Starting May 23: Yesler Bridge project to change bus routes up to two years

Rt27ThumbnailThe City of Seattle’s Yesler Bridge project in downtown starts May 23, and Metro will be revising how routes 27, 33, 304, 355 and RapidRide D Line will get around for up to two years. Information about the project is on SDOT’s Yesler Bridge project page.

Several other routes may experience temporary delays as traffic is slowed near the construction area.

Fourth Avenue routes that may be affected at times include: 76, 77, 177, 178, 190, 252, 257, 268, 301, 308, 311, 312, 316, ST 522, ST 545, ST 554, Community Transit and Pierce Transit routes.RRDLineThumbnail

Fifth Avenue routes that may be affected at times include: 252, 257, 268, 304, 311, 355 and routes operated by Community Transit and Pierce Transit.

Other routes will face temporary weekend reroutes during the course of the project, which we will post online in our Service Advisories as information is available.

By signing up for transit alerts, riders can receive email or text message notifications when bus service will be rerouted. Click on images or see PDFs here: 27_yesler    304_355X_yesler    Yesler Bridge D line rerouteRt304355Thumbnail

(Scroll down to see what we sent to riders)

Transit Alert – Transit service will be rerouted off of Yesler Way & Terrace Street until fall of 2017 during the Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Starting Monday, May 23, transit service will be rerouted off of Yesler Way and Terrace Street until fall of 2017 during the Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project.

During this time, Metro routes 27, 33, 304 and 355, and the RapidRide D Line will be rerouted off of Yesler Way and Terrace Street between 3rd and 6th avenues.

Route 27 heading toward Colman Park will travel instead via eastbound James St, southbound 6th Av and to its regular routing via eastbound Yesler Way. Use posted stops on 3rd Av north of Marion St, on James St east of 3rd or 5th avenues, or on Yesler Way east of 6th Av.

Heading toward downtown Seattle, routes 27 and 33 will travel via southbound 6th Av S, westbound S Main St, northbound 4th Av S, Prefontaine Pl S, and on to the regular routing via northbound 3rd Av. Use posted stops on westbound Yesler Way east of 7th Av, southbound 6th Av S south of Yesler Way, or northbound on 3rd Av just south of James St.

Routes 304 and 355 heading toward Shoreline or Richmond Beach will travel via eastbound S Washington St to their regular routing on northbound 5th Av. Use posted stops on southbound 3rd Av north of Cherry St, eastbound S Washington St west of 4th Av S or northbound on 5th Av south of James St.

Heading toward downtown Seattle, Routes 304 and 355 will travel via southbound 5th Av, westbound S Main St, northbound 4th Av S and Prefontaine Pl S, to the regular routing on northbound 3rd Av. No stops are missed.  Use all regularly posted stops for these routes.

The RapidRide D Line heading into downtown Seattle will travel via James St to its regular route on southbound 5th Av. Use posted stops on 3rd Av north of James St or on James St east of 3rd Avenue.

Heading toward Ballard, the RapidRide D Line will operate via its normal route and will serve all regularly posted stops.

Visit the Service Advisories page for specific reroute information. Transit reroute start and end times may be subject to change.

Visit Metro’s Online Regional Trip Planner to find out how to get to and from events and locations.

Thank you for riding and for using Metro’s services.

King County Council approves changes to routes 9X, 38, 106, 107, and 124 for September 2016

Bus riders from Renton, Skyway, Rainier Valley, and the International District testified to the King County Council in favor of the change to Route 106.

Bus riders from Renton, Skyway, Rainier Valley, and the International District testified to the King County Council in favor of the change to Route 106.

Today King County Council unanimously adopted ordinance #2016-0199 that will revise routes 106 and 107, replace Route 38, reduce Route 9X, and increase service on Route 124. Read more detail about how each route will change. Changes to these routes will be made in September 2016.

Thanks to our partnership with the City of Seattle these changes will address a number of long-standing and unmet mobility needs south of downtown:

  • It will be easier for communities of color, low-income and non-English speaking communities from around the county to access opportunities along the Martin Luther King Jr. corridor, including culturally and language-appropriate social services, healthcare, cultural events, family gatherings, religious and businesses.
  • Riders will have new connections and service to and between south and north Beacon Hill, and maintained connections to Rainier Beach and Renton via an extended Route 107 that will serve Georgetown.
  • Bus service every 15 minutes most of the time, to access services needed by the communities between Renton and downtown Seattle and Tukwila to downtown Seattle, based on population, employment and demographic analyses using Metro’s Service Guidelines.

In the coming weeks, Metro will continue to work with the Georgetown community and City of Seattle to improve the schedule reliability of the route 124 and to consider additional stops for the Route 107.

