This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

Erica Barnett ends her exhaustive accounting of Metro service changes in SE Seattle by noting:

Is it me, or does an awful lot of service on Rainier [Avenue S.] get eliminated under Metro’s plan?

I wonder if this has anything to do with the planned “road diet” for Rainier Ave., which Barnett noted back in February, between Columbia City and Rainier Beach. If the road goes down to one lane in either direction, then buses will start to really back up traffic (can’t drive around a bus if there’s only one lane) on that corridor.

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