Some Metro routes have minor deviations from a more direct routing. Some of these deviations make sense, and some don’t. If a deviation I said does not make sense actually has a reason, please put that in the comments section. Also, if you guys have been able to identify more deviations, feel free to write them down in the comments section.
deviations that make sense
Instead of going via Northgate Way and 1st Ave NE to Northgate TC, Route 40 runs via Meridian Ave, College Way, 92nd St, and 1st Ave to Northgate TC. This deviation is used to serve North Seattle College.
Route 65 deviates to 40th Ave NE instead of going directly on 35th Ave NE. This deviation is used to serve Children’s Hospital. Out of all the deviations I have been able to identify, this one makes the most sense.
deviations that might make sense now but could be removed
Route 107 has a deviation to Georgetown at S Albro Pl. Maybe later Metro could delete it if there is another route that can provide the connection between Georgetown and Rainier Valley.
Route 120 has a minor deviation to Westwood Village. Though it might add extra travel time, it does provide a connection to the transit center at Westwood Village. However, I think the deviation could be removed when Route 120 becomes a RapidRide line, and the transit center can be moved to White Center.
Many West Seattle routes deviate to 44th Ave SW instead of going directly on California. This deviation is used to serve Alaska Junction. I think Metro should improve connections at Alaska Junction so that routes do not have to deviate.
deviations that do NOT make sense
Route 8 deviates to 23rd Ave instead of going directly on MLK. This used to be a turnaround loop, but there doesn’t seem to be anything particularly important along this deviation.
Route 22 deviates to 41st Ave SW instead of going directly on California. Metro had considered deleting this deviation before, but voters voted against it. There does not seem to be anything particularly important along this deviation, and a more direct routing is only 1 block away from the deviation.
Route 26 (northbound) deviates to East Green Lake Way instead of going on Woodlawn. Unlike some other deviations, there is only one stop along the deviation. This used to be a turnaround loop, but using the direct routing will basically change nothing for riders except for more efficient travel times.
Routes 60 and 113 deviate into Olson-Myers Park and Ride instead of going directly on Olson Pl. Olson-Myers P&R used to have more purpose, but now Routes 60 and 113 are the only routes serving it, the latter being a peak-only express. I will discuss this in a different post, but I think Routes 60 and 113 should just go straight on Olson Pl.
Through Georgetown, Routes 60 and 124 run via Carleton and Ellis. A more direct routing would be along Corson Ave. This isn’t exactly a deviation, but it is just a weird routing where I have found a more direct solution. Plus, my direct solution would serve the Georgetown campus of South Seattle College.
Route 62 deviates to Woodlawn and Ravenna instead of going directly on NE 65th St. This deviation might provide some connection to East Green Lake, but I do not think such a deviation is necessary.
Route 120 deviates to 15th Ave SW instead of going directly on 16th Ave SW. There doesn’t seem to be anything particularly important along this deviation, and a more direct routing is only 1 block away from the deviation.
Route 128 deviates to Tukwila Int’l Blvd between S 144th St and Tukwila Int’l Blvd Station. I would guess that before TIBS opened, Route 128 ran straight on S 144th, but now it might make more sense for Route 128 to run straight on Military Rd to TIBS.
Route 132 deviates to Military Rd between S 120th St and S 128th St. It should just go straight on Des Moines Memorial Dr.
Route 347 deviates to 5th Ave NE instead of going straight on 15th Ave NE. This is more than a simple deviation, but I have thought of a more direct solution. I think Route 347 should go on 15th and Route 348 should go on 5th.