(Route 560 bus photo by Flickr member Atomic Taco)
You might not think twice if you pass a particular Sound Transit Express bus parked on the southwest side of Westwood Village this Thursday (October 25), 5-7 pm … it’s not there for a break, it’s there for an open-house meeting. ST is taking comments on its draft Service Implementation Plan for next year, including a proposed major change to where you would catch Route 560 to go to Sea-Tac Airport, a route that went through schedule cuts last year (at which time there was also a warning of 2013 changes). Here’s how the change is described in the plan’s “executive summary”:
• West Seattle-Airport Connection: Route 560 (Bellevue-Westwood Village)
The objectives of this proposed restructure include avoiding duplication with King County Metro service, improving ST Express productivity and providing a convenient full-time connection between the West Seattle/Highline areas and Sea-Tac Airport. King County Metro is developing a major transit hub at Westwood Village Shopping Center, located on Southwest Barton Street near the south city limits. ST Route 560 will duplicate service on the new RapidRide C Line between West Seattle Junction and the Westwood area when the new Metro route starts in September 2012. Sound Transit and King County Metro staff have developed a proposal for a Route 560 Westwood-Airport connection that eliminates this duplication and provides a much longer span of service to the airport.
560 currently ends in The Junction, as shown on this map. You can offer comments as well as ask questions at the Thursday open house (the bus will be at 29th/Barton, ST says), and/or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The formal public hearing on all the proposals in the draft plan is scheduled for 12:30 pm November 1st at Sound Transit’s downtown board room (details here).
P.S. The proposal also is summarized in a Sound Transit newsletter – see it here.