The Frequent Network Plan

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“Ideal” 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 “Ideal” Network Plan.  Frequencies listed in the table of contents are from the 33% funding scenario, but frequencies for the 15% scenario are also listed in each entry.  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.


Links to Specific Routes

Extremely Frequent Routes and Common Corridors (6 Minutes)

1 + 13 | Uptown
2 + 10 | Pike/Pine
3 | Yesler Terrace/Jefferson
14 + 34 | Jackson
34 + 35 | North Beacon Hill
65 + 75 | UW Campus

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

24 + 33 | Elliott
28 + 40 | Westlake/Fremont
51 + 52 | California
58 | Aurora
131 + 132 | 4th Ave S

Very Frequent Routes (10 Minutes)

5 | Fremont/Greenwood
7 | Boren/Rainier
8 | Mercer/Denny
12 | Madison
15 | Elliott/15th Ave W
16 | Wallingford
44 | 45th North/Market
48 | 23rd Ave
54 | West Seattle Main Line
70 | Fairview/Eastlake
71 | NE 65th/N 85th Crosstown
120 | Delridge/Ambaum

Frequent Routes and Common Corridors (12 Minutes)

1 | West Queen Anne
2 | E Union St
3 | Madrona
4 | East Queen Anne
10 | 15th Ave E
13 | Queen Anne/Fremont
14 | Jackson/31st Ave S
34 | Waterfront/Beacon Hill
35 | Broadway/Beacon Hill
65 | 35th Ave NE
67 | Roosevelt
73 | 15th NE/Maple Leaf
75 | Sand Point/NE 125th

“Almost” Frequent Routes and Common Corridors (15 Minutes)

6 | Thomas/MLK Jr Way
21 | 35th Ave SW
24 | East Magnolia/Sunset Hill
28 | 8th Ave NW
31 | Ship Canal Crosstown
33 | Magnolia
40 | 24th Ave NW/North Beach
50 | Admiral/Columbia City Crosstown
51 | California/South Park
52 | California/Georgetown
53 | 16th Ave SW/SW 128th
59 | Glendale/Rainier Beach
69 | 25th Ave NE/Lake City
78 | NE 65th/Meadowbrook/NE 145th
86 | Meridian/Richmond Highlands
87 | Pinehurst/Ballinger
88 | North 185th/Bothell Way
106 | Renton Ave
107 | Rainier View/Lakeridge
124 | Airport/East Marginal
131 | Highland Park/1st Ave S
132 | 4th Ave S/South Park/Boulevard Park


Explanation of Items

Current service

These are current routes, at least part of which would be served by the INP 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.

Base night frequency

This would be the frequency of the route at night, between roughly 8:00 and 11:00 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 11 p.m, with major routes enjoying service until 2:00 a.m.

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 continues as another route 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.

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, 13

Base daytime frequency

33%: 12 minutes (6 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 13)
15%: 15 minutes (7-8 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 13)

Base night frequency

20 minutes (10 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 13)

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Belltown
  • Uptown
  • West Queen Anne
  • Queen Anne

Details

Like current route 1, but extended to cover the portion of West Queen Anne covered by current route 2, and to connect West Queen Anne to Queen Anne Ave N. Northbound, extended along existing trolley wire on W Fulton St, 8th Ave W, and W Raye St to current route 2N routing. Lays over on Queen Anne Ave N near Crockett St; northbound trips become southbound route 4 trips after layover, while southbound trips originate from northbound route 4 trips.

Through-routes

Route 3, downtown at 3rd Ave
Route 4 (after layover), at Queen Anne

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. Construction of siding wire in both directions on Queen Anne Ave N at the Crockett St layover point.

New terminal: The zones in both directions on Queen Anne Ave N near Crockett St would need to be slightly reconfigured and approved for use as layover zones.

