With just 61 days until light rail begins service between Tukwila and downtown Seattle, today the county council approved changes to bus service to increase frequency on some routes and modify others to avoid duplication between bus and rail.
The good news for the Central District is that we get increased service levels on two bus routes and will now have three options to connect to light rail. So if you’re headed to the airport and want to avoid a $40 cab fare, you’ll be able to choose between any of our north/south bus routes to get a connection to the Mt. Baker light rail station. From there you’ll be 19 minutes from the Tukwila station where you can catch a shuttle to the airport (direct service to the airport is scheduled to begin in December of this year).
The impact on the Central District is largely the same as when we talked about it last month:
- Route 8 gets increased service and an extended route south on MLK to S. Henderson St.
- Route 48 gets increased nighttime and mid-day service, and will be truncated and longer serve points south of the new Mt. Baker light rail station at Rainier & McClellan. It will still serve all of the CD and points north to UW and Loyal Heights. Metro says these changes should improve schedule accuracy for the route.
- Route 14 will add a stop at the new Mt. Baker light rail station
The most controversial south-end change was the proposed elimination of Route 42 between downtown and Columbia City. The council has found a compromise that will keep service on that route between 8:00am and 6:00pm.