Latest Comments asdf2 on Most SR 520 Bus Service to Remain Unchanged: Restructure Focuses on Metro 255On weekends, Metro does use the single service pattern, sending every bus to Brickyard. The tail is an unnecessary weight that's holding back the frequency of the rest of the route. Similar to the 271's tail in Issaquah preventing the DT Bellevue->U-district segment from running more than once/twice per hour. Regardless of what people are saying in the comments, people are voting with their feet against the tail. And for good reason - the 255...asdf2 on Most SR 520 Bus Service to Remain Unchanged: Restructure Focuses on Metro 255The utility of the Stewart/Denny stop is somewhat limited because the buses only stop there going one direction. Eastbound, you have to backtrack to Convention Place station, which is a bit of a trek. Stewart/Denny is also about the same distance from the center of SLU as Westlake Station is - so you can do it. asdf2 on Most SR 520 Bus Service to Remain Unchanged: Restructure Focuses on Metro 255Agreed - sending the 545 to South Kirkland P&R would be too time-consuming, and would generate a large volume of hate mail from everyone packed into it. And the only riders it would gain would be people waiting for a 255 who happen to see it come first. Even worse, South Kirkland P&R has limited maneuvering room, and can't really accommodate many more buses per hour than it already has before buses start having to...asdf2 on Most SR 520 Bus Service to Remain Unchanged: Restructure Focuses on Metro 255Once you're already at the Link station, I think you can actually get to SLU more quickly by riding the train than staying on the bus to campus parkway and riding the 70. The train is fast enough and frequent enough that you'd basically be pulling into Westlake station by the time would have been just getting on the #70 in the U-district. From Westlake, you have many more options (40, 62, 70, C-line, streetcar)...Dan Ryan on Most SR 520 Bus Service to Remain Unchanged: Restructure Focuses on Metro 255Once the Connector is open, it will be five minute headways up to Westlake and Thomas. Ten minutes beyond Thomas. Dan Ryan on Most SR 520 Bus Service to Remain Unchanged: Restructure Focuses on Metro 255Metro backed off the original suggestion to cut the Brickyard tail last year. It was unpopular in public comment, and unpopular with City of Kirkland. But, yes, it would be a poor use of resources to put any more hours into the tail. The 255 3-flavor structure is cumbersome, but there isn't any other way to (a) put some, but not too many resources into Brickyard, (b) add capacity at peak for downtown and South...Robert Fusco on Tunneling to the Junction is a Wasted OpportunityThere have been aesthetic arguments for a tunnel on the Ballard side too. I'm glad you mentioned a fixed bridge since that is an option that I feel isn't getting enough attention. I'd take fixed bridges and elevated lines in a heartbeat if it meant we had more money for more or better placed stations. Mark Dublin on Tunneling to the Junction is a Wasted OpportunityDo you mean it has to run on one rail? Or just that it be elevated. There's a reason why there are so few of them in the world: starting with complexity of every switch, what can one rail deliver that two won't do better? But recalling our own last effort, might want to start by giving technical decisions to design engineers. Instead of calling the whole profession treacherously backward.One thing I would like to...Railcan on Tunneling to the Junction is a Wasted OpportunityYep. Semantic or no, there is no argument. There are cost estimates for each ST3 project in the plan that correspond to the scope voters approved. Adding scope not in the plan isn’t possible if it jeopardizes other parts of the plan. The only real exceptions are cutting projects for Transportation, risk or financial reasons (see Boeing Access and First Hill from Sound Move, or the ST2 recession deferrals, respectively), or adding funding from an...Carl on Most SR 520 Bus Service to Remain Unchanged: Restructure Focuses on Metro 255Not sure I understand your point I would make all the peak only buses (252, 257, 268, 311, 540, 541, 542) go to UW, and leave the 7-day routes (255, 545) going to downtown all the time. Clear and understandable. B on Most SR 520 Bus Service to Remain Unchanged: Restructure Focuses on Metro 255The diagram shows the 255 going west of the Triangle. Which makes sense since surely, it wouldn't be making a U-turn anywhere near there, so it must be running further west than just UW Station. If it runs to Campus Parkway, transferring to the 70 would be a solid option for getting to SLU, as well as direct service from the east side to The Ave and that part of campus. asdf2 on Most SR 520 Bus Service to Remain Unchanged: Restructure Focuses on Metro 255"I don’t know how many people in Kirkland are going to North Seattle vs. downtown/south/central Seattle though." It's hard to say because there's a feedback loop going on where better bus service to north Seattle encourages more people to ride the bus for such trips. Today, the three-side ride and downtown backtrack options are both horrible enough that very few people will use them. On other hand, if the new 255 suddenly provides connections to...asdf2 on Most SR 520 Bus Service to Remain Unchanged: Restructure Focuses on Metro 255The detour through the Montlake triangle will add several minutes to thru-riders headed to other parts of the U-district. Roughly, the time added for a thru-rider and the time saved for a rider transferring to/from Link will be about equal. In this case, it may be justified, since existing ridership patterns suggest most riders will be transferring to/from Link. It should also be noted that, even with the detour, it still obeys the Hippocratic Oath...asdf2 on Most SR 520 Bus Service to Remain Unchanged: Restructure Focuses on Metro 255As to how to redeploy the saved service hours, my opinion is strongly in favor of boosting frequency of the 255 through it's most important segment - downtown Kirkland to Seattle. Weekday frequency of 10-15 minutes is ok, but evening/weekend frequency of 30-60 minutes is difficult to use, and this restructure finally provides the service hours to fix it. Unfortunately, it looks like (if I am reading the post correctly) that the city of Kirkland...Nadoka on Tunneling to the Junction is a Wasted OpportunityThis is [ah] Richard Bullington on Tunneling to the Junction is a Wasted OpportunitySorry, "44 subway". I'll. forever think of it as the 43, because that's what it was when I lived in Wallingford. Or the "30" pre-trolley. Richard Bullington on Tunneling to the Junction is a Wasted OpportunityAll of those "go against" the 43 subway forever. There are only three hours per weekday that there are more than six buses per hour in one direction on the 44 between 15th and 45th and 24th and Market. Those are mostly articulated coaches and anecdotally, they could use some more during the rush hours. So let's say they run eight per hour for two hours in each peak. Artics carry about 100 people fully...Jonathan Dubman on Most SR 520 Bus Service to Remain Unchanged: Restructure Focuses on Metro 255It's three traffic signals (left on Roanoke, left on Boylston, straight at Lynn) plus a ramp meter. Maybe not too bad, but then there's congestion on the Mercer off-ramp and at Mercer/Fairview to contend with. Seems like a mixed bag. Then there's the creative idea of getting off at Montlake, traversing through the U District, and getting back on the I-5 express lanes at 42nd St, which was proposed earlier but doesn't seem to be...Richard Bullington on Tunneling to the Junction is a Wasted OpportunityHenry, Yes, it is. But interestingly, because they are intermittent studies have shown that they are more irritating than the constant drone of freeways. Richard Bullington on Tunneling to the Junction is a Wasted Opportunity"abundant water, mild summers and ...."