While Metro won’t be making any changes in north-central Seattle with the opening of RapidRide E next September, the agency is proposing some minor changes to the bus network in Renton with the concurrent opening of RapidRide F. The F Line will replace Route 140, boosting peak headways to ten minutes, and extending frequent service into the evening and weekend; Metro is also seeking funding for an extension of the F Line to The Landing, an urban village development a couple of miles north from the 140′s eastern terminus at Renton Transit Center.
The are five routes near the 140 alignment which Metro proposes to modify or delete:
- Deleting Route 110. This seems to be a Sounder-Boeing commuter shuttle with very modest ridership numbers, which duplicates the 140 for much of its length, and is within a quarter to a third of a mile of the Landing extension for almost all the rest of its length.
- Deleting underperforming DART route 908, replacing most of its fixed route with minor changes to DART 909 and Route 105.
- Converting the little-used hourly Route 155 to a DART route.
These changes seem straightforward and sensible, and I hope Metro is able to come up with funding for the Landing extension, as it looks like a cheap and east way to boost ridership and mobility in that area. I particularly like how Metro staff have, for the 110, shown the number of boardings along segments of the route which don’t directly overlap the F Line. Getting real ridership data out to the public in an understandable form is essential for having intelligent public debates about spending transit money.
Metro is having two open houses on this subject, at the following times and locations:
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Renton Technical College
3000 NE Fourth Street
Thursday, Nov. 29
Renton High School
400 S Second Street
You can find more information, including maps and a survey, at the Have a Say website.
Finally, not a Metro proposal at all, but something which I think would be a huge mobility improvement for area: a concept I outlined on the blog a while ago, to restructure the 8 and 106. This would double the daytime frequency of the 106, and much better connect riders in Renton to their neighbors in Skyway and the Rainier Valley, at minimal cost to Metro.