With RapidRide B running from Downtown Bellevue to Overlake late next year, Metro is using the opportunity to reorganize service on the Eastside, resurrecting some ideas that have been floating around since at least 2006. This is also driven by the State and Federal requirement to add service over 520.
Suggested new route: 275
The gist of these changes, I believe, is consolidating the buses that run all the way into Seattle and forcing transfers at hubs like Eastgate to get into Seattle. That’s a boon to transit-dependent people and reverse commuters (like me) for whom peak-only service is inadequate or useless; properly executed, there should be little pain for current one-seat rides who should retain a painless transfer to get to Seattle. In any case, less emphasis on peak routes and more on high-demand corridors is essential to a comprehensible system usable at all times of day.
You can share your feedback with an online survey, workshops on Nov. 3rd and 4th, by phone at 206-205-8788, or by email. Eliminating service, even when replaced by something arguably better, will always generate negative comments, so if you like these changes it’s important to make your voice heard.
Timeline for the changes is below the jump.
At the end of the fall 2010 comment period, Metro will review all comments and make a recommendation. The recommendation will be available for public review in early 2011, and will also be reviewed by a community sounding board composed of bus riders and key stakeholders.
Metro will forward its final recommendation to the King County Executive in March 2011. The Executive will review it and submit his recommendation to the King County Council for action. Changes approved by the Council will take place in October 2011.