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Metro launches RapidRide F Line Saturday, June 7

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Starting Saturday, June 7, Metro Transit launches its sixth RapidRide Line – the F Line – serving the corridor between Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila and Renton with frequent all-day service.

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Metro Transit service change; Pick up new purple timetables

Starting Saturday, June 7, Metro Transit launches its sixth RapidRide Line – the F Line – serving the corridor between Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila and Renton with frequent all-day service.

The launch comes as part of Metro’s three-times-a-year service change, which also brings changes and fewer trips to the University of Washington during summer quarter. Metro is revising some routes and schedules to operate more efficiently, improve travel times and better match bus service to ridership demand within available budgets.

Changes affecting routes are posted online, and also included in new purple timetables and an orange rider alert brochure. The revised route schedules will be available on Metro Online on Friday, June 6 at www.kingcounty.gov/metro or call Metro Customer Information at 206-553-3000.

Route change details effective June 7
Details of the following service revisions are posted online.

  • Route 21: Weekday afternoons, five southbound trips to Westwood Village will be revised to operate from Southwest Barton Street & 29th Avenue Southwest to an alternate bus stop located northbound on 35th Avenue Southwest just north of Southwest Roxbury Street. Some afternoon northbound trips to downtown Seattle, leaving 35th Avenue Southwest & Southwest Barton Street, will operate on 35th Avenue Southwest only and will not serve Westwood Village.
  • Routes 110 and 140 and the new RapidRide F Line: Routes 110 and 140 will be discontinued and replaced by the RapidRide F Line between Burien and the Renton Landing. The F Line will operate seven days per week and provide a 10-minute service frequency during peak commute hours. On weekdays, the F Line operates from 4:45 a.m. to midnight; on weekends from 6 a.m. to midnight. The F Line will feature all new buses with low floors and three doors for easier and faster boarding. Other amenities include air-conditioning, free wi-fi, automated “next stop” display and audio announcements, and new passive wheelchair restraints designed to speed boarding. Stations on the F Line feature real-time bus arrival times, ORCA card readers, and illuminated route maps showing all stops and destinations.
  • Routes 121 and 122: In downtown Seattle, southbound routes 121 and 122 to Highline Community College will be revised to operate from Seventh Avenue to Second Avenue via Bell Street instead of Lenora Street.
  • Route 154: Will be revised to serve the new Tukwila Sounder Station located just west of the existing station.
  • Route 221: On Sundays, Route 221 will be revised to operate one trip per hour instead of two trips per hour to Education Hill in Redmond. The service frequency between the Redmond Transit Center and Eastgate Park-and-Ride will remain unchanged. Resources saved by this change will be used to improve Route 245 service frequency on Saturdays.
  • Route 271: When the new Evergreen Point Road and Clyde Hill/Yarrow Point freeway stations open in late June, Route 271 will no longer serve Evergreen Point in either direction. Alternate service on several routes is listed online.
  • Route 331: Two westbound trips to Shoreline Community College, leaving the Aurora Village Transit Center at 8:01 a.m. and 9 a.m., will be suspended from Monday, June 16, through Friday, Sept. 19 when the UW is not in session.

University of Washington trips suspended during summer quarter

  • Specific trips for routes 31, 32, 48, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 205, 271, 277, 331, 372 and 373 will be suspended during the entire summer quarter (Monday, June 16, through Friday, Sept. 19) when the UW is not in session. Regular service on all these routes will resume on Monday, Sept. 22.