Mercer Corridor Project Via SDOT

As we reported last week Metro is starting to look at service revisions in Bellevue and Redmond related to the opening of RapidRide B Line. Today and tomorrow Metro will be hosting open houses to get that process started. Also tomorrow in Seattle, several groups are starting to draft a mobility plan for the South Lake Union and Lower Queen Anne area. Lastly, there is an open house tomorrow about extending Sounder to Lakewood.

More information for all three below the jump.

King County Metro Service Revision

King County Metro Transit is considering making changes next year to several bus routes currently serving Bellevue and Redmond. This is to update bus service and reduce duplication of the new RapidRide B Line that will connect the communities starting in the fall of 2011.

Metro will be hosting two open house meetings to provide information, answer questions, and get feedback. The meetings will be held:

Wednesday, Nov. 3
7-8:30 p.m.
North Bellevue Community Center
4063 148th Ave. NE, Bellevue
(Served by Metro routes 221, 233, 253, 266 and 269)

Thursday, Nov. 4
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Old Redmond Schoolhouse
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond
(Served by Metro routes 221, 224, 230, 245, 248, 251, 253, and ST Express 542 and 545)

The RapidRide B Line will provide frequent, fast, and reliable service between the transit centers in downtown Bellevue and Redmond via the Crossroads and Overlake areas. Metro is looking to adjust bus routes to provide good connections with the B Line and Sound Transit Express bus routes. Potential changes could affect Metro routes: 221, 222, 225, 229, 230, 233, 240, 245, 246, 247, 249, 250, 253, 256, 261, 265, 266, 271, 272 and 926.

Metro wants to hear your ideas. Learn more by attending one of the meetings, or visitingwww.kingcounty.gov/metro/BRconnections. You can make comments about potential changes on that webpage, at the meetings, by emailing to community.relations@kingcounty.gov, or by calling 206-205-8788 (English) and 206-296-5088 (Spanish).

South Lake Union Mobility Plan

You are invited to attend “Moving Forward” – an event to help create a Mobility Plan for South Lake Union and Queen Anne Uptown.

Kick-Off Open House

Thursday, November 4

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Seattle Center: Northwest Rooms, Olympic Room

Special Program at 5:30 pm
  • Mayor Michael McGinn
  • Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen & Sally Bagshaw

We need your input on:

  • How to connect our neighborhoods
  • Planning for an integrated system for pedestrians, bikes, and transit
  • Increasing transit options – streetcars, buses, shuttles, transit centers
  • Enhancing the street experience and safety for pedestrians

Sponsored by the South Lake Union Community Council, Queen Anne Uptown Alliance, South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce & Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce

Project Background: “Mobility” is a term which brings together all aspects of transportation and access: streetscapes, pedestrian experience, bicycle facilities, transit service, freight movements, and safety issues.  It means removing barriers and creating streets that can be utilized by all. There have been many City-funded studies and plans that have dealt with various aspects of transportation in these two urban centers.  This effort will draw upon these prior plans; incorporate new elements from WSDOT’s North Portal project, the City’s West Mercer project, and the City-wide Transit Master Plan; and vet the recommendations and priorities through a community-based process. The result will be a unified and integrated South Lake Union/Queen Anne Uptown Mobility Plan.

D-to-M Street Project Open House

November 04 , 2010
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Construction of D-to-M street project is about to begin
In preparation for Sounder service to Lakewood, the D-to-M street project is beginning this fall. Please join us to learn about the project.

Information will be available on:

Construction schedule, phasing, and detours
Safety
Sound Transit art program (STart)
Sound Transit Proposed 2011 Budget
And much more

Milgard Family Assembly Room
Philip Hall, University of Washington Tacoma
1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

22 Replies to “Public Meetings”

  1. The SLU-Uptown event should be interesting. From what I’ve heard the mobility study is going to be done by Nelson Nygaard via private funding (which I assume means Vulcan). In particular hopefully a good transit center over Aurora lid for RapidRide, ST, and local transfers as well as bike connections to Thomas Green St and Bay to Lake trails. We will see.

