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  • Brent on Tweaks to Union Street, 4th AvenueWe don't need a new SDoT. They know what they are doing. The mayor is to traffic engineering what Paul Schell was to Mardi Gras policing.
  • Brent on Tweaks to Union Street, 4th AvenueEverything we do to convince people to fly across the country or around the world is a mistake. That said, WSCC is not the authority refusing to install bus lanes on 1st Ave S, or wherever Craig's bus is stuck. Nor is Metro or ST. This bus stops with the mayor.
  • Glenn in Portland on Tweaks to Union Street, 4th AvenueBasically, demolish the past year of construction at the convention center and convince WSCC this project is a huge mistake.
  • Craig Rowland on Tweaks to Union Street, 4th AvenueI know this is off topic but I don’t know where else to post. How do we fix the bus tunnel situation? My commute has gone from a beautiful 20 minute breeze to a 75 minute slog since moving to surface streets. I’m sure the trains run a bit better but this has not been a good trade off.
  • Mike Orr on Tweaks to Union Street, 4th AvenueThe discretion seems to be based on allowing deliveries ("How can businesses get their supplies otherwise?") and car thoroughput ("If we ticket everyone there would be a traffic jam and drivers would complain to the city council"). Those priorities have to be changed from the top.
  • Mike Orr on Metro’s least reliable routesI've also discovered the benefit of the 7/49 interline evenings, going from southwest Capitol Hill to Little Saigon. The two-seat alternatives aren't that great, either bus-bus or walk-Link-bus or walk-streetcar. Center City has a general transit hole going northwest-southeast. (I.e., from Uptown/SLU/Pike-Pine to First Hill/Cherry Hill/Little Saigon.) The mythical "Metro 8" line could serve it, depending on its alignment. (I.e., would it serve Swedish Broadway, Swedish Cherry Hill, or Garfield High School? Those are three different corridors.)
  • Mike Orr on Metro’s least reliable routesI've long been a supporter of splitting long routes for reliability, and applauded splitting the 174 (now 124+A) and 48 (now 48+45) and 7 (now 7+49). I used to feel the same about the 26/28/131/132, but over the years I've gradually come to see the benefit of a North Seattle/South Seattle route, and my limit for an interline is now the entire city rather than five miles. So I don't think the 26/28/131/132 and 65/67 need to be split but rather they need spot transit-priority improvements. Another alternative is to split them but have both routes go all the way...
  • Mike Orr on Metro’s least reliable routesThe water taxi is debatable in ordinary times, but it's necessary during waterfront construction. It's was the established alternative at the time, so it and its feeders are being emphasized now. The same thing happened with the E during viaduct construction. It was the existing route so it got the extra runs.
  • Mike Orr on Metro’s least reliable routesThere are multiple paradigms for an "unbalanced" route (i.e., higher ridership in one half). A) Split the route. B) Split two routes and create two new routes, one with the two high-ridership segments and one with the two low-ridership segments. Metro did this with the 1 and 14 (originally two routes serving 1/36 and 47/14; now three routes serving 1/14, 36, and 47). C) Attach a coverage segment to a stronger route. This can "save" the segment from being deleted, and potentially increase its ridership. The 62's NE 65th segment is like that, inasmuch as it saves previous NE 55th...
  • Mike Orr on Metro’s least reliable routes"The only part of the 67 that is likely to be unique is service along Roosevelt Avenue north of 65th. Even then, during rush hour you will have the 77, running just a few blocks over." The 77 will presumably be restructured in 2021. Its only stops are at 145th, 110th, and 80th, so it can't be used for Maple Leaf to the U-District which is the 67's primary market.
  • Mike Orr on Metro’s least reliable routesRoosevelt is a strong corridor, not a coverage area. I lived at 55th and had destinations at 65th, 80th, Northgate, Meridian Ave, 50th, 45th, 42nd, Louisa/Lynn/Roanoke, Mercer, and north and south of Mercer. I only used the 66 for some of these, but others living elsewhere along the line would use the other ones. And Roosevelt/Eastlake/Fairview is growing significantly. The RapidRide design studied terminating at 45th, 65th, or Northgate, and settled on 65th. This implies a 67 is necessary north of 65th, and I assume it will continue south to 45th, Campus Parkway, UW Station, or continue interlining with the...
  • Brad on Tweaks to Union Street, 4th AvenueAgree with A Joy - very little enforcement of these rules, except for occasionally on 3rd Avenue with the one motorcycle cop. They ignore drug dealing and fencing stolen goods, why would parking or the bus lanes be a concern. I've also seen the cops block the bus lane to park and walk somewhere else (not in a rush). They don't care.
