Metro wants your comments about service changes

Franklin High School students boarding a Metro bus. Photo by Oran Viriyincy.
Franklin High School students boarding a Metro bus. Photo by Oran Viriyincy.
The latest version of Metro Transit’s proposed service changes (discussed earlier here) will be announced this Friday. You may want to mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 28, when the public will have a chance to comment on the proposed changes at a special joint meeting of two committees of the Metropolitan King County Council: the Council’s Physical Environment Committee and the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee.

The meeting will be at 6:30 pm in Council chambers on the 10th floor of the King County Courthouse, at Third and James Street downtown.

As posted in the Council’s press release on Tuesday:

The council is scheduled to vote within the next six weeks on proposed Metro bus service changes for the southeast Seattle area and southwest King County that could occur next September or February.

Metro is proposing to change bus service once Sound Transit’s Link light rail service begins. The purpose of these changes is to connect neighborhoods to Link stations, avoid duplication of transit services, and make bus service more efficient.

These changes could affect Metro routes: 7, 7 Express, 8, 9 Express, 14, 32, 34 Express, 36, 38, 39, 42, 42 Express, 48, 60, 106, 107, 126, 128, 140, 154, 170, 174, 179, 180, 191, and 194.

Though the official version of the service changes will be posted on Friday, rumor has it the changes will include:

  • 36: will run every 10 minutes on Saturday. Route will operate to Othello station.
  • 38: service 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Mon-Sat with no Sunday service. The route will run between Beacon Hill and Mt. Baker stations only. No SODO service.
  • 39: will continue to operate, but off-peak service (mid-day, nights and weekends) will go to every 45 minutes. Peak service to remain every 30 minutes.
  • 60: Peak directional service (AM Northbound and PM Southbound) will go to every 15 minutes.

The public may comment before the council vote by testifying at the April 28 public hearing. You can also e-mail comments to, call (206) 296-1683 (TTY Relay 711), or mail a letter to: King County Council Physical Environment Committee, King County Courthouse, 516 Third Avenue, Room 1200, Seattle, WA 98104.

The April 28 meeting will be carried live on King County TV on Comcast and Broadstripe cable Channel 22.

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