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  • Mark Dublin on News roundup: disconcertingOr to honor the joint "Realm of Reason" and "Insanity Aversion" clauses, battery packs on the new 60' trolleybuses could take care of the railroad crossing at Myrtle Edwards park. Permitting a climb from the Waterfront bus lanes to rejoin the bus wire at First Avenue and let the line continue to Seattle Center. Should still be able to share a substation. Where there's a will......especially if somebody really generous with a guilty conscience left Waterfront Transit in theirs. Mark Dublin
  • RossB on Sound Transit faces $8-12 billion revenue shortfall@AJ -- So, just to be clear, you don't think there is any possibility that "costs could be lowered through reduced operations". Seriously? You really think that Sound Transit, when push comes to shove, won't cut bus service a little bit here and there? But then you argue that Tacoma benefits from a South Federal Way only extension, after strenuously arguing that TDLE is unneeded because buses should just go to Federal Way. So I’m rather confused. Sorry. I meant Federal Way, not South Federal Way. My mistake. Let me be clear by repeating what I originally wrote, and have...
  • Mark Dublin on News roundup: disconcertingAlso, not either/or with the Connector on First Avenue. No reason the lines can't share both communications and maintenance. Mark Dublin
  • Mark Dublin on News roundup: disconcertingBased on personal observation, Sam: This evening, from New Westminster to Tijuana, find me anybody with either the guts or the heartlessness to look an on-duty police officer in the face and demand they leave off the law enforcement they're already paying for their every sin by having to do. Volunteers? Mark Dublin
  • Mark Dublin on News roundup: disconcertingFDW, I wonder if I could persuade you to join me in finding away to inflict any soreness or other discomfort over the loss of Waterfront Streetcar Line Number 99 on the very few, very arrogant, and very probably rich people who sneaked it out of existence. My memory's giving me some trouble lately, but I don't recall its removal ever being put to a vote or anything resembling. Pretty far along, the rhetoric seemed to suggest saving it. Just, at every presentation, a little less definitely. In all the material of the coming Waterfront project, renderings of streetcars were...
  • Bernie on News roundup: disconcertingthe two main treatment plants are in Discovery Park and Whitewater Brightwater. The two main treatment plants are West Point (in Discovery Park, 90M gal/day) and the South Treatment Plant on the Duwamish River in Renton. The South Plant (90M gal/day) is lead for Brightwater (36M gal/day). It's also the lead for the Vashon & Carnation treatment plants. There's also four Wet Weather treatment plants to help keep up with storm overflow, Carkeek, Alki, Elliott West and Henderson. Currently under construction is another Wet Weather plant in Georgetown.
  • FDW on News roundup: disconcertingOh, the 99 is something that will be sorely missed. As a kid, I remember taking the line up and down Alaskan Wy. It's one of those things that really hit me when I finally moved here the other day.
  • AJ on The ever-present allure of capital fundsTotally fair point about volatility. And no idea on the legality issues - I just thought it was a way to both increase transit funding (generally sales tax dependent) and create more local transportation funding for roads, while not burdening the rest of the state with higher taxes.
  • asdf2 on News roundup: disconcertingI just noticed the 75%. In the middle of the city, it should be 100%. The missing 25% could easily include streets like Mercer. Another thing that should have no place in a city center is intersections that have a crosswalk on only one side. There are still some of those, including one on Denny, just a couple blocks from the space needle.
  • Sam on News roundup: disconcertingThis sounds like a story from The Onion. There can't really be anti-crosswalk button activists.
  • RossB on News roundup: disconcertingThe SDOT announcement is carefully worded, and The Urbanist didn't bother to explore it. "75% of downtown and Hub urban village traffic signals automatically show a walk signal every time so people don’t need to press a crosswalk button." Let me just back up here and point out that beg buttons are used two different ways: 1) On streets with very little traffic, they make it clear that someone wants to cross the street. In this regard it is no different than detectors on the street (for cars). 2) When the light is about to turn green, the walk signal...
  • RossB on News roundup: disconcertingYeah, the two main treatment plants are in Discovery Park and Whitewater. Discovery Park is the one that irritates me. It is the nicest park in Seattle, and a very special place. West Point is well named -- it the westernmost point on the main part westernmost point on the east side of Puget Sound (i. e. it sticks out further into the sound than anything on that side). You can see all of the Olympics, as well as Mount Baker from that point. It is a large park with significant native wildlife, yet the sewage plant takes up a...