Type of equipment

40-foot trolley (41)


2

Current service

2S, 10, 11, 27, 49

Base daytime frequency

33%: 12 minutes (6 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 10)
15%: 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 6-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 this way, 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

33%: 6 minutes (from downtown to 21st Ave & James St)
33%: 12 minutes (remainder of route)

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

Base night frequency

10 minutes (from downtown to 21st Ave & James St)
20 minutes (remainder of route)

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)


4

Current service

3N, 4N, 13

Base daytime frequency

33%: 12 minutes
15%: 15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

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

Details

Same as current route 4N from downtown to Queen Anne Ave N & Crockett St.  Lays over at Queen Anne Ave N and Crockett St.  Northbound route 4 trips become southbound route 1 trips after layover; southbound trips originate from northbound route 1 trips after layover.

Through-routes

Route 14, downtown at 3rd Ave

Technical hurdles

Construction of siding wire in both directions on Queen Anne Ave N at the Crockett St layover point.

Type of equipment

40-foot trolley (41)


5

Current service

5, 26, 28

Base daytime frequency

33%: 10 minutes
15%: 15 minutes

Base night frequency

15 minutes

Destinations

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

Details

Southern terminal at Central Base, as with current route 40.  Same as current routes 26 and 28 from downtown to Fremont Ave N & N 34th St, with the exception of using Battery outbound and Wall inbound, with a move from Aurora to Dexter at Harrison on the recompleted street grid, for commonality with route 58. 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.

Through-routes

None

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 hybrid (26)


6

Current service

8N, 8S, 11, 43

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Summit
  • Capitol Hill
  • Madison Valley
  • Central District
  • MLK Jr Way
  • Mount Baker (TC)
  • Othello
  • Rainier Beach

Details

New route from Summit to Rainier Beach via John St and the MLK Jr Way corridor, replacing current route 8S and slightly extending it for connections to Capitol Hill Station. Begins at new turnback at Denny Wy and Olive Wy, with terminal northbound on Summit Ave farside Denny Way. Uses John St and Madison St to reach Madison Valley, then MLK Jr Wy to Rainier Beach. The only deviation is a pass through Mount Baker TC in both directions (the current Central District deviation is eliminated). In the 30% scenario, continues as route 59 for service further south on MLK Way and then to southern West Seattle.  (In the 15% scenario, uses the Rainier Beach routing of current route 8S.)

Through-routes

Route 59, at Rainier Beach (30% scenario)
None (15% scenario)

Technical hurdles

New terminal: A new layover would need to be constructed on Summit Ave, eliminating a few street parking spaces.

Street reclassification: SDOT would need to reclassify Denny Way between Broadway and Summit Ave, and Summit Ave between Denny Way and Olive Way, 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

None

Type of equipment

60-foot trolley (42) (if new wire installed)
60-foot hybrid (26) (if no new wire installed)


8

Current service

8N, 11, 19, 24, 43

Base daytime frequency

10 minutes

Base night frequency

15 minutes

Destinations

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

Details

Similar to current route 8N between Uptown and Madison Valley, but extended on both ends to form a full-length crosstown route between Magnolia Village and Madison Park. Between Magnolia and Uptown, would use Clise Pl W, the Magnolia Bridge, Elliott Ave W, and W Mercer Pl/Mercer St.  Would use Madison St to reach Madison Park, using a version of the current route 11 turnback at Madison Park slightly modified to use E Howe St rather than E Blaine St.  Between Uptown and Westlake Ave in South Lake Union, would use Mercer and Harrison Streets rather than Denny Way, taking advantage of the reconnected street grid in the area upon completion of the DBT project.

Through-routes

None

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 Minor or higher transit streets.

Type of equipment

60-foot hybrid (68)


10

Current service

10, 11, 49

Base daytime frequency

33%: 12 minutes (6 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 2)
15%: 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

33%: 10 minutes
15%: 12 minutes

Base night frequency

15 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.

