Joint Queen Anne and Magnolia meeting to discuss proposed Metro bus service cuts

Metro CutsIf you are concerned or impacted by the proposed changes and cuts to Metro bus service, you can attend a joint meeting hosted by the Queen Anne Community Council and Magnolia Community Club this Thursday at 7pm.

At the meeting, the two neighborhood groups will be facilitating a discussion on a plan to maintain bus service to Queen Anne and Magnolia. For Queen Anne, route 4 is on the chopping block and route 2 and route 13 will be combined into one route.

Key discussion questions include:

  • Will the east side of Queen Anne lose its bus route altogether? (Route 4)
  • Will Magnolia residents lose all bus service to UW?
  • Will route changes and reduced hours for Magnolia and Queen Anne force residents into their cars?
  • Is there anything we can do to save the bus service we presently count on?

At the meeting, details on the April 22 ballot measure to maintain Metro bus service. King County Council Chair, Larry Phillips, and Metro Transit Service Planning Supervisor Martin Minkoff will present details about the funding package from 7pm to 9pm at The Catharine Blaine School Cafeteria at 2550 34th Avenue West.

The King County Council voted unanimously to seek voter approval of the April 22 ballot measure, which includes a $60 annual vehicle fee, a sales tax increase 1/10 a cent, and a 25 cent fare increase starting in 2015.

The meeting is open to all Queen Anne and Magnolia residents. Proposed changes to Metro bus service are posted online.

Metro Reduced Holiday Service Begins Monday

Heads up if you rely on Metro for commuting or are planning on downtown trips for some last minute holiday shopping – King County Metro Transit will be operating on holiday and reduced weekday schedules all next week and the beginning of the following week (New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day).

According to Metro:

“Using a limited schedule over holiday periods from November through January is estimated to save Metro about $1 million each year. These are planned reductions for holiday periods when Metro has historically seen a reduction in the number of weekday riders – estimated to be 15 percent or more systemwide.”

Sunday schedules will be in effect on the following holidays:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 25 – Christmas
  • Tuesday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day

The reduced weekday schedule will be in effect on:

  • Monday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
  • Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 26-28  – winter holiday period
  • Monday, Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve
  • Monday, Jan. 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Queen Anne routes with reduced weekday schedules include: 2, 3, 4, 13. A list of additional route service impacts are online.

Metro Route 2E now Route 29 with Revised Routing

Changes are coming to the West side of Queen Anne, starting September 29th.  Route 2E, which heads South to Downtown in the Morning and North in the evening, is turning in to Route 29.  This will extend service all the way from 32nd & Market in Ballard to the Jackson Street island in the International District.

Revised Route 2 Express will be renumbered Route 29. Route 29 will operate the same routing as former Route 2E but will be extended to NW Market St & 28th Ave NW in Ballard via 3rd Ave W, W Nickerson St, Leary Ave NW and NW Market St. Also, southbound trips to downtown Seattle will operate on 2nd Ave instead of 3rd Ave.

This revised routing, combined with the opening of Rapid Ride D, which we wrote about last week, is setting up some big changes in how our neighborhood is going to be commuting via transit this fall.  Metro is encouraging anyone who travels via bus to recheck their schedules (paper ones will be available this week, September 24th) online to make sure that your usual doesn’t have a time change.

Additional reading links regarding these schedule changes can be found below.

Seattle Times article about Rapid Ride and the ins and outs of traveling via it

Seattle Transit Blog’s look at the bus situation on Queen Anne

Installation of Rapid Ride D Line

Thanks to tipster Ted, we’ve been alerted to roadwork at the bottom of Counterbalance that’s been going on for a few weeks now.  

Seattle Metro has been working on installing Rapid Ride D Line’s stops/stations on Queen Anne Ave. at Mercer.  Below you can see all the stops planned for this new route.

In terms of making traffic flow a little easier going South, the Rapid Ride line is opening September 29th, so those cones and backups should resolve themselves (hopefully) before then.

Hundreds voice concerns about Metro bus cuts

Depending on who you ask, 400-700 people showed up for last night’s Metropolitan King County Council committee meeting to discuss the proposed cuts in King County Metro bus service.

The main issue of the discussion was the $20 car-tab fee for each of the next two years that is being considered. Without it, Metro says it would need to cut service 17 percent by eliminating some routes and reducing trips.

State lawmakers gave county officials the authority this year to charge an extra $20 for car tabs — which would provide $50 million over two years — to help Metro. When combined with reserve funds, it’s enough to largely maintain existing service, Metro says.

The next step for King County’s nine-member council is to either put it to a vote in the next election or a “supermajority” of six members could enact the new fee without going to the voters.

Unfortunately, only four County Council members attended the transportation committee hearing (Bob Ferguson, Larry Gossett, Joe McDermott and Larry Phillips) while five did not. The four who did attend, however, have already come out in favor of the fee.

There will be one more public hearing on July 21 in Burien at the City Council Chambers, followed by a vote from the King County Councilmembers, scheduled for July 25.

Uptown Alliance meeting talks transportation issues, low income housing & more Thursday

The Uptown Alliance’s monthly meeting is happening this Thursday, June 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Lower Queen Anne Metropolitan Market restaurant space. This month the agenda is brimming with transportation issues – from Metro’s D-Line RapidRide stop placement, to its new trolley buses – as well as other hot topics, including the Department of Neighborhoods Alcohol Impact Program and a potential site for low-income housing in Uptown. Check out the full agenda:

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Adopt Minutes of 5/12/11
  • Metro Transit D-Line RapidRide stop placement – Jonathan Dong (SDOT) & Paul Roybal (Metro)
  • Committee Reports:
  1. New LED lighting in Counterbalance Park: it’s getting better.
  2. Department of Neighborhoods Alcohol Impact Area program – Christa Dumpys TBC
  3. 8th Ave. N. and Roy St.: Possible near-Uptown, SLU site for low cost housing: Will UA support this site? If so, how best? – Rick Hooper
  4. A new generation of trolley buses in Seattle.
  5. Letter supporting Alcohol Impact Area Program.
  6. Uptown Alliance participation in proposed Center City Neighborhoods group.
  • New Business: bring your own topics and comments.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jul4 14. All future meetings will be held at the Lower Queen Anne Metropolitan Market until further notice.

Want to learn more about the Uptown Alliance and it’s work in the Lower Queen Anne community? Check out its Facebook page for updates and neighborhood information, or contact Rick Hooper at, or John Coney at

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