King County Metro has rolled out a massive set of service revisions being proposed for next fall. Before the proposals become real-life cuts, changes and frequency modifications, Metro wants your feedback. Seattle Transit Blog’s Bruce Nourish writes that the proposals are good news:
The proposed service changes would deliver almost everything I’d hoped to see in terms of making routes more direct, more frequent, less duplicative, and more focused on moving people between big ridership centers, rather than just a mostly-radial network from downtown.
We asked Nourish to help us sort through the many proposals to highlight changes to Metro service around Capitol Hill. Nourish tells us that Metro won’t be making more changes related to the start of the First Hill streetcar’s service in 2013 but that we should also be prepared for a significant overhaul to our Metro service when U-link light rail begins carrying passengers in 2016. In the meantime, here is his list of what to look for in the 2012 proposals:
Important things for the Hill for this restructure:
* Route 11 gets a major boost in weekday midday frequency from 30 to 15 minutes, while nights and weekends remain at 30.
* Route 14N (the part of the 14 north of where it turns on Pike) is split off from the 14S and will cease service around 7 PM on all days; frequency will drop to 45 minutes on the weekends and weekday midday, staying at its current rush hour frequency.
* Routes 10, 11 and 14N will now terminate on 2nd Ave & Pine/Pike downtown, exactly like the 43 does now. This means you’ll have to walk/transfer to get to the south parts of downtown and other places that those routes previously went to (Colman Dock, West Seattle, Jackson St/Mount Baker), but will make these buses much more reliable.
* Route 2’s northern segment, from the point where it now turns from Seneca to 3rd Ave will be deleted; instead, it will be routed down Madison/Marion just like the 12 (It’s probably worth showing the map below, to help readers understand this). The 2 will maintain its current frequency, but will be staggered to provide very frequent service from Colman Dock to the three-way intersection of 12th Ave, Union and Madison: 7.5 minutes during the day Mon-Sat and 15 minutes on evenings/Sundays. This is a very high level of service, some of the best in the city.
* Routes 9X, 43, 48, 49, and 60 remain unchanged on Capitol Hill, but see the next two points.
* Route 48X is replaced with more trips on the 48N, but the 48X operates only from Crown Hill to the U-District, so that shouldn’t affect riders on the south part of the route.
* Route 60 is unchanged in Capitol Hill. Way to the south, it will stop serving the VA Hospital on Beacon Hill and be extended slightly in White Center, moving its terminus to Westwood Village.