We’re finally at the turn of Fall, which means that transit agencies region-wide will be rolling through their last service change of the year. There are some pretty major goings-on in this shakeup, some good, some bad. Here are the highlights from the Big Four (King County Metro, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit):
- King County Metro is inaugurating service on RapidRide B Line and an accompanying restructure on the Eastside. Major changes in Seattle will constitute moving 1st Ave S routes to 4th Ave S because of Viaduct construction. Elsewhere, there are a few service adds and revisions here and there, so check out Metro’s page on the October service change, which is a vast improvement on what was available to the public before.
- Sound Transit will not see earth-shattering revisions. Across the board for ST Express, there will be schedule adjustments, a few trip adds, and a few trip discontinuations. Link and Sounder will go virtually unchanged.
- Community Transit‘s service change will be even more unassuming, the only revision being the routing of the 110 and 116 to serve Edmonds Station. All the revisions to ST service in Snohomish County will be trip adds and more service. Unfortunately, looming cuts are on the horizon and coming next February. We’ll be posting more on this as it approaches.
- Pierce Transit proceeds with draconian and hard-to-swallow cuts as mentioned in the News Roundup; this will be the last 15% of an entire 35% reduction of the entire system, thanks to the failure of Prop. 1 at the ballot last February. Sixteen routes will be eliminated along with the shuttering of hundreds of bus stops. The PT website has all the gory details. The only silver lining is a likely increase in productivity, which is usually the case with massive service reductions.
Don’t forget to check schedules and detailed route information, especially if you live on the Eastside or in Pierce County. And of course, we will be having our informal RapidRide B Line group ride this morning 10AM at Bellevue Transit Center.