Sound Transit

Light Rail and Street Car Reach Capitol Hill; Bus Routes Update

On March 19, Sound Transit celebrated the opening of the new Link Light Rail stations that serve Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium. Metro bus changes that accommodate this new addition to the transit system were implemented on March 26. These along with the addition of the First Hill Street Car certainly have added options to how we get from place to place via transit, but community members who do not carefully follow transit maybe feeling a bit confused or overwhelmed. Below is quick summary of changes in our area along with information on where to find the details for the entire system.

Changes to Metro bus service for the Capitol Hill and Central area are as follows: • Route 43 service has become a 30-minute peak- period service period service on weekdays • Improved frequency on routes 8, 12, 48, and 49 • Both routes 8 and 48 have been split • Route 10 has been revised to serve the Capitol Hill Station and the Summit neighborhood via E John Street and E Olive Way. 

There are many more updates throughout the entire system.  Please visit Metro’s website for further information: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/programs-projects/link-connections/adopted-changes.html.

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Proposed Transit Changes for integration with new Link Light Rail Stations

Commencing last January 2015  citizens from around the city participated on a Metro Sounding Board for proposed bus route revisions precipitated by future openings of  the new Link Light Rail Stations; Capitol Hill at Broadway and John, and the UW Station near Husky Stadium.  The primary goal was to review the proposed Metro bus services changes impacted by the two new stations.

We waded through stacks of statistics presented by Metro and Sound Transit on existing routes, service levels, and frequency of buses.  We then studied the proposed changes, provided feedback and discussed all amongst the members.  Metro and the Board worked to reduce redundancy in an effort to help increase transit frequency and reliability. The Board members felt if transfers needed to occur the transfer locations must be better coordinated.  We asked for additional study at complex intersections like Madison, 23rd, and John, and the Montlake Triangle.  Further adjustments were made by Metro and the Board after the results of the Public Outreach process.

Though not everyone will be happy, we felt the final proposal is very fair and attempts to make frequent reliable transit available to many users.  Some people may feel significant change, others not as much.  For some people changing from bus only to bus and light rail may work out to be the best combination.

The entire process is posted on the King County Metro site, check it out for more details.  http://metro.kingcounty.gov/programs-projects/link-connections/

The final Proposed Ordinance No 2015-0350  AN ORDINANCE approving public transportation service changes to integrate with the Link light rail extension to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington; is still working through the King County Council approval process and is scheduled to be on the King Co. Transportation , Economy and Environmental Committee (TREE) September 29th.

The projected timeline:

  • Fall 2015 The King County Council and Sound Transit Board consider and adopt service changes.
  • Early 2016 Link light rail service will begin serving Capitol Hill and the University of Washington.
  • March 2016 Metro and Sound Transit change bus service.

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Invitation to Help Shape the Metro Transit System of our Future

King County Metro and Sound Transit presented a series of joint open houses during June to give King County residents a convenient one-stop opportunity to shape future thinking for both Sound Transit and Metro. Even if you missed the June open houses, you have an opportunity to learn more and share your opinion online. You may also write them opinions after reading the online information.

Learn more and take the survey at http://kcmetrovision.org Your input will help transit planners understand what type of service you value in your community, and will help shape the proposed network of bus routes and facilities that Metro will present in the fall of 2015 for additional public input. The final plan will be shared for another round of public input in early 2016, then transmitted to the King County Council in mid-2016.

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