Two tidbits from the June 17 Regional Transit Committee meeting, on which I’ll file a more full report later. Go to 1:45:00 in the video to follow along at home:
- When the Columbia and Seneca St. viaduct offramps are torn down with the rest of the viaduct in 2015-2016, the planned route for West Seattle RapidRide (and indeed, most buses from West Seattle) will follow SR99 until it reaches a new King St. offramp. From there, buses will make their way to the 3rd Avenue “transit spine” by using some combination of Main and Washington Streets. The city will upgrade the route with various transit enhancements, possibly signal priority, a transit lane, or queue jumps.
- West Seattle RapidRide (the “C” Line) has long been scheduled for a September 2011 opening. Now that tunneling details have emerged, Metro staff is concerned that opening the line then — when both SR99 and 1st Ave S are hosed — would really harm the RapidRide brand by not at all being rapid. While all the additional service hours would still appear on schedule, the branded elements of RapidRide (special paint jobs, fancy shelters, some off-board payment, arrival boards) may be delayed until 2012, when the Ballard line happens to be opening.