There’s good news for riders of the #3 & #4 bus routes between the neighborhood and downtown. Metro is partnering with the city to increase the frequency of service by about 30% during off-peak hours, with buses running every 6-8 minutes from 9am to 3pm and 6:30pm to 10pm on weekdays. That’s more frequent service than during the peak commuting hours, and compares to the current schedule of 10-12 minutes during those same time periods.
Service will also improve on the #14 route between Mt. Baker & downtown, with peak-period service increasing to every 15 minutes vs. 18-20 minutes currently. (thx Elvis for catching this one)
Service on route 27 down Yesler will be decreased a bit, losing the current 6:50pm trip from Colman Park to downtown.
All changes take affect September 20th, and a full list of changes is available at http://transit.metrokc.gov/up/sc/rideralert/ra-092008-rtchan .
Update: I asked a followup to Metro about their partnership with the city, and found that 2/3 of the funding comes from the Transit Now sales tax increase voters approved in 2006. The other 1/3 comes from the city’s Bridging the Gap program that voters also approved in 2006.