All Aboard, Seattle!

Mayor Ed Murray, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen joined together at the Northgate Transit Center to celebrate increased King County Metro bus service in Seattle. The increased service riders now enjoy is a direct result of Seattle residents passing Proposition 1 in November 2014. The first increase went into effect in early June with more services coming in September.

"Thanks to Seattle voters, we're one step closer to getting the transit system the city wants and needs," said Murray. "Expanded transit options help us grow our economy, reduce traffic and protect our environment. Residents and visitors are now seeing more bus service, reduced overcrowding and increasing reliability."

Proposition 1 allowed the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and King County Metro to add 9,000 service hours per month in June and will add 9,000 additional hours per month this coming September. These new hours will be added to both weekday commute and off-peak periods, enhancing services to 85 percent of in-city routes. In total, 223,000 bus hours will be added annually to existing bus service.

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For specific route revisions, including two new community shuttle routes operating between Mercer Island and downtown Seattle via First Hill (Route 630) and between the Burien Transit Center and Gregory Heights (Route 631), click here.

Contributor Ann B. Sutphin, AICP is the Travel Options Lead in the Seattle Department of Transportation Transit & Mobility Division.