A couple of months ago, Metro considered simplifying the path of Route 22, shifting part of it one block west, to provide for a more direct routing and avoid some difficult intersections.

After a round of public comment, where riders complained they’d have to walk farther and residents worried about the impacts of new service on California Ave, Metro has decided not to do it.

I have absolutely no idea whether or not the revision would have been merited (the most relevant and cogent comment in our thread from a resident was against), but it’s evident that change is hard.

17 Replies to “Score One for Inertia”

  1. As someone who lives on the line, I thought there were good arguments on both sides. But the real issue with the 22 is that it is one of the worst performers in Seattle. Metro needs to look at not running it downtown and instead dedicating those hours to connecting the business districts in West Seattle where it is difficult to get from one end to another. Run the 22 instead from White Center, to Westwood Village, to Morgan Junction, to Alaska Junction, to Admiral, and then Alki.

  2. After the Portland bus tragedy of a month ago, where a TriMet driver ran over 5 people in a crosswalk, killing two, I’m surprised Metro was more eager to reduce this routes turns from three to one. Seems like the resident’s laziness trumped pedestrian safety.

  3. How is walking an extra block even considered a valid argument?

    I don’t live in West Seattle, and I’ve certainly never been on the 22, so for those of you who do ride it, do you think this change would have made this route a bit more efficient? I see some posts on here already in favor of changing the route all together.

  4. To me, a former operator and current supervisor for Metro, the worst part of that jog on the 22 is the intersection of 41 Av SW & SW Holden St. When I go over the route with new operators, I always warn them how hard it is to see cars travelling along SW Holden St. By making the buses stay on an ARTERIAL, it would be safer, one would think.

    1. And turning from southbound 41st Ave SW to eastbound SW Thistle can be a pain too.

  5. One of the few good things to come out of the depletion of transit revenues, I hoped, would be that it gives Metro some backbone to make some obvious service efficiencies like this, especially when impacted riders can be counted on two hands. But…sigh…this leaves me speechless. Sometimes I think they want to fail.

  6. Are there ANY leaders at Metro and in County Government? Or are they really all timid scaredy-cats, unwilling to make even the simplest logical decisions, quaking in their boots that there will be an objection?
    We elected you and pay you to lead and decide!

    1. I may agree on the reroute, but Lloyd and Transit Guy–are you really arguing for no public process? This is hardly earthshattering.

      1. It’d be interesting to compare the amount of public process that went into determining the original routing with the amount of public process that went into attempting to change its routing by one block.

  7. I see a very similar, needlessly indirect, routing of the First Hill streetcar. Going up to 14th on Jackson, just to go back down Yesler (basically the width of a city block and a half) to Broadway is going to frustrate a lot of people seeking *rapid* transit.

    I’ll bet people could get off a southbound train at Broadway, walk down to Jackson & 12th and still wait for the train the just got off of.

  8. I’ve never lived in a town with more whiners. Honestly. I work for the city, and my work puts me in contact with citizens all day long. I really do strive to do my very best, and 90% of the people are really wonderful, but some people here are just nuts: They aggressively assert that their way – and only their way, and only exactly as they want it – is the only way to do things. They’re strident and obnoxious and when they don’t get their way, they take it right up to the Mayor’s office. Once the Mayor’s office gets involved – no matter who the inhabitant is – all bets are off, and sometimes it turns into bizzaro land.

    Then there’s the situations where you get three or four of these strident yahoos, all wanting different things. God forbid they talk to each other – they expect us to be the mediators, and to come to a “compromise” that is exactly what they proposed in the first place.

    I don’t blame Metro for throwing up their hands and just keeping the status quo, at least on small stuff like this. Sometimes, in the best interest of the public, you have to. Otherwise, you’re spending hours of taxpayer money coddling some nutcase.

    1. I agree. Since I moved to the US in 1983, I’ve been in Oklahoma, California, Colorado, New Hampshire, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Kentucky – before ending up in Seattle – where I ditched my old car. Sure. Transit here isn’t perfect. But it beats any other place I lived!

      Odd about Seattle. In other cities, it’s the migrants that are the
      whiners. In Seattle, it seems that the natives are the malcontents – at least in West Seattle. All the migrants I know are very happy – like me. Perhaps the Mayor should have us stuffed and preserved.:)


    2. I agree with you Worker Bee…

      Additionally, I wish people would realize that they are, at best, only going to be around for 100 years. They only think about them and not the city as a whole and it really makes any type of decision here impossible to accomplish. Then again, if city government would grow a pair and once there is a majority, move forward, this might be less of an issue.

      I agree and applaud the amount of process there is here, but it comes to a fault when nothing… and I mean nothing… moves forward. This is a city with a diverse population. What one person wants, the next fifty don’t.

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