Among the proposed changes to King County Metro bus service next year with the opening of the Link Light Rail station at Husky Stadium is the elimination of Route 72 serving Lake City and eastern Victory Heights. In addition, Route 73 serving western Victory Heights along 15th Avenue NE would have its weekend service eliminated.
As for how we in Victory Heights are supposed to get downtown or to the U District after the 72 is gone, Metro suggests this:
- North of NE 80th Street, use revised Route 372X or ST Route 522 (see current schedule) via a new proposed stop at NE 85th Street and Lake City Way NE.
- Between NE 80th Street and the University District, use new Route 45, or revised routes 67, 73, or 373X.
- On University Way, use new Route 45 or revised Route 67.
- For service between the University District and downtown Seattle, use Link light rail or revised Route 74 (peak periods only).
Service on Route 372 which currently only operates Monday through Friday would be added on weekends, as well as additional trips weekdays (every 15 minutes during the day). You would still need to walk from Stevens Way on the UW campus down to Husky Stadium to catch the Link train (approximately .3 miles).
These suggestions were made after “nine months of outreach for this project, we received 16,000 comments from the general public, key institutions, community groups, and an advisory panel of transit riders in the affected areas. This feedback helped transit planners understand how people are using our service today, how they’d like to use it in the future, and what’s most important to riders as we work to balance those two things.”
Disagree with the changes? The people who make the decisions are the King County Council. You can contact them here.