Tomorrow, from noon to 2 PM at the Seattle Central Library, King County Metro will host an open house to provide information and obtain feedback about the initial proposal for the Fall 2012 service change. It is the first in a series of similar events that will be held throughout the city over the next two weeks. These events are a great opportunity to communicate directly with Metro staff, to learn why these changes were proposed and for you to explain how they will affect you. I highly recommend attending at least one of them if you have the chance.
Full announcement text and future dates after the jump.
King County Metro Transit is inviting the public to discuss proposals to make bus service more efficient in several communities next year, including parts of Seattle. Many of the changes are being proposed to support the launch of the Rapid Ride C and D lines next September.
“We won’t just be adding RapidRide service next year, we will also be restructuring our transit system to improve service quality, provide more connections, reduce duplication, and be more efficient,” said King County Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond. “As we move toward our new vision for public transportation, we are striving to build a highly productive system that gets people where they want to go, leveraging the most value for riders out of every dollar spent on transit.”
In the coming months, Metro will be gathering feedback on a set of proposed bus service changes that will take place in June and September 2012. Some of the proposals will make service simpler and more direct, or reduce duplication. Others will reinvest transit hours, reducing or replacing services that do not meet the productivity guidelines adopted this year. Those hours will be shifted to corridors that have many current – or potential – riders.
The two upcoming RapidRide lines will feature frequent, fast, and reliable service:
Between West Seattle and downtown Seattle, the C Line will travel from Westwood Village via Fauntleroy, Morgan Junction, and Alaska Junction. It would replace Route 54 and Route 54 Express;
Between Crown Hill in North Seattle and downtown, the D Line will travel via Ballard, Interbay, and Uptown. It would replace Route 15, both local and express service.
Metro is proposing to make changes to more than 60 bus routes concentrated in Seattle, Burien, Des Moines, Shoreline, SeaTac, and Tukwila. It is hosting seven open house meetings to provide information, answer questions, and get feedback. The meetings will be held:
- Wednesday, Nov. 2 – Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, noon-2 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 3 – Adams Elementary School, 6110 28th Ave. NW, Seattle, 7-9 p.m.
- Monday, Nov. 7 – Catharine Blaine Elementary, 2550 34th Ave. W, Seattle, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 9 – Chief Sealth High School, 2600 SW Thistle St., Seattle, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Monday, Nov. 14 – Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St., Seattle, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 15 – South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave. S, Seattle, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 17 – Madison Middle School, 3429 45th Ave. SW, Seattle, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Metro wants to hear your ideas. Learn more by attending one of the meetings, visiting an information table, or going online to: www.kingcounty.gov/metro/haveasay. You can make comments about potential changes on that website, at the meetings, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 206-263-9768 (English) and 206-263-9988 (Spanish).
Metro’s new “Have a Say” website, is a public engagement portal that offers one-stop-shopping for people who want to get involved. The site offers opportunities to share your opinion using a variety of tools – from the traditional to the virtual – all designed to make it easier to connect with Metro.