26 Bus
Metro Route 26, by WhenEliseSings

As we mentioned on Twitter last night, both the Seattle City Council and King County Council yesterday approved Seattle’s initial purchase of bus service, utilizing Executive Constantine’s partnership framework and the revenue from November’s passage of Prop 1, a Seattle-only sales tax and $60 car tab fee. The details of Seattle’s purchases have not changed materially since David unpacked the details in this post.

Seattle has smartly chosen to spend its money on core service quality (improving reliability, addressing overcrowding, making schedules more consistent and comprehensible) and major frequency improvements on high-performing routes. In particular, I’m thrilled at the evening frequency improvements that will take effect in June, and I will undoubtedly be riding the bus more as a result of them.

Thanks to everyone who worked on, advocated for, and voted for this measure, which will make our city so much better.

16 Replies to “Seattle Prop 1 Purchases Approved”

  1. I think the $60 vehicle fee does not start collections until June. I just renewed my car this month and it did not have the $60 fee as part of the bill. I probably see the $60 vehicle fee in June, when the Motorcycle comes up for renewal. Kind of pissed off that Route 50 did not see some Sunday Daytime frequency improvements (at least between 11am-7pm), so going down to Alki via transit on Sundays will still be crowded (due to some tight turns, Route 50 has to use 30-35 feet coaches).

    In the other hand, Route 68 (yes, I drove this route) gets new Sunday service (and Saturday service is barely used, ask some North Base Drivers, it is considered a plum job on Saturday, due to less ridership). As someone else suggested, should have used the Sunday hours for extended time span on weekdays instead (68 ends service a bit too early, not useful for night classes). Also, 68 and 372 schedules need to work together, so both routes operate some decent trip spacing from each other. The 68 trip I drove, either followed or was being followed by a 372 southbound on 25th Ave NE.

    1. The think about the 68 you have to remember is that, with the 372 not running on Sunday, the 68 is the only route serving 25th Ave. north of the UW. Without it, you have a dead zone around 55th/25th and the U-village that has no Sunday service whatsoever without walking up a steep hill. I personally walk up the hill all the time, but others might not be so willing.

      In any case, the bus network in the area will likely change dramatically in a year when U-Link opens, so I wouldn’t read too much into what’s happening in the short term.

      With respect to the 50, at least coming from north of downtown, I tend to prefer the water taxi to get to Alki, followed by a 2-mile walk along the beach. Door-to-door, it’s probably a little bit longer than taking Link to SODO and waiting 20 minutes for the milk run of the 50, but it’s certainly a lot more pleasant. Remember, if the weather isn’t good, you’re probably not going to Alki anyway.

    2. Metro offered to have the 128 reach all the way to Alki, but passage of Prop 1 put that on hold. It’s a restructure that makes a whole lot of sense, but seems to have gotten buried under the process. The 775 runs on weekdays only. I’m not sure whether Metro or SDOT is aware of the severe overcrowding on the 50, north of the Junction, during sunny season.

  2. I thought the election allowed for this to be collected for 10 years. Does anyone know why the agreement only goes until (if renewed) 2020?

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