The Leschi Community Council meeting tonight will give neighbors an opportunity to learn more about the possible elimination of Metro bus route 27, which serves Leschi, due to Metro’s budget shortfall. Join various “experts” at the meeting to learn what you can do to help save the route. Leschi has continuously been served by transit since 1888, the year before Washington’s state constitution was ratified.
Metro made an announcement yesterday with details of the cuts they will be making to their bus service if they do not get additional funding. This reduction in service is not a big surprise to many since Metro has been warning about this funding shortfall for at least a year and a half when it came up when Madrona fought to keep the #2 route from changing.
According to Metro neighborhood website Madrona has 5 bus routes: #2, #3, #27, #84, #988, but this does not includes many listed under the Central District including the #8 that runs along the edge of Madrona on MLK Jr Way. In the latest release, Metro has proposed to delete 74 routes and reduce or revise 107 routes. Under the category of routes to be deleted, Metro has listed #27 and #84. Under the category of reduced or revised routes, Metro has listed #2, #3, and #8.
If you are concerned, there are several public outreach meetings already scheduled including the closest meeting in Downtown Seattle: Tuesday, Dec. 10, noon- 2 p.m., Union Station. In addition, Metro has contacted the Madrona Community Council to set up a meeting in Madrona, but the meeting has not been confirmed. There is talk it would be during the normal Madrona Community Council meeting which would be December 3rd at 7:15 PM at the Madrona Shelterhouse. Check back to this blog for confirmation of this meeting. In the mean time, you can contact Metro by emailing Bus2Riders@gmail.com to be added to the contact list or call Shoshana at 940-8870.
I have written several blogs on the proposed changes to the #2 Metro Route between Queen Anne and Madrona, but it always good to see the Seattle Times confirm that the #2 Route has been spared any major changes. Read the article if you want to find out about the changes to Metro bus routes, and if you do, take special note of the last several paragraphs. While the #2 Metro Route is still intact from Madrona to Queen Anne, as the Seattle Times suggests, there is always danger for future changes:
A more visible case was Route 2, an electric trolley bus from Queen Anne Hill to First Hill. Metro wanted to break it into two lines — and shift a section one block from Seneca to Madison Street — to create a frequent super-corridor where the 2 and Route 12 constantly run along Madison. But the change would have forced Queen Anne users to switch buses on Third Avenue.
“Every time a senior has to get on a bus, get off a bus, it’s dangerous for them, especially in inclement weather,” said Uptown resident Jane Couchman, 75, who rides the 2 to medical appointments.
Last week, she thanked Metro leaders for keeping the line intact, at least for now.
This is the follow up of my blog on the #2 Bus Route that serves the Madrona neighborhood. An email was sent from a representative from King County Metro Transit saying that the #2 route is safe – for now. For those who are paranoid (like me), I would continue to take these steps to protect the Metro route, but otherwise this is what the latest news is:
Thank you for taking the time to participate in our outreach process for the September 2012 service change – your input has been very valuable.We undertake our outreach efforts to develop a better understanding of how the community uses our services, so that the changes we propose balance the needs of riders of a particular route with the needs of current and future riders of our entire system.The proposals Metro presented for feedback were designed to improve the efficiency of our service to serve more people to more places. Talking with you and others helps us understand how existing service is an important part of your lives and neighborhoods. When proposals include long established high ridership routes within a diverse and multifaceted setting, public outreach helps Metro weigh technical considerations with human factors.We have received valuable feedback. We’ve heard that there are factors that deserve further review, analysis and understanding. As a result, Metro has decided to postpone the route 2, 4 and 27 proposals. Issues were raised of coverage and traffic congestion on Madison Street, and more information about the unique travel needs of those that live and work in the area is needed. For now, we are not proposing to change existing routing of this set of routes. Instead, we are proposing to just make small adjustments to the frequency and running hours of routes 4 and 27 consistent with demand.You can expect to see updated web content and materials detailing a recommended proposal in mid-March. You can send us comments by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone our message line at 206-263-9768.Sincerely,Victor ObesoManager, Service DevelopmentKing County Metro Transit
As I wrote in previous blogs, the #2 Seattle Metro Bus was endangered of no longer serving from Madrona through Downtown to Queen Anne, but only from Madrona to the Ferry Dock in the near future.
This afternoon there was a meeting at Seattle’s Tate Mason Apartment Building with Metro representatives present. At the meeting it was announced that Metro management has decided to take the proposed changes to the #2 bus route off the recommendation for system wide restructuring. The change was made as a result of several Seattle neighborhoods saying the same thing. It was the breadth of the feedback, not just the numbers, of everyone saying the same thing that caused their decision.
While it is a time of celebration, I am always cautious to get too excited too early. The final decision will be made by the King County Council on March 1st with the Seattle City Council having input since they control the streets that the Metro buses drive on in the city. To be safe, I would continue to do the steps recommended in my early blog about saving bus route #2.
Even if we get past this, Metro has financial issues that they are dealing with. While those issues are about 2 years away, the Madrona Neighborhood might be revisiting the same issues in the not too distant future.
Several representatives from Metro came to the Madrona Community Council Meeting this past Tuesday and met a packed Madrona Shelterhouse filled with unhappy neighborhood residents. Madrona residents wanted to have a say on the new proposed route for the #2 Metro Bus and most of the 80 plus people made it clear that they did not like the suggested changes.
If you also want to have a say on the proposed Metro #2 bus route restructuring, several recommendations were made at the meeting on steps you should take to make your opinion known:
- Take the Metro Survey. The survey has changed, so it is important to take this survey whether or not you have already participated in the earlier survey.
- Contact your King County Councilmember since Metro is controlled by the county. Madrona’s King County Councilmember is Larry Gossett.
- Contact the Seattle Mayor and Seattle City Council since they control the streets that Metro uses.
- Attend a Metro presentation. Maybe the closest meeting location to Madrona is at the Washington Middle School on February 27th from 6-8 PM, but there is also several other meetings in February.
- Share this information with your fellow Madrona neighbors and encourage them to take action as well.
Take what actions you can – I would say step #1, #2, and #5 are the easiest and could be the most important. Whatever steps you take will help, although it may be an uphill battle to save the #2 route from Madrona through Downtown to Queen Anne.