(Edited from press release) – Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond announced the City of Seattle is buying more than 5,000 hours of added service per year through early 2016 on nine high ridership bus routes in Seattle.

(Edited from press release) – Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond announced the City of Seattle is buying more than 5,000 hours of added service per year through early 2016 on nine high ridership bus routes in Seattle.

Using $750,000 in savings from the voter-approved Bridging the Gap Levy, Seattle is able to help Metro increase evening and weekend frequency on high-ridership routes from 30 to 15 minutes or from 60 to 30 minutes.

“This one-time savings will help us make transit a better option for more people,” said McGinn. “But there isn’t any more money where that came from. I stand with mayors from across King County and Washington State to urge our legislature to pass the local transportation funding package we proposed to them in February, which includes revenue options that will help prevent a devastating 17% cut to Metro bus service.”

Since 2008 Seattle has used Bridging the Gap funds to purchase up to 45,000 hours of transit service each year. Using $750,000 in savings from Levy-funded projects, Seattle is buying 5,000 additional hours of service on priority bus routes identified in the Transit Master Plan that serve SR 99, Interstate 5, and major arterial streets, including:

Route 5 (Greenwood to Downtown)
Route 10 (North Capitol Hill to Downtown)
Route 21 (West Seattle to Downtown)
Route 40 (Northgate-Crown Hill-Ballard-Fremont-South Lake Union-Downtown)
Route 41 (Lake City-Northgate-Downtown via Interstate 5)
Route 48 (University District to Mt. Baker Light Rail Station)
Route 49 (University District to Pike/Pine and Downtown)
Route 120 (West Seattle to Downtown)

Additionally, the pre-existing Metro Transit Now commitment providing 5,000 hours of 100% Metro-funded service would go into effect in February 2014 and fund more trips on the Aurora RapidRide E Line.

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