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The bus system in West Seattle was heavily modified in September 2012 when RapidRide C came into service. This included the elimination of certain routes that went directly to Downtown. However, I think more of these Downtown routes can be eliminated. When RapidRide H (Delridge BRT) comes into service, cutting more Downtown routes will be easier.

There has long been a rumor about an infill station on Central Link at MLK/Graham. However, only one bus route serves that location (Route 106), so I don’t think there is quite enough purpose for the station at this point. There has been another rumor of a West Seattle-Georgetown route, similar to the current Route 128.

I propose a West Seattle-Seward Park crosstown route, which will both provide the West Seattle-Georgetown connection AND serve the Graham Station. It will start at Alaska Junction, run like Route 128 to 16th Ave SW, then take SW Holden St and Highland Park Way SW to the bridge, then cross the bridge to get to Georgetown. East of Georgetown, it will go via S Albro Pl, Swift Ave S, and S Graham St until Rainier. It will then go via Rainier and Orcas to Seward Park. I would number this route 52 because many West Seattle routes are in the 50s.

Some parts of West Seattle do not have off-peak bus service. Examples include Beach Dr SW (Route 37) and Genesee Hill (Route 57). I think since there isn’t enough demand for a full-time bus route there, an hourly DART route could fulfill that service. I think this DART route could start at Alaska Junction, travel through Genesee Hill and Admiral District, then go along the shore to Westwood Village. It would run 7 days a week at hourly frequency. I have attached a map of the main route below. I would number this route 774.

Since Route 52 would replace Route 128 on Sylvan Way, Route 128 should get a new routing between Westwood Village and Alaska Junction. In fact, I feel like Route 128 needs a complete restructure. There are way too many deviations which could be easily removed. I have made the following proposal:

Route 22 will be extended to North Admiral like Route 55. It will also be boosted to 30-minute frequency during weekdays and Saturday. Routes 22 and 50 will be coordinated to provide 15-minute service on California Ave between Alaska Junction and California/Admiral during weekdays and Saturday, similar to how routes 50 and 128 currently provide that service. On Sundays they will be coordinated to provide 30-minute service along that corridor.

Instead of going west on Sylvan Way, Route 128 will travel on 16th Ave SW like Route 125 until Genesee, then travel to Alaska Junction like Route 50. Route 125 will become a peak-only express.

Route 21 will no longer run north of Alaska, but instead use Alaska to travel to Alaska Junction. The peak-only 21X will maintain its current routing. If there is enough demand to keep a frequent West Seattle-SODO one-seat ride, RapidRide C can be moved to SODO.

Maps

Route 52: http://bit.ly/2odjINS

Route 128: http://bit.ly/2pQIMtQ

Route 774: http://bit.ly/2pPslLo

6 Replies to “West Seattle Restructure (after Delridge BRT)”

  1. Graham Station is in ST3 so it’s definite unless there’s a revenue shortage.
    The station is important because it’s a neighborhood commercial center like Othello. There’s a concentration of housing and businesses there, and potential for future mixed-use development. If I remember it’s around a 10-minute walk south south to Othello Station and a 17-minute walk north to Columbia City Station, so it’s a transit “hole” in an urban corridor. We can survive without it but it’s inexpensive low-hanging fruit to build the station and give people more housing options in HCT walksheds.

    The fact that it has only the 106 is not an argument against the station. The 106 is frequent so it’s a major route. It was recently routed to MLK partly to connect the whole valley to Renton. Those areas are economically and culturally similar with family ties. A person living at Graham Station would have access to both the Link network and Renton.

    There’s no east-west route on Graham but that has more to do with Metro’s underservice and the historic underperformance of Rainier Valley-West Seattle routes. South Seattle and West Seattle are fragmented into pockets by ridges and waterways, and that has historically hindered them from growing large commercial centers that people would want to travel east-west to, unlike in north Seattle where large commercial centers and crosstown trips are major. All the southern Seattle pockets are more oriented toward downtown than to their east-west neighbors, and that’s because there’s not much there to go to. However, Metro’s 2040 plan has a Frequent route on Graham Street from Westwood Village to Georgetown and Rainier/Graham. (It appears to replace the 60.)

    The 128 should be extended to Alki and be frequent. Seattle’s largest and most transit-accessible beach deserves more than hourly evening/Sunday service. t should serve Admrial, the Junction, and Westwood Village because that’s where many people are coming from and transferring at. It would improve crosstown service and make more of a grid. Going out to Delridge would be out of the way and miss the urban villages. Instead we should look at something else going west from the north end of Delridge. Metro’s 2040 plan has a RapidRide 128 from Alki, down California Avenue, and along Sylvan Way to WV, WC, and Burien. That’s a great route. Maybe it should continue further down California (22-land) but that’s a lesser issue.

    I like the idea of extending the 22 north to Admiral, but not at the expense of this RapidRide 128 plan. Because upper California doesn’t just need more service to lower California, it also needs more service to Alki. If you extend your 22 to Alki, that would fill in the missing service. Except that I still think we need a frequent route from Burien to the Junction (and ideally Alki), and Metro’s 128 would provide that.

  2. Metro’s LRP moves the Delridge RR to SoDo by 2040, so if I was going to serve SoDO in the meantime, I would divert RR G, not C, in anticipation of the large restructure once Link arrives in WS. Keep the C on 99 until it gets truncated.

  3. Is there any talk of making RR C into a full BRT line and possibly extending it South? Because ST3 Link won’t go very far in to west Seattle. Ideally I’d like to see both RR C and G go down through Burien as full BRT and meet up with Link at Tukwila International Blvd. or perhaps Angel Lake if you go around the west side of the airport. After West Seattle Link these routes would just connect to the train–perhaps one of them even going north towards Alki Beach? Then RR and Link would really be a *network* of high quality transit, not just spokes and hubs. At any rate, hoping for more robust BRT not just more local routes there.

    1. We still need names until everybody remembers the letters. G is Madison and H is Delridge?

      I haven’t heard heard any talk about upgrading C and H beyond standard RapidRide, or of extending them. Metro’s 2025 plan upgrades the 120 to RapidRide, and its 2040 plan brings it up 4th Ave S and truncates it at Yesler Way. That may be a mistake in the map or it may reflect earlier uncertainty when Bertha would finish. For the C, Metro’s 2040 plan turns it into a completely different route, on Alki – Admiral – WSJ – Sylvan Way – South Park – 1st Ave S – Burien. The Fauntleroy hook is moved to a separate Express route to SLU.

      What does “full BRT” mean?

      I haven’t seen any proposal to connect West Seattle directly to Link on the south end. It’s probably worth raising with Metro and your city councilmember.

      1. I might be wrong, but I think full BRT would mean off-board payment, dedicated platforms, and more dedicated bus lanes. I think Metro has a similar plan for Madison BRT (RapidRide G).

        I know that you were mentioning Metro’s plan, but I think the Fauntleroy segment should be replaced with a route that goes to Alki, or at least somewhere other than Downtown Seattle. At least when West Seattle Link opens. I also think West Seattle Link should have a station at Westwood Village or White Center.

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