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, 31, 32

Base daytime frequency

33%: 12 minutes (6 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 1)
15%: 15 minutes (7-8 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 1)

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

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

Details

Largely the same as current route 13 from downtown to Seattle Pacific. From Seattle Pacific, extends east and north to Fremont, using Nickerson St and the Fremont Bridge.  Turns back and lays over on N 36 St immediately west of Fremont Ave N.

Through-routes

3 turnback trips, downtown at 3rd Ave

Technical hurdles

Trolley wire:
Construction of new trolley wire from Seattle Pacific to Fremont, 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 N 36 St between Fremont Ave N and N 35 St as a Minor or higher transit street.

New terminal: A new terminal would need to be constructed on westbound N 36 St, farside Fremont 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

33%: 12 minutes
15%: 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 4, downtown at 3rd Ave

Type of equipment

40-foot trolley (41)


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
  • Northgate
  • Victory Heights
  • Lake City

Details

Originates at Central Base, as with current route 40.  Same as current RapidRide D, except without the Queen Anne deviation, between downtown and N 85 St. 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.  Extended to Lake City via Holman Road; N 105th St/N Northgate Way; 1st Ave NE; NE Northgate Way; and Lake City Way NE. Uses current route 41 terminal at Fred Meyer.

Through-routes

None

Type of equipment

60-foot three-door hybrid (60)


16

Current service

5, 16, 26, 358

Base daytime frequency

33%: 10 minutes
15%: 12 minutes

Base night frequency

15 minutes

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Wallingford (Stone Way)
  • East Green Lake
  • Roosevelt

Details

A largely new quasi-BRT route intended to improve speed, reliability, and capacity in Wallingford, although at the cost of some coverage compared with current route 16.  The route would be similar to current route 16 between downtown and Stone Way, although it would make limited stops along Aurora Ave N similar to those made by current route 358.  Would then continue on Stone Way and East Green Lake Way to East Green Lake, using NE 70 St to reach a terminal on NE 66 St farside Roosevelt Wy NE, next to Roosevelt Station.

Through-routes

Route 54, downtown at 3rd Ave

Technical hurdles

Street reclassification: SDOT would need to reclassify NE 70/71 St between E Green Lake Wy NE and 12th Ave NE as Minor or higher transit streets.

Type of equipment

60-foot three-door hybrid (60)


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 40, downtown at 3rd Ave

Type of equipment

60-foot hybrid (26)


24

Current service

17X, 19, 24, 31, 33, 40, 61, RapidRide D

Base daytime frequency

33%: 15 minutes (7.5 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 33)
15%: 20 minutes (10 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 33)

Base night frequency

30 minutes (15 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 33)

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Belltown
  • Magnolia Village
  • 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; goes up the east ridge using W Manor Pl; continues south on 28th Ave W; 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.  Unlike the proposed route in the Frequent Network Plan, this would not have an Uptown deviation.  Magnolia-Uptown would be served by INP route 8.

Through-routes

Route 131, 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 (7-8 minutes in scheduled common corridor with route 40)

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • South Lake Union
  • Fremont
  • 8th Ave NW
  • Whittier Heights

Details

Similar to current route 28, but uses Westlake Ave N between Virginia St and Fremont (in a scheduled common corridor with revised route 40); does not serve Dexter Ave N.  Would use Virginia St and Lenora St between Westlake and 3rd Ave.

Through-routes

Route 124, at downtown

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 diesel (28)


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
  • Discovery Park

Details

Begins in Laurelhurst at the current route 25 terminal, and travels through a short Laurelhurst loop using 50 Ave NE, NE 41 St, and 48 Ave NE.  Proceeds north on 47 Ave NE to NE 55 St, and then 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 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). Climbs the east ridge on Manor Pl W, and descends it on W Emerson St.  From there, continues to the current route 33 terminal in Discovery Park.