RapidRide begins 24/7 all door boarding Saturday, May 14

In response to feedback from operators and customers, RapidRide service will begin full-time, 24/7, all door boarding on Saturday, May 14. Beginning that day, drivers can use all doors to board customers during all service hours on RapidRide bus service. RapidRide C

An extensive operator survey at all RapidRide bases asked if all-door boarding hours should remain the same, be slightly expanded or be changed to 24/7. A strong majority of operators said 24/7 all-door boarding would reduce RapidRide security incidents and increase service efficiency. Many operators noted that consistently allowing all door boarding would be less confusing for customers and reduce operator-customer conflict.
This change is only for RapidRide service. Other service that is not RapidRide still requires front door entry at all times.

Signage at the RapidRide stations will be changed over the next few months. Timetable and schedule information will be updated for the September service change.

Revised proposal designed to increase service and coverage to Georgetown

Thanks to our partnership with the City of Seattle, the revised proposal gives residents:

  • Increased overall bus service to Georgetown
  • Trips every 15 minutes on Route 124
  • New connections and service to Beacon Hill, and maintained connections to Rainier Beach and Renton via an extended Route 107 that will serve Georgetown
  • More service to/from Tukwila
  • More service to Cleveland High School, Aviation High School, Boeing Field, and the Museum of Flight
  • Metro’s commitment to work with the Georgetown community and City of Seattle to improve the schedule reliability of the route 124 and to consider additional stops for the Route 107

SESeattleSnipMetro’s proposal to change routes 9 express, 38, 106, 107, and 124 is seeking to address a number of long-standing and unmet mobility needs south of downtown. For a number of years we’ve spent time listening to the concerns of communities of color, low-income and non-English speaking communities accessing opportunities – culturally and language-appropriate social services, healthcare, cultural events, family gatherings, religious and businesses – along the Martin Luther King Jr. Way (MLK) corridor. They have shared concerns about the loss of historic community connections between the International District and Renton, seeking more convenient access for riders coming from around the county to access opportunities along MLK Way.

Click here for map: (PDF 2MB) SESea_Basemap_withinset

This proposal also raises service levels, with bus service every 15 minutes most of the time, to what the communities between Renton and downtown Seattle and Tukwila to downtown Seattle need, based on population, employment and demographic analyses using Metro’s Service Guidelines. At the same time, this proposal also seeks to address the needs Georgetown residents have told us are important to them while we have sought to hear from and engage communities that would be affected by the change.

We would like to ensure riders have current, accurate information about how we have revised the proposal, based largely in response to what we heard from Georgetown residents and businesses who have a stake in how King County Metro serves the transit community. Our latest proposal is possible thanks to the City of Seattle’s financial commitment to support additional service on Route 124 using their Prop 1 regional transit partnership fund as well as our commitment to continued work with the Georgetown community on key issues raised about what’s going well or poorly with the Metro routes currently serving the community. Details about the current, revised proposal can now be found on our project website at www.kingcounty.gov/metro/seseattle2015.

The service improvement proposed for Route 124 and also the extension of Route 107 into Georgetown are both intended to provide replacement service for the community, in response to the proposed change to the Route 106, which would be revised to operate between Renton and the Chinatown/International District through the Rainier Valley and Martin Luther King Jr. Way South.

Today, as the 106 and 124 are each operating between Georgetown and downtown Seattle, both routes are scheduled independently and they follow different pathways, with the 106 originating in Renton while the 124 is starting in Tukwila. When both routes are operating every 30 minutes, some trips passing through Georgetown are often closely spaced while at other times there are longer gaps, resulting in an uneven and irregular service frequency. With the proposed improved weekday and Saturday service, Route 124 will operate on an even schedule and common pathway, with trips arriving about every 15 minutes throughout the day. So even with a single route, this can provide a higher level of service in Georgetown than with two, uncoordinated 30-minute routes.

The improved service level on Route 124 could also provide a greater benefit to Georgetown as the 124 serves the entire community, both the residential neighborhood between South Bailey Street and East Marginal Way, as well as the town center and the business district along Airport Way South, while Route 106 just serves the north half of Georgetown. The added service frequency on Route 124 will not only benefit Georgetown but also doubles the service between Georgetown and Tukwila, including the East Marginal Way South corridor, with improved access to employment and education sites and connections with other service and Link at the Tukwila Station. This is the segment in which the large majority of riders coming to and through Georgetown use the route 124.

