LETTER: Resident says Metro Transit has reduced afternoon bus routes for Burien
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Dear City Council & City Manager,
Over the past year it has become obvious that Metro has reduced bus capacity between Burien and Downtown Seattle, specifically the afternoon routes to Burien, by removing articulated buses from the routes.
The below public records request and chart confirms that the capacity has been cut by over 10%.
Metro’s Service Guidelines states: “Overcrowding is defined as a trip that on average has 25 to 50 percent more riders than seats (depending on service frequency) or has people standing for longer than 20 minutes.”
This reduction has caused over crowding, delays, and unsafe conditions for riders with sudden stops. It also goes against their service guidelines because a ride from downtown runs about 30 minutes.
Requests to Metro have been ignored so I’m bringing this to your attention since the situation will likely worsen once the Merrill Gardens and Pillar Properties projects are completed.
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