Update on Burien Transit Options
As you recall, we made some significant cuts to Metro bus service last September. Eliminating the route 139 in Burien was included in those cuts.
In my role as the Council’s budget lead on transit issues, I successfully increased funding for alternative transit services to help communities like Burien that were facing localized bus cuts. Last night I met with Burien residents from the Gregory Heights and Seahurst neighborhoods to discuss options for new transit service made possible by this funding.
We had a great discussion and covered issues like ideal route paths, service hours and van size. Residents offered a variety of comments such as the fact that afternoon school dismissal times may disrupt service and that weekend service should also be considered as funding allows. Please take a moment to complete this online survey if you would like a chance to add your comments to the mix.
I will work with Metro and Burien during the next few weeks to come up with a final plan that l will present during the February 23 Burien City Council meeting. Service will begin in June and I will keep you updated as details are worked out.
This year will continue to bring challenges for the County including public health funding, bus service and comprehensive land use policies. I always appreciate hearing from you and hope you will take a moment to contact me with questions or concerns.
Take care, and Go Hawks!