  • A Joy on Tweaks to Union Street, 4th AvenueI strongly disagree. SPD allows delivery vehicles to park on sidewalks and at bus stops near 4th and Pike literally every day. The bike cops just sit there and watch. In fact, if you walk up to them and ask them to do something about it, they'll refuse. They'll cite "officer discretion" as the reason, and if you persist declare you to be the problem. The SPD doesn't care about applying the law evenly and fairly. If you don't have a lobbyist or make over 500k a year, SPD literally doesn't care about you. They won't stop drivers from illegally...
  • wait, what? on Carsharing probably needs more carsI already primarily use Lime because it's cheaper than car2go even before these new rate policies go into effect. Also, have you tried taking Lyft or Uber 6 miles (or more) during rush hour? It is not cheap and hardly a comparable alternative. Though, I'll be sure to use Link when it's a 10 minute walk from my house in 2024. Perspective lol.
  • Evan D on Tweaks to Union Street, 4th AvenueThere are police at 4th and Pike pretty consistently, so this has a slightly better chance of being enforced than other areas.
  • ColumbiaChris on Podcast #81: normal reaction of the bureaucracyI was not expecting an STB podcast to spend so much time talking about how we should have more cars and pay less tax on them... ;)
  • Tim on Abandoned by the city, riders take matters into their own handsParking ticket are issued to the owner of the car based on the license plate. It really isn’t complicated.Driving isn't parking.
  • RossB on Metro’s least reliable routesThe water taxi is very valuable and I use it during the day and on weekends because the 37 only runs for 9-5 commuters. That is my point. It is crazy that the water taxi runs all day, but the 37 doesn't. The 37 (or at least a truncated version of the 37 as Arthur suggested) should run all day. It is the water taxi that should run infrequently. As it turns out, that is what happens in the winter, making the current setup really bad. By the way, I'm OK with running it more often in the summer, especially...
  • Russ on Metro’s least reliable routesThanks Pat, although municipal feeder buses (DART style) could canvas neighborhoods to bring riders to mainline Metro Buses. I think what you’re referring to is King County Metro’s support to carry riders to Sound Transit (Link stations). As for the Water Taxi, when it shuts down during the day on the winter schedule there are no transit options for Alki/Harbor residents. Once people are turned away from mass transit it’s difficult to win them back. As for costs and CO2 per person being a noble metric, if the system doesn’t meet our needs, we will not use it, which in...
  • Ness on Metro’s least reliable routesI guess you missed the part where Russ is talking about West Seattle.
  • Pat on Metro’s least reliable routesRuss: They do. There are Via shuttles in the Rainier Valley to connect people to Link. This blog has written about it.
  • Russ on Metro’s least reliable routesBut the water taxi fare is higher, therefore the losses could be lower.
  • Russ on Metro’s least reliable routesThe water taxi is very valuable and I use it during the day and on weekends because the 37 only runs for 9-5 commuters. The water taxi shuts down during the day on winter schedule leaving parts of Alki with no transit options during the day. Why do we only speak of commuters? Many of us have off schedule jobs, retired, or are just not working and need to get around town like everybody else. Transit should not be profitable. It’s a public service. Why does the City of Seattle not sponsor feeder buses through neighborhoods to Metro lines?
  • asdf2 on Metro’s least reliable routesConsidering all the problems the west Seattle buses have downtown at all times of day, I'm weary of eliminating all day service on the water taxi at least until that's resolved. For better or worse, it gets you downtown in a way that completely avoids downtown traffic.
  • Brent on Metro’s least reliable routes@Breadbaker, You again miss the point. If you want more and more reliable feeder service to Kent Station, scavenge the hours from the 157, 158, and 159. If you want more parking availability, charge for the parking, and keep raising the cost until there is sufficient availability. If you want to raise social justice concerns about access to parking, ST has an ORCA LIFT solution. Just building more free parking makes it a lot harder to have bus feeder service.

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  1. Ah, I see how to do it now. One has to click on the article to open the comments.

    The revision is very nice looking. I like it.

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