New Metro Transit Route #631 Shuttle premieres in Burien Monday morning


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King County Metro Transit’s Burien Shuttle (aka Route 631) made its debut Monday morning (June 8), with plenty of local dignitaries on hand:

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Photos courtesy City of Burien and King County.

As we previously reported, Metro Transit partnered with the City of Burien to launch this new shuttle, intended to restore weekday local service from the Burien Transit Center to Gregory Heights, Seahurst and Highline Medical Center.

The Burien Community Shuttle Route 631 replaces the former Route 139, which served the same area but was canceled last September. With the new shuttle service, riders will benefit from having a flexible area where they can call ahead to schedule off-route service.

Hopelink will operate the shuttle service under contact with Metro.

About the new Burien Community Shuttle – Route 631:

  • The shuttle will operate every 30 minutes Monday through Friday from about 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The route forms a one-way clockwise loop with marked stops from the Burien Transit Center to Highline Medical Center, SW 160thSt., 21stAve. SW and SW 152nd St.
  • The route will provide a midday complement to peak Route 123 between the Gregory Heights/Lake Burien areas and downtown Seattle.
  • From the Burien Transit Center, riders can connect to seven all-day routes and three peak-period express routes to many destinations such as downtown Seattle, Sea-Tac Airport, Highline College, Southcenter and Downtown Bellevue.
  • Riders in the Gregory Heights neighborhood will additionally be able to take advantage of both scheduled marked stops as well as a new flexible service allowing them to call ahead to request a pick-up or drop-off.
  • Standard peak and off-peak fares will be charged.
  • The shuttle will use a new 19 seat “low-floor” vehicle, which speeds boarding when using a lift. The vehicles can accommodate up to two wheelchairs and space for two bicycles.

The shuttle will operate as a two-year demonstration as part of Metro’s Alternative Services Program.

As we previously reported, Route 139 – which served the Gregory Heights neighborhood – was cut due to budgetary constraints – read our coverage here.

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One Response to “New Metro Transit Route #631 Shuttle premieres in Burien Monday morning”
  1. Sandy S says:

    This is wonderful! Please do more to get the word out about how the service works. At the Burien Transit Center there is only the posting of the very limited Metro 631 schedule. When I saw that schedule, I felt it would be of no use to me for doctor appointments at the clinics near the hospital. But, I will try the ‘Community Shuttle’ now that I know about it. Is there a paper schedule available for it? I have not seen a # 631 schedule. More needs to be done to get the word out about the new Community Service. Perhaps a person at the Burien transit center for a week or two to tell people about it.

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