On Broadway, and needing to catch the 550 to Bellevue? Coming home from an early happy hour in Columbia City after work? The 9X is here for you. It’s a direct route between Capitol Hill and the Rainier Valley and it runs in both directions, all morning and afternoon, on weekdays only. And it’s an express, so it doesn’t make as many stops as say, the 8, getting to Columbia City and the Rainier Valley.
I will not only sing this route’s praises; the limited hours do make using it tricky at times. The 9X stops running at 6:00 from the Rainier Valley and its last trip down that way leaves Broadway at 7:00 PM.
Metro’s February service change plan, finalized last week takes aim at the 9X as well as quite a few other Hill and Near-Hill bus routes. The 9X will turn into a peak-only route running in the Capitol Hill direction in the morning and away at night. Further limiting the 9X’s utility to a all-day Capitol Hill transit user.
There is some good news for Capitol Hill, relatively speaking, in the February service change announcement for a few of the neighborhood’s most frequently used routes:
The deletion of the part of the route 60 that gets anywhere near Capitol Hill that I wrote about in this column is no longer on the table. The 60 will instead simply see a reduction in service levels overall.
The route 8 is also experiencing a paring back of the drastic service cuts planned for February. While the original plan was to end the 8 at Group Health on 16th, service will continue to Madison Valley and end at 21st Ave and Jefferson Street near Garfield High School. There will still be no transfer point between the 8 and the revised 106 which will serve the Rainier Valley as the 8 does today.
Meanwhile, the clock clicks down toward the service cuts taking effect on September 27 and the demise of route 47.
On September 26, folks are meeting at the Hideout bar to catch the last 47 bus to downtown at 10:30 as this historic bus route leaves the Hill for the foreseeable future. More details on that to come.
Previously on Bus Stop