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More Metro service improvements start Saturday

The bus is coming! The bus is coming!

  • E Line increases weekdays from every 12 to every 10 minutes.On weekday and Saturday evenings,
  • Route 16 service frequency will improve to every 20 minutes with the addition of four southbound trips to downtown Seattle and four northbound trips to Northgate. On Sunday, midday service frequency will also improve to every 20 minutes on the 16. 
  • Route 5 The southbound Route 5 Express trip to downtown Seattle leaving N 85th St & Greenwood Ave N at 7:47 a.m. will be deleted. Also, a northbound Route 5 Express trip to Greenwood leaving 3rd Ave & Pine St in downtown Seattle at 5:08 p.m. will be added. On Sunday, Route 5 daytime and evening service frequency will improve to every 15 minutes. Route 21 daytime and evening service frequency will also improve to every 15 minutes on Sunday as all southbound Route 5 trips will be connected to Route 21 operating to Westwood Village and all northbound Route 21 trips with be connected to Route 5 operating to Shoreline CC.
  • Route 30 On weekdays, 30 minute service frequency will be extended with the addition of four southbound trips to the U-District and four northbound trips to Sand Point.
  •  Route 40 On weekday afternoons, peak-period service frequency will improve to every nine minutes with the addition of one northbound trip to Northgate.On Sunday, daytime service frequency will improve to every 15 minutes.
  • Route 44 On weekdays, morning and afternoon peak period service frequency will improve to every 10 minutes or better with the addition of three morning eastbound trips to the U-District and three afternoon westbound trips to Ballard.On weekday and Saturday evenings until about 10 p.m., and on Sunday from the start of service until about 10 p.m., Route 44 will not be connected to Route 43.

This from Metro:

Metro bus service will get better in Seattle and across King County starting Sept. 26—and there’s more to come as we continue working with partner agencies to deliver more frequent, well-connected, easy to use public transportation.

Here’s what our customers will see next week:

34 Seattle bus routes will offer increased service. Buses will come more often at various times of day on weekdays and weekends, and some trips cut last September will be restored. This is the second round of improvements funded by Proposition 1, approved by Seattle voters last November. A third round is set for next March.

13 suburban bus routes will get added service to reduce crowding and improve reliability. These routes serve cities like Black Diamond, Enumclaw, Kent, Tukwila, Bellevue, Issaquah, and Bothell. We’re able to invest in these routes because of better-than-expected sales tax revenues and fuel prices along with state mobility grants. Next March we’ll improve service on about 45 more bus routes across the county.

Learn more about Metro’s service improvements

Six of our bus routes will move out of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel. We’re making room for more trains as Sound Transit gets ready for Link service to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington starting next year. That means more buses on downtown streets, so we’ve joined an effort led by Seattle’s Department of Transportation to keep buses moving—doing things like improving bus stops and installing traffic signals that give buses a head start. Sound Transit, the Washington State Department of Transportation, and Community Transit are partners in this work as well.

We’re also preparing for the Link extension by proposing to revise bus service on Capitol Hill and northeast Seattle in March 2016. Our aim is to get people to fast, frequent Link trains while making our bus service more frequent, more reliable, less crowded, and focused on getting people where they want to go. The County Council is considering the proposal now. Learn more

Metro is expanding and changing fast, and sometimes that means growing pains. We’re hiring scores of new drivers to deliver the increased service, and unfortunately we’ve had to cancel a small percentage of trips when no driver was available. We never want to inconvenience our customers, and are working hard to get fully staffed up in the next few weeks. Thank you to all of our riders who’ve shown friendly support for your new drivers!


Kevin Desmond, General Manager
King County Metro Transit


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