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This plan calls for changes to the 2, 3 and 4, and 8 to name a few. This is only for planning purposes, not set in stone.  Metro has also stated that this is not a master plan; nonetheless, planning documents sometimes become master plans.  The comment period to change this plan has closed for now.  Still I suggest you look at the various maps and think about the destinations that are important to you and others.  How important is the direct access to City Hall, which would be lost if the 3 and 4 were moved to Yesler via 9th Avenue? Metro’s reason is to improve reliability which is currently challenged by the congestion on James.  How important are our connections to Town Hall and other destinations on First Hill and Seattle Center?   How important are they to First Hill? The proposed change to the 2 would move it to Pine via 12th Avenue.  It would retain access to downtown retail core and improve access to areas of Capitol Hill but lose the direct connections to First Hill and Seattle Center. How important is transit on MLK, which becomes less frequent and no longer connects on Capitol Hill? What do you think about the new route planned for 12th Avenue? Does this plan give you a sense that you will have new access to some place important?  What are the gains and losses as frequent routes become Rapid Ride?

Have a careful look at this map and contact Metro planners letting them know the destinations that you feel are important, along with access issues. Let them know what you like and what you do not like or what concerns you.  Talk to Metro, your King County Councilmember, and your neighbors. Find out how you may impact the process as they move forward.

http://www.kcmetrovision.org/

Click on the Service Network. Scroll to bottom and click on the map.  From there you will be able to see the current network and future networks using the interactive choices and by clicking on the map lines to follow the planned routes. If you have further questions Tristan Cook, Community Relations Planner, Tristan.cook@kingcounty.gov, 206.477.3842 will be able to help you.

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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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Transit Notes: Changes prepare for the new Link light rail service

On Oct. 19, the King County Council adopted changes for Metro bus service that will be adopted when Link light rail service comes to Capitol Hill and the Husky Stadium in early 2016.

Please visit the link below to explore all the changes.  There are subtle changes to various buses in the Capitol Hill and Central Area.  The most newsworthy is that the Route 43 will serve only as a peak hour service and the Route 10 will no longer serve E. Pine.  Instead it will run east/west along E. John Street.  Moving Route 10 to serve E John Street, the Capitol Hill Station, and Olive Way to partially fill in for the decrease in the Route 43 is the most recent change announced after the King County Council vote.

Street Car launch date is still TBD.

http://metro.kingcounty.gov/programs-projects/link-connections/adopted-changes.html#by-route

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