The Frequent Network Plan

Frequent, fast, and affordable bus transit for Seattle

Frequent Network Plan – Route Descriptions

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What is this?

This is basic information on each of the all-day routes included in the Frequent Service Plan. If your all-day route is not listed here, then it would be replaced, renumbered, or deleted; see the Current Service document for details. This list does not include any routes that do not provide local service to some portion of the City of Seattle, or any peak-only routes. Some portions of the Frequent Service Plan would require some adjustments to peak-only service; in the interest of time and what brevity can be achieved, they are only listed when critically important to understanding the plan.


Links to Specific Routes

Very Frequent Routes and Common Corridors (7-8 Minutes)

2 + 10 | Pike/Pine
3 | Yesler Terrace/Jefferson
4 + 13 | North Queen Anne
5 + 40 | Fremont
13 + 24 | Uptown
14 + 34 | Jackson
34 + 35 | North Beacon Hill
50 + 55 | California
65 + 75 | UW Campus

Very Frequent Routes (10 Minutes)

7 | Boren/Rainier
8 | Denny
12 | Madison
15 | Elliott/15th Ave W
44 | 45th North/Market
48 | 23rd Ave
54 | West Seattle Main Line
58 | Aurora
71 | NE 65th/N 85th Crosstown
120 | Delridge/Ambaum

Frequent Routes and Common Corridors (15 Minutes)

2 | E Union St
4 | East Queen Anne
5 | Fremont/Greenwood
6 | MLK Jr Way
10 | 15th Ave E
13 | Queen Anne/Fremont
14 | Jackson/31st Ave S
16 | Wallingford
21 | 35th Ave SW
24 | Magnolia/Sunset Hill
28 | 8th Ave NW
31 | Ship Canal Crosstown
34 | Waterfront/Beacon Hill
35 | Broadway/Beacon Hill
40 | Fremont/Ballard/Northgate/Lake City
50 | Admiral/Columbia City Crosstown
52 | Youngstown Crosstown
55 | California/High Point
65 | 35th Ave NE
67 | Roosevelt
69 | 25th Ave NE/Lake City
70 | Fairview/Eastlake
73 | 15th NE/Maple Leaf
75 | Sand Point/NE 125th
78 | NE 75th St
85 + 86 | Meridian
87 + 88 | 15th NE/Jackson Park
106 | Renton Ave
124 | Airport/East Marginal
132 | 4th Ave S/South Park/Boulevard Park

Coverage Routes (30 Minutes)

1 | West Queen Anne
59 | South Seattle Crosstown
79 | Shoreline Crosstown
81 | 3rd Ave NW/Ballinger
85 | NE 130th St/Greenwood
86 | Meridian
87 | 15th Ave NE
88 | North 185th
128 | White Center/Boulevard Park
131 | Highland Park/1st Ave S


Explanation of Items

Current service

These are current routes, at least part of which would be served by the FNP route being described.

Base daytime frequency

This would be the frequency of the route during weekdays off-peak and Saturdays. If the frequency is bold, it means it is an improvement compared to current service on at least part of the route. Sunday frequency would likely be lower; I don’t know exactly how much lower. Peak frequency would be higher on routes with heavy peak demand, and lower at peak hour in the peak direction on a couple routes where peak demand in the corridor is heavily satisfied by faster peak-only service.

Base night frequency

This would be the frequency of the route in the earlier part of the night, from roughly 7:30 p.m. to roughly 10:30 p.m. If the frequency is bold, it means it is an improvement compared to current service on at least part of the route.  Frequency would drop after 10:30 p.m., as it does in the current network, unless substantial new resources were found to continue all runs into the late night rather than having them start returning to base.

Destinations

These are the destinations served by the route, listed in order from the more central end of the route to the more peripheral one, or west to east if neither terminal is more central than the other.

Through-routes

A route is “through-routed” when it “turns into” another route at one end without stopping. Through-routes save a very large number of hours and reduce congestion in busy central areas, but have some negative impact on reliability, especially if one of the routes involved is very long or unreliable.

Night routing changes

Some routes would adopt routing changes (usually truncation) at night because of limited resources.

Technical hurdles

These are physical, technical, and/or bureaucratic obstacles that would need to be overcome before service as envisioned by the plan could be started. There may well be additional obstacles not listed here, and you are encouraged to bring them up.

Type of equipment

This would be the type of equipment generally expected to operate the route. Of course, some trips could use differing equipment, particularly at peak hours or late at night.  And, by 2021, some of this equipment will be replaced; for lack of a crystal ball, I’m using current equipment (with the exception of the 35′ hybrid coaches that are on order, which are perfect for a few of these routes).


1

Current service

1, 2N

Base daytime frequency

30 minutes

Base night frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 24)

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Belltown
  • Uptown
  • West Queen Anne

Details

Largely the same as current route 1. Northbound, extended along existing trolley wire on W Fulton St, 8th Ave W, and W Raye St to current route 2N turnback loop, to partially replace deleted Route 2N. Lays over in Queen Anne at 6th Ave W & W McGraw St. Off-peak, lays over downtown at 3rd Ave S & S Main St.

Through-routes

None (daytime, off-peak)
Route 3 turnback trips (peak hour), downtown at 3rd Ave
Route 131 (night), downtown at 3rd Ave

Technical hurdles

Trolley wire: Construction of new trolley wire eastbound on Denny Way from 1st Ave to 3rd Ave, and southbound on 3rd Ave from Denny Way to Broad Street. This would also benefit route 13.

New terminal: The EB zone on W McGraw St at 6th Ave W would need to be approved for use as a terminal.

Type of equipment

40-foot trolley (41)
40-foot diesel (32) (night only)


2

Current service

2S, 10, 11, 27, 49

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes (7-8 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 10)

Base night frequency

20 minutes (10 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 10)

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Pike/Pine
  • Central District (Union)
  • Madrona
  • Denny Blaine
  • Leschi

Details

Would originate at a new Leschi terminal at Lakeside Ave S and S Lane Street, using Lake Washington Blvd to reach Madrona Park.  Would use same routing as current route 2S in Madrona and the Central District, between Madrona Park and 14th Ave & Union St; 14th Ave from Union St to Pine St; and current route 10 routing (including the downtown live-loop) from 14th Ave & Pine St to downtown. This route, together with the 10, would be part of a 7.5-minute frequent service corridor on Pine St.

Technical hurdles

Trolley wire (easy): Two blocks of new bidirectional trolley wire would need to be constructed on 14th Ave between Pike St and Union St.

