Letter to the Editor: New neighborhood bus routes will tear up the streets

Monday, May 27, 2024

To the Editor:

Looking at the routing for Metro 333 I wonder if there is a passenger demand for this service? More importantly how many more of these neighborhood routes will be coming to residential areas as part of "service" to light rail stations? 

Among other problems these busses tear up the street due to their heavy weight. Pot holes proliferate, detours and repair delays all too common. Have you seen an overlay map of all the new bus routes through the residential neighborhoods? I saw one briefly on-line but have not found the map again: A map of all the new bus routing in North End neighborhoods where there was none before. I'd like to know what's what.

The more 175th gets fixed the more problems seem to surface. The fellow who wrote the letter suggesting closing/relocating the elementary schools may be on to something. Certainly worth discussion.

Thank you, you do a great service to the larger community.

Wm V King.
Lake Forest Park


Anonymous,  May 27, 2024 at 2:51 AM  

There are maps of the current and planned bus routes at https://kingcounty.gov/en/dept/metro/programs-and-projects/lynnwood-link-connections

These are the North King County road segments with new all-day service: N/NE 145th St (Greenwood Ave N to 5th Ave NE), N/NE 175th St (Fremont Ave N to 5th Ave NE), Westminster Way N (N 145th St to N 155th St), 5th Ave NE (NE 175th St and NE 185th St). All of these are classified as arterial roads by the city.

King County Metro does demand modeling while designing routes. I'll certainly be using Route 333, for one.

Anonymous,  May 27, 2024 at 11:37 AM  

Thanks. Arterial routing preferable to neighborhood routing.

Anonymous,  May 27, 2024 at 3:55 PM  

The passenger demand should be pretty obvious. Routes to get people to and from residential areas and light rail stations seems perfectly reasonable, to me. Especially if it gets more cars off the roads in bus areas and allows for smaller parking garages at the rail stations.

Anonymous,  May 27, 2024 at 6:32 PM  

Up to 30% of adults will never drive. They also need to get places, aside from kids and teens who don't drive (yet or at all). Bus service is a blessing.

Anonymous,  May 28, 2024 at 4:12 PM  

There is surely much passenger demand, given the poor bus route options specifically on 175th street. As someone who lives just off this road, the 333 would actually enable me to bus to work. This proposed route goes to two light rail stations, through the Shoreline Community College, past the high school, and the Shoreline library, there will absolutely be ridership. Looking forward to when this starts up.

Anonymous,  May 28, 2024 at 4:22 PM  

This bus route is replacing 4 others that no longer run.

Anonymous,  May 28, 2024 at 4:42 PM  

I had a bus run right by my house when growing up... what a perfect opportunity to travel as a pre-car-owner/driver! I was so spoiled! (But I loved it!)

I'm past 65 years old now and don't want to have to walk from my home to the nearest light-rail station. (Nor do I want to contribute to Climate Change & drive that short distance.)

I am all for a bus system - especially one that covers Shoreline CC and other key locations like the map shows. I vote FOR the busses to help more people ride Light Rail!

Aladino's mom

Ben,  May 28, 2024 at 6:30 PM  

This seems to be a great bus route because it's going to/from two light rail stations and primarily operating on major streets.

There's no cause for concern as it pertains to 175th street, maintenance-wise. There's plenty of traffic, including trucks, that are on this major street every day. Prior to the start of the pandemic, route 301 operated along 175th as well.

Due to lower enrollment, there will likely be an elementary school in Shoreline closed, but it's not going to be Meridian Park Elementary, as it has the highest enrollment, most classrooms, and most currently empty classrooms, so it's in a good position to take on higher enrollment if another school closes. And it's in a good position from a location point of view, as well.

What's needed is to make 175th street safer. It's an unnecessarily unsafe street. The sidewalks, if they can really be called that in certain spots, are extremely narrow, unsafely so given the volume and speed of traffic. The city's current plan west of I-5 to improve 175th street safety maintains the same number of lanes. Opposition to this plan seems to ignore that people live around here and that there's a school here, neither of which are going anywhere.

Anonymous,  May 29, 2024 at 5:37 PM  

Sounds like this was written by someone who doesn't rely on public transit to get around.

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