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 toÂ restore weekday local service from the Burien Transit Center to Gregory Heights, Seahurst and Highline Medical Center. TheÂ Burien Community Shuttle Route 631Â 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 scheduleÂ off-route service. Hopelink will operate the shuttle service under contact with Metro. About the new Burien Community Shuttle â€“ 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 152ndÂ 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 â€œlow-floorâ€ vehicle, which speeds boarding when using a lift. The vehicles can accommodate up to two wheelchairs and space for two bicycles.