Ed. Note: This post is a King County Metro press release.
Streamlined service on Interstate 90, better timed connections and more bus trips in downtown Seattle mark some of the changes to 55 bus routes starting Sept. 28 as King County Metro Transit launches its fall service revisions.“Transit demand keeps growing, and Metro continues to create efficiencies to maintain bus service within the funds available,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “A major source of revenue expires next year, and drastic cuts are on the horizon unless stable funding can be secured to keep King County moving.”
Metro’s budget is limited, most of the schedule and route changes are
only possible by redistributing existing service or making no-cost
operational changes. Other
improvements to several routes in Seattle are fully funded through the
City of Seattle.
Red timetables and a special orange rider alert will be available in coming days, and riders can go
online to preview
changes to routes. While Metro’s
online trip planner is updated to reflect trips Sept. 28 and after, the online timetables will be changed late on Friday, Sept. 27.
continues to grow and these service adjustments are intended to better
serve our customers and attract new riders,” Metro Transit General
Kevin Desmond said. “However, meeting the growing demand and addressing
overcrowded buses isn’t possible in the face of Metro’s funding
challenge and the very real prospect of substantial service reductions
in fall 2014 after our temporary funding expires.”
I-90 Express Route Changes
- 210 Will serve the Eastgate Park-and-Ride.
- 211 Will not serve the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride
- 212 Some trips to downtown Seattle will be replaced with Route 210, which will now serve the Eastgate Park-and-Ride.
- 214 More trips will be added. Half of the trips will begin and end at the Issaquah Transit Center, and will not serve downtown Issaquah.
- 215 Will no longer serve the Issaquah Transit Center.
- 216 Will serve the Issaquah Highlands Park-and-Ride instead of North Issaquah. Afternoon/evening trips will stop at the Eastgate Freeway station.
- 218 Some Route 218 trips will be converted to a new Route 219, to serve both Issaquah Highlands and Sammamish. Issaquah Highlands riders will be able to use routes 216, 218, and 219.
- 219 This new route will connect both Sammamish and Issaquah Highlands to downtown Seattle.