Yesterday afternoon the King County Council unanimously adopted the September Service Change Ordinance with one amendment. The amendment gives the Seattle Department of Transportation time to decide whether to allow an increase in the number of buses per hour on the Route 4 “tail” to 16 trips per hour. The increase is needed to combine routes 3 and 4 (north part) into a single pattern. If approval is not forthcoming, Route 3 will stay the same as it is today.
The arrival of two new RapidRide lines is part of a service package that includes 48 changes throughout the transit system all starting Sept. 29. The RapidRide C Line will run between West Seattle to downtown Seattle on Fauntleroy Way SW and California Avenue SW. The D Line will run between downtown Seattle and Ballard along 15th Avenue NW.
These service changes are the culmination of a public process that included public meetings hosted by the Council and Metro Transit. Metro received more than 10,000 public comments, and made several changes in response:
- Route 156 will serve the temporary home of Aviation High School and the Highline School District’s Home Schooling Resource Center.
- Route 125 will continue to have Saturday service to address South Seattle Community College needs.
- New Route 50 will now serve the VA Medical Center drive on Beacon Hill and connect North Delridge to the Alaska Junction.
- Route 24, originally slated to stop running along Viewmont Avenue in Magnolia, will continue to serve that area.
- Route 2 will continue to connect the Central Area, downtown Seattle, and Queen Anne rather than being split as originally proposed.