Submit them online at kcmetrovision.org. Your question may be selected for the speakers at these events.

Stay involved in Metro’s Long Range Plan
Find information on our website kcmetrovision.org
Take our online survey to share your ideas
Sign up to receive updates and meeting notifications

Metro relocating two bus stops on Third Avenue in Downtown Seattle

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Two bus stops on Third Avenue will be relocated May 4, 2015. The bus island on Pine Street also will be removed as part of upcoming construction.

Riders who travel Third Avenue in Seattle will see Metro’s two busiest bus stops between Pike and Pine streets relocated starting May 4, shifting one block south through July as part of a public safety effort by the City of Seattle.

The move also makes way for construction by the city intended to improve bus capacity along the corridor.

The Pine Street island bus stop also will be removed in coming weeks as part of the work.

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Rendering of a ‘mountable curb’ planned for southbound Third Avenue.

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Stops to close May 4 and upcoming reroute for routes 7, 11 and 84.

The changes will affect riders on more than three dozen routes: Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 13, 15, 21, 29, 55, 56, 57, 66, 70, 82/83/84 Night Owls 116, 118, 119, 120, 124, 125, 131, 132, 304 & 355 and the RapidRide C, D, & E Lines, Access service and other inbound bus routes that serve these stops (5EX, 14, 24, 26, 26EX, 28, 28EX, 36, 49). Metro is posting signs at the existing and future bus stops to let riders know where they need to board and exit buses.

Metro has an agreement with the City of Seattle to redesign the streetscape on Third Avenue to improve the customer experience for riders and for people who shop and work in the city. We support the city’s efforts to improve the customer experience and address safety concerns at these locations. This work also will introduce proposed improvements being considered for implementation along the entire Third Avenue corridor.

Metro to Southeast King County residents: You can help shape future transit in your cities

Rt628Take our online survey then join us at public meetings in late May to explore alternative service options to improve mobility in southeast King County

King County Metro Transit is calling on Southeast King County residents to partner on County Executive Dow Constantine’s initiative to provide more and better transit options to meet the specific needs of riders from Enumclaw to Renton.

Southeast King County is one of several areas targeted for Metro’s expanded Alternative Services Program. Through this program, Metro works collaboratively with local governments, community groups and riders to identify transit services that are cost effective and offer improved choices. Those services might include options such as customizable shuttles or vans, ridesharing options or Community Access Transportation.

The Southeast King County program kicks off with an opportunity to go online to tell Metro about the types of transit services you think are needed. Through this online survey, Metro will have a better understanding of where there are gaps in service, what’s working or not working – and ideas for more customized alternatives that may better serve riders.

Metro is particularly interested in two key transit corridors. The area between Renton and Enumclaw is currently served by routes 143 and 907. Route 143 provides weekday peak commuter service between Black Diamond and Seattle via Renton, while Route 907 operates during the midday between Enumclaw and Renton. Metro wants to know if there are alternatives that might better meet the needs of these communities and the cities of Maple Valley and Black Diamond.

The second corridor between Enumclaw and Auburn is served by the routes 186 and Route 915. The Route 186 offers peak commuter service and Route 915 provides midday/Saturday service. While these routes are popular, there may be opportunities to serve even more riders in this area.

Once you’ve shared your thoughts online, you can hear what you and your neighbors had to say and give feedback on service alternative concepts at one of two upcoming meetings held:

Tuesday May 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
William C. Warren Building
405 E Street NE, Auburn

Thursday May 28, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Greater Maple Valley Community Center
22010 SE 248th Street, Maple Valley

During these meetings, Metro will collect a second round of feedback and report back this summer on revised alternatives for improving service. Those alternatives could be put in place as early as next fall.

Visit our website to learn more about Metro’s alternative services planning and upcoming outreach activities in Southeast King County.