One week before ULink’s opening, there is still significant education and outreach to be done in communities affected by the major restructuring of bus service. Tomorrow (March 12), Councilmember Rob Johnson will host a forum at the University Heights Center (5031 University Way NE) from 10am-noon to discuss the opening of ULink and the associated restructure.
If you still have questions about how the restructure will work for you, complaints or praise for planners, or simply want to engage your council member and agency staff on transit issues, it’s a good way to spend a couple hours of your Saturday. Johnson will be there early on (10:15-10:45), but for the remainder of the event several knowledgeable staff will be on hand, including Metro’s DeAnna Martin and Jeremy Fichter, UW Transportation Director Josh Kavanaugh, SDOT Transit Deputy Director Bill Bryant, and Sound Transit’s Craig Davison and Trinity Parker.
Full media release from Johnson’s office after the jump.
What Sound Transit Opening Means for Local Commuters
Councilmember Rob Johnson to Host Northeast Seattle Forum
SEATTLE – Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast) will host a community transportation event on Saturday to answer questions about the Montlake Light Rail station (opening on March 19 at Husky Stadium) and subsequent King County Metro bus route restructures, in an effort to help neighborhood residents understand how these changes benefit their public transportation choices.
Since 2004, Councilmember Johnson has been involved in turning the vision of light rail to Northeast Seattle into a reality. Through his work with the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association he helped to move the light rail station to downtown Roosevelt, and as Deputy Campaign Manager of the Sound Transit 2 transportation package he campaigned to bring light rail to Lynwood through Northgate. More recently, he lobbied the State Legislature for Sound Transit 3 funding authority, which is expected to appear on the ballot this fall.
Councilmember Johnson and representatives from King County Metro, Sound Transit, the University of Washington and Seattle’s Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be on hand to provide materials and answer questions.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Bus routes 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 83 provide service between the University District and downtown Seattle. Route 48 travels west to east. Parking is available by donation to the Farmers Market in the University Heights Center North parking lot. Free parking tokens (for 1 hour parking at nearby lots) are available at the Farmers Market information tent.
Councilmember Rob Johnson to host a community transportation event and provide information about the opening of the Light Rail station in University District and the late-March Metro bus route restructures.
Saturday, March 12
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
* Please note, Councilmember Johnson will be available from 10:15 – 10:45 am
University Heights Center
5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Councilmember Rob Johnson (D-4)
DeAnna Martin and Jeremy Fitchter, King County Metro
Craig Davidson and Trinity Parker, Sound Transit
Josh Kavanagh, University of Washington
Bill Bryant, Seattle Department of Transportation