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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: City Gains 45,000 New Hours of Bus Service

3/31/2008  10:30:00 AM

City Gains 45,000 New Hours of Bus Service
Bus routes enhanced through Bridging the Gap

SEATTLE - The city of Seattle announced today the acquisition of 45,000 additional hours of bus service annually secured through Bridging the Gap funds. Thanks to the voter-approved, nine-year transportation levy, the city purchased additional bus service for its residents for the first time in recent history.

Nineteen Seattle bus routes will receive increased service and, in some cases, extended hours of operation. These extra hours will be phased in beginning in September 2008 and will be fully implemented by 2010. With $1.5 million annual funding from the city, the new service will continue until the end of 2015.

“Through Bridging the Gap we are building sidewalks, paving roads, and making it easier to travel by bus,” said Mayor Greg Nickels. “These additional hours provide riders more options to move around our city without a car. This is another example of Bridging the Gap delivering on its promise and keeping Seattle moving.”

In 2008, Seattle residents will see improvements on the 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 14, 26, 28 and 44 bus lines. In the spring of 2009, they will see enhancements to the 2, 13 and 48 routes. The program will be finalized in 2010 by augmenting service on the 5, 7, 8, 60, 70, 74 and 75 lines.

In 2011, by making capital improvements that enhance transit travel times in the West Seattle corridor, the city will receive 5,000 additional hours of service on the West Seattle RapidRide route (current route 54.) These hours will be added permanently.

“These Bridging the Gap funds come at a time when ridership is at an all-time high,” said Councilmember Jan Drago. “The new service improvements mean citizens can expect more rapid and timely bus service along major transit routes.”

With the additional hours, Seattle moves closer to its goal of having transit service every 15 minutes, 18 hours a day, seven days a week on corridors connecting neighborhoods with active business centers.

Approved by voters in 2006, the $365 million Bridging the Gap levy enables much-needed work by the Seattle Department of Transportation, such as roadway paving, sidewalk development and repair, bridge upkeep, and tree pruning and planting. It also supports the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans, the Safe Routes to School program, enhanced transit connections and large Neighborhood Street Fund projects.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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Seattle Department of Transportation

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