by Sara 

Proposed Metro changes could make a big impact on Magnolia


?Metro wants you to speak up.? Their latest set of proposals stem from public feedback, and now they are looking for another round of your opinions before changes are made that would take effect in September.?? Some of these proposed changes directly affect Magnolia commuters.?A spokesperson for Metro writes:

The introduction of the RapidRide lines and associated service adjustments will allow Metro to improve bus connections to jobs, shopping and other destinations ? places in and around Seattle that have grown and changed over the years. Many bus routes serving these areas have not been adjusted for more than a decade.

Some Magnolia commuters may find themselves without a ride

?The latest changes under consideration for Magnolia and Interbay include:?
? New Routes: RapidRide D Line* and Route 32*(Learn more about the RapidRide D line)
? Routes proposed for replacement or deletion: 15
? Other nearby proposed route changes: 27*
? Routes with no change: 19 and 31?
? * Route change proposal revised from November 2011?

Although some of the proposed changes will be seen as positive for Magnolia, some Magnolia Voice readers are concerned.? One such reader (who prefers not to be named)?writes:

?… Route 24 will originate in North Beach (Ballard), swing by QFC and head up the hill to 34th, where it will go south to the Village and then downtown.? The 33 makes a loop that places a large number of people on the same bus ? it?s kinda crazy.? My neighborhood loses all service except?Monday-Friday peak trips, and the buses will no longer serve the park

?MV reader Mimi says?” (This)?makes no sense in so many ways…?Magnolia residents need to get involved and try to stop this.”
Victor Obeso, Metro?s manager of Service Development writes

Last fall, we received comments from more than 5,000 people, and that feedback was invaluable in helping us review and revise these proposals. Now, we want the community?s help again to continue moving forward with our vision for a transit system that is efficient, cost-effective, and best serves the entire county.

Metro Transit is hosting the following open house- style meetings to hear your thoughts:
February 13th from 6-8pm at Ballard High School
February 23rd from 6 ? 8pm?at?the Queen Anne?Community Center
To speak up about the changes online,?click here.?


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  1. Unlike what is stated by Mimi, the 24 and 33 will be around in both the peak and off-peak times. Just go to the Metro site for the fall changes. Go to the dropdown menu and select route 24 or 33, or click the map for the all-day network, which includes the peak periods.

  2. I am quite concerned to read of the loss of daily 24 bus service for the entire West and East Magnolia residential community and to Discovery Park. ?As a physician that lives and works here in the Magnolia community I can attest that many elders depend on this service! In addition as the Seattle Public Schools use Metro to transport High School students this will leave our teens without a way to school. My 17 year old takes the bus to school daily and will have no bus service if restricted to the peak hours of the remaining Route 19. Our family uses the 24 on weekends to catch a movie downtown or to the Pike Place Market. My husband actually took the bus in the snow to the Thriftway! ?As citizens of a city striving to be as green as we can be we need to stay committed to making the bus an easy part of the routine of our lives. ?
    I plan to be at the Febuary 13th Forum at Ballard High School.
    Anyone want to join me on the bus ride?
    Meet me on the 24:
    Walk 0.1 mile W from 33RD AVE W & W MCGRAW ST to ?Depart34th Ave W & W Mcgraw StAt 04:49 PMOn Route MT 24 DOWNTOWN SEATTLE ArriveElliott Ave W & W Galer StAt 05:07 PM?Transfer to?DepartElliott Ave W & W Galer StAt 05:35 PMOn Route MT 15 BLUE RIDGE Arrive15th Ave Nw & Nw 65th StAt 05:47 PM?Walk 0.2 mile E to BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL
    Jessica Wesch MD.
    Swedish Magnolia Primary Care
    2450 33rd Ave. W.
    Suite 100
    Seattle, WA 98199
    Phone: 206-320-3364

  3. No off peak service to 1/3 of Magnolia makes no sense. At a minimum they need to extend the service hours on route 19

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