[Update 9:12pm: Metro has now posted rider alerts at the relevant stops, explaining that the stop in front of the auto parts store is going away. My experience on Monday notwithstanding, drivers are not to serve the new stop until Saturday. As if to give me one final middle finger, my transfer from the more distant stop caused me to miss the train this afternoon by five seconds.
Why Metro doesn't post the rider alert at the same time they erect the new stop, I don't know.]
About 38 months after Link opening, southbound 7, 7X, 9, and 42 riders finally have a decent transfer to and from Link at Mt. Baker. I took the photo above Monday after my 7 stopped there. One can discern the contour of the stairs in the station superstructure at right, perfectly oriented to this plaza. Now more Rainier Avenue riders save time by taking the train and transferring instead of the one seat ride, another step towards allowing Metro to shift resources from largely redundant service.
But Link isn’t the only bonus. Transferring from Rainier Avenue buses to the southbound 8 usually involved a crossing of the Rainier Motor Speedway. Now, the easiest path is to the 8 stop just south of the intersection, involving zero busy street crossings.