Metro is currently wasting a lot of money on downtown express routes. Some of them make sense, but Route 101 is a bit duplicative of Link.
One possibility is to have Route 101 go to Rainier Beach Station instead of taking I-5 to Downtown. It would go via MLK, and then take the Henderson loop. Route 102 can keep its current routing so that commuters still have the one-seat ride during peak periods. This Route 101 would provide a nice connection to Rainier Valley with a transfer in the Rainier Beach area.
Here is a map of my proposed 101: http://bit.ly/2m8Po2s