Route 567

Kent – Overlake (Operated by Pierce Transit)

Route 567 continued suspension

Alternative service map for the continued suspension of Route 567.
Alternative service map for the continued suspension of Route 567.

Current and proposed service

  • September 2020: Service suspended.
  • March 2021 Proposal: Service remains suspended
  • September 2021 Proposal: Service remains suspended.

Why are we proposing these changes?

  • Route 567 primarily serves commuters, and ridership on this route is not expected to rebound in 2021 due to workers continuing to work remotely.
  • Service adjustments in September 2020 were necessary to preserve coverage on South King County routes.
  • In March 2021, service levels from September 2020 would be maintained because ridership is not expected to rebound significantly on many routes through 2021.

What does this mean for riders?

Benefits

  • Suspending Route 567 allows for greater frequency and coverage on Routes 560 and 566 than would otherwise be possible.

Trade-offs

  • Riders traveling between Auburn and Bellevue during midday would need to use King County Metro Route 160 between Auburn, Kent, and Renton, and Route 560 between Renton and Bellevue.
  • Riders traveling between Kent and Bellevue/Overlake in peak hours would need to use Route 566, which would add up to 13 minutes of travel time in the evening rush hour.

Draft Title VI evaluation

  • Disparate impact: Yes. The proposed change affects an area with a minority population of 54.6%, higher than the Sound Transit District average of 39.7%.
  • Disproportionate burden: Yes. The proposed change affects an area with a low-income population of 17.9%, higher than the Sound Transit District average of 16.4%.
  • Due to the determination of both a disparate impact and disproportionate burden, results from public input and a review of alternatives will help shape the final proposal.