I was going to post Monday evening, but thought I better wait at least another day and see how things go. As you may have heard traffic on I-5 has been better than expected both Monday and Tuesday and at the time I am writing this it is good as well. Perhaps the coolest mode of transportation in my opinion, the Sounder, carried 6,709 people on Monday and about 1000 less on Tuesday. I hope that the influx of new riders will like it and stick with it, certainly, it has to be better than driving alone. This shows that Seattle has the capability of using transit and taking cars off the road! Certainly Sounder wasn’t the only mode to experience increased ridership, the water taxi had 500+ people cross Elliot Bay, Metro had normal levels on Monday and increased levels on Tuesday. This may be people not able to get on Sounder? Who knows. I have read a lot in the local paper comment sections that this was planned, it is a conspiracy that Seattle chose to do this at the time the ST 2 vote was coming up. I have 2 thoughts on that, first being if it is a conspiracy, that is some effective planning across many sections of government in our state, which is extremely unlikely to happen and invalidates that possibility. Second, if it was a conspiracy, which I don’t think it was, maybe it is a good thing to show people this is a good alternative to riding alone? I see nothing wrong with that? It goes to show you that riding transit is a mindset. Certainly there are problems with transit, but without riders you won’t see any changes. Of course, there has to be a Yes vote on ST2 ballot to help. Transit can work and will work in Seattle. All these people could have stayed in their car and dealt with backups to Tacoma, but they didn’t! I think it’s a sign. More transit!

5 Replies to “Transit+ Riders – I-5 lanes = Nice Commute”

  1. I agree I don’t think it was a conspiracy, but I do wish the anti-rail people would stop creating lies trying to sway the public. I by the way rode the Sounder for the first 5 times this week and even got a pass. I used to ride the bus, now I am a convert I suppose. I never rode it before, because the bus comes much closer!

  2. I don’t get the “conspiracy” line of thinking. Current events would seem to work in favor of the transit half of the ballot measure — which already polls very well — but AGAINST the roads half of the measure.

  3. Look at today’s numbers on I-5. Ouch.

    Can we get all this week’s numbers? Cars, trains, buses?

  4. Troy,

    Yeah, I heard they were going South. However, it is hard to say the numbers are truly decreasing. I think some people found parking at Sounder stations frustrating and took a bus the following days? It is hard to track exactly where everyone went. I would be particularly interested in Sounder ridership over the course of time. It would be eutopic if people would behave like they did on Monday. However, it shows that we are adapatable and that over time people have the potential to change.

  5. What most Seattleites still don’t realize, is that Mayor Nichols talked everyone out of the Monorail; then immediately spent the same amount as the complete Monorail would have cost, to dig a tunner for Light Rail. The tunnel and light rail tracks will cost more over time, than the total cost of the Seattle Monorail Project that Mayor Nichols got voters to turn down. BTW… The Greenline would be almost done now; and unlike light rail and trolley, it would not mix in with traffic; nor would it have accidents, which create even greater traffic jams.

    As for conspiracy, Mayor Nichols said he supported the Monorail; then called for a vote to get rid of it. I’d call that a conspiracy.

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