Oran Viriyincy at Seattle Transit Blog created a map to more clearly display the frequent bus service already offered by King County Metro. The map only displays routes where buses run 15 minutes apart or less for most of the day.
In the post, Viriyincy argues that King County Metro does not clearly enough promote it’s frequent service routes.
It has been said before by many but I’ll say it again. I think Metro should promote the frequent service network. It is as significant an asset as RapidRide is and it is service that is already out there. At the very least, show it on the timetable covers and on the system map with a simple yellow highlight. In the long term, the network itself should be restructured to provide more frequent service in more places and be more comprehensible to the average user.
Most of the Central District is pretty well served by frequent bus service, especially compared to other areas in the city (like West Seattle and Ballard). With a clear frequent bus service map, navigating to unfamiliar places in the city is much easier, especially if you are new or visiting. Viriyincy said he modeled the map, which includes the February 2011 service changes, off maps used by Portland and Minneapolis.