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  • [Another] Alex on News roundup: part 1 of 2Edit: ***not concerned with transit from a COVID safety standpoint*** I fail at typing.
  • [Another] Alex on News roundup: part 1 of 2To me the return of office workers to transit hinges on whether they are comfortable with being inside near strangers for more than 15 minutes twice a day. Even if 50% of my old AM commute bus trip's riders come back, that's a mostly full seated load, which means obviously no social distancing for many people. I don't think we are remotely there yet as a society - people by me still assiduously step to the other side of the sidewalk when walking by fully masked. Personally, I'm concerned with transit from a COVID safety standpoint - I'll be fully...
  • Tlsgwm on News roundup: part 1 of 2Re #3 above: "...because capital costs are usually a minority of lifetime costs," Back in Feb 2018, ST made a presentation to the COP regarding its STart program status. In that presentation, the ST staff outlined the funding formula for art projects tied to Sound Move and ST2 as follows: STart Sound Move & ST2 Combined: 1998-2023 Capital $49.27 M Operating $ 4.93 M Art Total $54.19 M **Operating/Maintenance Fund: 10% of Art Life-time Budget Has ST changed that mix for ST3? If they have, I wasn't aware of that. I can't seem to find the ST3 template for the...
  • Jim Cusick on News roundup: part 1 of 2Now where's my paisley shirt?
  • Glenn in Portland on News roundup: part 1 of 2The problem with the equipment isn’t the tilting, but the weight allowed under unbalanced superelevation. A certain German transit advocate has written much about this using the Cascades Talgos as examples, some of which survives today. Eg: https://zierke.com/shasta_route/pages/04example.html https://zierke.com/shasta_route/sidenotes/u-super.html
  • Daniel Thompson on News roundup: part 1 of 2Absolutely TT, the return to the tunnel by East Link will be huge on the eastside. Safe, congestion-free travel through downtown Seattle is the whole point of the tunnel, at least for eastsiders. Plus continuation to the UW. I don't think anyone will complain about that part of East Link. And I think the ride will be pretty across the lake and along the greenbelt when the trees grow back in. The long spaces between stops will make riders feel like they are really covering ground. The issues with East Link are more on the eastside. We now know there...
  • Ness on News roundup: part 1 of 2Guess we'll just have to do the flaming guitars ourselves :) performance aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaart
  • Pat on News roundup: part 1 of 2In the case of Roosevelt, I'm told the reason nothing can be built above the station is because the ventilation equipment for the entire Northgate Link tunnel is located there. I suppose it could be possible to integrate that equipment into an apartment building, but I doubt it's an attractive prospect for any developer. There's abundant low-hanging fruit in all of the detached SFHs within a half mile of the station that could and should be redeveloped if the city ever gets around to upzoning them. As AJ noted, the construction staging area next to the station was turned over...
  • Mike Orr on News roundup: part 1 of 2"In nearly all two-seat trips involving Link and a residential collector, Link will be the final carrier in the to work journey." I agree that hybrid Link+bus commutes to a workplace/school within walking distance of a Link station may be 80%, but not 98% as your "nearly all" implies. For somebody working at Children's or the First Hill hospitals, there will be a last mile bus. Both Martin, I, and my roommate have or had a commute with a last-mile or last-three-miles bus to Interbay, northeast Seattle, or north Kent. Even if just 20% of commutes are like this, that's...
  • Daniel Thompson on News roundup: part 1 of 2I am not sure the ride home, or last mile access, is more important, at least for the work commuter, because usually you have to be at work at a time certain. If for some reason the trip home takes an extra 15 minutes there is no penalty, whereas you show up 15 minutes late to work there can be a penalty, and a big one. That is when frustrations rise if a transfer is involved, or first mile access (feeder bus) or light rail is not frequent. The proof will be the total trip time using Link compared to...
  • Tlsgwm on News roundup: part 1 of 2"Where’s the Judkins Park Station flaming guitar?: Exactly. That's why I described the planned murals as "meh" overall. Such a missed opportunity. I'd love to hear some Hendrix riffs whenever taking an East Link train headed to Bellevue to meet up with my spouse, who works there, or family or friends who live there. A delay at Judkins Park Station would become welcome. Lol. Fun fact: A version of "Hey Joe" was recorded and released in 1967 by Cher! https://www.songfacts.com/facts/jimi-hendrix/hey-joe
  • Mike Orr on News roundup: part 1 of 2Who cares as long as it's immune to traffic and has more all-day frequency than the existing buses? Aurora was a lost opportunity, but the chosen plan will be an immense benefit. Truncating hundreds of CT and ST buses in Snohomish County is a big deal. And the new transit market that will open up between Snohomish and North Seattle will probably exceed most people's expectations. The I-5 corridor in Snohomish County is unfortunate but that's how the county is oriented. One advantage is it goes near Mountlake Terrace's downtown. 99 doesn't go near any downtown, and downtown Edmonds is...
