Sound Transit proposes major service change proposals to improve reliability, relieve overcrowding, build ridership and capacity, and increase productivity. Major service changes require Board approval, and are defined as moving a stop more than half a mile, closing a stop without alternative service within half a mile, or changing a route’s service hours by more than 25 percent.
Every September, Sound Transit publicly releases the draft Service Plan prior to the Rider Experience and Operations committee meeting, followed by a public comment period. In years with proposed major service changes, Sound Transit solicits public comment online, in person and/or in writing. Service Planning receives the comments and proposes any revisions within available resources. Service Planning then presents the revised plan to the Sound Transit Board for adoption in late October or November.