Through-routes

None

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 and 48 Ave NE in Laurelhurst, both currently Local transit streets, would need to be reclassified by SDOT as a Minor transit street or higher.  50 Ave NE is not currently classified as a transit street and would need to be classified 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)


33

Current service

24, 31, 33, RapidRide D

Base daytime frequency

33%: 15 minutes (7.5 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 24)
15%: 20 minutes (10 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 24)

Base night frequency

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

Destinations

  • Downtown
  • Belltown
  • East Magnolia
  • Central Magnolia
  • Magnolia Village

Details

A revision of current route 33 to serve Central Magnolia and Magnolia Village, rather than Discovery Park.  From 34 Ave W and W Government Wy, would proceed south on 34 Ave W to Magnolia Village.  Would feature two other minor revisions in Magnolia: first, would use Thorndyke Ave W in both directions between W Blaine St & W Galer St; and, second, would use 20 Ave W rather than 22 Ave W in both directions.

Through-routes

Route 132, downtown at 3rd Ave

Type of equipment

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


34

Current service

7, 8N, 9X, 36, 60, 99

Base daytime frequency

33%: 12 minutes (6 minutes on scheduled common corridors with routes 14 and 35)
15%: 15 minutes (7-8 minutes on scheduled common corridors with routes 14 and 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 in South Lake Union at Harrison St and Fairview Ave N.  Uses newly restored Harrison St to reach Space Needle.  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, crosses the South Park Bridge, to a new terminal loop in South Park using S 95 St, 13 Ave S, and S 93 St.

Technical hurdles

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.

New terminal loop: The south-end terminal would require a new zone on westbound S 93 St farside 13 Ave S.

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 (26)


35

Current service

9X, 25, 36, 49, 60

Base daytime frequency

33%: 12 minutes (6 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 34)
15%: 15 minutes (7-8 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

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

Details

Northbound, same as current route 40 from downtown to 24 Ave NW & NW 85 St, except for using Westlake Ave N in both directions through South Lake Union, and using Virginia/Lenora rather than Bell/Blanchard through downtown. Would then proceed through North Beach using 24 Ave NW, NW 96 St, 15 Ave NW, and NW 100 St, to the current RapidRide D terminal at the Holman Road QFC.

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.

Street classification: SDOT would need to reclassify NW 96 St between 24 Ave NW and 15 Ave NW, and NW 100 St between 14 Ave NW and 8 Ave NW, as Minor or higher transit streets.

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

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, 56X

Base daytime frequency

33%: 15 minutes
15%: 20 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

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

Details

Similar to current route 50, except that Alaska Junction is no longer served.  The route uses Admiral Wy and the West Seattle Bridge to travel directly between Admiral Junction and Sodo.  The portion of current route 50 east and south of S Orcas St in Seward Park is served by route 52, with which route 50 is through-routed.

Through-routes

Route 52, at Seward Park

Type of equipment

35-foot hybrid (13)


51

Current service

7, 22, 50, 55, 60, 124, 128

Base daytime frequency

33%: 15 minutes (7.5 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 52)
15%: 20 minutes (10 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 52)

Base night frequency

20 minutes (10 minutes in scheduled common corridor with route 52)

Destinations

  • Seacrest Dock
  • North Admiral
  • Admiral Junction
  • Alaska Junction
  • Gatewood
  • Westwood Village
  • White Center
  • Olson/Myers
  • South Park
  • Boeing Industrial
  • Rainier Beach
  • Upper Rainier Beach

Details

New crosstown route operating north-south in West Seattle and east-west across far southern Seattle.  Begins at a new terminal at Seacrest Dock.  Operates north/south on California Ave SW all the way from Seacrest Dock into Gatewood, alternating with route 52 between Seacrest Dock and Morgan Junction.  Uses current route 22 routing between Gatewood and Westwood Village.  Uses Roxbury St between Westwood Village and White Center, and current route 60 routing (except skipping the Olson/Myers deviation) between White Center and South Park.  Travels between South Park and Rainier Beach via E Marginal Wy S and Boeing Access Road.  Serves the Prentice Street loop currently served by select route 7 trips.

Through-routes

None

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.

