With 2012 set to expire and a new year on tap, it’s always good to relive the blog’s top posts of the year, for whatever they’re worth. Below are the STB posts with the most reads and most comments of 2012.
Most read posts of 2012
- Bolt Bus Coming to the Northwest – by Andrew (5/1): Big news was big news when one of the Northeast’s premier intercity bus services announced plans for the Pacific Northwest.
- BREAKING: 4.2 Miles of Copper Wire Stolen from LINK – by Zach (5/11): Even transit isn’t immune to rampant copper thefts. Nearly a quarter million dollars worth was stripped from Link’s guideway.
- An Update on Seattle Subway – by Ben (8/10): Advocacy efforts to hasten the building of more inner-city rail continue to chug along.
- Tracking the Bus Tracker Problems – by Wayne Watanabe & Mark Hallenbeck (4/23): Metro’s real-time information was a real pain earlier in the year. Since then, things have been looking up.
- Bellevue Council Spins Tales, Seattle Times Repeats Them – by Ben (11/24): Plans for a rail maintenance base on the Eastside incited a storm of unwarranted controversy and questionable journalism.
- The Solution to 3rd Ave? Commerce. – by Sherwin (3/9): I opine about certain ways to deal with ongoing problems on Third Avenue, though not everyone agreed with me.
- The Awfulness of Mt. Baker Station – by Martin (4/18): Martin takes on the many design issues at Mount Baker, a vital multi-modal transit hub in Southeast Seattle.
- Service Change & RFA Elimination Open Thread – by Martin (10/1): STB readers had lots to say the day of Metro’s biggest service change ever.
- Don’t Plan With Anecdotes – The Data Says We Need Eastlake. – by Ben (10/31): Competing arguments about the utility of rail along Eastlake set up one of the bigger debates we’ve seen within transit advocacy circles.
- Super Simple Stuff – by Andrew (5/5): Public service announcements borrowed from Australia boils transit etiquette down to one thing: common sense.
More commented posts of 2012 below the jump.
Most commented on posts of 2012 (open threads omitted)
- Improving Route 2 in the Central District and First Hill – by Bruce (1/18): One of the gems of Metro’s initial Fall 2012 restructure proposal would have improved Route 2. The proposal, unfortunately, never lived to see the light of day.
- How Far Should We Extend Rail? – by Sherwin (7/30): A big discussion about the geographic expansion of our regional rail network incited many opinions far and wide.
- (Im)personal, Rapid Transit – by Zach (8/18): Can transit be both rapid and personal?
- ST Board to Consider Facility and Link System Naming Policy – by Oran ( 2/21): Station naming and branding was one of 2012’s big discussion topics.
- Jump Starting Sound Transit 3 – by Ben (12/19): Nearly $10 million for preliminary ST3 planning work is worked into the 2013 ST budget, accelerating efforts for more rail.
- Don’t Sign the Monorail Petition – by Martin (3/28): A frivolous proposal to build another monorail line earned the ire of many STB readers.
- Northgate Strongly Opposes Garage at Public Meeting – by Ben (6/5): The parking proposal for future Northgate Station received a lot of pushback.
- Metro Waters Down Fall Changes – by Bruce (2/2): Metro’s terrific proposed restructure for Fall 2012 became far less terrific.
- Who Wants Affordable Housing? – by Frank (12/21): Frank ponders how we can accommodate the droves of young people flocking to our city.
- Improving Link Ridership – by Martin (4/10): A familiar old debate resurfaces: how to improve ridership.