2021 was the slowest year at STB in well over a decade. Nevertheless, both readers and commenters turned out when we did:
- “The Fate of Washington State Highway 304” (10/25). One of our new writers, Melony Joyce, sketches the big picture for our ferries, was almost five times as viral as the next most popular post.
- “East link restructure: Bellevue & Redmond” (9/25). After the hiatus, Frank takes us back to our bread and butter, bus restructures.
- “East Link restructure: Bothell, Duvall, Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville” (9/30). Oran covers a slightly less popular corner of the County.
- “Light rail cascades into Snohomish County” (6/23). Former staffer Lizz takes photos of Link construction.
- “How to park at Northgate Station” (10/26). Frank provides a very practical guide to a confusing issue.
- “Ready the ballot box: Seattle wants Northgate-style light rail expansion citywide” (9/23). The board of Seattle Subway connects the excitement of Northgate with its broader agenda for citywide rail.
- “For the lack of an announcement” (12/1). Riders trapped for hours in a tunnel is a one-off fiasco, but I argue it’s an extreme example of persistently poor rider communication.
- “Sound Transit could make Lakewood to Seattle bus service faster instead of slower” (8/19). Alex suggests a small change to make things better for riders.
- “Community Transit builds new connections at Northgate” (9/27) New writer Mike Bjork previews the first wave of Link responses by CT.
- “Open things when they’re ready” (10/5) I argue that we should just open stuff when it’s done, not wait for all the services to come in together.
- “Sound Transit could make Lakewood to Seattle bus service faster instead of slower” (8/19, 420 comments). 3rd all time!
- “Link frequencies will increase on June 12” (6/7, 288 comments). People were excited to take a step towards normal.
- “Weekend open thread: Public Health recommends masking again” (7/24, 273 comments). Readers bring up the usual inflammatory topics.
- “Weekend open thread: e-bikes could change cities forever” (8/14, 237 comments)
- “West Seattle-Ballard Link costs revised more than $4 billion higher” (1/7, 207 comments) Dan discusses the worst local transit news to emerge in several years.
- “Weekend open thread: parking requirements ruin restaurants” (9/3, 204 comments)
- “Weekend open thread: Welcome Northgate, Roosevelt and U District” (7/10, 201 comments). Our dear readers don’t really need us to write anything to get going.
- “News roundup: part 2 of 2” (5/6, 199 comments)
- “South Bellevue Park & Ride reopens to little fanfare” (11/17, 166 comments). Sherwin shares a good example of opening stuff when it’s ready.
- “Fixing ST’s costs requires a legislative agenda” (10/11, 165 comments). Largely misunderstood, I argue that agencies should build a lobbying agenda to revise environmental laws to make it easier to build projects.
Have a pleasant 2022.