New terminal: A new terminal would need to be established in Leschi.  Southbound buses on Lakeside Ave S would turn right on S Lane St; left on 35 Ave S to a new terminal immediately farside S Lane St; and then make a very sharp left turn from 35 Ave S onto Lakeside Ave S.  Parking would need to be eliminated on the entire short block of 35 Ave S between S Lane St and Lakeside Ave S.  SDOT might need to install an operator-triggered traffic signal to allow the sharp left turn from 35 Ave S onto Lakeside Ave S to be made safely, because of limited visibility on Lakeside Ave S.  As with the current terminal, the new terminal would be negotiable only by 40-foot coaches.  With one additional bus and additional funding to build trolley wire, it would be possible to extend the route further, to the current route 27 terminal.  There is very little additional ridership to be gained south of S Lane St, however.

Trolley wire (difficult): New trolley wire would need to be built along Lake Washington Blvd and Lakeside Ave S between the current Madrona Park route 2S terminal and the new southern terminal at 35 Ave S/S Lane St.

Street reclassification: SDOT would need to reclassify 14th Ave between Pike St and Union St as a Minor or higher transit street.

Type of equipment

40-foot trolley (41)


3

Current service

3S, 4S

Base daytime frequency

7-8 minutes (from downtown to 21st Ave & James St)
15 minutes (remainder of route)

Base night frequency

15 minutes

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Yesler Terrace
  • First Hill
  • Central District (Cherry)
  • Madrona

Details

Largely the same as current route 3S, except the planned move from James to Yesler is implemented.

Through-routes

Route 4 (all hours, from full-length trips), downtown at 3rd Ave
Route 13 (daytime only, from turnback trips), downtown at 3rd Ave
Route 1 (peak hour), downtown at 3rd Ave

Technical hurdles

Trolley wire: New bidirectional trolley wire would need to be constructed from 3rd Ave and Yesler Wy to 9th Ave and Jefferson St, via Yesler Wy, 8th Ave, and 9th Ave.

Street reclassification: SDOT would need to reclassify the street segments listed above as Major or higher transit streets.

Possible cost-saving measures

Delay construction of new trolley wire. This would have a negative impact on afternoon reliability for routes 1, 3, 4, and 13.

Type of equipment

40-foot trolley (41)
40-foot diesel (32) (on turnback trips, if new route 13 wire is not installed)


4

Current service

3N, 4N, 13

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

15 minutes

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Belltown
  • Seattle Center
  • East Queen Anne
  • North Queen Anne
  • Seattle Pacific

Details

Same as current route 3N from downtown to Queen Anne Ave N & McGraw St. Then proceeds on current route 13 routing to the Seattle Pacific terminal loop.

Through-routes

Route 3 full-length trips, downtown at 3rd Ave

Technical hurdles

Trolley wire: A siding wire would need to be constructed on Cremona St for Seattle Pacific layovers.

Type of equipment

40-foot trolley (41)


5

Current service

5, 26, 28

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Westlake
  • Fremont
  • Woodland Park
  • Phinney
  • Greenwood
  • Shoreline (CC)

Details

Same as current routes 26 and 28 from downtown to Fremont Ave N & N 34th St, with the exception of using Lenora rather than Bell inbound for consistency with revised route 40. Continues north on Fremont Ave N and west on N 50th St (43rd/Phinney deviation deleted). Same as current route 5 from Phinney Ave N & N 50 St to Shoreline Community College. This route and route 40 would be scheduled for even departure spacing northbound through downtown and southbound at Fremont Ave N and N 34th St.

Through-routes

Route 21, downtown at 3rd Ave

Technical hurdles

Street reclassification: SDOT would need to reclassify Fremont Ave N between N 46 St and N 50 St, and N 50 St between Fremont Ave N and Phinney Ave N, as Major or higher transit streets.

Type of equipment

60-foot diesel (28)


6

Current service

8S, 11

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

30 minutes

Destinations

  • Madison Valley
  • Central District
  • MLK Jr Way
  • Mount Baker (TC)
  • Othello
  • Rainier Beach
  • Boeing Access Road

Details

New north-south route from Madison Valley to Rainier Beach and northern Tukwila via the MLK Jr Way corridor, partially replacing current route 8S. Begins at new turnback near Madison St & 23rd Ave, with terminal northbound on 22 Ave farside E Olive St. Continues on MLK Jr Wy until Boeing Access Rd S; the only deviation is a pass through Mount Baker TC in both directions (eliminates current Central District deviation). Crosses I-5 on Boeing Access Rd S to southern terminal westbound on S 112 St nearside Tukwila International Blvd S.

Through-routes

Route 8 (nights only), at Madison Valley

Technical hurdles

New terminal: A new layover would need to be constructed on 22 Ave., in front of the Safeway entrance. This would eliminate a loading zone. Parking would also need to be eliminated NB on 22 Ave between the layover and Madison St.

Street reclassification: SDOT would need to reclassify E Olive St between 23 Ave and 22 Ave, and 22 Ave between E Olive St and E Madison St, as Minor or higher transit streets.

Type of equipment

40-foot hybrid (70)


7

Current service

7, 60, 205

Base daytime frequency

10 minutes

Base night frequency

15 minutes

Destinations

  • South Lake Union
  • First Hill
  • International District (East)
  • Rainier Avenue S
  • Mount Baker (TC)
  • Columbia City
  • Hillman City
  • Rainier Beach

Details

The current portion of route 7 north/west of 12th Ave S and S Jackson St is deleted and replaced with an extension north along Boren Ave and Fairview Ave N to a South Lake Union terminal at Westlake Ave N & N Republican St. Largely similar to current route 7 from Rainier Beach to S Jackson St & 12 Ave S, except that it serves Rainier Beach Station rather than the Rainier Ave S/Seward Park Ave S loop. Does not serve Prentice St loop; southern terminal is on S Henderson St nearside MLK Jr Wy S, for Link transfers at Rainier Beach Station.

Technical hurdles

Trolley wire: Would require construction of new trolley wire along Boren Ave from Broadway to Fairview Ave N; along S Henderson St between Rainier Ave S & MLK Jr Way S; and for a terminal loop in South Lake Union.
Dieselization would be an acceptable alternative as well, given the mediocre suitability of the route for trolley equipment.

Street reclassification: SDOT would need to reclassify Harrison St and Republican St between Fairview Ave N and Westlake Ave N as Minor or higher transit streets.