While service on Route 106 between Georgetown and downtown Seattle is a few minutes faster and slightly more reliable than the Route 124, we recognize this concern and intend to improve the reliability of the 124 in conjunction with the development of the new 15-minute weekday and Saturday schedule. This will involve an analysis by Metro schedulers to identify route segments by time of day where additional running time is needed along with adequate recovery time between trips. A primary goal will be to assure that the southbound Route 124 trips coming through downtown to Georgetown and Tukwila operate as close to on time as possible. Metro will also be working with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to identify potential signal timing, routing or other improvements that can reduce the delay for transit.

To maintain the connection between Georgetown and Beacon Hill, Rainier Beach and Renton currently provided by Route 106, it is proposed that Route 107 be extended along South Albro Street to 13th Avenue South/South Bailey Street and back to Swift Avenue South on Beacon Hill. Route 107 would link these communities and also provide a single transfer point with routes 60 and 124. The Route 107 would operate every 15 minutes in the peak periods and every 30 minutes in the midday and evening. While the Albro loop routing is the current proposal, Metro is willing to examine other routing options with the community and SDOT that may extend the Route 107 further into Georgetown so as to provide additional coverage.

In total, the combined service improvements to the Route 124 and extension of Route 107 would result in a net increase of bus trips to and from Georgetown of 45 trips each weekday, a 23% increase, while maintaining connections provided by the current Route 106.

Spring service change provides additional ridership boost on Metro’s RapidRide C and D lines

It’s not your imagination – Metro’s RapidRide C and D lines are more popular than ever.

Just a month out from our largest service change ever, it’s clear the adjustments we’ve made to provide better service are paying off for thousands who ride our buses.

Even before the service change took effect, ridership on the two lines was climbing. The C Line connecting West Seattle to downtown Seattle showed an impressive 12 percent annual jump with the D Line serving downtown to Ballard up 9 percent from a year earlier.

But what a difference a month makes. Since extending the C Line to South Lake Union and the D Line to Pioneer Square on March 26, ridership has jumped again –26 percent and 21 percent respectively compared to the same period last year.

While it will take a bit longer to confirm formal ridership trends, so far we like what we see. We think these growth numbers show our riders are, in fact, experiencing better connections, service reliability and better alternatives to driving.

And of course, this data reinforces what we and our riders have known for quite a while – RapidRide remains popular across the board. Ridership has been on an upward swing since we introduced the A Line back in 2010.

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And there’s more to come. We think RapidRide will continue to play a pivotal role in our future mix of transit services. Our long-range plan, Metro Connects, calls for 20 additional rapid transit lines. You can find out more about our long-range thinking by visiting www.kcmetrovision.org.

UPDATE: Revised Southeast Seattle bus service recommended to County Council

(Editor’s note: We also have a related April 29 post: ‘Revised proposal designed to increase service and coverage in Georgetown.’)

Metro is updating its recommended changes to bus service in Southeast Seattle after coming to agreement with the City of Seattle on cost sharing to improve Route 124 service to operate every 15 minutes. Metro is now working with the King County Council to amend the current service change ordinance. Details are described below and more information will be posted on Metro’s website in coming days.SESeattleSnip

The recommended changes are similar to a larger proposal shared for public comment last year – that included changes to routes 9X, 38, 106, 107 and 124 – but now with several improvements to address concerns we heard. Now, the recommended changes to Route 107 include a short route deviation into the Georgetown community to maintain this neighborhood’s connection to Skyway and Renton (also serving the same stops as routes 124 and 60, strengthening these connections for riders). See proposed changes here (PDF 2mb) SE Seattle recommended transit changes map

In addition, through a partnership with the City of Seattle, Route 124 will more thoroughly serve Georgetown by operating every 15 minutes throughout most of the day. Today, riders in Georgetown choose between the 106 and 124 – two infrequent routes operating on different streets into downtown with uncoordinated schedules. With this proposal, riders will be better served with consistent, evenly scheduled service to get into downtown on a consolidated single pathway.

Under this proposal, riders will receive the 15-minute all-day transit service that Metro’s service guidelines call for in these communities, Monday through Saturday: Route 106 from Renton through Skyway to Rainier Beach, and 124 from Tukwila to downtown Seattle.

Midday riders of Route 9X will continue to have frequent service options to get between the Rainier Valley and First Hill via service provided by Route 7 and the First Hill Streetcar, or with a connection to Link light rail serving Capitol Hill.

