Seattle King County Metro: Save the Rainier Freeway Bus Stop

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King County Metro will cut 7 out of the 10 lines serving the Rainier I-90 Freeway Bus Stop in September 2018. Please sign this petition to save South Seattle’s point of access to the Eastside and fight for the Rainier Valley community’s right to public transportation!

In the next five months, due to Light Rail construction, King County Metro will close the Rainier Freeway Bus Stop, which connects South Seattle residents to the Eastside. While we will have a temporary stop to replace the Rainier Freeway Stop, only 3 lines (212, 217, 554) from the current 10 will service the temporary stop.

Cutting bus service doesn’t simply translate to longer wait times - it reduces people’s choices of jobs, food, activities to the mercy of accessible bus lines. Many of our neighbors depend on the bus service as their means of transportation, and even a simple bus rerouting has very real consequences that impact our community.

  1. 550, the main line to Bellevue, will be cut from the Rainier stop. This deprives us access to Bellevue, which is the main destination on the Eastside
  2. The 212, 217, and 554 will only come every half hour. Even now, with 10 lines (and the 550 that comes every 10 minutes), the busses are normally packed. Reducing us to only 3 lines means even more overcrowding and running out of space by the time it gets to the Rainier stop
  3. The 217 and 212 only run on weekday mornings and late afternoons, making transportation to the Eastside on weekends and weekday afternoons impossible

Metro has vowed to increase spending and bus service, but has already cut the 7 Express and significantly reduced 9 Express service in Rainier Valley. This is unfair on many levels, because Metro cut services in under-served neighborhoods – penalizing communities that need it the most.

For people who have the option to drive, it will raise carbon emissions and exacerbate the congestion problems that we already have on I-90. I’m sure that no one thinks, “Gee, I-90 during rush hour is so empty. I wish there were more cars on the road.”

I hope that “green” Seattle realizes cutting bus service will have detrimental effects on Seattle’s already awful traffic, the environment, and vulnerable populations. I propose, and would like to request King County Metro and Sound Transit to reroute more lines to the temporary Rainier stop. 550 is especially critical, because it is the main line to Bellevue that is most commonly used. Having access to public transportation is a right and dignity. Maintaining the current level of bus service to the Rainier Valley area is not only logistically sound, but also the socially responsible and ethical action to take.

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