- Due to the economy, ridership on Metro and Sound Transit buses is down. Less riders means less farebox revenue, compounding the terrible financial situation that local agencies find themselves in mostly due to plummeting sales tax revenue.
- Capitol Hill Seattle Blog lets us know that governments are listening: SDOT wants places to put bike racks and Sound Transit wants ideas on how to use the asphalt desert they’ve temporarily built on Broadway.
- King County Metro will help Seattle plow 3rd ave, a major bus corridor in the city, during severe snow storms.
- The excellent Transport Politic blog does some research and concludes that turnstiles at rail stations are usually not cost effective. That’s why Link, for example, uses fare inspectors instead of gates.
- If you want to keep yourself fashionable and store your ORCA card in a nice holder, you’ll be happy to hear that London’s Oyster card has the exact dimensions of our card — so any Oyster sleeve work great for ORCA. (Thanks litlnemo!)
- Even voters in rural areas are for transit: Island Transit gets a 0.3% sales tax boost to 0.9%. The Tri-City’s local transit provider, though, is facing up to 25% in service cuts.
- Pretty pictures of our light rail.
This is an open thread.