There has been much discussion over the Route 14 Tail east of 31st. Many people want the tail deleted, but some people depend on it. Metro has also wanted to delete Route 27 for a long time, but Leschi residents always vote against it. Route 27 is rather redundant to Route 14, but its Leschi tail serves Leschi residents who do not want to walk up the hill to Route 14.
In this post I propose a DART route to replace Route 27 and the Route 14 tail. This route will start at Columbia City station. It will take Alaska, Rainier, and Genesee to Genesee/38th, then travel on 38th and Hunter Blvd to McClellan. It will then take Lake Park Dr and Lakeside Ave to E Alder St. Then it will take Alder, Lake Dell, Yesler, and 23rd to the 3/4 Loop near Garfield High School. There could possibly be a quick deviation to Jackson in order to provide connectivity to Route 14. This DART route should run 7 days a week. Here is a map of it: http://bit.ly/2nmoJTW
To replace the lost service along Yesler Ave with Route 27, Route 14 can be increased to 15-minute frequency. It can then be through-routed with Route 70, and Route 1 can layover at the current Route 70 layover on Main St, or be through-routed with some other route.
This should be put into service when the Yesler wire for routes 3 and 4 is completed. When this first comes into service, Route 27 should be reduced to peak-only rather than be deleted completely so that commuters can make a smoother transition to the restructure.