We’ve been getting multiple reports that planned changes to the Route 16 bus are undesirable. Both the WCSC and University House are working on petitions that oppose the changes. Mike Ruby covered this previously for us, but he’s out of town and Richard did a great job of writing up the changes that are coming.
I am concerned that Metro is proposing the deletion of large portions of the present #16 bus service as part of their 2016 system changes to accommodate Link Light Rail. I am particularly upset that Metro has been less than fully disclosive about these service deletions. Their public notifications have been almost entirely of the tenor, “more buses, more and changed services, thank you taxpayers”.
Hidden behind the headlines are unadvertised but extensive 2016 route deletions including parts of the present #16 route. As a #16 bus rider, I have not seen one word on public posters about any proposed service deletions. This lack of adequate notification to transit riders prevented my timely feedback (and that of many others) from being adequately presented. I have heard from friends that many people from other parts of the City are also upset for a number of different reasons. Of course Metro knew that would happen. Perhaps that’s exactly why they hid upsetting changes.
Essentially Metro proposes to delete the north end of the #16 route, north of Green Lake, and redirect it instead to the east through Roosevelt and on to NE Seattle. To travel to the Northgate area, the medical facilities along College Way N and Meridian Ave N, Northwest Hospital, the businesses along Northgate Way, or encircling Northgate, one would now have to make two transfers between three buses. In Metro parlance, that would be no problem, just a simple “three seat ride”.
To the south, Metro would take the #16 off of Aurora and re-route it through Fremont and over the congested Fremont Bridge (currently at 22+ bridge openings per day and growing). One could transfer to the new 26X at 40th and Stone Way to avoid that, but service on that proposed route is at very infrequent 30-minute intervals. But course that would only be an easy Metro “two seat ride”.
Why do any of this? Here are the Metro proposals (click to zoom):
#16 (to #62) Route Changes:
#26 Route Changes:
If any of this concerns you, the King County Council Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee still has a very short window of opportunity open for public testimony. You can file written comments here: http://www.kingcounty.gov/council/testimony/testimony-backup2.aspx
Public hearings are currently scheduled for:
- Tuesday, September 29, 9:30am, King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave, Room 1001; and
- Tuesday, October 6, an open House at 6:30 pm, meeting at 7:00 pm, The Mountaineers Club at Magnuson Park, 7700 Sand Point Way NE.
- Meeting Agendas: http://kingcounty.gov/council/committees/transportation_economy_environment.aspx