Residents, business owners and bus passengers can now enjoy more trips that are quieter and pollute less on Route 36. King County Metro Transit (Metro) and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) partnered to expand the overhead trolley wire along Virginia Street between Fifth Avenue and Westlake Avenue. As a result, electric trolleys can navigate around each other and Metro can operate Route 36 with more trolley trips, and fewer diesel buses.
Prior to the investment, Route 36 was operated half with electric trolleys and half with diesel coaches during many times of the week. The expansion of the overhead wire gives Metro more flexibility in assigning different types of buses on the route to maximize efficiency and best meet customer needs. Currently, Route 36 averages 9,300 rides on weekdays and connects Rainier Beach, Beacon Hill, Chinatown/International District and Downtown Seattle.
The project cost $700,000 and was funded out of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. The project has the potential to reduce the amount of diesel fuel consumed by Route 36 by 350,000 gallons and stop 3,552,500 CO2 equivalents from going into the air.
Find more information on efforts to improve transit at:
SDOT’s web site www.seattle.gov/transportation/transit.htm , or
Metro’s web site www.kingcounty.gov/metro .
Marybeth Turner, SDOT, (206) 684-8548
Linda Thielke, King County Metro Transit, (206) 684-1414