  2. Reconnecting the street grid across Aurora will be a huge boon for the area. But the big missing link in all the prior plans I’ve seen for SLU is a pedestrian connection across I-5 to the west slope of Capitol Hill. If we built a ped/bike bridge around Republican or Harrison Street with an ADA-compliant lift at Eastlake, possibly integrated with new construction there using some kind of zoning bonus, it would be a 15 minute mostly level walk from Capitol Hill to Seattle Center.

    The only existing alternatives are the vertigo-inducing (and rather indirect) Lakeview ramp, and the south-side only sidewalk on Denny, a tortuous climb next to groaning traffic ascending the hill and the Grand Canyon of traffic that is I-5 through downtown Seattle.

    There was once a grand staircase at Republican, two thirds of which was removed to build I-5.

    This little bridge would connect the densest residential neighborhood on the west coast to one of the fastest growing employment hubs in the region. Unlike lidding all of I-5, a ped bridge should be an eminently achievable goal, even in this age of relative austerity.

    1. While that sounds uber-cool, I don’t have any freakin’ sidewalks.

      No Grand Staircase for you until I can walk in front of my house without constant fear of getting run down.

      1. quote from the staircase article , a traffic engineer from the 1960’s

        ““Freeway traffic moves at relatively high speed without interference from cross-movements. Pedestrians, who are a constant hazard to city driving, are entirely removed.” “

      2. Wow, re-establishing this pedestrian connection here would be phenomenal. Why haven’t I heard this idea before?

        And I disagree with the attitude that we shouldn’t invest in critical and worthwhile pieces of infrastructure that would connect thousands of people until every soul has a sidewalk in front of his/her house.

      3. There is already a way down to cascade. You just want a fancy way.

        There is no safe route from my neighborhood to transit or retail. None.

        And anyway, this is not a particularly dense part of capital hill. To the north, you begin to get into the manses (to quote a redfin advert).

        Our priorities should not be to build redundant, pricey, flying corridors before others that have to corridor at all. Well, not is you want to reduce auto use at any rate.

      4. And by the way, I would personally love this (well, except for the silly lift idea, which would drastically cut usage and jack costs). I ride by the truncated Republican stair nearly every day, and I begin work in SLU in 2 months. It ain’t about YIMBY, it’s about not enough dough. Our priorities in these times is get people the basics they need to get around, particularly to get around without the internal combustion engine.

        Well, unless you get Amazon to pay for it. ;)

      5. OK, I definitely agree about weighing cost/benefit. But, this part of Capitol Hill is definitely among the densest parts of the hill. West of Broadway and between the Lakeview overpass and Denny is almost entirely multi-story condo. And nobody said it had to be fancy. :)

      6. Biliruben, where do you live? We do need to bring sidewalks to all corners of the city, but frankly a lot of the places without sidewalks are quite low density, whereas the west slope of Capitol Hill is very dense, and Cascade is rapidly densifying. There is about a 2/3 mile gap between where Denny crosses the freeway and where Lakeview crosses the freeway, which is an unacceptable gap for such a dense urban area. I believe one U Link alternative proposed an elevated line along Eastlake with a station at Republican and a pedestrian bridge over the freeway. It’s definitely something we need to look into.
        In a related thing, it’d be awesome to (when we’re flush with cash in a boom cycle) build a promenade cantilevered out over I-5 along the west side of Melrose. They have one over the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in Brooklyn Heights, and it’s awesome. Not only does it buffer the neighborhood from the freeway, but it also provides a tourist attraction. Although, before that, we need to cap over I-5 throughout Downtown.

      7. I live in Lake City.

        Most days I feel pretty dense. ;)

        Yeah, I lived in Brooklyn Heights for years. I loved that promenade, and would love to see one above I-5. I ride over Capital Hill and subject myself to a bit of an unnecessary climb most days in order to get the fantastic views above I-5. The main down side is the road is too narrow and the noise and grit from the highway blows. Still worth it. If not an overhang, the roads (Bellevue, Lakeview, maybe Harvard) are so lightly traveled that a much cheaper solution could be put in play – turn the roads 1 way, and put in a 8 foot bike and walking path along the I-5 precipice. Bellevue in particular would be ripe for such a change, as there is currently not room for 2 wide cars to pass in some spots.

