I don’t have a lot of time to expound on this right now, but the King County Council is set, on Monday, to approve a set of bus route adjustments in Southeast Seattle and Southwest King County.
The full text of the changes is here. The key change from the Metro staff recommendation seems to be a partial restoration of Route 42. It will run from Pioneer Square to Columbia City via MLK, instead of from Belltown to Rainier View; will run only 8am to 6pm; and will be at one-hour frequency. This service is apparently paid for by ditching the idea of improving peak-hour service on Route 9.
This alteration will provide the direct connection from Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) to downtown that they so loudly clamored to maintain, while minimizing the additional costs to Metro. Furthermore, it provides a little more East-West connectivity to Columbia City station, something that suffers a bit from planned cutbacks on the 39.
It also looks like the RapidRide A Line is slipping to June 2010, and the Southern half of the 174 will survive until then.
I’m on vacation with very short-lived internet access, and have probably missed some important things. Feel free to peruse the report yourself and point out other changes from the staff recommendation in the comments.
UPDATE: The plan described above was passed on May 18 with a 9-0 vote.