All posts by Oran V
Weekend open thread: why do people commute by airplane?
Weekend open thread: Trains and the Berlin Wall
Weekend open thread: Earthwork
Earthwork is the foundation which roads, whether highways or railways, are built on.
Weekend open thread: the South Shore Line
Weekend open thread: Traditional vs suburban development
Weekend open thread: Moynihan Train Hall
Holiday Weekend open thread: Dubai’s urbanization
Weekend open thread: every urban freeway has a story
Using a city builder game to tell a story about the impact urban freeways have on the communities they run through (more on this at Strong Towns)
An alternative to Link station pictograms
Each Link light rail station has a pictogram as a secondary identifier intended for people with limited English language proficiency. However well intentioned, the pictograms are poorly implemented and lack a logical system underlying their construction.
The last time we wrote about pictograms was five years ago when Sound Transit unveiled the pictograms for U-Link and Northgate Link. With nineteen new Link stations projected to open in 2023 and 2024, it is near time to evaluate whether they are fulfilling their purpose and whether other methods are more accessible to all users.
One alternative is station numbering. Each station is assigned a short code consisting of a symbol representing the line and a number representing the station. Countries like China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand use it for aiding visitors unfamiliar with local names and the non-Latin alphabet.Continue reading “An alternative to Link station pictograms”
Brickyard BRT station could bridge both sides of 405
The future Brickyard Stride BRT station in the median of I-405 could provide access to more than just its namesake park & ride lot. Instead of crossing only halfway from the parking lot, WSDOT’s latest concept now has a footbridge extending across the entire freeway, creating a new non-motorized crossing as a shorter alternative to the busy NE 160th St overpass.
The east entrance at 116th Ave NE & NE 155th St puts more of the Queensgate/Kingsgate neighborhood within walking distance to the station and creates a new gateway to the Tolt Pipeline regional trail. The west entrance at the Brickyard Park & Ride is in a more central location, making it more convenient for people parking in the southern lot.
As a former regular user of the Brickyard station, the lack of a bridge to the east side was glaring when I first saw the early concept in 2019. I gave my feedback during the open house in February this year and it is nice to see the project continually refined even as it faces delays.
This latest concept comes from plans included with environmental review documents prepared by Sound Transit for the I-405 BRT project in September. Let’s look at the details.Continue reading “Brickyard BRT station could bridge both sides of 405”
Sunday Open Thread: Open Subway Windows
Osaka Metro shows you how to open the window for fresh air on their various train models.
Sunday Open Thread: How Tokyo’s Subway Keeps On-time, Clean, and Safe
Sunday Open Thread: The Garden City Explained
Sunday Open Thread: Every 12 minutes on a single track
Christof explains further with photos in his Twitter thread.
Sunday Open Thread: The Trains of Half-Life
Sunday Open Thread: Cities Skylines
Cities: Skylines is basically the modern successor to SimCity. This guy is making a Seattle-inspired city complete with Link trains.
Sunday Open Thread: Serving Those Who Serve Us
This is an open thread.
Greater Eastside Transit Map
The need for social distancing has limited Metro’s in-person efforts to inform riders about the North Eastside restructure that it put into service on Saturday but with many of us staying at home, that means more time to read all about it.
For those who are visual learners, I present to you the Greater Eastside Transit Map. My goal is to introduce new and upcoming transit offerings on the Eastside through an engaging and appealing graphic that represents service levels, routing, as well as areas served by the on-demand Community Ride service in a format that is simple to read. Major transit projects like East Link light rail and Stride BRT on I-405 and SR 522 are shown to give people a preview of the near future. The map builds on the design established four years ago by my Seattle Transit Map while incorporating a brighter tone and more streamlined look.
The Eastside map was created in partnership with the Greater Redmond Transportation Management Association (GRTMA), who advocates for better biking, walking and transit in Redmond. They plan to print brochures that include the map.
Sunday Open Thread: Snakeybus
It’s a game that crosses Snake and Crazy Taxi but with buses.