King County Metro's September, 2012 service changes include several major changes to bus service in Seattle's Central District. (For more information and to provide feedback, visit this page on Metro's site: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/have-a-say/get-in-the-know/projects/route-information.html.)
Metro proposes to eliminate 27 service to Leschi during off-peak hours, terminating the route at 12th Ave. The rationale is that "service to Leschi Park and Colman Park do not meet Metro's guidelines for continued service," but this does not explain why the route is being terminated at 12th instead of at 23rd or Martin Luther King, which are common destinations for 27 riders at all hours. If route 4 is eliminated as proposed, there will no longer be a direct link from downtown to Douglass-Truth Library, and there will be no public bus service to Leschi Elementary. (Some other public resources that will be harder to reach by bus: Odessa Brown and Carolyn Downs medical clinics, Catholic Community Services, and Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center.)
In addition, if the proposed changes take effect, there will be no transit access to the Colman Park area of Lake Washington, another significant public resource, for anyone who does not drive an autombile.
We, the undersigned, do not support King County Metro's proposed changes to the route 27. All-day and weekend service must be retained at least as far east as Leschi Elementary.