It’s been a while since we checked in with SDOT’s Transit Spot Improvements program. This is a small pot of money for SDOT engineers to make minor improvements to transit operations and rider amenities, which would not otherwise be funded as part of a RapidRide corridor project, an arterial repaving project, or a larger state or federal grant. Some improvements are fully SDOT funded, and some are cost-shared with Metro.
Here’s what SDOT has on the docket for 2017. I’ve omitted a few projects that are purely maintenance of existing facilities, important though that is.
|Olive Way & Boren||Q2||Install EB queue jump (saving 87 sec/trip).|
|Broadway & Yesler||Q2||Upgrade signals to improve streetcar turning movements (saving 130 sec/trip).|
|Olive Way, Terry to Minor||Q2||Install EB peak period transit lane.|
|Aurora Ave, 115th to 145th||Q3||Refresh transit lane markings.|
|15th Ave NW & Market||Q3||Install rear bus pads for RapidRide D.|
|Railroad crossings, TBD||Q4||“Exempt”/”Tracks out of service” signs to allow Metro buses to avoid stopping at RR crossings.|
|Various, TBD||Q4||Install protected left-turn signals|
|Various, TBD||Q4||Install channelization, signs and markings to improve operations.|
|Lake City Way & 125th||Q4||Install bus bulb.|
|Blanchard St, east of 3rd||Q4||Install BAT lane (saving RapidRide C 4 min/trip); new RapidRide stop at 6th.|
|15th Ave NW, Leary to Market||Q4||Install BAT lane; install ped signal at 53rd.|
|Westlake, Blanchard to Fairview||Q4||Install red painted transit lanes.|
|Route 60, TBD||Q4||Provide rear door pads for various route 60 stops.|
|Broadway, Pine to Marion||Q4||Install SB transit lane, subject to traffic analysis and outreach (saving 55 sec/trip).|
|Terry, Republican to Mercer||Q4||Rechannelize to improve streetcar operations.|
I don’t have too much to say about the project list overall, other than that everything sounds great, and I want more of it, faster. I’m especially happy about the 15th Ave NW ped signal, which will provide benefits far beyound transit. Perhaps missing from the list are heavily-used stops in the Fremont area, and speed and reliability improvements on the Uptown couplet.
One thing, in particular, I’m interested in hearing about in the comments: suggestions for left-turn pockets and other signage and channelization improvements. I’ll collect suggestions that seem feasible to me and forward them to SDOT.