With all the changes METRO has made and the increasing traffic, at this point it’s faster to take the bus from the north end of town to downtown than to take the bus from the Zoo to downtown and METRO considered making the 5 even slower.
Seattle’s bus 358 has a troubled history, check out blogs on the epic 358 bus here and here.
An Open Letter:
Dear Kevin Desmond, General ManagerKing County Metro Transit
I am writing in opposing to your plans to decrease bus service to the Phinney Ridge community.
Now, Route 358 makes three stops on Linden Ave. North between Winona Ave. (75th St.) and Woodland Pl. N. (64th St.). It stops at 72nd-73rd Street, 68th Street, and 64th Street (Woodland Pl. N.). These stops are used by people living on the eastern slope of Phinney Ridge for commuting and also for going downtown and up north at night and on weekends.
The current plan eliminates these stops. Instead, the southbound 358 will make its current stop at Aurora Ave. and 75th St. and make no other stop until 65th and Aurora (unless the City doesn’t allow that stop, in which case it will be at 66th and Linden). The northbound 358 will make a stop at 66th and Linden and not stop again until 75th and Aurora.
This eliminates easy access for those of us who live west of Linden and north of 68th, which includes several condominium and apartment buildings.
We used to have a bus – the #6 – that gave us access to Stone Way and Seattle Center; it was eliminated several years ago. Now we’re losing our local bus route in favor of slightly faster commutes for those who live outside Seattle. If Metro wants to encourage us to take the bus, it should make it convenient for us to do so, rather than making it more difficult and less likely that we’ll use the bus. Interestingly, for most of its way north of 75th and Aurora, the bus will be stopping every five blocks.
We urge you to maintain the current stops on the 358 when you institute Rapid Ride Route E.
Marilyn S. Smith
Cc: Councilman Larry Phillips