Comments about the first round of proposed Southeast Seattle service changes have been incorporated into a new proposal that should appear in Rainier Valley mailboxes over the next few days. Key changes from the previous proposal:
- The 7X and 34 express services have been partially restored. I guess Metro listens after all!
- Rather than send every 48 to Rainier Beach, all route 8s would be extended to cover MLK to Henderson St., while all 48s would terminate at Mt. Baker station.
- There’s been further resolution in service frequency; notably, service on the 9 and 39 (which would become the 50) would get considerably better.
What happens next is another round of public comment, followed by a King County Council decision by this spring.
For those of you just joining us, the changes from the status quo are after the jump.
- Abolition of the 42, 126, and express routes 32, 35, and 42X.
- There are no changes to Route 7, except increased frequency at night.
- Less service on the 7X, more on the 9. The 9 would terminate at Rainier Beach station.
- Extension of the 8 to Rainier Beach via MLK. Route 8 service would be expanded considerably.
- Diversion of the 14 to serve Mt. Baker station.
- Fewer trips on the 34.
- Terminate the 36 at Othello Station via Myrtle St.
- Run the 38 from Beacon Hill station to the current 14 terminus in the Mt. Baker neighborhood.
- Replace the 39 with route 50, with more service hours and higher frequency. Unlike the 39, after reaching SODO station the 50 would go to West Seattle.
- Terminate all 48 trips at Mt. Baker Station, improving reliability.
- Extend all route 60 trips to White Center and increase peak period service.
- Reroute the 106 to serve Rainier Beach station, the extreme southern end of Beacon Ave, and go downtown via Airport Way instead of I-5. More service, too.
- The 107, in a complicated reroute, serves 51st Ave S and various other points in Skyway and Renton.
- Route 194 replaced with Route 195, operating downtown-Seatac only during hours LINK is closed.
The tabloid has a pretty good discussion of pros and cons of each move, and has details on service frequency.