Photo courtesy Ned Ahrens, KCDOT

Last week (Feb. 6-10), we met with the Seattle Housing Authority’s Resident Action Council, the Mount Baker Community Council, the Madrona Community Council, the Ballard District Council, the Central Area District Council, and the commute trip reduction staff members of employers in the Seattle area. We also met with residents of senior housing developments in the Greenlake and First Hill neighborhoods, and spoke to people on the Water Taxi and at the White Center Food Bank. Overall, we connected with more than 400 people.

Here’s a brief summary of the main themes we heard:

Yes, please:

  • Keeping all-day service from Leschi to downtown Seattle (revised Route 27)
  • Keeping express service on 15th Ave NW (revised Route 15X)
  • A new direct connection between Rainier Valley and West Seattle Junction (New Route 50)
  • More frequent service from upper Queen Anne to Seattle Pacific University (revised routes 3 and 13)
  • A more direct and reliable route to the Northgate Transit Center (revised Route 16)
  • A more direct connection between Ballard and Fremont (revised Route 18)
  • A new direct connection between the west side of Queen Anne and the Queen Anne business district (revised Route 1)
  • More buses serving Westwood Village in West Seattle (revised routes 60 and 120)

No, thanks:

  • Route 2 (south part) riders would lose their direct connection to the Seattle Center and Queen Anne and would have to transfer in downtown Seattle at Third Avenue and Madison Street (revised Route 2 (south part).
  • Some Route 2 (south part) riders would have to walk farther to Madison Street to reach service (Revised Route 2 (south part).
  • Center Park residents and Lighthouse for the Blind clients would lose front-door bus service. They’d have to transfer to get to First Hill hospitals and walk farther, crossing busy streets like Martin Luther King Jr. Way to head north or Rainier Avenue S to head south (revised Route 4 (south part).
  • Some Greenlake residents would lose direct access to shopping and health care services in the Northgate neighborhood.
  • Route 14 (south part) riders would have to walk farther to reach service on Rainier Avenue S or McClellan Street.
  • Young people from Yesler Terrace take the Route 27 to get to Garfield Community Center. They would have to walk to E Jefferson Street to take the Route 3 if the Route 27 stops at 12th Avenue (revised routes 3 and 27).


  • Metro could work with the City of Seattle to make transit corridor improvements along Spring Street.
  • Improve the transfer point at North Seattle Community College.
  • Metro could operate peak commuter service to Mount Baker.

What’s next?

You can continue this conversation with fellow community members:

  • In person, by attending an upcoming open house, presentation, or info table. Check our “Have a Say” calendar for a schedule.
  • Online, by commenting on this post with anything we missed.

Don’t forget to make your opinions about these proposed changes known to Metro and the King County Council by completing our online survey.