Give Metro and Sound Transit your feedback on bus service concepts for ten routes that provide service between the Eastside and Seattle along State Route 520.
King County Metro and Sound Transit are looking to improve service on routes that connect Eastside communities to downtown Seattle and the University District, along the SR-520 corridor. Routes being reviewed for changes include Metro Routes 252, 255, 257, 268, 277, and 311, and ST Express Routes 540, 541, 542, and 545.
If we don’t change these routes, they will get slower and will be late more often because of rapid growth and increased traffic in the areas they go through. Also, buses will move out of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel to surface streets as early as September 2018, so Route 255 will take longer to get through downtown Seattle.
In our first survey, customers told us they wanted buses to come more often, run later on weeknights and weekends, and connect to new destinations. In response, Metro and Sound Transit have developed service concepts that aim to keep riders moving through congestion and to improve transit in the SR-520 corridor. The three options, A, B and C, can generally be described as:
- Option A: Existing Routes, with future congestion
- Option B: Connects routes to Link, re-invests resources in Frequency
- Option C: Connects routes to Link, re-invests resources in New Connections.
It is important to note, that improvements in options B and C are contingent on reinvesting resources from routes not continuing to Downtown Seattle.
This survey is laid out in four sections focusing on:
- How you currently use this service on SR-520
- Gathering feedback on the three concepts
- Route by route feedback on the concepts
- Demographic questions and feedback on our outreach
Service Planners will use your input from this survey to shape a single service change proposal for release this fall. The service change proposal released in the fall may include a mix of the concepts presented in Options A, B, and/or C.
The earliest any changes would be implemented is fall 2018. Implementation would be contingent on when buses cease operating the downtown transit tunnel and improvements to the Montlake transfer environment are complete.
Please Note: The survey deadline is Friday, June 30th. You do not need to register to take this survey. All feedback received (registered and anonymous) will be evaluated equally.
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