  • Al S. on News roundup: part 1 of 2I agree that the journey back home is more important than many think about, and that is often the most difficult to make (like if someone works late or grabs dinner first). That’s why the term “last mile” is more prevalent than “first mile.” I will also say that it’s a heck of a lot easier to stand (usually with some sort of bag or case) on a light rail train than on a bus running on the freeway. Ride quality is a big deal, and that’s a huge game changer with East Link because the distances are much further...
  • RossB on News roundup: part 1 of 2A truncated route followed by taking Link (to the same place that the bus used to go to) is rarely an improvement. It is everything else that Link gives you that makes it worth it. I've used this example before, but folks who used to commute downtown on the 41 had it better in the old days. The bus quickly got them to and through downtown. Now they will have to transfer. This is just a sacrifice they will have to make so that others have a better system. The folks headed to the UW, Roosevelt or Capitol Hill will...
  • Al S. on News roundup: part 1 of 2I will happily tolerate any decent aerial structure if it doesn’t compromise safety. Has anyone seen a thorough explanation of last week’s Mexico City Line 12 collapse last week?
  • AJ on News roundup: part 1 of 2What else is an elevated guideway supposed to look like?
  • Tom Terrific on News roundup: part 1 of 2Who knew BART del Norte would look like an HSR line through Shoreline and MLT? ST has a terrible Edifice Complex
  • Tom Terrific on News roundup: part 1 of 2Glenn, that's certainly true. Talgo's are amazing when pulled by a low CG motor. Three decades ago I was lucky enough to go to Spain with my wife, including Malaga for a conference. We took the pre-Ave train from Madrid which was an early Talgo. Because we wanted to see Granada and there wasn't a decent connection between Malaga and there, we rented a car which we kept for the trip back which paralleled the old rail line between Madrid and Cordoba. I remembered that we had whizzed around one particularly tight curve and on the trip back recognized the...
  • Tom Terrific on News roundup: part 1 of 2The "to work" commute is much more important than the "to home" trip. In nearly all two-seat trips involving Link and a residential collector, Link will be the final carrier in the to work journey. It will run frequently at peak hours, even if mid-day headways stretch out. The bus legs will be operating on the periphery of the congested regional cores, so they'll become more reliable. They won't be lined up on Stewart or Fourth South in sight of their riders' destinations. Put all that together and contrast it to Link's much better reliability and swift passage through downtown...
  • AJ on News roundup: part 1 of 2Yeah all those CT and Eastside expresses should go away by 2025, so presumably this is for something else. If the C won't use it, where does the C layover now? Same for Rapid-Ride Rainier, which the Metro Connects map shows ending at Mercer in 2025.
  • Al S. on News roundup: part 1 of 2Great succinct points AJ. I really like the “art museum” comment. The core tragedy is that ST seems convinced that their art program is without flaws (similar to their overall approach to anything). I’d love to see artistic blown glass lighting or carved wood Salish walls or tile artists depicting a mountain slope or forest. Instead it seems that those in charge have created a system that they don’t want to change — and we are destined to have decades of irrelevant, impractical and uninspiring public station art.
  • Jimmy James on News roundup: part 1 of 2New Northgate Transit Center. Sorry.
  • Jimmy James on News roundup: part 1 of 2Is Metro going to expand the bicycle locker capacity for the new transit center?
  • Jim Cusick on News roundup: part 1 of 2Where's the Judkins Park Station flaming guitar? Well, as long as all train announcements are made with the "All Along the Watchtower" riff preceding them. And.... the first thing over the PA in the morning should be his rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner", with the appropriate finale/seque.
  • RossB on News roundup: part 1 of 2I think the 304 lays over there as well. It comes from the north, but serves the south end of downtown first, and loops around. I don't see that happening once Link gets here. Nor do I see the C using it. The bus would have to loop around, which would be rather challenging. Likewise, in a couple years, the East Side expresses go away. That leaves buses from the south, which I could definitely see. They could take advantage of some of the red paint in Denny Triangle to cover that area. Instead of Howell being used by express...