This restructure could possibly happen when East Link opens, but the main purpose of this restructure is to make buses in Central District more efficient. A while back there was another post about the Central District. I commented some of my ideas on there, but I only gave a brief overview of it. Here I go into more detail. I will divide this post into routes.
Routes 14 and 27
Currently, Route 14 is rather unbalanced. It has high ridership along Jackson St, but low ridership along 31st Ave S. Route 27 is also unbalanced, with high ridership along Yesler but low ridership along the Leschi tail. However, the section of Yesler between 12th and 31st is a short walk to Jackson, and the section between 3rd and 12th is scheduled to be served by a reroute of Route 3. I have an idea to solve the unbalanced route issues.
Between Downtown and 31st, Route 27 will move to Jackson, and it will be renumbered 25. The current Route 27 will remain as a peak-only route running between Downtown and Leschi. Routes 14 and 25 will each run at 30-minute frequency, providing combined 15-minute service along Jackson. Route 25 could possibly be a trolley route as well, though it would require placing trolley wire to Leschi. Route 14 will also stop serving the tail to Hunter Blvd.
Routes 3 and 4
Metro plans to delete Route 4 and increase frequency on Route 3. I agree with this, but I would keep Route 4 running peak-only between Downtown and Mt Baker TC, acting as a 3X along Jefferson. I would also split Route 3 in Downtown. Route 3N will run as Route 34, and Route 3S will run as Route 3. Routes 3 and 34 could possibly be through-routed, but that would depend on future ridership patterns. Between Harborview and Downtown, Route 3 will run via Yesler instead of James (Metro already has such a plan).
I am sure that Route 3 will still be crowded between Downtown and Harborview even after the Yesler reroute. I think Route 7 should run via Yesler instead of Jackson to relieve this. Plus, it would take Route 7 out of the congestion in Little Saigon. So basically Route 7 will continue straight on Boren until Yesler and then turn on Yesler.
Route 8 will run straight on MLK instead of deviating to 23rd between Yesler and Jackson. Instead of going to Mt Baker TC, Route 8 will run via Massachusetts and 23rd to the Judkins Park Station.
Route 2 will no longer run north of Downtown. It will also run via Pike/Pine instead of Seneca/Spring (Metro already has such a plan).
Instead of going via Rainier and Jackson to International District, Route 106 will run straight on MLK until Massachusetts, then take Massachusetts and 23rd to Judkins Park Station.
Routes 49 and 36
Metro has a plan to combine Routes 49 and 36 and run it through First Hill via 12th Ave instead of Downtown. I like the overall idea, but I would prefer a routing on 14th Ave because 12th is too close to Broadway and too far from 23rd, currently the only two north-south corridors in that area. 12th can be served by the peak-only Route 9 instead.
Route 25 Map: http://bit.ly/2tKqMj4
Route 49/36 between Jackson and Capitol Hill: http://bit.ly/2pvKtJz