King County Metro’s big service changes go into effect today. Most of the talk is about the elimination of the Free Ride Zone downtown, but there are changes to bus service all over town, including the CD.
The biggest proposed changes in the neighborhood were largely rolled back during the community outreach process. The 27 was originally going to end before Colman and Leschi Parks. Those changes were scrapped, but there will be reduced service on the line:
Service frequency will be reduced to every 30 minutes during the afternoon peak period. Alternative service will be provided by routes 3 and 4 on James, East Jefferson and East Cherry streets and Route 14 on South Jackson St. Also, Route 27 will be separated from Route 17 and connected to Route 33.
There were also big changes proposed for the 2. Originally, Metro was going to route the line down Madison instead of Seneca (and, therefore, Westlake Park). These changes were also scrapped after much public opposition.
Route 4 once appeared on the chopping block in exchange for boosted service on the much more heavily used Route 3. Instead, Route 4 will see some reductions in service. Details:
On Saturday in the early morning and late evening, and all day Sunday, Route 4 will not operate the West Raye St loop via Queen Anne Ave N, W Raye St, 2nd Ave W and W McGraw St.
Also on weekends, one southbound trip to Judkins Park via First Hill leaving 3rd Ave & Union St at 5:37 am will be added.
Our sister site Capitol Hill Seattle has more details on routes changes in the area:
How’s it going out there? We’ve been posting about this big round of Metro service changes all year — now they’re finally here:
Some transit service delays are expected in downtown Seattle as bus riders, transit operators and traffic adjust to route changes and the pay-on-entry system. Metro personnel will be available to answer rider questions Monday at key transit stops in downtown Seattle, Ballard, Burien, West Seattle and Northgate during the peak commute times 6:30-9:30 a.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m. Some locations also will have personnel 12:30-3:30 p.m.
- All routes are now pay on entry
- The downtown Free Ride Area is gone
- Route 10: “Route 10 will be separated from Route 12. In downtown Seattle, it will operate on Pine St and Pike St, using 2nd Ave to loop between the two streets. It will no longer serve bus stops on 1st Ave.”
- Route 11 gets a major boost in weekday midday frequency: “Route 11 will be separated from Route 125. In downtown Seattle, it will operate on Pine St and Pike St, using 2nd Ave to loop between the two streets. It will no longer serve bus stops on 1st Ave.”
- Route 12: “Route 12 will be separated from Route 10. In downtown Seattle, it will operate on Madison St and Marion St, using 1st Ave to loop between the two streets. It will no longer serve bus stops on 1st Ave. “
- The 14 route serving Summit has been separated and is now route 47
- Routes 8, 43, 48, 49, and 60 remain unchanged on Capitol Hill
Around the rest of the city, there are
- New routes 32, 40, 50, 61 and 62
- Discontinued Routes 15, 17, 18, 23, 34, 35, 39, 45, 46, 51, 53, 54, 56, 81, 85, 133 and 134
- Details for all here
What are you seeing out there?