Expanded bus service coming to South Lake Union

In addition to the Seattle Streetcar, expanded Metro Transit service is coming to South Lake Union beginning Feb. 11, 2008

  • Route 70 buses, which now run from the University District, past South Lake Union and then downtown every 15 minutes will arrive every 10 minutes between 3 and 6 p.m. on weekdays.
  • The Route 8 bus, which runs east and west on Denny Way, between Capitol Hill — past South Lake Union– and Queen Anne will come every 15 minutes between 6 and 7:30 p.m., instead of every half-hour.
  • South Lake Union businesses and the city of Seattle are contributing $109,000 toward the $817,000 needed to expand bus service on two routes.

While this is an improvement, the Route 8 runs on the heavily congested Denny Way, simply adding to the traffic mess on the road. While this is welcomed, more needs to be done besides adding more service. The Route 70 is plagued with traffic on Eastlake Avenue. Both of these roads needs to be expanded before improved bus service will be noticeable.

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