More trips, better reliability: Metro Transit adding bus service March 11

More trips, better reliability: Metro Transit adding bus service March 11

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017 12:30pm
  • News

Metro Transit is adding more trips and improving service reliability beginning March 11 on more than 80 bus routes throughout King County.

More trips are planned on 35 bus routes to decrease crowding and help meet growing demand, and schedules will be changed on 62 bus routes to improve reliability. About a dozen routes receive funding to address both crowding and reliability challenges.

The changes deliver the first round of improvements approved in the 2017-2018 budget. Metro Transit’s two-year budget invests $30 million in better service and better schedules, including investments in some transit schedules which provide transit operators with improved restroom access.

Details are now posted on Metro’s website and people can begin preplanning their trips using Metro’s Trip Planner app by entering a travel date of March 11 or later. Changes are also included in a Rider Alert brochure and new teal-colored timetables that will be distributed on buses and at customer service locations in coming days.

Service improvement highlights

• Additional investments to complement Sound Transit’s Link light rail service to UW, including more frequent evening service on Routes 65 and 67 and more frequent Sunday service on Routes 8 and 372.

• Additional peak period trips on routes to and from South Lake Union, including routes 5, 8, 26, 28, 40, 62, 63 and 70.

• Additional peak period trips on Burien express Route 121.

• Additional peak period trips on I-90 express routes 212, 216 and 218.

Metro Transit route change details

(Comprehensive descriptions are on Metro’s Service Change website. Some routes are listed twice below as they have both added trips and schedule changes.)

• Routes with both added trips and schedule changes (11 routes): 5, 15E, 17E, 18E, 21E, 41, 101, 121, 158, 271, RapidRide E line

• Routes with added trips (35 routes) to address crowding: 5, 8, 15E, 17E, 18E, 21E, 26E, 28E, 31, 32, 40, 41, 60, 62, 63, 65, 67, 70, 74, 75, 101, 121, 158, 212, 216, 218, 255, 257, 271, 311, 346, 355, 372 and the RapidRide C and E lines

• Routes with schedule changes (62 routes) to address reliability: 5, 9E, 15E, 17E, 18E, 21E, 22, 29, 37, 41, 55, 57, 60, 64, 83, 84, 99, 101, 102, 111, 113, 114, 119E, 121, 122, 123, 128, 143, 148, 150, 153, 157, 158, 159, 164, 168, 177, 180, 182, 187, 192, 193E, 197, 217, 219, 221, 232, 244, 246, 252, 269, 271, 303E, 304, 308, 309E, 312E, 330, 331, 345, 355E and the RapidRide E Line

• Route 907/ Black Diamond – Enumclaw Community Ride: Route 907, a Dial-A-Ride Transit service, will no longer operate between Black Diamond and Enumclaw so that service can be improved to hourly on a busier stretch between Black Diamond and Renton. The southern segment of Route 907 will be replaced by the Black Diamond – Enumclaw Community Ride, a reservation-based alternative service between the two communities. The Community Ride will also serve areas of Enumclaw and Black Diamond that have been served by the 907. Reservations by calling 1-866-261-3278 (voice) or 1-800-246-1646 (TTY) or online at https://www.hopelink.org/need-help/transportation/dart-ride-request

• Extending Routes 3 and 4 to Seattle Pacific University: Routes 3 and 4 will be extended to better serve customers heading to and from Seattle Pacific University, and connect with routes 31 and 32 to Fremont and the U District, and improve restroom access for Metro transit operators.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

t
Sound Transit constructing giant bridge in Kent for light rail

Structure along I-5 stretches more than three football fields in length

t
Medical examiner identifies Kent man killed while lying in street

Tony Vento Houston, 63, died of multiple blunt force injuries after vehicle hit him

t
Kent historian, master gardener Nancy Simpson dies at age 80

Roles included Greater Kent Historical Society president; King County Landmarks commissioner

t
Kent man dies after collision with vehicle while lying in the street

Incident at about 4:06 a.m. Tuesday, April 16 at 132nd Avenue SE and SE 278th Street

t
Kent Police to offer teen academy for students in June

For high school students interested in law enforcement career

Madeline Goldsmith. COURTESY PHOTO
No suspect yet in July 2023 Kent murder of Madeline Goldsmith

Someone fatally shot 18-year-old Kentwood High graduate as she sat in vehicle near Lake Meridian

t
Police bust mother, daughter in Kent for retail crime spree

Two reportedly joined one other woman in 3-state crime ring taking women’s clothing from Lululemon

t
Reith Road in Kent to get two new roundabouts this year

City Council approves $4.28 million bid; project to start in late May or early June

t
Puget Sound Fire’s Teddy Bear Clinic set for May 18 in Kent

Annual event provides free checkups for teddy bears and children

t
Overturned military vehicle causes I-5 backup near Kent, Federal Way

Wednesday, April 10 in northbound lanes near South 272nd Street

t
Kent Police Blotter: March 26 to April 7

Incidents include robberies, burglaries, shooting

t
State Patrol seek witnesses to I-5 hit-and-run crash in Kent

Collision at about 11:30 p.m. Monday, April 8 along northbound I-5 near State Route 516