Here’s a chance for the new mayor-elect to put his collaborative mettle to the test and wade into a regional problem to help forge a Seattle-friendly solution. Without action in Olympia, King County Metro — in a process now familiar to Seattle public transit riders — is drawing up a list of potential service cuts including reductions in routes that serve Capitol Hill.
While the release of the proposed cutbacks is part political ploy to help spur our Olympian leadership to do the right thing, it also reveals Metro planning’s take on what the agency should prioritize and what it should sacrifice. You’ll also note that the proposed changes affect almost every route. On Capitol Hill, for example, only the 10 would escape snipping in this set of proposals.
For Capitol Hill in this round, the biggest changes would impact residents and workers along the east edge of the neighborhood as planners would shut down service on the 43 an hour earlier around midnight and severely truncate Route 12 so that the bus terminated at 15th and Madison instead of continuing on its jog up 19th Ave. Meanwhile, Route 25 would be eliminated — Metro says it’s “one of the lower performing routes in Metro’s system.” The map shows 47 serving Bellevue and Summit also on the “eliminated” roster but the route doesn’t show up on other lists. We’ll check into what that means for the loop that connects to downtown via I-5 Shores.
You can provide feedback on the cutbacks to email@example.com. A meeting will be held December 10th in downtown Seattle to discuss the cuts.
Downtown Seattle Service Reduction Public Meeting
Tue, December 10, 12pm – 2pm
Where: Union Station, 401 S Jackson Street, Seattle
Created by firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: Come talk with Metro staff about the service reduction proposal. The meeting will be an open house format – with the option to participate in a short, interactive presentation and small group discussion from 1-1:30 pm.
You can also provide feedback via Metro’s service survey.
Details on the proposed cuts for our area are below. You can see the entirety of the cutback plan once shortterm funding dries up next June, here.