On Valentine’s Day, Metro and Sound Transit will implement their February service change, bringing a handful of small changes to the transit network. This is the last ‘quiet’ service change for a while, as upcoming service changes promise to be much more extensive. June will bring a taste of Prop 1 improvements, September will fully flesh out Prop 1 while restructuring tunnel service for ULink, and next March will bring the big ULink bus restructure. In the meantime, here’s what you can look forward to next week.
- Route 7: Tweaks the schedule to improve the Prentice Loop
- Route 50: Reinstates the VA loop
- Routes 55, 111, 114, and 143: These routes will no longer serve Bell, removing 25 buses from Bell Street Park during the PM peak.
- Routes 193, 303: These two First Hill peak routes will have their last trips leave much later (7:40pm).
- Route 204: Sees its evening service span expand by one hour.
- Routes 212, 255, 312: Minor schedule changes.
- DART 913: Route revision in Kent.
- Route 628: A new peak-only route serving North Bend, Snoqualmie, and Issaquah Highlands.
- 522, 592: Minor schedule changes.
- 590, 594, 595: Major schedule changes to better meet demand.
- 574: Southbound frequency reduced from 15 to 20 minutes from 12-3pm.
Fare Changes (March 1)
- Metro fares go up by $.25 across all fare categories except Access, which rises by $.50.
- Link fares go up $.25.
- The new Low-Income Fare, “ORCA Lift“, begins.
In early April, routes 4, 8, and 48 will begin an 8-month detour, on which more this afternoon.