Through-routes

Route 59 (nights only; only half of trips), at Rainier Beach Station

Type of equipment

60-foot trolley (42) (daytime, if new wire installed)
60-foot hybrid (26) (nights, or at all times if no new wire installed)


8

Current service

8N, 11, 43

Base daytime frequency

10 minutes

Base night frequency

15 minutes

Destinations

  • Uptown
  • Seattle Center
  • South Lake Union
  • Summit
  • Capitol Hill
  • Madison Valley

Details

Same as current route 8N from Queen Anne Ave N and Mercer St to Madison Valley. Would use a new turnback on E Arthur Pl in Madison Valley, with a terminal eastbound on E Madison St farside MLK Jr Wy E.

Through-routes

Route 6 (nights only; only half of trips), at Madison Valley

Technical hurdles

Trolley wire: Ideally this route would be electrified, requiring construction of new trolley wire along Denny Way from 1st Ave N to E Olive Wy, and along E John St and E Madison St from 23rd Ave E to the Madison Valley terminal.

New turnback loop: Parking on the west side of E Arthur Pl would need to be eliminated.

Street reclassification: SDOT would need to reclassify E Arthur Pl as a Minor or higher transit street.

Type of equipment

60-foot hybrid (68)


10

Current service

10, 11, 49

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes (7-8 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 2)

Base night frequency

20 minutes (10 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 2)

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Pike/Pine
  • Capitol Hill
  • Volunteer Park

Details

Essentially the same as current route 10, except extended north two blocks to a new turnback on E Olin Pl, replacing the current unsafe turnback loop on Grandview Pl E with a far safer alternative that was originally designed as a streetcar turnback. This route, together with route 2, would be part of a 7.5-minute frequent service corridor on Pine St.

Technical hurdles

Trolley wire: Would require construction of new trolley wire on 15th Ave E between E Garfield St and E Olin Pl, and on E Olin Pl itself.

New turnback loop: A few parking spots on E Olin Pl would need to be eliminated.

Street reclassification: SDOT would need to reclassify 15th Ave E between E Garfiled St and E Olin Pl, and E Olin Pl itself, as Minor or higher transit streets.

Type of equipment

40-foot trolley (41)


12

Current service

12, 11

Base daytime frequency

10 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • First Hill
  • Madison St
  • Seattle University
  • Madison Valley
  • Madison Park

Details

“Madison BRT.” This route would operate along the Madison corridor from Colman Dock to Madison Park, with dedicated transit lanes crossing First Hill from 7th Ave to 14th Ave E. New trolley wire would need to be constructed along E Madison St from 19th Ave E to the Madison Park terminal. Routing at the Madison Park terminal would be slightly changed to use E Howe St rather than E Blaine St as currently used by route 11, coming closer to the Madison Park commercial area while avoiding some operation on narrow streets. Routing downtown, still a live-loop, would ideally extend to Colman Dock. During peak hours, additional trips would be needed to First Hill, and would use the current turnback at 13th Ave and E Pine St.

Night routing changes

At night, would be through-routed with route 47 at 1st Ave and Marion St.  Buses would not serve Alaskan Way.

Technical hurdles

Trolley wire: Would require construction of new trolley wire along E Madison St from 19th Ave E to the Madison Park terminal. Trolley equipment would be essential to effective operations on the high-ridership segment of the route between downtown and First Hill.

Street reclassification: SDOT would need to reclassify E Madison St between 19th Ave E and E Howe St, and E Howe St between E Madison St and 43 Ave E, as Major or higher transit streets.

Type of equipment

40-foot trolley (41)


13

Current service

2N, 13, 5, 31, 32

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes (7-8 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 24)

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Belltown
  • Uptown
  • Queen Anne
  • North Queen Anne
  • Seattle Pacific
  • Fremont
  • Woodland Park

Details

Largely the same as current route 13 from downtown to Seattle Pacific. From Seattle Pacific, extends east and north to Woodland Park Zoo, using Nickerson St, the Fremont Bridge, Fremont Ave N, N 46th St, and Phinney Ave N. North terminal would be at Woodland Park Zoo.

Through-routes

3 turnback trips, downtown at 3rd Ave (daytime only)

Technical hurdles

Trolley wire:
Construction of new trolley wire from Seattle Pacific to Woodland Park Zoo, including crossing the Fremont Bridge.
Construction of new trolley wire eastbound on Denny Way from 1st Ave to 3rd Ave, and southbound on 3rd Ave from Denny Way to Broad Street. This would also benefit route 1.

Street reclassification: SDOT would need to reclassify Fremont Ave N between N 46 St and N 50 St, and N 50 St between Fremont Ave N and Phinney Ave N, as Major or higher transit streets.

New terminal: A new terminal would need to be constructed on eastbound N 50 St, farside Evanston Av N. This would require the elimination of a few parking spots.

Type of equipment

40-foot trolley (41)
40-foot diesel (32) (if new trolley wire is not installed)


14

Current service

7, 14, 36

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • International District
  • Central District (Jackson)
  • Leschi
  • Mt. Baker (TC)

Details

Same as current route 14, except that the portion east of 31st Ave S (the Mount Baker tail) is deleted.

Through-routes

Route 70, downtown at 3rd Ave

Type of equipment

60-foot trolley (42)


15

Current service

RapidRide D, 15X

Base daytime frequency

10 minutes

Base night frequency

15 minutes

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Belltown
  • Elliott
  • Interbay
  • Ballard (15th)
  • Crown Hill
  • Whittier Heights

Details

Same as current RapidRide D, except without the Queen Anne deviation. Instead, remains on Denny Way, Western Ave, and Elliott Ave from 1st Ave N and Denny Way to Elliott Ave W and W Mercer Pl.

Through-routes

Route 54, downtown at 3rd Ave

Type of equipment

60-foot three-door hybrid (60)


16

Current service

5, 16, 26

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Wallingford
  • Tangletown
  • East Green Lake
  • North Green Lake
  • Licton Springs
  • North Seattle Community College
  • Northgate (TC)

Details

“Splits the difference” between current routes 16 and 26 in Wallingford, while providing a faster connection to Northgate. Uses route 5 routing from downtown to Bridge Wy N and N 38 St. In Wallingford, uses Bridge Wy N, N 40 St, Wallingford Ave N, N 45th St, Meridian Ave N, N 56th St, and Latona Ave N. This routing places most riders of current routes 16 and 26 within easy walking distance of revised route 16, and would be faster and more reliable than current routing. Uses current route 16 routing from Woodlawn Ave N and Ravenna Blvd N to N 92nd St and College Way. Proceeds directly from that point to Northgate TC via N 92nd St.

Through-routes

Route 124, downtown at 3rd Ave

Technical hurdles

Street reclassification: SDOT would need to reclassify N 56 St between Kirkwood Pl N and Latona Ave N as a Minor or higher transit street.

