Over the weekend, CHS’s Re:Take history series took a look back at some of the lost bus routes of Capitol Hill. We don’t have to look back far in time to find the changes. Late last year, Metro planned out a wave of revisions and reroutes to optimize its service around the opening of light rail service to Capitol Hill Station and UW.
STB grouped the impacted Capitol Hill routes into a set of winners…
- Route 11: up 38% — The #11 is likely absorbing demand on Pine Street east of Broadway for former Route 10 riders unwilling to walk to Link.
- Route 49: down 1% — So why is it a winner? Because as the most direct service between Capitol Hill and Downtown prior to Link, we at STB expected it to fall further…
- Routes 8 and 38: up 6%
- Route 43: down 85% — So why is it still a winner? With just 16 remaining trips per day (plus a few in-service deadheads that don’t go downtown), the 43 is still averaging 60+ riders per trip…
And a loser:
- Route 10 is down 28% — Most riders on the route are within 1 mile of a Link station, and many of them seem to be walking to Link.
STB’s takeaway: “The time travel advantage of ULink is big enough that the walkshed appears larger than standard planning assumptions. People are willing to walk to good service.”
Check out the STB post for more numbers and the overall trends for public transit ridership in the wake of the changes.