On Wednesday, from 4-6PM, at Urban Oasis Cafe (1st Ave & Broad), the Seattle Department of Transportation is hosting an open house to obtain public feedback on the Uptown-Belltown Electric Transit Improvements. This proposal would do two things:
- Add trolleybus wire on Denny to put the inbound Queen Anne trolleybuses on the same path as diesel coaches, speeding inbound trips by, on average, two minutes each.
- Move the Denny & Warren stop a block and a half east, to a location with a better, wider sidewalk, where a higher-quality stop and shelter will be installed.
In addition, not shown on the map above, is that the current eastbound 8 stop at Denny & Broad will be deleted, which will give eastbound Route 8 an improved stop spacing in this area, and a corresponding speed boost.
This improvement complements another which SDOT and Metro have recent made in the vicinity, namely striping an outbound BAT lane and closing a bus stop on Broad Street. SDOT continues to study the possibility of a transit-actuated signal for outbound buses at 3rd & Denny, which would allow buses to avoid the Broad Street jog altogether.
I’ve reported on and cheered for this project from its incipience, making this perhaps the most-written-about three blocks of potential trolleybus wire on earth. Finally, about 15 months after I heard of the project, SDOT has a design ready to be taken to the public, with the improvements scheduled to be in place for the Spring 2014 service change. If you ride trolleybuses in Queen Anne or Belltown, you should show up to the open house to support this project.