The bus system in West Seattle was heavily modified in September 2012 when RapidRide C came into service. This included the elimination of certain routes that went directly to Downtown. However, I think more of these Downtown routes can be eliminated. When RapidRide H (Delridge BRT) comes into service, cutting more Downtown routes will be easier.
There has long been a rumor about an infill station on Central Link at MLK/Graham. However, only one bus route serves that location (Route 106), so I don’t think there is quite enough purpose for the station at this point. There has been another rumor of a West Seattle-Georgetown route, similar to the current Route 128.
I propose a West Seattle-Seward Park crosstown route, which will both provide the West Seattle-Georgetown connection AND serve the Graham Station. It will start at Alaska Junction, run like Route 128 to 16th Ave SW, then take SW Holden St and Highland Park Way SW to the bridge, then cross the bridge to get to Georgetown. East of Georgetown, it will go via S Albro Pl, Swift Ave S, and S Graham St until Rainier. It will then go via Rainier and Orcas to Seward Park. I would number this route 52 because many West Seattle routes are in the 50s.
Some parts of West Seattle do not have off-peak bus service. Examples include Beach Dr SW (Route 37) and Genesee Hill (Route 57). I think since there isn’t enough demand for a full-time bus route there, an hourly DART route could fulfill that service. I think this DART route could start at Alaska Junction, travel through Genesee Hill and Admiral District, then go along the shore to Westwood Village. It would run 7 days a week at hourly frequency. I have attached a map of the main route below. I would number this route 774.
Since Route 52 would replace Route 128 on Sylvan Way, Route 128 should get a new routing between Westwood Village and Alaska Junction. In fact, I feel like Route 128 needs a complete restructure. There are way too many deviations which could be easily removed. I have made the following proposal:
Route 22 will be extended to North Admiral like Route 55. It will also be boosted to 30-minute frequency during weekdays and Saturday. Routes 22 and 50 will be coordinated to provide 15-minute service on California Ave between Alaska Junction and California/Admiral during weekdays and Saturday, similar to how routes 50 and 128 currently provide that service. On Sundays they will be coordinated to provide 30-minute service along that corridor.
Instead of going west on Sylvan Way, Route 128 will travel on 16th Ave SW like Route 125 until Genesee, then travel to Alaska Junction like Route 50. Route 125 will become a peak-only express.
Route 21 will no longer run north of Alaska, but instead use Alaska to travel to Alaska Junction. The peak-only 21X will maintain its current routing. If there is enough demand to keep a frequent West Seattle-SODO one-seat ride, RapidRide C can be moved to SODO.
Route 52: http://bit.ly/2odjINS
Route 128: http://bit.ly/2pQIMtQ
Route 774: http://bit.ly/2pPslLo