It’s likely this set of changes will replace what the council is currently considering at the May 3 meeting of the council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee (TrEE) meeting, beginning at 9:30 a.m. If the King County Council adopts these changes, they would be implemented this September:

  • Revise Route 106 – would be changed to go through the Rainier Valley along MLK Jr. Way South, Rainier Avenue South, and South Jackson Street to the International District. Route 106 buses would come more often—every 15 minutes during the day on weekdays and Saturday, and every 30 minutes later at night. That’s the same as the current Route 38, which the 106 would replace.
  • Revise Route 107would be extended beyond Rainier Beach, through south Beacon Hill, into Georgetown, then to the Beacon Hill Link light rail station, to replace this segment of Route 106. Route 107 would come more often—every 15 minutes on weekdays during peak periods and every 30 minutes later at night. That’s the same as the Route 106, which the 107 would replace along South Beacon Hill.
  • Increase Route 124 – Route 124 would be improved to come every 15 minutes 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, every 30 minutes between 7:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and hourly during the remaining times it operates today seven days a week. This would provide a more reliable service between Georgetown and downtown while keeping a comparable level of service now provided between Georgetown and downtown Seattle by the combination of Routes 106 and 124.
  • Delete Route 38 – New Route 38 would be replaced by Route 106 in September 2016.
  • Reduce Route 9X – would operate during peak periods only. This reduction in service would help cover the cost of changes to routes 106, 107, and 124. During the day and in the evenings, riders of Route 9X could use Route 7 and the First Hill Streetcar to go between Rainier Valley and First Hill. Link light rail also goes to Capitol Hill, stopping near Seattle Central College.

These changes are the outcome of a four year conversation with the Southeast Seattle community –culminating in a recent public process (November –January) on proposed changes to Routes 9X, 38, 106, 107 and 124.

Earlier this month, Metro forwarded a recommendation to King County Council that would have made changes to only routes 9X and 38. (Read the blog post.) That earlier proposal reflected what Metro could do with the resources available at the time to address consistent, persistent feedback from communities of color, low-income and non-English speaking communities in the MLK corridor. They shared concerns about the loss of historic community connections between the International District and Renton, seeking more convenient access for riders coming from around the county to access opportunities along MLK Way at times when they need it most.

While that initial proposal created impacts for only midday Route 9X riders, it still didn’t go far enough to meet the needs identified in our outreach and by Metro’s Service Guidelines. So Metro, elected officials, and the City of Seattle kept working to partner on an approach that would benefit more people while minimizing its negative impacts.

 

 

Help shape the future of transit in King County

I invitLRP Header imagee you to explore Metro Connects, our draft plan for giving you more and better transit service through 2040,and tell us what you think.

During an intensive year-long community outreach process, Metro listened to what you said.  You told us you want more frequent, reliable bus service and light rail. You also want well-designed connections, service that starts early and ends late, and corridor improvements to get buses through traffic faster. You want service you can count on, with more choices and innovative travel tools.

Here’s how you can learn more and weigh in:

  • Visit kcmetrovision.org to learn more and take the survey to tell us what you think.
  • View the calendar of open houses and attend to learn more and talk with Metro staff:
    • April 19, Ballard, 5:30–7:30 p.m. *
    • April 25, Auburn, 4–5:30 p.m.
    • April 26, West Seattle, 5:30–7:30 p.m. *
    • April 27, Redmond, 5:30–7:30 p.m. *
    • April 28, downtown Seattle, 11:30 a.m.–1: 30 p.m. *
    • April 28, Federal Way, 5:30–7:30 p.m. *
    • May 2, Sammamish, 6:30- 8 p.m.
      (more Open Houses to be added soon)

*Metro and Sound Transit co-located open houses. Presentation from Sound Transit and Metro, 6-6:30 p.m.

A new day for mobility in the region

The Metro and Sound Transit open houses about their future plans follow a transformational month for public transit in this region. Metro Transit is proud to have been part of it:

  • Sound Transit opened the long-awaited ULINK light rail extension to Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium, and the initial ridership numbers are eye-popping.
  • At Metro we redeployed buses to bring riders to the new Capitol Hill and University Stations – tripling the number of households in Northeast Seattle close to 15-minute bus service, and doubling the number on Capitol Hill that now see buses come every 12 minutes.
  • Executive Constantine presented the Sound Transit Board with his proposal for more light rail for the next generation, and spoke to it in his State of the County address.

I congratulate and thank our riders and our staff at Metro for making the major bus redeployment in the ULINK service change as smooth as possible.

This revolution in transportation – integrating buses with light rail – is something we’ll see more of in the future, as Link light rail is built out to Northgate, Bellevue, and Federal Way under the voter-approved ST2.

You’ll hear more about this as Metro and Sound Transit hold five joint open houses, starting today. We look forward to hearing your thoughts about Metro’s draft long-range plan, known as “Metro Connects: More Service, More Choices, One System.”

We hope to see you at an open house or hear from you via our online survey.

-Rob Gannon
Interim General Manager, Metro Transit