Changes will go into effect after Link comes to Capitol Hill, UW
The King County Council has adopted a set of changes to Metro bus service that will go into effect after Link light rail begins serving Capitol Hill and the University of Washington in early 2016.
The adopted changes include amendments to Metro’s initial recommendation to the Council. Learn more about the adopted changes online. We’re updating the maps and information sheets on this website to reflect these amendments, and will post the new materials as they become available. Read more about the adoption of Link Connections on the Metro Matters blog
Thirty-six Metro routes will be affected and five new routes will be created by the adopted service change
- More frequen service on all or part of 10 all-day Metro routes: 8, 12, 26X, 48, 49, 65, 67, 70, 75, and 372X. Buses would arrive at least every 12 minutes on four routes that connect directly to Link: 8, 44, 48, and 49.
- More service on high-demand corridors currently served by routes 8, 16, 44, 48, 74, and 372X.
- Added trips on five peak-only routes: 64X, 74X, 76, 316 and 373X.
- Frequency improvements implemented in September will remain on four routes: 10, 11, 44, and 73.
- Two routes that are often delayed by traffic, Route 8 and Route 48, will each be split into two shorter routes to improve reliability.
Connections to new places
- There would be more east-west connections between places like Fremont, Wallingford, and Sand Point, as well as new connections to Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Fremont, Sand Point, Wedgwood, Ravenna, Green Lake, First Hill, and SeaTac Airport.
Night and weekend improvements
- New weekend service on routes 67 and 372X.
- New late-night service on weekdays on routes 12, 67, and 372X.
- New weekend and late-night service implemented in September will be maintained on Route 70.
Nine routes (16, 25, 26 Local, 28 Local, 30, 66X, 68, 72, and 242) would be replaced with other service. We’ve planned carefully to give most riders on those routes the same service or better at the same stops they use today. We will be working to make transfers as convenient as possible.
View a map of the all-day routes
More improvements to come
In coming months, Metro and Sound Transit plan extensive community outreach efforts to help riders prepare for the revised transit network. King County Metro, Sound Transit, the City of Seattle, and the University of Washington are working together to make it as easy and convenient for riders to use the proposed improved and more frequent grid network of bus service. Riders will experience transfers that are as convenient as possible between frequent buses and light rail trains. Also, stops will be relocated at key transfer points, and transit agencies and the city are coordinating better wayfinding, signage, and passenger information, and shelters and lighting at stops.
Other changes approved by the County Council:
- Seattle-funded extensions of the RapidRide C Line to South Lake Union and the RapidRide D Line to Pioneer Square. These changes would improve the reliability of the two lines while connecting riders to growing employment markets.
- Route 200 will be modified to respond to community feedback and better serve Issaquah riders by connecting to Swedish Medical Center Issaquah and deleting a low-ridership loop near Issaquah High School.
- Implementation of the first phase of the Southeast King County Alternative Services project, including frequency improvements for DART Route 915.
- More peak service on Interstate 5 in the south corridor, implementing a Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Mobility Grant on routes 179 and 190. Adding two morning and two afternoon peak trips to both routes 179 and 190 will allow Metro to serve more riders, relieve crowding on existing service and reduce single-occupancy vehicle traffic.