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    A Word From Metro Transit on Proposed Route Changes

    From the Office of Victor Obeso
    Manager, Service Development
    King County Metro Transit

    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 haveasay@kingcounty.gov, or phone our message line at 206-263-9768.

    Sincerely,

    Victor Obeso
    Manager, Service Development
    King County Metro Transit

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