I have 3 historical timetables uploaded to my flickr account:
- 7 RAINIER (1970)
- 42 EMPIRE WAY (1972)
- 9 BROADWAY (1976)
The 7 RAINIER of 1970 looks very similar to Metro’s route 7 of today. The most notable routing difference is that the Henderson loop wasn’t used in 1970–there were turnback loops at Graham Street and Rose Street. The midday schedule offered basic 10 minute headways on most of Rainier Avenue with every other bus turning back at Rose Street (the Prentice loop was covered every 20 minutes). Peak hour service added express runs and more local buses that turned back at Graham Street.
The 42 EMPIRE WAY of 1972 shows what transit service along MLK looked like before light rail (and the name change). Bus service on the old 42 corridor has been replaced by the 8, 36, 106 and 107. The basic service pattern in 1972 was 30 minute headways along Empire Way/MLK with hourly deviations to Holly Park. At Rainier Beach the route split and covered tails that are parts of today’s 106 and 107 routes with hourly service on each tail. There were no extensions to Skyway and Renton (they were added a few years later).
The 9 BROADWAY of 1976 was still using its historical routing that terminated south of the University Bridge at Martin Street. Riders from Capitol Hill would then transfer on Eastlake to get to the University District. There were a few trips that turned back at Aloha Street during peak hours, but the basic midday service pattern was 15 minute headways along the whole route with a live-loop in downtown Seattle. The schedule also shows a Yesler-Broadway shuttle that ran just a few times a day, but eventually grew into route 60 and the First Hill Streetcar.