September 2017 Service Investments

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In September 2017, the following routes will receive additional investments from the Seattle Transportation Benefit District:

  • Route 44: An important east-west connection in North Seattle and future RapidRide line, Route 44 will gain a few trips to ensure that a bus is scheduled to arrive every 10 minutes on weekdays from 6am to 7pm. Trips will be added to Route 44 between 12-5AM to ensure connections can be made across the city, all-day, every day.
  • Route 48: Another future RapidRide line and important connection, Route 48 will also have a bus scheduled every 10 minutes on weekdays from 6am to 7pm. Trips will be added to Route 48 between 12-5AM to ensure connections can be made across the city, all-day, every day.
  • Route 50: One of the only east-west routes in South Seattle, and the only one that connects Lake Washington to the Puget Sound, Route 50 is an important connection for riders traveling between the Rainier Valley, Columbia City, and West Seattle and back, at all times of day and days of the week. Additional trips will ensure that a bus is scheduled to arrive every 30 minutes or better, 7 days per week, from 6am to midnight.
  • Route 60: SDOT and King County Metro are working together to improve Route 60 to 15-minute service on weekdays from 6am to 7pm. Another important east-west connection, Route 60 provides service to multiple Urban Villages throughout the city, including South Park and Beacon Hill.
  • Route 65: The Route 65, in conjunction with the Route 67, helps fill a gap in the coverage of 10-minute or better service in the City. Added trips will bring the Route 65 up to scheduled headways of 10 minutes on weekdays from 6am to 7pm. Trips will be added to Route 65 between 12-5AM to ensure connections can be made across the city, all-day, every day.
  • Route 67: The Route 67 will receive the same level of service as the Route 65, ensuring that this future RapidRide line has 10-minute or better service on weekdays from 6am to 7pm. Trips will be added to Route 67 between 12-5AM to ensure connections can be made across the city, all-day, every day.
  • Routes 3, 5, 11, 44, 48, 65, 67 & 70: When voters approved STBD in 2014, some of the first investments made were to save Metro’s Night Owl Routes: 82, 83, and 84. These routes will be replaced with a comparable level of service on Routes 3, 5, 11, and 70, which generally cover the same extents of the existing Night Owl routes. Additionally, late night trips will be added on Routes 44, 48, 65, and 67 (see above).

These investments will help us make progress towards the various metrics and goals we look to as we make decisions about where and when to add transit service with the City of Seattle:

  • More Households with Access to Frequent Transit: Both the Levy to Move Seattle and our Transit Master Plan put forth the goal of increasing the number of households in the city within a 10-minute walk to 10-minute or better transit service. After the first round of STBD investments in 2016, the percent of households doubled from 25% to 51% (within 2% of our 2020 goal). With the September 2017 investments, we will provide 64% of Seattle households with 10-minute or better transit service within a 10-minute walk of their home – surpassing our 2020 goal, and putting us within 8% of our 2025 goal.
    Percent of households within a 10-minute walk to 10-minute transit service chart
  • Better Transit Service for Low Income, Minority, Disabled, and No Vehicle Ownership Populations: The four routes with the largest investments (Routes 50, 60, 65, and 67) all serve populations with higher than average populations of low-income households, persons of colors, persons with disabilities, and/or households with no vehicle ownership.
  • More Bus Service on Future RapidRide Corridors: Routes 44, 48, and 67 are future RapidRide corridors, as described in the Levy to Move Seattle. After these investments, five of the seven upcoming Seattle RapidRide corridors will be at weekday all-day frequency targets of 10-minutes or better: Madison (Routes 11/12), Rainier/Jackson (Route 7), 23rd Ave (Route 48), Market/45th (Route 44), and part of Roosevelt (Route 67).
  • Better Transit Service for Urban Villages: Frequency investments in the Route 60 will bring 15-minute all-day service to the South Park neighborhood. Investments in Route 50 will improve service to Admiral and provide stronger connections in south Seattle.
  • Increased Service Levels on Frequent Transit Network Routes: The Frequent Transit Network (FTN), established in the Transit Master Plan identifies long-term priorities for SDOT. Investments in September 2017 will ensure every route in the FTN has a minimum of 30-minute service, seven days per week, 18 hours per day with most routes providing an even higher level of service.

For more information about these investments please refer to the information below: