North Capitol Hill bus travelers will have to walk a little farther to catch the bus as Metro’s cross-Seattle effort to make routes more efficient by eliminating stops continues. Route 49 is the target for the latest tightening as Metro is proposing the elimination of 13 of the route’s 50 stops. Details on the proposal — and how to provide feedback — is below. The stops are currently planned to be eliminated by August 7. You might remember similar cuts being made on the 43 and 8 routes earlier this year while over in the CD, Metro has recently announced a slimming of the 3 and 4 stop rosters.
Metro Transit is planning to reduce the number of closely spaced bus stops on the Route 49 corridor.
This change will help buses move faster and operate on a more reliable schedule, cut fuel consumption and emissions, and reduce Metro’s operating and maintenance costs.
Currently, the corridor has 50 bus stops between Convention Place Station and the University Bridge, with an average spacing between stops of 835 feet. Metro will remove 13 of these stops, increasing the average stop spacing to about 1,145 feet.
As a result of this change, approximately four percent of Route 49 riders who board between Convention Place Station and NE Campus Parkway will have to catch their bus at a different stop. When the project is completed, all riders should have a faster, more reliable trip.
The stops scheduled for closure on August 7, 2010 are listed below. To view an interactive map of the stops and find out how to submit comments to Metro, visit http://metro.kingcounty.gov/up/sc/plans/2010/062010-49.html
- 10th Ave E at E Aloha St, northbound and southbound
- 10th Ave E at E Highland Dr, northbound and southbound
- 10th Ave E at E Blaine St, northbound and southbound
- 10th Ave E at E Boston St / E Lynn St, northbound and southbound
- Harvard Ave E at E Edgar St, northbound and southbound
- Harvard Ave E at E Hamlin St, northbound
Harvard Ave E at E Allison St, northbound and southbound