Public feedback shapes the latest bus change proposals in West Seattle

Photo courtesy Ned Ahrens, KCDOT

Metro Transit’s latest set of service change proposals for September reflect feedback we heard last fall. We’re now seeking a second round of input to shape the final September plan that will be submitted to the King County Council later this spring.

Here’s a rundown of some of the revised service change proposals you’ll see for Seattle’s West Seattle neighborhoods:

For several years, Metro has heard from local residents who want to use transit to connect to more places beyond downtown Seattle. In the fall, Metro suggested a new east-west connection called Route 40 to connect the Alaska Junction in West Seattle with Georgetown. In the revised proposal, that concept was renamed Route 20 and changed to extend to the Admiral Junction in West Seattle. Another new proposal, Route 50, would provide an additional east-west connection between Othello Station in Rainier Valley and Alki via the SODO light rail station. 

Metro also heard that loss of transit service in Arbor Heights would negatively impact many riders, and the steep slope between California Avenue and Fauntleroy Way would make the RapidRide C Line inaccessible to many Gatewood residents. Metro is proposing to create an hourly Route 22 shuttle that connects Arbor Heights, Shorewood, and Gatewood with the Alaska Junction.

In addition, many South Seattle Community College students and staff told Metro that they already ride multiple bus routes to get to work or to attend classes, and that the elimination of direct service to the college from downtown Seattle could prevent many from participating in specialized programs at the school. In response, Metro revised the suggestion to operate Route 125 between Westwood Village and downtown Seattle on weekdays.

People will have an opportunity to comment on the newly revised September service proposals during our second round of public review that is now underway. You can submit comments by attending one of several meetings and information tables Metro is hosting, or filling out an online survey.

To learn more about the proposals and ways to speak up about the changes, visit: www.kingcounty.gov/haveasay.

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