Last night, I dropped by Metro’s open house for the proposed Route 120 speed and reliability improvements, and chatted to Metro staff and neighbors. Much of the public feedback consisted of fairly predictable requests by neighbors to save their favorite stops, but I noted a couple of items of information or concern:
- Whether the northbound queue jump rechannelization near Andover will work. Currently, the north end of Delridge Way provides two general purpose lanes in the northbound direction. Local residents were concerned that the loss of a general purpose lane at that intersection would make traffic congestion significantly worse and provide little benefit, as, in the morning rush hour, Delridge is often gridlocked north of Andover. They proposed shortening the bus lane so that the bus would merge south of the intersection.
- The 125’s detour to serve the Chelan & Spokane stops under the viaduct will likely go away. This detour is classic Metro: sending a bus a minute out of its way to save a very small percentage of riders a five-minute walk; getting rid of it puts the 125 on the same alignment as the 120, and is a big win for most riders.