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With the arrival of the RapidRide “C” Line next fall – replacing Route 54 – Metro has long said, they would be “restructuring” local bus service, and that they will want to hear from local residents on what changes should be made. Just a few days ago, we published news of local meetings to discuss the “restructuring.” Now we’ve just learned they already have a detailed proposal, and it’s just gone public (thanks to Jake for first word of that, via the North Delridge e-mail list). You can find the proposed changes here (lots of links to follow for expanded explanations, maps, etc., depending on what you’re interested in).
Here are just some of the toplines — Route 21 would only serve Arbor Heights during peak periods; Route 22, which serves Gatewood, would be dropped, but Route 125 would be revised to serve that area (and southward to Chief Sealth International High School) during peak periods, though it would drop the Shorewood area; Route 37 would be dropped, leaving Beach Drive with no bus service; Route 128‘s east-west connection would move further north, to give North Delridge cross-peninsula service. Seattle Transit Blog has more analysis of the changes for West Seattle (and other areas). The first West Seattle meeting for input on this, and other ideas, is at 6:30 pm November 9th at Chief Sealth.
SIDE NOTE: Separate from this process, but likely of interest, tomorrow night is the city’s Transit Master Plan discussion in West Seattle – also a place to voice your transit interests, since even though Metro is a county agency, the city needs to know what priorities to advocate and assist. That meeting is 6-8 pm tomorrow at the West Seattle Eagles‘ hall, 4426 California SW.