Council adopts transit service changes that invest more service hours on high use bus routes

Photo courtesy Ned Ahrens, KCDOT

The Metropolitan King County Council unanimously adopted Metro Transit’s June 2012 transit service changes on Monday—the first service adjustments since the adoption of the County’s Transit Strategic Plan. The changes reflect the goals of the Strategic Plan by allocating service hours to higher-performing bus routes to address overcrowding, on-time performance, and adding service to underserved corridors with the goal of making the overall bus system more productive. The adopted service changes reinvest more than 35,000 hours of service from lower-performing bus routes throughout the system, using those hours to bolster service on high ridership routes. This is the first step in the shifting of at least 100,000 service hours to address high priority needs in the transit system. This goal is part of the approach called for in the Strategic Plan for Public Transportation 2011-2021 and King County Metro Service Guidelines, adopted by the Council in June 2011, as well as the County’s Congestion Reduction Plan.

The ordinance calls for the elimination of 10 bus routes, and a reduction of service on five bus routes:

ELIMINATED ROUTES:

Route

Hours

Between

Alternatives

38

(2,100)

Beacon Hill and Mount Baker

Walking less than 1/2 mile to Link Light Rail stations

79EX

(2,700)

Lake City and Seattle CBD

Routes 66, 70, 71, 72, 73, 306, 312 or 522

129

(1,400)

Riverton Heights and Tukwila

Routes 128 and 132 (portions of Route 129 lose coverage)

162

(2,200)

Kent and Seattle CBD

Sounder Train, Routes 150, 158, 159 or 192

175

(3,600)

W Federal Way and Seattle CBD

Alternative service provided by Routes A Line, 177, 179, 190, DART 901, 577 or 578

196

(5,900)

S Federal Way and Seattle CBD

Alternative service provided by new Route 178, resulting a net service hour reduction of 4,400 hours

219

(2,400)

Newcastle and Factoria

Routes 114 or 240 (portions of Route 219 lose coverage)

600EX

(600)

Group Health Tukwila and Seattle CBD

Potential vanshare option

912

(1,900)

Enumclaw and Covington

Routes 168 or DART 907 (formerly 149) (portion of Route 912 loses coverage)

925

(2,600)

Newcastle and Factoria

Route 114 or 240 (portions of Route 925 service area lose coverage

Route 42 was slated for elimination in June, but an amendment to the proposal will maintain the route, which runs between Mt. Baker and the International District, for one year. During that time, Metro will work with the stakeholders in the community to review the options to meet community needs.

SERVICE REDUCTIONS:

Route

Hours

Between

Reduction subscription

25

(4,000)

Laurelhurst and Seattle CBD

Reduce frequency from 30 to 60 min. in the peak period

99

(2,200)

International District and Waterfront

Delete off-peak, night and weekend service except during the Summer

119

(900)

Vashon Island

Delete service after 7 PM

139

(500)

Burien and Highline Community Hospital

Delete service after 8:15PM

935

(2,800)

Kenmore and Totem Lake

Delete off-peak service

Some 8,000 hours will be reallocated to address overcrowding on 11 routes:

Route

Est. Hours

Day

Between

Fall 2010 Ridership

1

300

Weekday

Queen Anne Hill and Seattle CBD

3,656

8

500

Weekday

Rainier Beach and Queen Anne

8,143

9EX

400

Weekday

Rainier Beach and Capitol Hill

2,429

41

400

Weekday

Northgate and Seattle CBD

7,740

44

1,300

Weekday

Ballard and University District

6,287

128

1,000

Weekday

South Center and Admiral District

3,667

169

500

Weekday

Renton and Kent

3,246

218

500

Weekday

Issaquah Highlands P&R and Seattle CBD

1,489

372EX

900

Weekday

U District and Woodinville

3,812

36

300

Sunday

Othello station and Seattle CBD

8,960

73

1,900

Sunday

Jackson Park and Seattle CBD

5,140

Another 15,000 hours will be reallocated to help improve schedule reliability as determined by the Transit Division.

The Route 180, connecting Auburn, Kent, SeaTac and Burien, will receive an investment of 11,000 hours to provide evening service on all parts of the route.

Read the Council’s News Release >>

3 thoughts on “Council adopts transit service changes that invest more service hours on high use bus routes

  1. What is the new route 178. Where do we pick it up at and how does it meander its way to Seattle. Is very unfortunate that those in south end of King County or Pierce County lose the 196 express bus. What a stupid decision by the council. Cost cutting could have been done with your Pac Hwy Rapid Ride. Now there is waste at $630K a bus and low ridership. Dumb. But you get what you get with the council and Metro.

  2. Hi Jack – New Route 178 would provide downtown Seattle commuter express service at the South Federal Way Park & Ride, replacing Route 196. The 178 would begin/end at South Federal Way and operate to/from downtown Seattle via the Federal Way/S 320th Park & Ride. The 178 would operate in conjunction with Route 177 between S 320th and downtown Seattle, following the same routing.

    In June seven AM and six PM Route 177 trips will be converted to new Route 178 trips, extending beyond the Federal Way/S 320th Street P&R to begin/end at South Federal Way P&R. An additional two new PM/outbound Route 177 trips will also be added to provide additional capacity between downtown Seattle and the Federal Way/S 320th P&R.

    I hope this information helps.

  3. 60-minute headway on Route 25 means I will not be commuting to work by bus anymore.

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