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Metro Transit giveth and taketh away

By PAT JENKINS

Editor

Three Metro Transit bus routes serving Federal Way will end and seven others will be modified or reduced beginning Sept. 27.

Because of the “confusing service change,” Metro representatives will be at the city’s main park-and-ride three days later this month to help passengers figure out their new connections, officials said.

Metro revises its routes and scheduling every February, June and September in hope of matching service with what riders want. Officials said this month’s changes will impact riders from Federal Way and those who use the three large Federal Way park-and-ride lots, but ultimately should enhance travel between Federal Way and Northeast Tacoma, Seatac and downtown Seattle.

“Several routes have been changed to improve the service, and some have been discontinued. But we really feel that the new service and the revised routes should meet the needs of our passengers,” said Eric Gleason, manager of service development..

On the minus side, routes 176, 178 and 188 will be discontinued, route 181 will no longer serve Weyerhaeuser’s East Campus or southeast Federal Way, and routes 194 and 197 won’t stop any more at the south Federal Way park-and-ride at Ninth Avenue and South 348th Street.

But on the plus side, the peak-hour service of 194 will increase to every 15 minutes between downtown Seattle and Federal Way, new route 182 will be daily along South 356th Street between the Federal Way transit center (the park-and-ride on 23rd Avenue) and Northeast Tacoma, and route 181 will be extended to the Twin Lakes park-and-ride to increase service along Southwest 320th Street and 21st Avenue Southwest.

In addition, rush-hour runs will be consolidated and other service to the Twin Lakes park-and-ride lot on 21st Avenue Southwest will be incrased to relieve overcrow ding at the other Federal Way lots, route 187 will be more frequent around Federal Way and into Seattle, morning and afternoon trips will be added to Route 177 between the transit center and downtown Seattle, and route 187 will start earlier and make more weekday commute-time trips.

Also:

• All trips on Route 174 will start and end at the Federal Way center. The

new Route 182 will serve the south Federal Way park-and-ride .

• Route 183 will be revised between the Camelot area and the transit center.

• Route 197, which will stop serving the south Federal Way park-and-ride,

will have its trips start and end at the Twin Lakes p-and-r.

• DART Route 903 will get new routing.

“We wanted to improve the efficiency and operation of the commuter service

between Federal Way and Seattle,” Gleason explained. “We also wanted to provide better connections between Northeast Tacoma and Federal Way.”

To “coach” riders whose bus trips are affected by the changes, Metro

personnel will be at the Federal Way transit center three days before the revised service takes effect, the day it starts and two days after. The “street team,” wearing green aprons marked “Metro,” will offer revised schedules and other information and give passengers “a little one-on-one advice,” said Linda Thielke, a Metro spokeswoman.

The counseling was scheduled for this morning from 5:30 to 8:30, and will continue Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sept. 29 from 5 a.m. to 6

p.m.

“Large service revisions” in North Seattle, Shoreline and Lake Forest Park,

plus “minor adjustments” throughout Metro’s system also will start Sept. 27,

Thielke said.

Editor Pat Jenkins: 925-5565, editor@fedwaymirror.com

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