Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Stop Consolidation Coming to Beacon Hill

This just in from Metro:

Metro to increase spacing between bus stops for routes 36, 60 
Metro is planning to reduce the number of closely spaced bus stops on the corridor served by routes 36 and 60. The changes will help buses move faster and operate on a more reliable schedule, cut fuel consumption and emissions, and reduce Metro’s operating and maintenance costs.

Currently, the corridors have a combined 137 bus stops south of S Jackson Street, with an average stop spacing of about 920 feet. The plan will remove 28 of these stops, plus two on East Marginal Way S, increasing the average spacing between stops to about 1,150 feet. Metro is planning to remove the stops on April 2, 2011.

As a result of the changes, approximately 11 percent of Route 36 and Route 60 riders who board south of S Jackson Street will have to catch their bus at a different stop. When the project is completed, all riders should have a faster, more reliable trip.

To learn more, view an interactive map of the stops, and submit comments, visit http://metro.kingcounty.gov/up/sc/plans/2011/36_60/04-02-11.html.

Metro will consider all comments and will keep you informed of any changes to the plan by posting notices at each bus stop and and sending a Transit Alert bulletin.

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