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  • Glenn in Portland on News roundup: June highlightsThe wacko 24 routing also can be justified by how it gets used during the middle of the day. There are a few people that ride it from their homes to stores in the village or to the grocery store at the north end of the neighborhood.
  • AJ on Eastside transit restructure kicks offFuture development at the Redmond Sears location: redmond.gov/595/Seritage Good pictures here (2nd half of PDF deck): https://www.redmond.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1482/Meeting-Slides-03-08-2018-PDF?bidId=
  • RossB on News roundup: June highlightsat first glance, the entire 249 route map looks like a mess I get that. My point is that it is common for coverage routes. Consider West Magnolia. It is low density, and it is easy to argue that it shouldn't have any service in the middle of the day. So what do they do? Combine it with the other coverage route, the 24. The result is one of the craziest routes in our system. It loops around so much that you can get off the bus, jog down the hill, and pick it up again. Twice. But the alternatives...
  • Bernie on Eastside transit restructure kicks offThe Overlake Sears is slated to be all tall mixed use. Don't know the timeline but I'm thinking in the next year they break ground since there has been no effort to least the space that exists even for seasonal stores. Fred Meyer is the only big box store left in Overlake. Target and Home Depot are in Wilburton. Walmart is in Factoria along with a larger Target and several other large stores.
  • Ness on News roundup: June highlightsThe 545 is being deleted, but large swathes of its hours are going to be poured into the 542. And once the WSDOT work at Montlake is done, that area should be a much smoother transfer.
  • Ness on About that heat domeI used to do it regularly at my old apartment before a friend moved out of state and gave me her AC unit. That place was regularly 10+ degrees higher indoors than the stated highs for a given day, and could not vent heat for crap. Somehow it was also crap at retaining heat in the winter, too. So I'd either ride the F back and forth for several hours (closest major route), or head into the city and wander around because actual building shade, ride Link end to end sometimes. I couldn't do that now, even without the pandemic....
  • FDW on Eastside transit restructure kicks offWhich is why I'm advocating for a Issaquah-Renton route. It's not just about connecting the two cities, but improving coverage in each.
  • Mike Orr on Eastside transit restructure kicks off"But the area isn’t Capital Hill" It's large in an Eastside suburban context. We need to adequately serve the suburbs. ."Bellevue’s second DT would be Crossroads" Crossroads is another contender, but the Link station is at Overlake. Crossroads and Overlake are so close to each other that they're practically the same urban village like Ballard-Fremont, and they'll merge further as they grow. Crossroads has small stores but Overlake has the big stores. "or arguably Factoria. But I’d put Factoria more as Renton’s second DT." Factoria is an urban growth center but it hasn't taken off yet. It's too far north...
  • jas on Eastside transit restructure kicks offI’m sorry, but I don’t understand the comment that Factoria is “Renton’s second downtown”. It’s just too far away, and we’ll outside the city limits. Renton has one “downtown” area, and it could use some serious development. ( hope the sewer replacement project under construction right now might facilitate that.) “ The City of Renton is currently designing improvements for water, sewer and stormwater utilities in the core of downtown Renton. Improvements will address current and support future development needs within the downtown core” https://www.rentonwa.gov/city_hall/public_works/utility_systems/utility_projects/downtown_utility_improvement_project/d_u_i_p_background
  • Mike Orr on Eastside transit restructure kicks offI know Sears is gone but I don't know what will take its place. It may be a one-story car area but it has a diversity of businesses that people go to, and it's right in the middle between Crossroads, east Bellevue, the Spring District, and Redmond. It's on the way.
  • Bernie on Eastside transit restructure kicks offOverlake Village (the Safeway/Sears/Fred Meyer area) is one of the biggest all-day destinations in Bellevue @Mike, things have changed. Sears went out of business. The area is still packed with cars and I do see people walking from north of 520 to get to Fred Meyer and the ethnic markets in that complex. But the area isn't Capital Hill. Bellevue's second DT would be Crossroads or arguably Factoria. But I'd put Factoria more as Renton's second DT.
  • Bernie on News roundup: June highlightsI really think we are spreading ourselves too thin by running buses from Issaquah to Bellevue and Issaquah to Mercer Island. There simply aren’t that many people headed from Issaquah to Bellevue. Lots of people are headed Issaquah to Bellevue. You're just not going to get them out of their cars no matter what. Yes, the peanut butter can only be spread so thin. Spend the money/hrs on neighborhoods that have housing where people use transit. I haven't checked GIS data but I'm pretty sure that's not Medina. If it is, why doesn't Bridle Trails have a coverage route? 132nd/134th...
  • Mike Orr on Eastside transit restructure kicks offI couldn't find the frequencies either at first, but if you click the route checkboxes in each section and then click on each route's header, it goes to a PDF with a map and frequency grid. I was surprised at the 30-minute service too, but it has to get better than the atrocious barely-existent service it has now. And it supports the concept of reorienting Metro as feeders to Link. My main concern in the Issaquah area is whether there's an adequate connection between the Issaquah Highlands and central Issaquah. I wavered whether to add local Issaquah stops to the...
