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King County Metro: Bus Routes Could Be Eliminated or Reduced

The transit agency says an ongoing funding gap could cause it to cut 65 routes and reduce 86 more. Routes that serve Bellevue are at risk of being deleted.

Facing an ongoing funding shortage, King County Metro announced Monday that it has identified 65 bus routes for possible elimination and an additional 86 for service reductions, including buses in Bellevue.

In Bellevue, six routes are being considered for elimination and nine are being considered for reduction or revision, according to King County Metro.

The transit agency held a news conference Monday morning, asking the state legislature to step in and help it find a permanent solution to a $75-million annual budget gap when a $20 temporary congestion reduction car-tab fee expires next year

The cuts would affect 151—about two-thirds—of the system's 217 routes and take place as transit ridership continues to increase, Metro said in a Tweet on Monday: "Demand for transit is growing. 2/3 of Seattle’s 200K daily commuters don’t drive."

Here is a list of the Bellevue buses that are at risk for deletion:

210  Issaquah TC to Downtown Seattle

211  Issaquah Highlands P&R to First Hill

215  North Bend to Issaquah TC to Downtown Seattle

216  Bear Creek P&R to Sammamish to Downtown Seattle

237 Woodinville P&R to Bellevue TC

243  Jackson Park to Bellevue

 

Here is a list of the Bellevue buses that are at risk for reductions or revisions:

214  Issaquah to Downtown Seattle

221  Education Hill to Crossroads to Eastgate

226  Eastgate P&R to Crossroads to Overlake to Bellevue TC

232 Duvall to Redmond TC to Overlake TC to Bellevue TC

234 Kenmore to Kirkland TC to Bellevue TC

235 Kingsgate P&R to Kirkland TC to Bellevue TC

241  Eastgate P&R to Bellevue TC

245  Kirkland TC to Crossroads to Factoria

246  Eastgate P&R to Somerset to Bellevue TC to Clyde Hill

 

How do you think Metro ought to tackle its funding shortage? Would you be affected by the potential cuts? Tell us in the comments section.

Metro says the cuts and reductions would have a direct impact on the region's traffic congestion, putting up to an additional 30,000 vehicles on the road each day.

"The result would be even more crowded buses, riders left at the curb, or people climbing back into their cars—something that would worsen the region's traffic congestion and hurt the economic engine of the state," Kevin Desmond, Metro's general manager, said in a news release.

The transit agency has identified the following steps as potential solutions:

  • The Washington legislature is considering legislation for funding transportation needs statewide.
  • King County, the Sound Cities Association and the City of Seattle have joined together to ask the legislature for a new set of local transportation funding tools. Learn more
  • The Washington State Transit Association is advocating for a statewide transportation funding package. Learn more

More information and a list of all routes slated for elimination or service reductions is available here

Valerie April 21, 2013 at 05:31 AM
I'm REALLY worried about all the routes that are on the chopping block to get either reduced or eliminated and the thing that worries me the most is WHICH routes will get reduced or get eliminated! I DEPEND on the bus, I'm low income so what will we do if these routes are eliminated? I don't have any friends, and I only have my Mother who does have a vehicle but she is limited when she comes over because she is elderly & suffers from chronic pain. And I'm not eligible for the Access van either because I tried to apply for it 3 years ago when a passenger threatened to stab me with her knife. What will we do?? I depend on the bus. I don't own a car either.

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