King County Metro Transit’s Burien Shuttle (aka Route 631) made its debut Monday morning (June 8), with plenty of local dignitaries on hand: 11120528_10153573892428296_3619194853369938361_o 11212134_10153573891528296_6707539459398510134_o 11425471_10153573892388296_8979599661690918426_o 11109432_10153573892418296_2873013023716663402_o 11313047_10153573892398296_5599897722304590206_o DU&BE 11336967_10153573891508296_1992964923902716254_o 11393248_10152800689346338_14105759079546868_n

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.]]>