For some time we have known that the coming Metro cuts would not fall all at once, but would be implemented in 4 phases corresponding with the normal triannual service change process. At a press conference yesterday, Metro released details of all 4 phases. The phasing is thoughtful and clearly attempts to minimize rider pain and inconvenience as long as possible, with each successive round of cuts being relatively more painful than the last. Each of the phases has a distinct theme, very roughly as follows:
- Phase 1 (September 2014) could be called the lower-hanging fruit, delaying any systematic restructures while eliminating duplicative peak routes, express variants of core routes, some First Hill peak routes, and all the old night owl milk runs.
- Phase 2 (February 2015) restructures service in Central Seattle, South Seattle, Renton, Kirkland, and to the peak network in South King County.
- Phase 3 (June 2015) restructures service in North Seattle, including a complete overhaul of service in Fremont, Ballard, the UDistrict, Roosevelt, Maple Leaf, Northgate, and more. All-day service in Magnolia is essentially gutted, down to a single loop.
- Phase 4 (September 2015) is the final phase and brings the West Seattle restructure.
Route by route details of each phase below the jump…
Phase 1: September 2014
Eliminated: 7X, 19, 47, 48X, 61, 62, 82, 83, 84, 139, 152, 161, 173, 200, 202, 203, 205X, 209, 210, 211X, 213, 215, 243, 250, 260, 265, 280, 306, 909, 919, 927, 935
- Routes 27, 30, and 931 become weekday peak only.
- Route 200 becomes off-peak only.
- Routes 236, 238, 249, 331, and 903 will lose evening service past 7pm (6pm for Route 249)
- Route 212 adds one daily roundtrip to compensate for the loss of Route 210.
- Route 204 gains span of service but loses mid-day frequency to compensate for the loss of the 202. It will run half-hourly during peak and hourly off peak between 6am-6pm.
- Route 312 adds one daily roundtrip.
Phase 2: February 2015
Eliminated: 4, 27, 158, 159, 178, 179, 190, 192, 237, 238, 916, 930
- Route 1 loses weekend service and weekday service after 11pm.
- Route 2 shifts to Madison and does not continue to Queen Anne.
- Route 3 is extended to SPU and boosts frequency to every 10-15 minutes all-day.
- Route 7 is cut back to every 15 minutes and no longer runs 24 hours (service will end at 2am).
- Route 8 terminates at Group Health in Capitol Hill, with Central District/Rainier Valley service eliminated.
- Route 9 becomes weekday peak-direction only.
- Route 12 becomes peak-only, and service to 19th Avenue is eliminated.
- Route 13 gets a frequency boost to compensate for the loss of Route 2.
- Route 14 loses weekend service and weekday service after 11pm.
- Route 29 discontinues its Ballard-Queen Anne segment and loses 3 trips.
- Route 60 becomes a south-end crosstown route and will no longer serve First Hill or Broadway, instead running from Westwood Village to Othello Station via South Beacon Hill.
- Route 106 no longer serves South Beacon Hill, Georgetown, SODO, or the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel. Instead, it takes over for Route 8 on MLK Blvd, supplements Route 14 on Jackson St, and replaces Route 27 in Yesler Terrace.
- Route 107 is extended to Beacon Hill Station, taking over for routes 60 and 106 in South Beacon Hill.
- Route 157 shifts slightly in the Lake Meridian area to consolidate service after the loss of the 158 and 159.
- Route 168 adds peak trips timed with Sounder.
- Route 177 becomes the South King County workhorse, adding 12 daily roundtrips and adds stops at Star Lake P&R and Kent Des Moines Road, and using the Seneca/Atlantic ramps instead of the SODO busway.
- Route 181 is improved to every 15-30 minutes during peak.
- Route 187 moves slightly to compensate for losing the 901.
- Route 193 will serve the north end of Downtown.
- Route 197 will be truncated and will no longer run west of Federal Way TC.
- Route 221 will not run north of Overlake.
