Seattle Transportation Benefit District Year 2 Annual Report

The Seattle Transportation Benefit District’s Year 2 Annual Report is now available. Click the link above to learn more about how SDOT is improving transit service throughout the City of Seattle and providing more transportation options for all Seattle residents.

New Night Owl Bus Service Hits the Road

Thanks to Seattle Transportation Benefit District investments, trips have been added to Routes 3, 5, 11, 44, 48, 65, 67, and 70 to provide late night service, between midnight and 5am, every day of the week. New trips on these routes replace the previous Night Owl routes (Routes 82, 83, and 84), while expanding late night transportation options and connecting to other late-night routes throughout the city. Click the link above to learn more!

September 2017 Service Investments

In September, SDOT will be adding ~35,000 annual hours of additional bus service to 14 routes operating in the City of Seattle. These investments increase the frequency, span, and late night availability of several Seattle routes – click here for more information.

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Now there are more Metro buses, running more hours to more places every day of the week. In fact, 85% of all Seattle's bus routes receive improvements.

It’s easier to catch a bus during the middle of the day to shop or go to school. You don’t have to dash from the office to make the “last good bus.” And more buses are now running late into the night and on weekends when you have errands to run and places to be.

These improvements, designed by SDOT and implemented by King County Metro, mean that there will be more room on the bus and your bus will come more often.


  • Added 270,000 annual service hours
    • 37 routes have more bus trips
    • 54 routes are more reliable
    • 38 routes run more frequently
  • Issued 4,909 VLF Rebates
  • Registered 18,596 ORCA LIFT Cards to Seattle residents


In 2014, Seattle voters approved Proposition 1 to fund the purchase of increased Metro service and additional transit programs for Seattle residents.

This voter-approved funding measure includes a $60 vehicle license fee and 0.1% sales tax increase to generate about $45 million annually to improve transit availability and access for 6 years (2014-2020).

After just one year these investments are paying off. The Year 1 Performance Report is here.