Latest Comments Chris on The Seattle Squeeze is an OpportunityWhy does everyone thing right hand transit lanes are such a problem? Here in Europe they are the normal case. The car lanes for right turns are left of the transit lane, and the transit lanes have separate signals (usually with on deman priority) to avoid incursions. asdf2 on Metro Expands Ride2 Shuttle Service to West SeattleIdeally, there would be a shuttle van sitting at Seacrest Park, wait for the arrival of each boat - in which case, the boat->bus transfer would entail zero waiting. Of course, the flip side - if there's only one van, what happens if different people getting off the boat want to go in different directions? The answer becomes a lot of riding around in circles. Ian O on The Seattle Squeeze is an OpportunityHere is to hoping Sound Transit holds on to all 154 days of float in the Northgate Link project plan and opens 4 months early Glenn in Portland on Period of Maximum Deals Has ArrivedA huge number of electronic systems that fail do so in the first few hundred hours of use. Thus, transit agencies do “burn in” testing with no passengers before they are allowed to carry passengers. TriMet prefers 4,000 miles, according to their press releases. Published delivery schedule + burn in suggests to me you might be looking at August 2019. Mark Dublin on Period of Maximum Deals Has ArrivedShouldn't have lost control there, Engineer. But I really have had it with the simpering shruggery I'm hearing from the media. "Welllll, it's gonna be a mess and a lot of us are going to have a real slow commute and nobody knows how long and in other news..." Your list is a badly needed warning. I've worked alongside skilled tradespeople since college. And therefore know a longshoreman's reaction to being late, either for work...asdf2 on Metro Expands Ride2 Shuttle Service to West SeattleSo, the general theme here is that first/last mile transport in motor vehicles, pretty much however you do it, is going to be very expensive, least when people's travel directions are scattered for that last mile, as opposed to everybody trying to go the same way all at once. Any kind of shuttle system, you're going to have a lot of empty driving to get to a pick point to carry just 1, 2, or...RossB on Metro Expands Ride2 Shuttle Service to West SeattleOnce the van bus is electric and autonomous you’ve got the low operating costs needed to make the service ubiquitous. There, fixed it for you. OK, there probably will be some vans here and there, on low density corridors. But those that exist will run like buses do now (only more frequently). There is no reason to a have an unreliable, infrequent van, heading back and forth like an airport shuttle when you can have...Jean on The Seattle Squeeze is an OpportunityYES it does!’n Mark Dublin on Period of Maximum Deals Has ArrivedNot to worry. Jeff Bezos has invented a drone the size if a bus, which is probably what he used for the fuselage, fitted with those giant circular fans like the ones in Mall camera shops except bigger. With a fleet of them, Jeff's plan is to collect as many workers in all your categories who have indicated required amount of resentment against having to weld things on their leather upholstery, for instance.... And evacuate...barman on Period of Maximum Deals Has ArrivedHave they said anything about operating 4-car trains? If not, why? barman on Period of Maximum Deals Has ArrivedThe number of jobs with telecommuting options are about 7%, which is similar to the number of people who carpool. Obviously not everyone can do it but it's worth at least encouraging, right? Engineer on Period of Maximum Deals Has Arrived"Better yet, ask your manager if you can telework so you can avoid commuting during the closure period altogether." Construction/Carpenters/Plumbers Longshore Workers Machinists Nurses/Doctors/Medical Fields Teachers Police Mechanics Janitors Cashiers Cooks/Chefs/Waiters/Food Service Postal Workers Bank Tellers/Clerks Professionals who work on-site (inspectors, managers, etc) Yes, they can all stay home. ??? The vast majority of Seattle's workers will be reporting to work, every day, through this entire period. Except... Amazon? Non-essential banking personnel? One or two...Mark Dublin on Metro Expands Ride2 Shuttle Service to West SeattleAll due respect, Bruce, but in view of what Seattle's really looking at, I think posting space has something better to fill itself with than van service. Seattle is about to get hit with a major emergency, duration unknowable, for which its government has made no preparation at all. If I could afford the suits and haircuts to be liberalville's first Alt Right mayor- would be licking my chops while the waiter runs for the...AlexKven on Period of Maximum Deals Has ArrivedHas ST put a date on when next year's shipment of Link cars can be put in service? B on Metro Expands Ride2 Shuttle Service to West SeattleI hope Community Transit is paying attention! The goal needs to be provide a 10-15 minute wait time option to get to Lynnwood Link. Whether it's a frequent bus (e.g., Edmonds CC to Alderwood Mall corridor) or a "DART" like shuttle service. Even "a paltry 100 riders" is a lot of space in a park and ride lot, and at the going rate, it is several million dollars to build those parking stalls not to...B on Metro Expands Ride2 Shuttle Service to West SeattleI think the point is that unlike south Seattle, *all* modes of access from west Seattle to downtown will be snarled--to the tune of 50-100% longer travel times per Metro's projection! Except the water taxi. Of course, your water taxi options on the Seattle side are: take an actual taxi (more likely the Uber/Lyft version) or a walk up the steep hill and a few blocks along 3rd to Link. Hmmm.... having a bus that...Al S. on Metro Expands Ride2 Shuttle Service to West SeattleYes, slower-moving driverless shuttles from major hubs is a big part of the future of suburban transit. It’s just too expensive and ineffective to pay for drivers in buses that come so infrequently that no one wants to wait. Think of it as replacing park-and-ride lots. Period of Maximum Deals Has Arrived on Metro Expands Ride2 Shuttle Service to West Seattle[…] West Seattle’s Seacrest Park water taxi dock, from which there will be more weekday water taxi runs, from Monday, January 14 through March 27. However, Metro and SDoT are partnering on even cheaper options to the dock and the Alaska Junction, including Ride2 service, more runs on water taxi connector routes 773 and 775, more parking near the dock, and… […] Bruce Nourish on Metro Expands Ride2 Shuttle Service to West SeattleNote, I didn't say the service was inaccessible. I said it wasn't mandated by the ADA, unlike most paratransit. Al S. on Metro Expands Ride2 Shuttle Service to West SeattleWhy is West Seattle getting this? There are plenty of routes available that serve parts of this area. Route 50 also is the only route in the Seward Park area — yet this service is not available there. Why is Metro playing favorites? By the way, Route 50 is only at 20 minutes a few hours a day. It’s at 30 minutes most of the day.