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Metro Transit Seeking Feedback On Next Year’s Bus Service Changes

King County Metro Transit is inviting the public to discuss proposals to make bus service more efficient in several communities next year, including parts of Seattle. Many of the changes are being proposed to support the launch of the Rapid Ride C and D lines next September.

“We won’t just be adding RapidRide service next year, we will also be restructuring our transit system to improve service quality, provide more connections, reduce duplication, and be more efficient,” said King County Metro Transit General Manager Kevin Desmond. “As we move toward our new vision for public transportation, we are striving to build a highly productive system that gets people where they want to go, leveraging the most value for riders out of every dollar spent on transit.”

In the coming months, Metro will be gathering feedback on a set of proposed bus service changes that will take place in June and September 2012. Some of the proposals will make service simpler and more direct, or reduce duplication. Others will reinvest transit hours, reducing or replacing services that do not meet the productivity guidelines adopted this year. Those hours will be shifted to corridors that have many current – or potential – riders.
The two upcoming RapidRide lines will feature frequent, fast, and reliable service:

Metro is proposing to make changes to more than 60 bus routes concentrated in Seattle, Burien, Des Moines, Shoreline, SeaTac, and Tukwila. It is hosting seven open house meetings to provide information, answer questions, and get feedback. The meetings will be held:

Metro wants to hear your ideas. Learn more by attending one of the meetings, visiting an information table, or going online to: www.kingcounty.gov/metro/haveasay [1]. You can make comments about potential changes on that website, at the meetings, by emailing [email protected] [2], or by calling 206-263-9768 (English) and 206-263-9988 (Spanish).

Metro’s new “Have a Say” website, is a public engagement portal that offers one-stop-shopping for people who want to get involved. The site offers opportunities to share your opinion using a variety of tools – from the traditional to the virtual – all designed to make it easier to connect with Metro.

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