The Metro Link Connections changes proposed in March 2015, modified in May 2015, and not finalized yet, have provoked significant discussion and disagreements. While the goal of adjusting Metro routes to better connect with new light rail stations and to reduce duplication is laudable and necessary, the changes proposed for March 2016 are premature and deserve more data and more discussion.
Some of the proposals ask people to give up one seat rides in favor of two or more seat rides and service gaps which will result in more people using their cars. These are the same transit users who are getting improved service from Prop One funding only to be lost in March 2016.
Next year our decision-making will be informed with more data:
- The Prop One changes in June and September 2015 changes and the impact on the Metro System.
- The Move Seattle ballot initiative vote in November 2015.
- Light rail expansion and its impact on the Metro System.
Let’s postpone the Metro link connection modifications until the second half of 2016.