- Route 234 will no longer serve Kenmore but will serve Totem Lake and Education Hill.
- Route 235 will not run northeast of Kirkland TC.
- Route 236 will run a more direct route between Brickyard P&R and Totem Lake.
- Route 255 will not run north of Totem Lake.
- Route 271 will no longer serve Bellevue College or Issaquah.
- Route 311 will lose one daily roundtrip.
- Route 342 will no longer run from Renton to Bellevue or from Kenmore to Shoreline. It will only run from Bellevue to Kenmore.
Phase 3: June 2015
Eliminated: 5X, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, 66, 67, 68, 72, 242
- Route 5 is cut back to 20 minutes off-peak.
- Route 16 moves to Dexter and frequency is improved to 15 minutes.
- Route 24 becomes peak-only, no longer serves 28th Avenue W
- Route 26X becomes a full-time route, running 20 minutes during peak and 30 minutes off-peak.
- Route 28X becomes a full-time route, shifts from 46th to 39th in Fremont.
- Route 32 serves lower Wallingford Ave instead of Stone Way and sees a peak frequency boost.
- Route 33 becomes a clockwise loop in Magnolia, with off-peak service to Magnolia Village.
- Route 40 retains its weekday 15-minute frequency but is cut to 20 minutes on Saturdays.
- Route 65 loses service after 11pm.
- Route 71 becomes a 65th St shuttle, running hourly from Sand Point to Roosevelt.
- Route 73 becomes Northeast Seattle’s workhorse, running from Downtown to Northgate via the UDistrict every 8-15 minutes.
- Route 75 is no longer through-routed with the eliminated 31.
- Route 355 runs on Aurora instead of I-5, and add five round trips, compensating for the loss of the 5X.
- Route 372 no longer runs east of UW-Bothell, but peak frequency is boosted to every 6 minutes.
Phase 4: September 2015
Eliminated: 21, 22, 37, 57, 99, 154, 167, 200, 201, 217, 244, 277, 304, 308, 910, 913
- Route 11 loses service after 11pm
- Route 21X gains two peak round trips
- Route 36 reduced to 10 minutes peak, 15 minutes off-peak
- Route 50 no longer serves Admiral and Alki, serving Westwood Village via 35th Ave SW
- Route 56X gains two peak round trips
- Route 64 loses two peak round trips
- Route 70 is through-routed with Route 36
- Route 111 no longer runs east of 156th Avenue SE in Renton
- Route 114 loses 2 morning trips and 1 afternoon trip
- Route 116 loses 2 morning trips and 1 afternoon trip
- Route 118 loses 2 round trips
- Route 118X loses 1 round trip
- Route 119 loses 2 round trips
- Route 121 loses 3 morning and 5 afternoon trips
- Route 122 loses 1 roundtrip
- Route 124 no longer runs 24 hours, with service ending at 2:00am
- Route 125 becomes peak-only
- Route 128 is extended to Alki and peak frequency is improved to 20 minutes
- Route 143 loses one roundtrip
- Route 148 is reduced to hourly
- Route 156 is reduced to hourly, service ends at 7pm
- Route 181 service ends at 9pm
- Route 182 is reduced to hourly
- Route 186 is reduced to hourly
- Route 212 adds 3 daily roundtrips to compensate for the loss of the 217
- Route 214 loses 5 morning and 6 afternoon trips
- Route 226 service ends at 9pm
- Route 232 loses reverse-peak service, and loses one peak-direction roundtrip
- Route 240 service ends at 9pm
- Route 241 is reduced to hourly
- Route 248 service is reduced to hourly from 7-9pm, service ends at 9pm
- Route 249 service is reduced to hourly from 7-9pm, service ends at 9pm
- Route 269 loses reverse-peak service, and loses 2 morning and 4 afternoon trips
- Route 915 loses 3 trips
Lastly, potential reductions to the South Lake Union Streetcar will not be subject to this County Council ordinance, but will be negotiated via a separate ordinance governing the operating agreement between the City of Seattle and King County.