UPDATE 1:16pm: I’ve received word that Metro is adjusting a Route 36 trip so it connects with the last Link train from the airport at Beacon Hill Station and extends it to downtown. More information when I get it.
UPDATE 3:22pm The last train/bus connection change begins Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Details from Jack Lattemann, Metro service planner:
On weekdays, the inbound/northbound trip on Route 36 leaving 39th Avenue South & South Myrtle Street at 1:04 a.m. is being rescheduled to leave 5 minutes later in order to allow a connection with the last northbound Link train at Beacon Hill Station. Route 36 will be scheduled at the 15th & Beacon timepoint at 1:21 a.m. This should provide about a 7-minute window to make the rail-bus connection. This Route 36 trip will then be extended to continue to 3rd Avenue & Pike Street in downtown Seattle instead of ending at 5th Avenue South & South Jackson Street. Making this change will make early morning weekday inbound service on Route 36 more consistent seven days a week.
The latest issue of Sound Transit’s RIDE newsletter gave a preview of bus and train service changes coming this June. Most of the bus changes are the same as previously anticipated. One new change not seen before is:
Central Link—Night trips that currently end at Mount Baker Station will be extended to Beacon Hill Station
Under the current schedule, this change would affect three nightly trips leaving SeaTac/Airport Station at 12:20 am, 12:35 am, 12:50 am, Monday through Saturday, and at 11:20 pm, 11:35 pm, 11:50 pm on Sunday and holidays. All of these trips leave after the last train to Westlake has departed.
If I remember correctly, when Link opened, trains used to end at Beacon Hill before they changed it to Mount Baker for some reason. I have not received a response to my question from Sound Transit I asked a few days ago. Martin told me “that Beacon Hill had to be cleared and shut down for the night” so someone might get locked in overnight but Mount Baker, as an elevated station, needs to follow a similar procedure so I’m not convinced with that answer.