Wednesday morning, Metro’s in White Center so you can ‘Have a Say’

‘Have a Say’ is the theme for Metro‘s comment-seeking process, under way right now after the transit system went public last week with a revised version of the changes it would like to make this September. Metro reps were at the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting last Thursday, as reported here, and this morning they will have an information table – for you to offer feedback and ask questions – starting at 10 am at the White Center Food Bank.

Meantime, in case you missed an overview of the proposed changes, Metro circulated a White Center (and points south)-themed news release today – read on:

Metro Transit’s latest set of proposals for next September’s bus service changes reflect feedback heard from the community last fall. Now, Metro is seeking a second round of input to shape the final September plan that will be submitted to the King County Council later this spring.

“Last fall, we received comments from more than 5,000 people, and that feedback was invaluable in helping us review and revise these proposals,” said Victor Obeso, Metro’s manager of Service Development. “Now, we want the community’s help again to continue moving forward with our vision for a transit system that is efficient, cost-effective, and best serves the entire county.”

The latest changes now being considered for White Center, Burien and Des Moines include:
• Routes proposed for routing or frequency changes: 120, 123, 124, 128*, 131, 132, 156, and 166
• Routes proposed for replacement or deletion: 23, 54, 85, 133, and 134
• Routes with no change: 113, 121, 122, 139, and 140
* Route change proposal revised from November 2011

Most of the proposals support the launch of the RapidRide C and D lines that will connect downtown Seattle to Ballard and West Seattle starting on Sept. 29. For that reason, the changes primarily affect service in Seattle and adjacent communities. Some of the revisions, such as the proposed changes to the 2 (south), 10, 11, 12, 14, 123, and 125 will also improve the flow of buses through downtown Seattle, which will produce significant efficiencies for Metro’s overall system.

The introduction of the RapidRide lines and associated service adjustments will allow Metro to improve bus connections to jobs, shopping and other destinations – places in and around Seattle that have grown and changed over the years. Many bus routes serving these areas have not been adjusted for more than a decade.

People will have an opportunity to comment on the newly revised September service proposals during the second round of public review that is now underway. You can submit comments by attending one of several meetings and information tables Metro is hosting, or filling out an online survey.

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