A community group that bridged the Central District, Capitol Hill and First Hill happily tells CHS this afternoon that Metro has decided against lopping off the portion of Route 2 the transit agency was proposing to do away with in a fleet of coming service changes. We’ve yet to confirm the details with Metro officials but, according to the Bus2 group, Metro has agreed to maintain the route’s connection to Queen Anne. Here’s the update we received from the group:
Metro just announced at a meeting at the Tate-Mason house that they are (1) taking the proposed changes to the Route 2 off the recommendation, and will maintain it at least as far north as the Seattle Center (Mercer) at its current frequently; (2) the #27 till remain the same route, although it may be less frequent; and (3) the trolley bus changes and deletions are all being re-examined as it the service to Queen Anne now on the trollies (and also to the Seattle Center). An official announcement will be made within 24 hours or so.
Ashley DeForest, who made the announcement, said that the reason they have reconsidered changing Route 2 is that they heard from so many different constituencies and so many neighborhoods — all with the same message: it’s a great bus route so why change it?
Bus2, our little group of advocates, is quite relieved, and very happy.
The debate over the 2 has been raging on CDNews ever since the changes were announced. Some saw the gains in system efficiency to be worth the re-route, while others did not like the loss of a connection from the CD to Westlake (among other concerns). Here are some materials the group posted at several bus stops:A previous campaign to save the 27 was largely successful, as Metro scaled back it’s complete deletion of the 27 to a plan that would reduce its frequency.