Courtesy Ned Ahrens, KCDOT
Courtesy Ned Ahrens, King County

On Wednesday, December 7, 2011, the King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee will hold a special committee meeting, including an initial presentation on the proposed ordinance implementing Metro Transit’s recommended service changes that would go into effect next June.

The committee meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. in the King County Council Chamber on the 10th floor of the King County Courthouse (516 Third Avenue in Seattle). Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting and to testify concerning the proposed service changes. To request a language interpreter or accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Janice Mansfield at by December 1.

Alternatively, you may also submit comments to the email address above or to:
Janice Mansfield
King County Council Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee
516 Third Avenue, Room 1200
Seattle, WA  98104

The new Strategic Plan for Public Transportation 2011-2021, adopted this past summer, directs Metro to reallocate bus service hours from less-productive routes to more-productive ones to improve the overall effectiveness of the Metro system. The proposed service changes, to go into effect this next June, are intended to implement the strategic plan policies. The December 7 briefing will explain how Metro Transit proposes to implement these policy directions.

More information is available at

The lower-productivity routes recommended for elimination in June 2012 are routes 38, 42, 79, 129, 162, 175, 196, 219, 600, 912, and 925. Metro is also recommending service reductions for routes 25, 99, 119, 139, and 935.

To relieve overcrowding, Metro is recommending adding service to routes 1, 8, 9, 36, 41, 44, 73, 128, 169, 180, 218, and 372. The agency also recommends extending Route 177 and adding service to other routes to improve on-time performance.

The Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee is expected to act on the recommended June 2012 bus service changes in early January, with action by the full Council in mid-January. The Committee will take comments through January 6, 2012.