King County Metro Transit is rolling out its biggest route shake-up in years, affecting thousands of passengers around Seattle.
Thousands of bus passengers around West Seattle, Ballard and the University of Washington will adapt to new paths and patterns this weekend and Monday morning, as King County Metro Transit rolls out its biggest route shake-up in four years.
Many north-end bus lines are being shortened or shifted to feed passengers into the new University of Washington light-rail station. Several Interstate 5 express buses and Eastside lines will have more daily trips, and a new local Route 62 will wind from Sand Point via Northeast 65th Street, past Green Lake and over the Fremont Bridge to South Lake Union and downtown.
The connected RapidRide C and D lines, which combined carry 21,000 daily passengers, will become independent routes.
The C Line from West Seattle will extend north from downtown, using new transit lanes on Westlake Avenue North, to reach South Lake Union employers. Formerly it continued through Belltown toward Ballard, as a D.
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The southbound D Line from Ballard will terminate in Pioneer Square, instead of turning onto the Alaskan Way Viaduct to become an outbound C.