Type of equipment

60-foot hybrid (68)


21

Current service

21

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • International District (West)
  • Sodo
  • Avalon
  • 35th Ave SW
  • High Point
  • Westwood Village

Details

Much the same as current route 21, but eliminates the Chelan/Spokane deviation in both directions.

Through-routes

Route 5, downtown at 3rd Ave

Type of equipment

60-foot diesel (28)


24

Current service

1, 2N, 13, 19, 24, 32, 33, 40, 61, RapidRide D

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes (7.5 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 13)

Base night frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 1)

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Belltown
  • Uptown
  • Magnolia Village
  • North Magnolia
  • East Magnolia
  • Ballard
  • Ballard Locks
  • Sunset Hill
  • Loyal Heights

Details

Mostly new route connecting downtown, Uptown, Magnolia Village, East Magnolia, Ballard, and Sunset Hill. Southbound starting at the current route 48 terminal at Loyal Heights, travels to 15th Ave NW and NW Leary Way along current route 61 routing; crosses the Ballard Bridge and travels north-south through Magnolia on a new routing (below); then crosses the Magnolia Bridge and continues downtown using current RapidRide D routing. In Magnolia, from north to south, enters Magnolia on W Emerson St; continues around the northern edge of Magnolia on Gilman Ave W and W Government Wy; continues south on 29th Ave W and 28th Ave W using current route 24 routing through 28th Ave W and W McGraw St; serves Magnolia Village via W McGraw St and 32nd Ave W; and continues directly onto Magnolia Bridge using Clise Pl W and Magnolia Blvd W. The feasibility of the Queen Anne deviation would depend on the ability to secure more aggressive transit signal priority than currently exists for southbound buses at the intersection of Elliott Ave W and W Mercer Pl.

Magnolia Note: I am quite aware that the Queen Anne deviation, even with operational improvements, will slow travel times to and from 28th Ave W in Magnolia. (Travel times for Magnolia Village riders will be faster despite the deviation, because of the new Magnolia routing.) Moving the deviation from the much-higher-ridership route 15 to route 24, however, best balances the interests of the highest number of riders. Existing peak-hour service on routes 19 and 33 would continue. Neither of these routes would use the Queen Anne deviation. In addition, if 28th Ave W peak demand is sufficient, some peak-hour, peak-direction “24 Express” trips could be added. Those would not use the Queen Anne deviation, not stop on Elliott, and travel from downtown to 28th and 34th Aves W only.

Through-routes

Route 132, downtown at 3rd Ave

Technical hurdles

Street reclassification: SDOT would need to reclassify Magnolia Blvd W and Clise Pl W between 28 Ave W and W McGraw St, as well as W McGraw St between 32 Ave W and 28 Ave W, as Minor or higher transit streets.

Signal priority: Signal priority in and near Uptown would be critical for this route to be viable as replacement service for current routes 24 and 33.

Type of equipment

40-foot diesel (32)
(Will require some 60-foot hybrid trips (26) during peak hour)


28

Current service

28

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Fremont
  • 8th Ave NW
  • Whittier Heights

Details

Covers only the portion of current route 28 from Fremont to Whittier Heights, using current route 28 routing. The southern terminal of the route would be southbound Fremont Ave N nearside N 34th St (unlike previous route 28 shuttles, the route would avoid crossing the Fremont Bridge to turn back). Buses would turn back using N 34th St and Evanston Ave N. Peak passengers traveling downtown would use route 28 express (which would be renumbered) or route 40. Off-peak passengers traveling to downtown or Belltown would transfer at Fremont to either route 5 or route 40, which would have staggered departures at 7-8 minute intervals.

Technical hurdles

New turnback loop: A few parking spots would need to be eliminated on N 34th St and Evanston Ave N to provide turn clearance for buses.

Street reclassification: SDOT would need to reclassify N 34th St between Fremont Ave N and Evanston Ave N, and Evanston Ave N between N 34th St and N 36th St, as Minor or higher transit streets.

Type of equipment

35-foot hybrid (13)


31

Current service

24, 30, 31, 32, 33

Base frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Children’s Hospital/Laurelhurst
  • Bryant
  • University Heights
  • University District
  • Wallingford
  • Fremont
  • Seattle Pacific
  • Interbay
  • East Magnolia
  • Magnolia Village
  • Discovery Park

Details

Begins in Laurelhurst at the current route 25 terminal. Proceeds north on 47 Ave NE to NE 55 St, from which it proceeds along current route 30 routing into the University District.  Uses Brooklyn Ave between NE 50 St and  Campus Parkway. Uses current route 31 routing from Campus Parkway to Wallingford Ave N and N 40 St. Uses current route 26 routing from that point to N 35th St and Stone Way N, and then rejoins current route 31 routing to W Nickerson St. From W Nickerson St, proceeds south on 15th Ave W, and crosses into Magnolia on W Dravus St (rather than W Emerson St). Continues south along the east side of Magnolia on 20th Ave W and Thorndyke Ave W, using current route 31 routing to access Magnolia Village. From Magnolia Village, continues north on 34th Ave W and west on W Emerson St, to the terminal of current routes 19 and 24.

Through-routes

Route 75, in the University District at UW Campus

Technical hurdles

Terminal: The current Children’s Hospital terminal is not designed for a 60-foot coach. 60-foot coaches will be needed on this route during much of the day because of heavy loads between the University District and Fremont. Some curb work would have to be done to ensure a 60-foot coach could make the turn from eastbound NE 45th St into the terminal.

Street classification: 47 Ave NE, currently a Local transit street, would need to be reclassified by SDOT as a Minor transit street or higher.

Difficult turn: The right turn from the SB 15th Ave W ramp to WB W Dravus St is currently difficult for coaches to make safely from one lane, and it is necessary to make the turn from one lane because of the design of the traffic signal cycle. Some restriping of W Dravus St to provide additional clearance to turning coaches could resolve this issue.

Type of equipment

60-foot hybrid (26)


34

Current service

9X, 7, 36, 60, 99

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes (7.5 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 35)

Base night frequency

20 minutes (10 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 35)

Destinations

  • Seattle Center
  • Bell Harbor
  • Waterfront
  • Pioneer Square
  • International District
  • North Beacon Hill
  • West Beacon Hill
  • Georgetown

Details

Southbound, begins at new terminal loop using newly restored street grid east of the Space Needle, with a terminal southbound on Taylor Ave N farside Harrison St. (The routing for the northern half of the route relies on the north portal project.) Follows Broad Street and the new Alaskan Way to S Jackson St, proceeding eastbound on Jackson from the waterfront. Uses current route 60 routing from 12th Ave S and S Jackson St to 13th Ave S & S Bailey St, but deletes the VA Hospital deviation. From 13th Ave S & S Bailey St, continues west on S Bailey St and S Michigan St to a turnback and terminal using 4th Ave S, E Marginal Wy S, and S Michigan St.

