Metro Transit Open House Tonight

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Metro Transit is holding an open house Monday night to announce the largest service change ever proposed. The overhaul, which is the result of public input, means major changes for bus riders. Some of the changes include new rapid ride lines that will connect Ballard and West Seattle to downtown.

More than 50 routes will be affected, and some may be eliminated because of low ridership. The downtown Seattle ride-free zone will be cut as well. The aim of the changes is to increase efficiency by cutting bus overcrowding and boosting ridership.

Metro’s plan is part of a two-year initiative to meet increasing traffic demands and maximize limited transit dollars.

The open house begins at 6 p.m. at Union Station at 401 South Jackson St.

The public will be able to see the plans, talk to Metro staff and make final comments.