Metro eliminating nearly half of Route 28 bus stops

If you ride the number 28 bus, you may have seen the bus rider alert notices at bus stops. King County Metro is eliminating 56 bus stops between Denny Way and North 145th Street. That’s about 42 percent of all the stops.

Metro says it’s increasing the spacing between bus stops to reduce emissions and fuel consumption, reduce operating costs and speed up service. Metro estimates that about 25 percent of riders will need to catch their bus at a different stop when the changes are implemented on Sunday, April 4.

You can call the Route 28 Hotline at 206-296-4511 for more information and to leave a comment. Comments will be accepted through March 19.


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Barney Stinson
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Barney Stinson

I used to commute on this bus daily and I must say this is great news.

That bus literally stops every two blocks on 8th Ave above 65th for the express and pretty much every 2-3 blocks (entire route) for the local.

gooner
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gooner

they should do this more for every bus line. sure it is nice sometimes to not have to walk more than a block for your stop, but it isn't necessary at all.

elaineinballard
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elaineinballard

This is wonderful news!

zipper
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zipper

Good news! It stops every other freaking block. I hope they roll it out across the board…

zack
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zack

Good move, MT. Absolutely no reason the bus needs to stop every block. I'll happily walk a little to catch the bus.

Brian
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Brian

Is there an online listing of stops that they plan to eliminate?

snoopy
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snoopy

WooHoo! Fantastic. Lets do this on route 5 as well!

eric
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eric

great idea, and as seems to be the consensus, “finally!”

kingkong509
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kingkong509

Agreed! well said.

TFQ
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TFQ

This is good news is the reason you ride the bus is to get quickly in and out of downtown during commute hours.

If you use the bus as your primary or only means of transportation — including any kind of shopping that involves hauling stuff around, or traveling with children — having the stops placed further apart than every couple of blocks is not a service improvement, especially if you are already walking half a mile to get to the route in the first place. I can understand why Metro is doing this, but – I have no car access and I've experienced this type of change on other routes, and I can't say I'm thrilled.

wildgarden
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wildgarden

Agreed, TFQ! The existing Express routes are meant to offer a faster service with fewer stops, which gives people who need those in between stops an option to take the Local route. Commuters *and* the rest of the public both get what they need. We are not the only public transit system to grapple with this kind of decision recently. In the similar story of Snohomish County's cuts, the people with few other options lose a critical service.

When we can't take care of those in our community who would without public transit be stranded or isolated, we all lose.

trodemaster
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trodemaster

I sure couldn't find any info online about which stops are getting the axe.. I will gladly trade walking another 100ft if the rout gets faster..

trodemaster
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trodemaster

Thing is express route skips fremont which a lot of users need to get off at.

onederfullone
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onederfullone

It makes sense, (been waiting a long time to say that)
I do wonder how it will impact special needs folks, and if that means the discontinued stops will become permanent bum perches?

chmomballard
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chmomballard

The local also serves a lot of commuters who work in the South Lake Union area. I ride the local every day, and this is excellent news! I know some new stops are also being put in if the gap is extreme between closed stops (for example along Dexter).

Metro Driver
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Metro Driver

As a Metro driver, I am thrilled! The 28 is one of the hardest in the system to keep on schedule and to do so involves literally constant speeding and braking. Then if the Fremont bridge is up you are S.O.L.
I challenge anyone in the scheduling dept. at Metro to drive this route in their car, at the speed limit(30) and see if they can stay on schedule.
I hope these changes can make it a little easier to stay on time.

Melissa
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Melissa

I AM PISSED!

If it was getting rid of stops that actually make sense to eliminate (every other block in a neighborhood of single family homes), I'd totally be for it, BUT… this revision doesn't make ANY sense. They are getting rid of stops that actually are transfer points to OTHER buses, and KEEPING the ones that don't connect to ANY buses. It is completely illogical.

Its totally backwards, and will but a huge snarl in my commute every single day.

Melissa
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Melissa

thank GOD I am moving soon… and when I move I will keep these revisions in mind.

Mantini
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Mantini

Which stops are they eliminating that are transfer points?

Melissa
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Melissa

8th & 85th (connect to 48) & 145th & Greenwood (connect to 5, 345, 304) that I've noticed. Sure there are more…

I just dont get it… they are keeping stops like 8th & 80th? Doesn't make sense to me.

Barney Stinson
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Barney Stinson

Its Metro. I am not at all surprised they had a great idea only to eff it up royally.

snoopy
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snoopy

where is this information posted? at the stop? online?

onederfullone
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onederfullone

Thanks melissa, I'll give them hell too.
They did 'ef' up a good idea, royally…
The stops that are habitually empty, sure, but not transfer locations.
This County can't do the simplest stuff right.
Bunch of morons.
And why didn't that metro driver say anything??? Idiot.

chmomballard
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chmomballard

Are you sure they aren't just moving that 85th bus stop half a block or so away? I would be willing to wager that they are just moving it slightly, they are doing that at some other locations. I'd like to see something online, that would help.

zipper
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zipper

It's a couple more blocks, hardly a hardship. We all need to make adjustments.

XXOO,
Metor bus user….for shopping and otherwise…