What could easily have passed without any note or ceremony was made special by a small group of residents of the Summit Slope and other well-wishers Friday night as they came together to bid farewell, at least for now, to a small but well-loved Capitol Hill bus route.
Melvin, the driver of the last 47 coach to leave Capitol Hill, departing at 10:30 PM from Bellevue Ave E & Bellevue Pl E, has been driving Metro buses for 15 years, and reminisced about driving the 14 all the way from Mount Baker to Summit Ave.
It was a celebration of the 47, but the night was tinged with sadness as some people recounted the hardships their lives will now face with this bus no longer serving the western slope of Capitol Hill. Bus Stop talked to Brian, who recently moved to Bellevue Avenue to deal with a disability in part because it was served by a bus right outside his door. Many talked about their elderly neighbors who will have trouble walking to Broadway to catch a 49.
47, we will miss you. Perhaps we’ll see you again someday soon.
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