Technical hurdles

New terminal loops: The north-end terminal would require removal of some angled parking spots currently planned for the rebuilt Taylor Ave N to accommodate the terminal zone. The south-end terminal would require a new zone on NB East Marginal Way S, between 4th Ave S and S Michigan St.

Waterfront right-of-way: There are not currently bus or BAT lanes planned for the new Alaskan Way. They are likely necessary to achieve reasonable speed and reliability, at least in the vicinity of Colman Dock.

Trolley wire: In the long term, this route would be a good candidate for electrification. Most of the route, however, is not currently electrified, so it would likely run initially with diesel equipment.

Type of equipment

60-foot diesel (28)


35

Current service

9X, 25, 36, 49, 60

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes (7.5 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 34)

Base night frequency

20 minutes (10 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 34)

Destinations

  • U-District
  • North Capitol Hill
  • Broadway
  • Seattle University
  • International District (East)
  • North Beacon Hill
  • Central Beacon Hill
  • NewHolly
  • Othello

Details

Southbound, follows current route 49 routing from Campus Parkway NE to Seattle Central Community College. From SCCC, travels east on Pine St to 12th Ave, and then continues south on 12th Ave to S Jackson St. Uses current route 36 routing from 12th Ave S and S Jackson St to Othello Station. In the University District, uses the turnback at Campus Parkway NE and University Wy NE, not proceeding further north.

Technical hurdles

Trolley wire: Trolley wire would need to be built on 12th Ave between Pine St and Boren Ave S. The route could be run on Broadway to Boren Ave to avoid construction of this wire, although a Broadway routing would be redundant with the First Hill Streetcar and 12th Ave is in need of transit service.

Type of equipment

60-foot trolley (42)


40

Current service

16, 40, 75

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Stadium
  • Downtown
  • Belltown
  • South Lake Union
  • Westlake
  • Fremont
  • Ballard
  • Crown Hill
  • Northgate
  • Victory Heights
  • Lake City

Details

Northbound, same as current route 40 from Sodo to Northgate Way N and Meridian Ave N, except for using Westlake Ave N in both directions through South Lake Union, and using Lenora St rather than Bell St inbound as a result. Continues east on Northgate Way N/NE and south on 1st Ave NE to Northgate TC, serving Northgate North and Northgate Mall rather than North Seattle Community College. From Northgate, the route is extended east on Northgate Way NE and north on Lake City Way NE to the current route 72 terminal next to Fred Meyer. This route and route 5 would be scheduled for even departure spacing northbound through downtown and southbound at Fremont Ave N and N 34th St.

Technical hurdles

Two-way operation: The small stretch of Westlake Ave N between 9th Ave N and Mercer St would need conversion to two-way operation.

Type of equipment

60-foot hybrid (26)


44

Current service

44

Base daytime frequency

10 minutes

Base night frequency

15 minutes

Destinations

  • Children’s Hospital
  • University Village
  • University District
  • Latona
  • Wallingford
  • Woodland Park
  • Ballard
  • Ballard Locks

Details

The portion of the route between Ballard and NE 45 St/15 Ave NE is unchanged from current route 44.  From 15 Ave NE, continues east on NE 45 St to a new terminal northbound on 40 Ave NE between NE 45 St and Sand Point Way NE.

Through-routes

None

Technical hurdles

Trolley wire: Would require installation of new trolley wire along NE 45 St, including the 45 St Viaduct, between 15 Ave NE and 40 Ave NE.  That project would also include a reconfiguration of the wire in the NE 45 St/15 Ave NE intersection.  Alternately, the route could be converted to hybrid operation, which would save meaningful operational resources because of the extremely long deadheads trolleys would need to use to reach both terminals.

Terminal: Would require removal of a few parking spots northbound on 40 Ave NE next to Children’s Hospital to make room for a new terminal northbound on 40 Ave NE.  Also, safe operation in the turn from northbound 40 Ave NE onto southwestbound Sand Point Wy NE leaving the terminal would require revision of the traffic signal at that intersection.

Type of equipment

60-foot trolley (42)
60-foot hybrid (26) (if new trolley wire not installed)


47

Current service

43, 47, 99

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Pioneer Square
  • 1st Avenue
  • Downtown
  • Summit

Night routing changes

At night, would be through-routed with route 12 at 1st Ave and Marion St.  Buses would not serve Pioneer Square or King Street Station.

Details

Identical to current route 47 between Summit and the downtown Pike/Pine couplet. Would be extended south on 1st Ave to S Jackson St, where it would turn back at the trolley turnback across S Jackson St from King Street Station in a live loop.

Type of equipment

40-foot trolley (41)


48

Current service

4S, 48S

Base daytime frequency

10 minutes

Base night frequency

15 minutes

Destinations

  • U-District
  • UW Hospital
  • Montlake
  • Madison Valley
  • Central District
  • Judkins Park
  • Mt. Baker (TC)

Details

Largely the same as current route 48S between the University District and Mt. Baker TC. Would use the current route 70 terminal in the University District. Would feature a short extension near Mt. Baker TC to make transfers to Link and routes 6 and 7 easier.

Through-routes

None

Technical hurdles

Trolley wire: Trolley wire would optimally be built on 23rd Ave, from E John St to E Cherry St and from S Dearborn St to Rainier Ave S.

Type of equipment

60-foot trolley (42) (if new wire installed)
60-foot hybrid (26) (otherwise)


50

Current service

21, 50

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Alki
  • Admiral Junction
  • Alaska Junction
  • Sodo
  • West Beacon Hill
  • Columbia City
  • Lakewood
  • Seward Park

Details

Similar to current route 50, with detail changes. The portion east and south of S Orcas St in Seward Park is deleted. Routing is streamlined between the Alaska Junction and Sodo to use the West Seattle Bridge rather than S Genesee St, to avoid duplicating route 52.

Type of equipment

35-foot hybrid (13)


52

Current service

37, 50, 128, 125

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Lower Genesee
  • Alaska Junction
  • Triangle
  • Avalon
  • Youngstown
  • Pigeon Point
  • South Seattle Community College

Details

Provides a new east-west crosstown connection within West Seattle, as well as frequent connections for riders of current route 125 to downtown and other West Seattle service. Eastbound, begins with a loop on Erskine Way SW, 49th Ave SW, and SW Alaska St, providing frequent service from southern Genesee Hill up the steep hill to the Alaska Junction. Continues east on SW Alaska St to 35th Ave SW & SW Avalon Way, then on SW Genesee St to Delridge Way, and then via current route 125 routing through Pigeon Point to South Seattle Community College.

