Ride King County Metro buses? Elimination of some routes, other changes start Saturday

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SEATTLE — Metro Transit riders are bracing for the elimination of bus routes throughout King County. The cuts include 28 routes starting Saturday.

The county is also altering the schedules for another 13 routes.

“I’m kind of shocked right now because this is the way I get home,” said Sara Savlan.

Savlan was the only person waiting for the Route 47 bus in Seattle at lunchtime Wednesday. The route is one of those that will no longer be in service.

“This is affecting a lot of people,” said Savlan.

At bus stops, King County has posted signs to inform riders about the changes. There are also pamphlets inside the buses with alternative routes.

This is the first round of cuts due to a budget shortfall over several years. Metro Transit is reducing service by 400,000 hours. The elimination of routes will be phased in with the next cuts scheduled in February.

“It is the largest service reduction in Metro Transit history,” said Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond.

Metro expected the cuts to be worse, but a combination of reforms and a decline in fuel prices saved additional bus routes. Metro reports an increase in ridership and officials said they should be increasing service to meet demand.

Metro employees will be out at bus stops Thursday and Friday to remind riders about the route changes coming Saturday and next week.

For a list of eliminated routes and other changes: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/up/scvchange.html

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  • Paul&Kathy

    Why do so many busses drive routes with no passengers late at night? Is it to just be able to tell the Feds they have routes that need to be sub sized by our tax dollars??? If people are going to live in the suburbs they need to get a car. It is not MY JOB to see that you can get to work or play.

  • nobody

    It’s a public service – many elderly and disabled and working poor need it. Many of the working poor commute by bus at night. You republicans want cheap labor, you need to at least provide a way for workers to travel from outlying areas where they can, barely, afford to live.

  • Eric

    Routes have to have predictable schedules to be of use. If sometimes those buses are empty then so be it. Many, many people get to leave their cars at home, reducing traffic and pollution. Depending on where I am working the bus can be a much better commute option.