This sells papers, so it’s obvious why they write about it:
Welcome back to Seattle’s downtown transit tunnel. Watch your head.
The 1.3-mile tunnel reopens Monday morning after a two-year shutdown for $94 million in upgrades.
There have been some safety questions raised about it, and things are a little different.
When buses start running again in the tunnel, they’ll be on a floor that’s been lowered 8 inches so that doors on light rail trains — scheduled to share the tunnel in two years — will match the boarding platform heights.
This means outside mirrors on buses also will be lower and closer to the height of riders’ heads when the buses pull up to the platform. The bus drivers’ union raised a red flag about the possible hazard, and safety measures were added.
This sounds a lot scarier than it is: anyone with sense knows not to stand within three feet of a ten-ton vehicle approaching at 15 mph. Actually a lot of safety features seemed to have been added to the tunnel:
The retrofit included lowering the roadbed in the stations to accommodate level boarding for passengers using either trains or buses, and installing new electrical, communications, and safety systems. For example, inside the tunnel passengers will benefit from better lighting and signage, more security cameras, and a new public announcement system.
I think the odds of getting “bonked”, as the union officer put it in the p-i article, in the head is not very severe.