Through-routes

Route 55, at South Seattle Community College

Technical hurdles

Street classification: SDOT would need to reclassify Erskine Way SW between SW Edmunds St and SW Brandon St, and SW Genesee St between SW Avalon Wy and Delridge Wy SW (which already has service on current route 50) as Minor or higher transit streets.

Type of equipment

35-foot hybrid (13)


54

Current service

RapidRide C

Base daytime frequency

10 minutes

Base night frequency

15 minutes

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Triangle
  • Alaska Junction
  • Morgan Junction
  • Fauntleroy
  • Westwood Village

Details

Identical to current RapidRide C service except for the elimination of the deviation to Avalon Wy SW, instead using Fauntleroy Wy SW in both directions to connect West Seattle Bridge to 35th Ave SW and SW Avalon Wy.

Through-routes

Route 15, downtown

Type of equipment

60-foot three-door hybrid (60)


55

Current service

50, 55, 125, 128, 773

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • South Seattle Community College
  • Delridge (Orchard)
  • High Point
  • Morgan Junction
  • Alaska Junction
  • Admiral Junction
  • North Admiral
  • Seacrest Dock

Details

Travels on California Ave SW from the Seacrest Dock to the Morgan Junction, with only a minor deviation to serve stops at the Alaska Junction. Uses current route 128 routing from Admiral through High Point to South Seattle Community College.

Through-routes

Route 52, at South Seattle Community College

Technical hurdles

New Seacrest Dock terminal: A new terminal would need to be provided at the location of the current Water Taxi Shuttle van terminal in the Seacrest Dock parking lot. In order to allow the use of 35′ equipment (or 40′ in an emergency) the configuration of the parking lot would need to be changed, possibly with a slight widening on the south side to provide for sufficient turning radius. Alternately, some parking could be removed and buses could wait on Harbor Ave SW, but they would still need to use the parking lot to turn around.

Street classification: California Ave SW and California Wy SW between SW Donald St and Harbor Ave SW would need to be reclassified as Minor or higher transit streets.

Type of equipment

35-foot hybrid (13)


58

Current service

358

Base daytime frequency

10 minutes

Base night frequency

15 minutes

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Belltown
  • Woodland Park
  • West Green Lake
  • Licton Springs
  • Bitter Lake
  • Shoreline (Aurora)
  • Aurora Village

Details

Identical to current route 358, except for eliminating the Linden Ave N deviation in both directions. To achieve the planned frequency increase, uninterrupted bus or BAT lanes would be necessary from Winona Ave N to the Seattle/Shoreline border. Renumbered in order to integrate 300-series numbers into the Seattle numbering system, to better reflect the structure of the Metro network.

Technical hurdles

BAT lanes: In order to achieve the speed and reliability necessary to provide reliable service with the planned number of buses throughout afternoons and evenings 7 days per week, full-time BAT lanes would be needed from Winona Ave N to the Seattle/Shoreline city limits.

Crossing safety: In order to eliminate the Linden deviation northbound, a safer crossing solution would need to be provided at N 64 St and N 68 St. Signal design, crosswalk design, a center island, and improved side bulbs could all be helpful parts of the solution.

Type of equipment:

60-foot three-door hybrid (60)


59

Current service

7, 8, 22, 57, 60, 106

Base frequency

30 minutes

Base night frequency

30 minutes

Destinations

  • Admiral Junction
  • Genesee Hill
  • Alaska Junction
  • Morgan Junction
  • California Hill
  • Arbor Heights
  • Westwood Village
  • White Center
  • Olson-Myers
  • South Park
  • Georgetown
  • South Beacon Hill
  • Rainier Beach
  • Upper Rainier Beach

Details

Provides a new east-west connection between far-south Seattle neighborhoods as well as half-hourly coverage service to several currently underserved neighborhoods. Eastbound, begins at a terminal on California Ave SW nearside Admiral Wy SW. Serves Genesee Hill via current route 57 routing; California Hill via California Ave SW and SW Thistle St (a simplified version of current route 22 routing); Arbor Heights and Shorewood, via 35th Ave SW, SW 106th St, and 26th Ave SW; and Westwood Village. From Westwood Village, follows current route 60 routing (assuming reopening of the South Park Bridge) through White Center and South Park to Georgetown. From Georgetown, follows current route 106 routing through South Beacon Hill to Rainier Beach. Proceeds using current route 7 routing from Rainier Beach High School to the Prentice Street terminal in upper Rainier Beach. Would lay over at the Prentice Street terminal; the security issues that arose with the former route 7 layover at that terminal would not likely exist with this planned route.

Night routing changes

At night, would be truncated on both ends, serving only the portion of the route between Westwood Village and Rainier Beach.  There would be no service after approximately 7:30 p.m. to Genesee Hill, Gatewood, Arbor Heights, or Upper Rainier Beach.

Through-routes

Route 7 (nights only), at Rainier Beach Station

Technical hurdles

Street reclassification: SDOT would need to reclassify California Ave SW between SW Holden St and SW Thistle St and SW Thistle St between California Ave SW and 41st Ave SW as Minor or higher transit streets. SDOT would further need to reclassify SW 106 St between 35th Ave SW and the city limits (which already has service on current route 22) as a minor transit street.

Type of equipment

40-foot hybrid (70) (daytime)
60-foot hybrid (26) (nights)


65

Current service

30, 65, 71

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes (7-8 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 75)

Base night frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 75)

Destinations

  • UW Campus
  • U-Village
  • Bryant
  • Wedgwood

Details

Generally similar to the portion of current route 65 south of NE 85 St. Eliminates the Children’s Hospital deviation, continuing straight from NE 45 St onto 35 Ave NE via NE 45 Pl (the old routing). Terminates in Wedgwood at the current route 71 terminal on NE 85 St at 35 Ave NE; uses 40 Ave NE between NE 75 St and the terminal, to provide coverage to east Wedgwood and partially replace current route 71 service.

Through-routes

Route 67, at UW Campus

Technical hurdles

None.

Type of equipment

60-foot diesel (23)


67

Current service

66, 67

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes (7-8 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 73)

Base night frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 73)

Destinations

  • UW Campus
  • U-District
  • Roosevelt
  • Maple Leaf
  • Northgate

Details

Identical to current route 67 from Northgate TC through Roosevelt Way NE and NE 47th St. Then continues south on Brooklyn Ave NE to NE Campus Parkway, and from there through the UW campus.

