Metro is holding public meetings on proposed route changes to Route 157 and 161 (Kent East Hill) and the East-of-Issaquah (209, 214, 215, 922, 929) service changes. We mentioned these before here and here, and apparently comments in February have steered the decisions a bit.

Of course, they’re in the middle of the day: Wednesday, April 23, downtown Seattle, 1:00 and 1:30 pm, respectively.

Apparently, they want a park-and-ride out at Snoqualmie Ridge; that’ll give the Sierra Club a stroke.

5 Replies to “Meetings on Bus Changes”

  1. The Sierra Club should have stopped Sno Ridge, Redmond Ridge, Duvall if they were against sprawl.

    Were is the Sierra Club today as Carnation teeters on the brink of becoming the next Duvall, with proposed changes to the KC growth plan and the new sewer system coming on line in a few months?

    It’s easy to sit back and criticize after the fact. How about actually doing something when there is a possibility of creating change or having the biggest impact, when policy is actually being created?

    Frequency (or lack thereof) is killing the 929.

    Why isn’t there a regular hourly route on SR202, from N Bend to Redmond TC?

    How about getting ahead of the traffic flow for once, rather than playing catchup?

    Redmond Ridge/Duvall traffic is now bleeding over to SR 202 and with continued expansion of Sno Ridge, Sammammish, and the future development of Carnation, this corridor is going to become a parking lot.

    If I were running things, there would be mini-P&Rs at every major intersection between Fall City and Redmond. These would feed the Bear Creek and Redmond TC PnRs and give a true commuter option.

    (Yeah, yeah. My neighborhood isn’t a ‘walkable community’. blahblahblah. It’s also 50 years old.)

  2. Although I have not done research of the effects of the Sierra Club, I am actually impressed with the latest King County Comprehensive Plan Update.

    The Carnation growth amendment was primarily to replace land that was recently designated a flood zone, and is not expected to add very much development. (Far from Redmond/Sno Ridge.) Really, Carnation is an adorable town in a beautiful area, but most of the current town is inside of the floodplain…which discourages development.

    To my knowledge, Duvall does not have flood issue, and also has a significant amount of land area within it’s pre-established Urban Growth Boundary. This is land that was doomed to be developed long ago. I agree that there is a little too much “urban reserve” in Duvall that the city can take and let people develop into McMansions, but at this point they are not about to expand it.

    As for Redmond Ridge, a King County representative was recently quoted recently in the Daily Journal of Commerce, saying that the county has no plans to permit anything like that for the forseeable future. My guess is that, like Snoqualmie Ridge, the weels began to turn for this development before our urban growth laws were in full swing. This is also the case for much development that we see outside the UGA – the parcels were subdivided before the mid-90’s, and now we let people build their one dwelling unit on them and say “that’s it.”

    For reassurance, the links below provide useful information on our plans for King County rural areas:

    http://www.metrokc.gov/permits/codes/CompPlan/2008/#mapamend

    http://www.metrokc.gov/budget/buildland/bldlnd07.htm

    In particular, I have reviewed the Map Amendments in the Comprehensive Plan, (1st link) and find them quite reasonable.

  3. Those links did not come out so well…I will put them in the URL section with my name.

  4. Off topic, but no flood issue in Duvall?

    During the Election Day flood of 2006, the town was cut off from the rest of the county for over 24 hours, causing election officials to have to take the ballots to the city jail for safekeeping overnight until the roads opened.

    Building in a floodplain these days has zero risk. Cheap land, bailout from the government if there is a natural disaster.

    Anyone who thinks a floodplain will dissuade unfettered development really hasn’t driven down SR203 lately.

    And I ask again, where is the beloved Sierra Club on this issue?

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