Layover at Prentice Street: Coaches would lay over at 62 Av S/S Prentice St, which provoked community opposition when route 7 coaches historically laid for time at that stop.  Given its routing, many fewer security issues would be expected on route 51.

Type of equipment

35-foot hybrid (13)


52

Current service

50, 55, 60, 128, 131, 106

Base daytime frequency

33%: 15 minutes (7.5 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 51)
15%: 20 minutes (10 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 51)

Base night frequency

20 minutes (10 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 51)

Destinations

  • Seacrest Dock
  • North Admiral
  • Admiral Junction
  • Alaska Junction
  • Morgan Junction
  • High Point
  • Highland Park
  • Georgetown
  • NewHolly
  • Othello
  • Seward Park

Details

New crosstown route operating north-south in West Seattle and east-west across south Seattle.  Begins at a new terminal at Seacrest Dock.  Operates north/south on California Ave SW from Seacrest Dock to Morgan Junction, alternating with route 51 along California Ave SW.  Operates east/west along SW Morgan St/Sylvan Wy/Orchard St and SW Holden St in West Seattle, serving High Point and replacing part of route 128.  Uses Highland Park Way SW and the 1st Ave S Bridge to travel between Highland Park and Georgetown.  Uses Swift Ave S and S Myrtle St to travel between Georgetown and Othello Station.  Uses current route 50 routing to travel between Othello Station and Seward Park, where it is through-routed with route 50.

Through-routes

Route 50, at Seward Park

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)


53

Current service

37, 50, 128, 132

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Alki
  • Lower Genesee Hill
  • Alaska Junction
  • Avalon
  • Youngstown
  • Pigeon Point
  • South Seattle Community College
  • White Center
  • Ambaum
  • Boulevard Park (128th St SW)
  • Tukwila International Boulevard

Details

Provides a new east-west crosstown connection within West Seattle, and replaces most of current route 128 west of Tukwila International Boulevard.  Eastbound, begins at the same Alki terminal used by current route 50.  Travels between Alki and Alaska Junction via Beach Dr SW, Jacobsen Rd SW, and 49th Ave SW.  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.  Uses 16th Ave SW and Ambaum Blvd SW between SSCC and SW 128th St.  Uses SW 128th St, Military Rd SW, and SW 144 St to reach Tukwila International Boulevard.

Through-routes

None

Technical hurdles

Street classification: SDOT would need to reclassify Jacobsen Rd SW and SW Hudson St between SW Beach Dr and 49 Ave SW as Minor or higher transit streets.

Type of equipment

35-foot hybrid (13)


54

Current service

RapidRide C

Base daytime frequency

33%: 10 minutes
15%: 12 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 16, downtown

Type of equipment

60-foot three-door hybrid (60)


58

Current service

358

Base daytime frequency

33%: 7-8 minutes
15%: 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

21X, 22, 128

Base frequency

33%: 15 minutes
15%: 20 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Arbor Heights
  • Westwood Village
  • Shorewood
  • White Center (SW 108 St)
  • Glendale
  • Boulevard Park
  • Boeing Access Road
  • Rainier Beach

Details

New east-west route. mostly south of the Seattle city limits.  Eastbound, begins with an Arbor Heights loop similar to, but slightly shorter, than that served by current route 21 Express. Serves Westwood Village on SW Barton St for transfers, then serves Shorewood and White Center via 26 Ave SW and SW 107/108 St.  Uses current route 128 routing to serve Glendale and north Boulevard Park, but uses S 116 Wy to connect Boulevard Park and Boeing Access Road.  Uses MLK to reach Rainier Beach, where it is through-routed with route 6 (in the 30% scenario) or 107 (in the 15% scenario).