Through-routes

Route 65, at UW Campus

Type of equipment

60-foot diesel (23)


69

Current service

30, 68, 72, 372

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

30 minutes

Destinations

  • UW Hospital
  • U-Village
  • Ravenna
  • Lake City
  • Lake Forest Park
  • Kenmore

Details

Northbound, proceeds without deviations from a layover on Pacific Place near UW Station to Kenmore Park and Ride, using Montlake Blvd NE, 25th Ave NE, Ravenna Ave NE, Lake City Way NE, and Bothell Way NE. Unlike current route 372, serves all stops. Will need extra peak-direction trips during peak hour that will originate and terminate at Lake City.

Night routing changes

At night, would be truncated at NE 145th St.  Would use the former route 64 terminal at 32nd Ave NE and NE 143rd St as a turnback.  Riders traveling onward would have a timed connection at Fred Meyer to ST Express route 522.

Technical hurdles

Stop Diet: To make the planned frequency possible with reasonable reliability, there will need to be a stop diet along 25th Ave NE and Lake City Way. Stops along 25th Ave NE are particularly problematic because each one requires pulling from the curb/parking lane into traffic. Buses should stop no more often than every 1000 feet throughout the route.

Type of equipment

60-foot hybrid (26)


70

Current service

25, 66, 70

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Denny Triangle
  • South Lake Union (Fairview)
  • Eastlake
  • U-District

Details

Unchanged from current route 70, except to use the current route 43/49 turnback in the University District.

Through-routes

Route 14, at downtown

Type of equipment

60-foot trolley (42)


71

Current service

30, 48N, 71

Base daytime frequency

10 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Loyal Heights
  • Crown Hill
  • North Green Lake
  • East Green Lake
  • Roosevelt
  • Ravenna
  • Bryant
  • Sand Point

Details

Combines the portions of current routes 48N and 71 on and north of NE 65th St, with several changes. Connects Sand Point, south Wedgwood, Ravenna, Roosevelt, north Green Lake, Greenwood, Crown Hill, and Loyal Heights. At the east end, instead of turning north on 50th Ave NE/55th Ave NE, continues east on NE 65th St and lays over at a terminal northbound on Sand Point Wy nearside NE 74th St, with a turnback loop through Magnuson Park. West from Roosevelt, turns north on 5th Ave NE and west on Banner Way, and then uses the 80th/85th interchange ramps to connect with N 85th St. Uses a new terminal loop using 24th Ave NE and NE 80 St in Loyal Heights. Passengers traveling from either side of the route to the U-District or the UW Campus would transfer to Link or any of a wide variety of frequent bus routes, as most convenient.

Technical hurdles

Park turnback loop: Would require cooperation from the City of Seattle in allowing buses to use Sportsfield Dr NE, inside Magnuson Park, to turn back. The City has previously requested that buses not turn back inside the park; buses on this route, however, could be restricted to quiet, relatively lightweight 40-foot hybrids.

Type of equipment

40-foot hybrid (70)


73

Current service

72, 73, 75

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes (7-8 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 67)

Base night frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 67)

Destinations

  • UW Campus
  • U-District
  • Cowen Park
  • Maple Leaf
  • Northgate

Details

Begins at Northgate TC, using Northgate Way to reach 15th Ave NE. Continues on 15th Ave NE to NE 47th St, where it proceeds south on Brooklyn. Then uses Campus Pkwy to enter the UW Campus.

Through-routes

Route 75, at UW Campus

Type of equipment

60-foot diesel (23)


75

Current service

30, 41, 65, 75

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes (7-8 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 65)

Base night frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 65)

Destinations

  • UW Campus
  • U-Village
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Sand Point
  • Matthews Beach
  • Lake City
  • Pinehurst
  • Northgate

Details

Identical to current route 75 from the UW campus to Lake City Wy NE and NE 125th St. From that point to Northgate TC, uses current route 41 routing along NE 125th St and 5th Ave NE.

Through-routes

Route 73, at UW Campus

Type of equipment

60-foot diesel (23)


78

Current service

48, 65, 68, 72, 330

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

30 minutes

Destinations

  • East Green Lake
  • Roosevelt
  • Wedgwood
  • Meadowbrook
  • Lake City
  • Jackson Park
  • Fircrest
  • Shoreline (Aurora)
  • Shoreline CC

Details

This new route would run crosstown between East Green Lake, Roosevelt, and Wedgwood; north-south between Wedgwood, Meadowbrook, and Lake City; and then crosstown between Lake City, Jackson Park, and Shoreline Community College.  The East Green Lake terminal would be the current route 26 terminal. Would then serve Roosevelt Station via NE 65 St. Would proceed to Lake City via Roosevelt Way NE/12th Ave NE; NE 75th St; and 35th Ave NE.  Would then move to 30 Ave NE via NE 130th St, mostly replacing current route 65 service on 30 Ave NE.  Would provide a new connection between Lake City and Jackson Park on NE 145 St; would then use NE 155 St between Jackson Park and Shoreline. If funding permitted in the future, the route could be extended west on 65th Street from the East Green Lake terminal, around the south side of Green Lake, to create a new crosstown connection to Ballard.

Night routing changes

At night, would be truncated on both ends of the route.  Would not serve East Green Lake, but would lay over in front of Roosevelt Station, northbound on 12th Ave NE farside NE 65th St.  On the north end, would be truncated in Jackson Park.  Rather than continuing to Shoreline Community College, would live-loop clockwise on NE 145th St; 15th Ave NE; NE 150th St; and 20th Ave NE.

Technical hurdles

Narrow street: Would require removal of parking on both sides of NE 130 St between 30 Ave NE and 31 Ave NE.

Type of equipment

40-foot diesel (36)


81

Current service

331, 372

Base daytime frequency

30 minutes

Base night frequency

30 minutes

Destinations

  • Shoreline (CC)
  • Richmond Highlands
  • Hillwood
  • Echo Lake
  • Ballinger
  • Lake Forest Park
  • Kenmore
  • Bothell Landing

Details

Broadly similar to current route 331, but extended to Bothell to replace current route 372 service past Kenmore. Would have streamlined routing in the Richmond Highlands area, using Dayton Ave N throughout rather than the current Shorewood HS deviation. (Students would have to walk one block to reach the high school.) Renumbered in order to integrate 300-series numbers into the Seattle numbering system, to better reflect the structure of the Metro network.

Night routing changes

At night, would be truncated at Kenmore P&R, not serving Bothell.  Riders continuing east would have a timed connection to ST Express route 522.

