First round of Metro bus cuts take effect Sept. 27

To match service levels with actual revenues, King County Metro Transit must move forward with a first round of difficult and unprecedented service cuts Sept. 27, canceling, reducing and revising dozens of bus routes.

busesaerialService will be canceled on 28 routes and another 13 will be reduced or revised. Riders should visit the Metro website to review the September cuts and reductions and begin to assess daily travel plans for later this fall.

Sept. 27 service changes (* – potentially revised in two phases)

  • 28 deleted routes: 7X, 19, 47, 48X, 61, 62, 139, 152, 161, 173, 202, 203, 205X, 209, 210, 211X, 213, 215, 243, 250, 260, 265, 280, 306X, DART routes 909, 919, 927, 935.
  • 13 revised routes: 27*, 30*, 200*, 204, 208, 212*, 236*, 238*, 249*, 312X, 331, DART routes 903, 931.
  • 6 route adjustments: No-cost route scheduled adjustments or revisions also are posted online: Routes 24, 48, 49, 122, 178, 201.
  • Routes to continue under agreement with the City of Seattle: Night owl routes 82, 83, 84

The scheduled cuts will help bring Metro’s spending within its existing revenues. Last week, the King County Council adopted service cuts totaling 349,000 hours between September 2014 (161,000 hours) and February 2015 (188,000 hours); specific routes for the February cuts will be reviewed and made final by an Executive/Council ad-hoc committee.

The King County Council will determine future Metro transit service levels this fall as part of deliberations on the County’s 2015-16 biennial budget.