Through-routes

Route 6, at Rainier Beach (30% scenario)
Route 107, at Rainier Beach (15% scenario)

Type of equipment

40-foot hybrid (70)


63

Current service

16, 26, 31, 48N

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Fremont
  • Wallingford
  • Tangletown
  • Roosevelt
  • East Green Lake
  • Licton Springs
  • Northgate

Details

New north-south route, partially replacing current routes 16 and 26, traveling between Fremont and Northgate via Roosevelt Station.  In Fremont, would drop off inbound at the southbound stop on Fremont Ave N, and pick up outbound at the northbound stop.  From the last inbound stop, would use a terminal loop consisting of N 34th St, Evanston Ave N, N 35th St, Woodlawn Ave N (where there would be a layover farside N 35th St), and N 34th St. From Fremont, would use N 35th St, Wallingford Ave N, and Meridian Ave N to reach Tangletown, mostly replacing current route 16 routing.  From Tangletown, would use N 56 St, Latona Ave NE, and NE 65 St to reach Roosevelt Station.  From Roosevelt Station, would serve N 70/71 St to Woodlawn Ave N.  It would then follow current route 16 routing to N 92 St and College Wy NE, but would continue directly to Northgate on N 92 St and 1 Ave NE, skipping the northern segment of current route 16.

Through-routes

Route 87, at Northgate

Technical hurdles

New terminal: A new terminal would be established southbound on Woodlawn Ave N farside N 35 St, displacing a few parking spots.

Street classification: SDOT would need to reclassify N 34 St between Fremont Ave N and Evanston Ave N; Evanston Ave N between N 34 St and N 35 St; Woodlawn Ave N between N 35 St and N 34 St; and NE 70 and 71 St between 12 Ave NE and Woodlawn Ave NE as Minor or higher transit streets.

Type of equipment

40-foot diesel (36)


65

Current service

30, 65, 71

Base daytime frequency

33%: 12 minutes (6 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 75)
15%: 15 minutes (7-8 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 75)

Base night frequency

20 minutes (10 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

33%: 12 minutes (6 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 73)
15%: 15 minutes (7-8 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 73)

Base night frequency

20 minutes (10 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

20 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.

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

33%: 10 minutes
15%: 12 minutes

Base night frequency

15 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

None

Type of equipment

40-foot trolley (41)


71

Current service

30, 48N, 71

Base daytime frequency

33%: 10 minutes
15%: 15 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, uses Green Lake Dr N and Aurora Ave N to reach N 85 St, instead of Wallingford Ave N. 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.

Street classification: SDOT would need to classify Green Lake Dr N between Winona Ave N and Aurora Ave N as a Minor or higher transit street.  The City of Seattle has already contemplated use of this street for a major bus route in the Transit Master Plan.

Type of equipment

40-foot hybrid (70)


73

Current service

72, 73, 75

Base daytime frequency

33%: 12 minutes (6 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 67)
15%: 15 minutes (7-8 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 67)

Base night frequency

20 minutes (10 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

28X, 30, 41, 65, 75, 345

Base daytime frequency

33%: 12 minutes (6 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 65)
15%: 15 minutes (7-8 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 65)

Base night frequency

20 minutes (10 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 65)

Destinations

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

Details

Identical to current route 75 from the UW campus to Lake City Wy NE and NE 125th St.  Serves NE 125 St and NE 130th St between Lake City and Broadview; no longer serves Northgate.

Through-routes

Route 73, at UW Campus

Type of equipment

60-foot diesel (23)


78

Current service

40, 48, 65, 68, 72, 330, 347

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

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

Details

This new route would run crosstown between Ballard, Phinney, 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 Ballard terminal would be at 20 Ave NW & NW Leary Wy. The route would go crosstown on NW/N/NE 65 St, passing Green Lake on its south end. It 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, Jackson Park, NE 145th Station, and Aurora on N 145 St, before using N 160 St to reach Shoreline Community College.

Technical hurdles

Inadequate street for transit: Substantial improvements would be necessary to allow buses to use NW/N 65 St between 3 Av NW and Winona Av N.  Such improvements would likely include reconfiguration of the intersection at Phinney Av N; major reconstruction of the roadway east of Phinney; and possibly minor reconstruction west of Phinney.