  • asdf2 on Eastside transit restructure kicks offWhere did it say the 215 would run every 30 minutes. I couldn't find anything in the restructure page that listed frequency at all, or even which routes would run on weekends at all. That said, from a network perspective, I don't think running a bus out to North Bend every 30 minutes is the best use of resources (the exception being weekend service on the Trailhead Direct Mt. Si Route); it's great for people that lives in North Bend, but won't get much ridership and will result in less service on other routes. I think a more realistic expectation...
  • Mike Orr on Eastside transit restructure kicks offOverlake Village (the Safeway/Sears/Fred Meyer area) is one of the biggest all-day destinations in Bellevue and has been since I was a kid. It's like a second downtown for eastern Bellevue. It's the best place for Link-bus connections.
  • RossB on News roundup: June highlights@asdf2 During peak hours, the metro buses go to mercer island, so the 554 aims to complement, rather than duplicate them. That isn't true. As Jason wrote, the maps are confusing (and it doesn't help that ST decided to create their own confusing maps -- get with the program ST!) but from what I can tell, here are the routes that go to Mercer Island: 215 -- North Bend/Issaquah/Mercer Island -- All day, every day 218 -- Issaquah/Mercer Island -- Peak Only 269 -- Sammamish/Issaquah/Mercer Island -- All day, no weekends Here are the routes that go to South Bellevue...
  • Bernie on Saying goodbye to the Point Defiance scenic routeI’m going to miss the Pt. Defiance Bypass. That's exactly what spurred me to take this trip. Obviously the scenery isn't a big driver for ridership. "It's great, I should do it someday". I do hope there will be some excursion trains that take this route. Overall it makes a lot of sense for the bypass. Incremental improvements help increase ridership. Non BNSF ROW improves reliability Cascades is taking the long game to HSR and I think that's the right choice. There's still time to book a trip on the scenic route!
  • Bernie on News roundup: June highlightsRE: the comments above. Yes, getting the 249 off of the "by-pass" and on 20th/Northup is a huge improvement. Detouring off Northup/20th to jog over and serve the 130th P&R I'm no so sure about. I can see why they are proposing it as a shadow route to Link but unless development changes NE 20th has lots more than what Bellevue is branding as the "Arts District". Staying on 20th/Northup also gets you to S Kirk P&R a lot faster and I see that as a big plus. I get that you want to connect to Link. The missing Link...
  • Glenn in Portland on Saying goodbye to the Point Defiance scenic routeSupposedly also it will make things more reliable due to less freight interference.
  • Bernie on Eastside transit restructure kicks offOverlake Village is an all-day destination (or at least it will be) I'd say it's still very much in the "might be, someday" classification. That area has been built out recently. I thought there was going to be more than just apartments on the old Group Health site but that plan seems to have changed. Hopefully Redmond has given up on the slip ramp idea to add yet another freeway access point. Still, I think switching to 148th offers a lot more potential ridership than 156th. It's all apartments on the west and offices (mostly not M$FT) to the east....
  • J on Eastside transit restructure kicks offI think the most impressive part has to be the replacement of the 208 with the 215. The 208 is one of the least frequent routes in the entire system, with around 2-hour headways, and the proposal increases it all the way to half-hourly service while also extending it to Mercer Island for direct transfers to Link. I didn't see that coming, and I hope some version of that sticks around to the final plan!
  • Jim Cusick on Saying goodbye to the Point Defiance scenic routeRouting Amtrak over the bypass wasn't done to specifically for the improvements in running time. It allowed Amtrak to add 4 more trains to the (pre-covid) schedule, which would have made a total of 7 Portland-Seattle round trips.
  • Mike Orr on News roundup: June highlightsYes, the 249 I grew up with was on Bel-Red road. Northup Way didn't have transit, the 226 was on NE 8th Street, and the 245 was a peak express to Renton Boeing. So when I hear 249 or 245 now I think they're somewhere else or I can't remember where they are now.
  • Bernie on Eastside transit restructure kicks offExactly, and the regular routes coverage should be such that RR-B can actually be rapid. Like staying on 156th should speed things up. RR-B is primarilly for people in Crossroads to get to/from work and do errands. It connects this area of relatively high transit use to DT Bellevue, Microsoft and DT Redmond. It also give DT Redmond techies a nice ride to M$FT until Link starts to do the heavy lifting.
  • transit rider on Saying goodbye to the Point Defiance scenic routeI'm going to miss the Pt. Defiance Bypass. What little time is gained is more than offset by the picturesque scenery through this segment, from the Rustin waterfront to passing under the Narrows Bridge to sliding by Chambers Bay and Steilacoom. I would have much rather they improved the time elsewhere in the trip. It was interesting when I had a Speedometer app open to see how far more often the train approached 80 mph than I would have guessed before-hand. My top irritant speed-wise on the train I was on was, despite it being far above the roadways below,...