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April 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

What you told us about full Metro buses

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But how crowded are the buses now?

In March, we asked readers to help assess bus crowding by filling out this questionnaire if they were passed up by a full Metro bus. Readers responded with 266 reports of buses passing them by.

Here’s what we learned:

  • If you’re traveling north or south, you’ve got a greater chance of being passed up. Readers reported a total of 205 pass-ups, or about 77 percent of the total, on routes heading north or south.
  • The top time to get passed up? About 35 percent of pass-ups came during the afternoon rush between 5 and 6 p.m.
  • Route 40 might be the most crowded bus in Seattle. Of 266 responses, readers reported 36 times in which Route 40 passed them by, making it by far the pass-up king. “Getting on the #40 where I do (at Westlake Avenue and Mercer Street) is a crapshoot,” wrote one reader. That reader wasn’t alone. Ten people reported being missed by the northbound 40 at Westlake and Mercer. Eight people reported they were missed at Westlake and Harrison.
  • RapidRide buses might get you there quicker, but will you have to wait? RapidRides E, C and D were reported to have passed up riders 12, 10 and 8 times, respectively, in our informal survey last month.buspass
  • In most cases, we heard from readers who said buses passed them up downtown, in South Lake Union, in the University District and in North Seattle. This isn’t particularly surprising; many mentioned being passed during the commute, and those locations are commuting hubs.
  • Where do the most-crowded buses travel? Routes along Westlake Avenue (including Westlake Station) reported 37 pass-ups; on Third Avenue, readers noted 32 pass-ups; and along Denny, readers said they were passed up 24 times.

Did your bus miss you? You can still report it:

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