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)


86

Current service

16, 40, 331, 345, 346, 347, 348

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Northgate
  • North Seattle Community College
  • Northwest Hospital
  • Haller Lake
  • NE 145th Station
  • Jackson Park
  • North City
  • NE 185th Station
  • Aurora Village
  • Richmond Highlands
  • Shoreline Community College

Details

North-south route Intended to provide frequent connections to Link for various North Seattle and Shoreline neighborhoods near I-5.  Follows current route 346 routing from Northgate to NE 145 St.  Then serves NE 145th Station, crossing to 15 Ave NE.  Follows 15 Ave NE to NE 175 St; then serves 185th St Station.  Travels between NE 185th Station and Aurora Village using Meridian Ave N.  From Aurora Village, uses a streamlined version of current route 331 routing to reach Shoreline Community College.

Through-routes

None

Type of equipment

40-foot diesel (36)


87

Current service

73, 346, 347, 348

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Northgate
  • Pinehurst
  • Jackson Park
  • NE 145th Station
  • Ridgecrest
  • Meridian Park
  • NE 185th Station
  • North City
  • Ballinger
  • Mountlake Terrace

Details

North-south route intended to provide frequent connections to Link for various North Seattle and Shoreline neighborhoods near I-5.  Follows current route 347 routing between Northgate and 5 Av NE/NE 155 St, serving NE 145 St station.  Crosses I-5 on NE 155 St, serving Meridian Park on its way to NE 185th Station.  From NE 185th Station, serves North City (via NE 175 St) and travels north on 15 Av NE and 56th Av W t0 Mountlake Terrace Station.

Through-routes

Route 63, at Northgate Transit Center

Type of equipment

40-foot diesel (36)


88

Current service

331, 348, 372

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Richmond Beach
  • Richmond Highlands
  • NE 185th Station
  • North City
  • Lake Forest Park
  • Kenmore
  • Bothell Landing

Details

Crosstown route centered around 185th Link station.  Uses current route 348 routing between Richmond Beach and North City.  Uses NE 178 St between North City and Lake Forest Park, and Bothell Way between Lake Forest Park and Bothell.

Through-routes

None

Type of equipment

40-foot diesel (36)


106

Current service

106

Base daytime frequency

15 minutes

Base night frequency

20 minutes

Destinations

  • Othello
  • NewHolly
  • South Beacon Hill
  • Rainier Beach
  • Upper Rainier Beach
  • Skyway
  • Renton

Details

Nearly identical to the portion of current route 106 between Renton and S Myrtle St, but using current route 107 routing to reach Rainier Beach Station, bypassing Rainier Beach High School.  At S Myrtle St, the route would proceed to Othello Station rather than west to Georgetown. Passengers traveling to Sodo or downtown would transfer to Link, while passengers traveling to Georgetown would transfer to route 52.

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

33%: 15 minutes
15%: 20 minutes

Base night frequency

20 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 (30% scenario, for purposes of this plan)
Route 59, at Rainier Beach (15% scenario, for purposes of this plan)
Would likely retain existing through-route with route 148 at Renton on some trips

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 28, at downtown

Type of equipment

60-foot diesel (28)


131

Current service

128, 131

Base daytime frequency

33%: 15 minutes (7.5 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 132)
15%: 20 minutes (10 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 132)

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

Route 24, at downtown

Type of equipment

40-foot diesel (32)


132

Current service

128, 132

Base daytime frequency

33%: 15 minutes (7.5 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 131)
15%: 20 minutes (10 minutes on scheduled common corridor with route 131)

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 33, at downtown

Technical hurdles

None

Type of equipment

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


Copyright 2013 David Lawson. This material is licensed under the Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0 license. You may freely modify and share it as long as this attribution remains.

v. 1.0.0
2013-12-15

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Written by David L.

December 15, 2013 at 23:25

Posted in Uncategorized

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