    2. I agree with your main point whole heartedly…but “densest residential neighborhood on the West Coast”? Are you joking?

      San Francisco has dozens of residential neighborhoods that are far denser than Capitol Hill (some up to 2 to 3 X denser).

      Densest residential neighborhood in the Pacific NW, is what you meant to write.

      1. I’d agree with Aaron, usually I have heard CH called the densest neighborhood north of SF

    3. I doubt this would ever happen (too visionary or crazy I don’t know) but I would love to see a new bridge for transit across I-5, allowing for a continue East-West busway priority street via Thomas or John st. I’m thinking an urban type BRT route (replace the 8) with sub 10 minute headway back and forth between lower Queen Anne and Cap Hill

      Traffic on Denny is horrible and a line like this would connect the densest neighborhoods and all of our highest quality north/south transit routes.

      It would connect center city north neighborhoods (SLU, Queen Anne, Belltown, Cap Hill, Denny Triangle, Seattle Center) as well as the Ballard RapidRide, Aurora RapidRid, both the SLU and Cap Hill streetcar and Link. It would also help reorient service just north of downtown, making it possible to get across the city without going into downtown.

      1. Lakeview Blvd rarely gets much traffic, but as far as I know only the 25 uses it. The 8 or a new route could run E/W on new 2-way Mercer then Lakeview and Roy.

      2. Yeah but Lakeview is two far north to effectively serve as a E/W link between Cap Hill Link station and LQA.

      3. @ joshuadf: It’s funny that you mentioned another E/W route using those Mercer, Lakeview and then Roy. I was just reading the S Lake Union Transportation Study (http://www.cityofseattle.net/transportation/southlakeunion.htm) and there is the mention of a new route connecting Queen Anne to Capitol Hill using that route. The study also says that the route would likely need to be a trolley due to grade.

        Ah, that would be a great dream to see come true!

    4. Seriously. A pedestrian I-5 crossing at Republican would be a huge boon to walkablity near the interstate. The gap from Denny to Lakeview is massive, and the surrounding blocks are very dense on either side.

      It would also give people on that slope of Capitol hill access to the Route 25 & 79x bus stops on Eastlake, in case they want to go to Laurelhurst or Lake City for some reason. Also the terminus of a couple one-way peak-only routes that would be irrelevant to folks living on capitol hill. The 14 gives them a pretty decent downtown link now though, even if the headways leave something to be desired, and I doubt many people would even bother to catch anything else.

      It would be nice to get some survey numbers, and see how heavily the sidewalk on the Denny crossing is used. Just anecdotally, it seems like the Olive crossing a couple blocks south is a lot more popular. And the Lakeview sidewalk to the north is all but useless, with both ends of that crossing anchored in low-density islands of their respective neighborhoods.

      There’s a serious lack of ground level retail along the Eastlake area though, and that seems to be what ordinarily brings out pedestrians. There are a couple of bars around Republican, though. Not that capitol hill residents can’t already walk to bars.

      If a pedestrian freeway crossing there opened tomorrow, yes the neighborhoods would be less isolated by foot, but I doubt many people would actually use it. Cheap as it would be, this probably won’t get done until the neighborhood on the west side of the freeway finishes it’s “reawakening” or whatever they’re calling it. At that point, there’ll be enough foot traffic to warrant it.

      1. The Denny crossing is well-used by Microsoft commuters who use the 545 detour stop in the morning, but have to walk up the hill in the afternoon.

  3. Speaking of public meetings, I think this meeting tomorrow is also relevant to STB’s interests. Note that “Scott Kirkpatrick of Sound Transit will give an update on a potential development scenario for the properties adjacent to the light rail station.”

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