Sound Transit seeks public input on proposed express bus expansion plan

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Sound Transit is seeking public comment on proposals for expanded express bus service that was included in the Sound Transit 2 system expansion plan approved by voters Nov. 4, 2008.

Voters approved expansion of ST Express bus service with 100,000 annual bus service hours to be implemented as quickly as possible. The proposal before the Sound Transit Board is to phase in the Sound Transit 2 express bus service additions over the course of 2009-10 at our regular service change intervals. Targeted for expansion are key corridors with the highest ridership increases in 2008.

The first bus service additions slated for June 2009 include more service on ST Express routes 510 Everett-Seattle; 511 Ash Way-Seattle; 513 Everett-Seattle; 522 Woodinville-Seattle; 532 Everett-Bellevue; 535 Lynnwood-Bellevue; 545 Redmond-Seattle; 550 Bellevue-Seattle; and 554 Issaquah-Seattle. Also proposed for June is a new ST Express Route 578, which would provide early evening express bus service from downtown Seattle to Federal Way Transit Center, Auburn Station, Sumner Station and Puyallup Station, supplementing existing St Express Route 577 and Sounder commuter rail service. More service additions on several of these routes are proposed for September 2009.

Major changes are proposed for Sound Transit bus services in south and east King County as well as Pierce County starting in February 2010 in conjunction with the opening of Link light rail to Sea-Tac Airport and expanded Sounder service. ST Express bus routes proposed for changes include routes 560 West Seattle-Sea-Tac-Bellevue; 564 Auburn-Overlake; 565 Federal Way-Overlake; 574 Lakewood-Sea-Tac; 577 Federal Way-Seattle; and 582 Bonney Lake-Tacoma. More information about the proposals is available at www.soundtransit.org/sip.

 

Public comment on the entire proposal currently is being sought by the Sound Transit Board. Open house meetings are scheduled in communities throughout the Sound Transit District in February 2009. In addition, a public hearing will be held in early April. The Sound Transit Board is scheduled to make a final decision about the amendments to the 2009 Service Implementation Plan in April.

  • 6:30 pm. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3
    Federal Way Community Center, 876 South 33rd St.
  • 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10
    Bellevue Transit Center—Rider Services Building, 10850 N.E. Sixth St.
  • 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12
    Sumner City Hall—Council Chambers, 1104 Maple St.
  • 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17
    Everett Station Lobby, 3201 Smith Ave.
  • 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19
    Renton City Hall—Council Chambers, 1055 South Grady Way
  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25
    West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 SW Oregon St.
  • Noon. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Apr. 2
    PUBLIC HEARING
    Sound Transit, Union Station, Ruth Fisher Board Room, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle

You may submit comments by:

E-mail to Sound Transit at fastride@soundtransit.org

Postal mail to:

Sound Transit
ATTENTION: Service Planning
401 S. Jackson St.
Seattle, WA 98104

Call Sound Transit at 1-866-940-4387

More information about the proposals and these public comment opportunities is available at www.soundtransit.org/sip. More information about the Sound Transit 2 plan and the opening of Link light rail between downtown Seattle and Tukwila in July 2009 can be found at www.soundtransit.org.