Metro bus cuts take effect Sept. 27

28 routes will be deleted, 13 routes revised

Information from King County

Following the King County Council’s approval of bus cuts proposed for this fall, Metro will delete 28 routes and reduce or revise service on 13 routes starting Sept. 27.
The reductions are necessary to help bring Metro’s service levels in line with available funding. Using objective service guidelines, Metro identified the least productive routes and trips to cut first.

28 deleted routes: 7X, 19, 47, 48X, 61, 62, 139, 152, 161, 173, 202, 203, 205X, 209, 210, 211X, 213, 215, 243, 250, 260, 265, 280, 306X, and DART routes 909, 919, 927, and 935.
13 revised routes: 27, 30, 200, 204, 208, 212, 236, 238, 249, 312X, 331, and DART routes 903 and 931.
At the same time, Metro will adjust six routes that were not part of the service reduction ordinance. These routes are 24, 48, 49, 122, 178, and 201.

Three routes that were proposed for elimination will continue under funding provided by the City of Seattle. These are night owl routes 82, 83, and 84.

Visit Metro’s updated service cuts page for details about the changes, including alternative options for riders.

As part of Metro’s regular service change process, additional specific information will be available in Metro’s trip planner and other systems starting in early September.

The Council also approved an additional service reduction for February 2015, but put off adopting specific route reductions or revisions pending further analysis by an ad hoc committee. We expect to submit an updated proposal to the Council on Sept. 2.
Decisions about additional service reductions will be made as part of the 2015-2016 budget process this fall.

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