A number of King County Metro buses that stop in Maple Leaf and at the Northgate Transit Center are undergoing a bit of a scheduling change starting this weekend, so be sure to grab a schedule or check online before you head out starting Oct. 2.
Some of the routes that are most likely to affect Maple Leaf residents include:
- Route 75 – On weekday evenings and all day Sunday, frequency between Ballard and Northgate will improve from 60 minutes to 30 minutes. Seventy-nine trips per week between Ballard and Northgate and 109 trips between Northgate and the U-District will be added.
- Route 372 – The route will leave from a new terminal eastbound on Northeast 47th Street just east of 11th Avenue Northeast. It will make no stops until arriving at its first stop eastbound on Stevens Way just east of Memorial Way on the University of Washington campus.
- Routes 16, 30, 41, 65, 66, 68, 242, 331, 342, 345, 346 & 372 – Select trips will be discontinued.
The news release explains many of the changes are to save money because of reduced sales-tax revenue for transit. Changes also were made to preserve bus service and to operate more efficiently, however, it warns that you still may end up with longer wait times for transfers or irregular spacing between bus trips.