The public is invited to comment on proposed changes for Metro’s H Line – replacing Route 120 in the year 2020 – in Burien to improve safety, bus speed and reliability. The RapidRide H Line proposes changes to help buses move faster and stay on time. “Changes to the road, sidewalks, etc. can help buses spend less time stuck in traffic—so they arrive on time and get where they’re going quickly,” Metro said in a statement. As we previously reported, the county is proposing major changes to Ambaum Blvd. SW to suit the H Line, and they’re seeking public input. A public meeting was held on Saturday, April 7 (we received notice too late), and Metro is also accepting feedback online. “Changes to Ambaum Boulevard SW can improve travel times now and keep buses from slowing down as the region grows,” they said. Metro’s online feedback opportunity will be open until April 16, 2018:

The H Line project team is reviewing community feedback and working to identify priority access to transit improvement projects, and H Line speed and reliability improvements.” Here’s more info from Metro’s website:
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Today, we’re working with the City of Seattle to transform Route 120—one of our 10 busiest routes—into the new H Line. We want to keep what’s great about Route 120 while also improving service. We’re asking neighboring communities and other stakeholders to help us decide on the route’s path and stops and tell us what improvements would make it easier and safer for riders to get to the bus. Expanding RapidRide will give riders better connections, buses that come more often, and faster, easy-to-use service. The H Line will come more often, travel faster, and be more reliable (on-time) than Route 120. It will connect riders to several key destinations, other buses, and light rail. Together, our 6 existing RapidRide lines provide about 67,000 rides every weekday – about 70 percent more than the bus routes they replaced. As each new line goes into service, we’ll streamline other bus routes in the area to create a more efficient network. The H Line project team is reviewing community feedback and working to identify priority improvement projects, speed and reliability improvements, and ways to keep the bus moving more and stopping less.

Speed and reliability changes proposed for Burien

The H Line route through White Center will remain on the the current path; however, the H Line will move from SW 148th Street to SW 150th Street in Burien. Subscribe to H Line alerts and project updates to be notified once the outreach summary is published.

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