The fall service changes are coming to Puget Sound transit agencies as soon as Saturday. Most transit agencies will be adding back service, but King County Metro is taking a big leap backward with further cuts.
King County Metro
In King County, King County Metro continues to struggle with service delivery and will further cut trips in September. The agency has seen a dramatic exodus of transit operators and mechanics over the past few years, and recent data shows that this trend isn’t turning around fast enough.
However, a three-year contract agreement will give transit workers a big pay increase, making Metro a more attractive place to work. Transit agencies that have raised wages have seen success in getting more applicants and staffing back up.
Metro’s planned service cuts are about right-sizing the overall network schedule to match available staffing and equipment levels. The agency intends to reduce service another 4%, but that’s likely not to be sufficient in attaining real systemwide reliability since Metro is routinely canceling as much as 8% of its service.
Many of the suspended routes in the following list have seen trips routinely suspended in recent month, but they will be moving to official suspension status.
|3||Trip times adjusted to provide hourly Night Owl service|
|4||Trip times adjusted to provide hourly Night Owl service|
|7||On weekdays, trips will be adjusted|
|8||On weekdays, trips will be adjusted|
|10||Trips will be removed|
|20||Trips will be removed, reducing service to half-hourly during off-peak hours|
|28||Trips will be removed, reducing service to hourly during weekday off-peak hours and weekends|
|31||On weekdays, trips will be adjusted|
|32||On weekdays, trips will be adjusted|
|36||Trips will be removed|
|44||On Sundays, trips will be adjusted|
|73||Trips will be removed, reducing service to half-hourly during weekday peak hours and hourly otherwise|
|79||Trips will be removed, reducing service to hourly on weekdays|
|107||On weekdays, one trip will be added in each direction|
|208||On weekdays, one trip will be added in the morning|
|225||Trips will be removed, reducing service to hourly on weekdays|
|230||Trips will be removed, reducing service to hourly|
|231||Trips will be removed, reducing service to hourly|
|255||Trips will be removed, reducing service to half-hourly on weekday evenings|
|345||Trips will be removed, reducing to hourly in the evenings|
Metro’s service changes go into effect on Saturday, September 2.
Sound Transit won’t see substantive service changes beyond small trip time adjustments and minor route and stop modifications. That’s because agency partners that operate bus and train services are not in a position to offer more trips at this time, except that Route 574 will get one additional daily roundtrip. However, Sound Transit will be launching service on the Tacoma Link T Line extension on September 16. Service will be extended between Commerce Street station and St Joseph station in the Hilltop area. During most hours, the T Line will operate every 10 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays and every 20 minutes on Sundays.
In Snohomish County, Community Transit is adjusting service levels on five routes and making schedule adjustments for most routes on weekends for better connections.
|196||Improve frequency to every 30 minutes during peak weekday times|
Community Transit’s service changes go into effect on Sunday, September 3.
|28||Several Sunday trips are added|
|48||One new Sunday trip|
|57||The route is adjusted in the Hilltop area|
|100||Several Sunday trips are added|
|212||One new Sunday trip|
|497||Trip times on weekdays are adjusted to better serve Sounder S Line trips|
Pierce Transit’s service changes go into effect on Sunday, September 3.
In Thurston County, Intercity Transit is restoring some evening service on a dozen or so bus routes. This continues a service growth trend for the agency.
|12||One new evening trip from Olympia Transit Center on weekdays and weekends|
|13||Two new evening roundtrips on weekdays and weekends|
|21||Improve frequency to every 30 minutes on weekdays|
|41||One new evening roundtrip on weekdays and weekends|
|45||Improve frequency to every 30 minutes on weekdays|
|47||Improve frequency to every 30 minutes on weekdays|
|48||Two new evening roundtrips on weekdays and weekends|
|60||Improve frequency to every 30 minutes on weekdays|
|62A||One new evening trip from Orion and Willamette Dr on weekdays and weekends|
|62B||One new evening roundtrip on weekdays and weekends|
|65||One new evening trip from Lacey Transit Center on weekdays and weekends|
|66||One new evening roundtrip on weekdays and weekends|
|68||Two new evening roundtrips on weekdays and weekends|
Intercity Transit’s service changes go into effect on Sunday, September 3.
Everett Transit and Kitsap Transit
In June, Everett Transit launched a suite of service improvements that adjusted routes and increased service levels. Earlier this month, Kitsap Transit restored service to Route 184, a shuttle between the Southworth Ferry Terminal and Harper Church Park & Ride. The agency hopes to provide more Sunday bus service in the winter.
Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.