Through-routes

Route 85, at Shoreline Community College

Type of equipment

40-foot diesel (36)


85

Current service

16, 40, 345, 346

Base daytime frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes in scheduled common corridor with route 86)

Base night frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes in scheduled common corridor with route 86)

Destinations

  • Northgate
  • North Seattle Community College
  • Northwest Hospital
  • Haller Lake
  • Bitter Lake
  • Shoreline (CC)

Details

Same as current route 345, except to eliminate the North Seattle Community College, Northwest Hospital, and Four Freedoms deviations. Eliminating these deviations would save 8-10 minutes from what is now a 32-35 minute trip, allowing for the extension of route 81 to Bothell. Renumbered in order to integrate 300-series numbers into the Seattle numbering system, to better reflect the structure of the Metro network.

Through-routes

Route 87, at Northgate Transit Center
Route 81, at Shoreline Community College

Type of equipment

40-foot diesel (36)


86

Current service

16, 40, 345, 346

Base daytime frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes in scheduled common corridor with route 85)

Base night frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes in scheduled common corridor with route 85)

Destinations

  • Northgate
  • North Seattle Community College
  • Northwest Hospital
  • Haller Lake
  • Bitter Lake
  • Shoreline (CC)

Details

Identical to current route 346. Renumbered in order to integrate 300-series numbers into the Seattle numbering system, to better reflect the structure of the Metro network.

Through-routes

Route 88, at Northgate Transit Center

Type of equipment

40-foot diesel (36)


87

Current service

73, 347, 348. 373

Base daytime frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes in scheduled common corridor with route 88)

Base night frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes in scheduled common corridor with route 88)

Destinations

  • Northgate
  • Pinehurst
  • Jackson Park
  • Fircrest
  • Shoreline Public Library
  • North City
  • Ballinger
  • Mountlake Terrace

Details

Nearly identical to current route 347. The only change is to use 56 Ave W rather than 48 Ave W in Mountlake Terrace, for the sake of speed. Renumbered in order to integrate 300-series numbers into the Seattle numbering system, to better reflect the structure of the Metro network.

Through-routes

Route 85, at Northgate Transit Center

Type of equipment

40-foot diesel (36)


88

Current service

73, 347, 348. 373

Base daytime frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes in scheduled common corridor with route 87)

Base night frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes in scheduled common corridor with route 87)

Destinations

  • Northgate
  • Pinehurst
  • Jackson Park
  • North City
  • Shoreline Public Library
  • Shoreline (Aurora)
  • Richmond Highlands
  • Richmond Beach

Details

Identical to current route 348. Renumbered in order to integrate 300-series numbers into the Seattle numbering system, to better reflect the structure of the Metro network.

Through-routes

Route 86, at Northgate Transit Center

Type of equipment

40-foot diesel (36)


106

Current service

106

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

30 minutes

Destinations

  • Rainier Beach
  • Upper Rainier Beach
  • Skyway
  • Renton

Details

Nearly identical to the portion of current route 106 between Rainier Beach and Renton, but using current route 107 routing to reach Rainier Beach Station and Rainier Beach High School. Passengers traveling to Sodo or downtown would transfer to Link, while passengers traveling to Georgetown would transfer to new route 59. While this plan does not address exclusively suburban parts of the network, this shortened route 106 would be a natural candidate for through-routing at Renton TC with a more frequent route 105.

Through-routes

None (for purposes of this plan)
Could through-route easily with route 105 at Renton Transit Center

Type of equipment

40-foot diesel (36)


107

Current service

107

Base daytime frequency

30 minutes

Base night frequency

30 minutes

Destinations

  • Rainier Beach
  • Rainier View
  • Skyway
  • Lakeridge
  • Renton

Details

Very similar to current route 107. At Rainier Beach, would use current route 106 routing, serving 51st Ave S and S Henderson St, and terminating at Rainier Beach Station. Would use Beacon Ave S in both directions through Rainier View for speed and reliability.

Through-routes

None (for purposes of this plan)
Would likely retain existing through-route with route 148

Type of equipment

40-foot hybrid (70)


120

Current service

120

Base daytime frequency

10 minutes

Base night frequency

15 minutes 

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Youngstown
  • Delridge
  • Westwood Village
  • White Center
  • Ambaum
  • Burien

Details

Very similar to current route 120, but would eliminate the deviation onto 15th Ave S in White Center for the sake of speed; the route would use 17th Ave S instead.

Type of equipment

60-foot hybrid (68)


124

Current service

124

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Sodo (Airport Way)
  • Georgetown
  • Boeing Tukwila
  • Tukwila International Boulevard

Details

Identical to current route 124, except for one change: uses Ellis Ave S and S Albro Pl in both directions in Georgetown, to avoid slowdowns caused by using Carleton Ave S.

Through-routes

Route 16, at downtown

Type of equipment

60-foot hybrid (68)


128

Current service

128, 131, 132

Base daytime frequency

30 minutes

Base night frequency

30 minutes

Destinations

  • South Seattle CC
  • White Center
  • North Highline
  • Riverton-Boulevard Park
  • Tukwila International Boulevard

Details

Broadly similar to the portion of current route 128 between South Seattle Community College and Tukwila International Boulevard, but with changed routing in White Center and North Highline, to improve speed and legibility. Southbound, continues on 16th Ave SW past White Center; then east on SW 107 St/SW 108 St; south on 1st Ave S; and east on SW 116 St. While it is not described in this plan, I anticipate the portion of the route between TIBS and Southcenter would be replaced as part of a restructure of Tukwila service.

Through-routes

None (for purposes of this plan)
Could be through-routed at Tukwila Int’l Boulevard with any of several routes

Type of equipment

40-foot hybrid (70)


131

Current service

128, 131

Base daytime frequency

30 minutes

Base night frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 132)

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Sodo
  • Georgetown
  • Highland Park
  • North Highline
  • Burien

Details

Almost identical to current route 131, with a minor routing change for speed in North Highline. Uses SW 108th St between 8th Ave SW and 1st Ave S. Would lay over downtown eastbound on Virginia St east of 3rd Ave.

Through-routes

None (daytime)
Route 1 (nights only), downtown at 3rd Ave

Type of equipment

40-foot diesel (32)


132

Current service

128, 132

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 131)

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Sodo
  • Georgetown
  • South Park
  • Riverton-Boulevard Park
  • Burien

Details

Similar to current route 132, but would eliminate the Highline Specialty Clinic deviation in Boulevard Park, traveling straight on Des Moines Memorial Dr between South Park and S 144 St.

Through-routes

Route 24, at downtown

Technical hurdles

None

Type of equipment

40-foot diesel (32)
(Will require some 60-foot hybrid trips (26) during peak hour)


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