Dublin is reimagining its bus network.
Friday night it as pleasant to discover that the last Souhbound Sounder now leaves King Street at 6:30 rather than 6:12.
So on Thursday I had a layover between a flight at SeaTac and a southbound Cascades train. Google Maps suggested to do this through Renton, which was fine by me as I had dinner in a restaurant there before heading over to the station.
Every single time (3 of 3 times) I crossed the street at a major intersection from and to the transit center I was almost run over by drivers running red lights deep into the light cycle.
Renton in general is fairly pedestrian hostile but this certainly takes it up several notches.
Tillicum Bridge in Portland, right, Glenn? City Hall PLAZA, in Oslo same as what we’d call our Waterfront when it deserves it, shows how comfortable people can be with streetcars when they get used to them. Like before they’re born when they first sense noise and vibration.
Train drivers tell me they’re ok with close quarters too. Though for serious crowds, line is shut down.
But certainly does not work with buses- even a few inches’ side-to-side uncertainty justifiably scares people on a primal level. And more important for us: Would rather our Waterfront mixed walkers with double-bottomed semi’s than cars.
For most of the world, like Brazil and Crimea where I’ve expressed interest in trolleybus driving, have been warned that in a week I’ll pick up driving habits that’ll lose me my tricycle license for life. But at the same time most hair-raising example of both road-sharing (still have to pay the van driver) and transit driving skill, was the young Masai woman owner of the company missing people’s coat sleeves by a button-thread.
And nobody missing any buttons. But worst worry on my driving horizon is how much of the world is suburbanizing. Cars and people in large numbers sharing enough space that the cars can pick up both speed and indifference. In Sweden within forty miles of the rail-highway bride to Denmark, you don’t want to be admiring a huge white wind turbine co-existing with cows while you’re crossing any arterial.
Public Transportation is Failing King County’s Wealthiest Communities.
So far I just have the title to a transit story I thought up.
Failing to do what, Sam? But agree that “Failing” will be a good title for the movie too. But will also work for the above video. But maybe construction plans are included in same how-to-do-it harp-shaped bridge manual missing from today’s article.
Likely somebody lost their bet that they could put buses on i t about same time we did. Like the old blessing says: “May ye be a thousand years in Hell before yer Mayor Durkan sees the cost overrun!”
But maybe fact there’s not a single bus route goes across it is because she doesn’t want Ireland to know she’s Anti-Bus.
Matched with the video’s complete lack of plans for how to make Dublin transit so great, this had to be be a covert attack with computers that looked like 1936 typewriters.
Like the old blessing says: “May ye be a thousand years in Hell before yer Mayor Durkan sees the cost overrun!” Maybe fact there’s not a single bus route goes across it is because she doesn’t want Ireland to know she’s Anti-Bus.
Mark…..Due-blin is a city left over from the Austrian Empire, which definitely had some great streetcars. I think they made those blue ones in Trieste with a coupe stretches of cable.
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