  • Tlsgwm on The ever-present allure of capital fundsAJ: "One idea I’ve had was for the state to extend sales tax to retail gasoline/diesel …" RossB: "A per gallon tax is much better than a per value tax. It is way less volatile." While RossB's comment is on point, such a proposal to extend retail sales/use taxes to gasoline and diesel sales (at the retail level) would be a huge feat politically speaking. (The fossil-fuel industry would pull out all the stops to defeat such a measure.) Additionally, a carve-out for certain counties, i.e., King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties, would almost certainly be met with a legal challenge....
  • asdf2 on News roundup: disconcertingIn theory, a beg button allows very short light cycles when the button isn't pressed, including skipping the turns of minor streets altogether when there's no pedestrian or vehicle present. So, beg buttons could possibly shave a few seconds off some bus routes at 3 AM. At rush hour, there's tons of traffic and tons of pedestrians, so they provide zero benefit. I'm not against beg buttons in all situations. I think it's ok in places like where the Tolt Pipeline trail crosses SR-202. Most of time, there's nobody there, so no reason for cars to wait, and when you...
  • RossB on News roundup: disconcerting One way or another, the left turn off Aurora has to happen, anyway -- it doesn’t really matter much.. Yes it does. As I wrote below, there are several negative ramifications to this routing: 1) There will be no stops between 200th and the 185th station, making travel across the border a pain. 2) Same direction transfers on SR 99 will be considerably slower. 3) Transfers overall would be worse, because the transfer from Richmond Beach (and the possible Point Wells development area mentioned here) has to occur at the 185th Link Station, thus requiring a couple miles of...
  • Mike Orr on Sound Transit faces $8-12 billion revenue shortfallI took it to mean it can hold the weight of trains and didn't have anything unnecessarily hindering conversion. They may have skimped on features to make it easy because it was in the far future and may never happen, as the DSTT skimped on rails.
  • Mike Orr on News roundup: disconcertingIf the walk light is green whenever the go light is green as it should be, how can that make it worse for transit? The bus will still have to stop because cars are moving. I heard that one of the reasons for pressing the beg button was it lengthens the green time to give pedestrians more time to cross, but that was missing from the articles so Seattle's signals may not work that way or they may not have known about it.
  • Sam on News roundup: disconcertingPrediction. ST and Metro will discontinue the practice of having Fare Enforcement Officers summon the police or sheriff whenever a rider who didn't pay the fare refuses to, or can't provide ID to the FEO's. Or, have they already discontinued this practice?
  • RossB on News roundup: disconcertingYeah, that is a terrible choice. It is especially bad that the survey mentioned "bus-to-bus connections" as being a major consideration, and yet this is clearly the worst option for that. I think this is the fault of those in charge, as they didn't explain how the transfers would work under the other proposals. It is pretty easy to imagine, but since CT didn't spell it out, people assumed the worst -- they assumed that the only way to transfer is via the transit center (as it is today). As mentioned, best case scenario this stops outside the Transit Center,...
  • Sam on News roundup: disconcertingI find it odd that Sound Transit shot a video of one half of the 520 Redmond/Overlake Village Pedestrian Bridge being assembled, but didn't do a second video of it being completed. Yes, the entire pedestrian bridge is now up and spans 520.
  • M J S on News roundup: disconcertingasdf2, Isn't the 303 typically run with an articulated bus? It currently operates on the same routing that Swift by turning right on Meridian would so I imagine it's not an issue
  • Mark Dublin on News roundup: disconcertingAlex, I just this minute ran your plan by a very nice lady at KCM information. What she told me is that your very presence serves a variety of highly essential purposes, possibly including testing the toxicity of the only jar of cleaner left on the shelf at Costco. Should you announce your claim of nonessentiality to anyone in operations or fare-enforcement, you'll be thanked for refuting the right-wing claim that since there's no such word, Jay Inslee is inventing fake violations to make Donald Trump lose the election. And also thanked for your service. Persist, however, and someone who's...
  • Mark Dublin on News roundup: disconcertingNeed some emergency info. Friend of mine who drives Link seriously worried as to whether the Urbanist's "Beg Button" victory will mean a 100% off-zone stop on MLK for every single train. Says that this order of delay is more or less the permanent "Order of the Day". Truth? My own position, long in public domain. The Angel of Victory will be at the controls of the leading front-end loader as it gets its blade into the first undercut taking, say, Othello under the tracks and station. Good definition-clarifier too. Railcar routinely stopped in traffic is a streetcar. Kinki-Sharyo held...
  • Bernie on News roundup: disconcertingBrightwater only treats sewerage from Northeast King County and Southeast Snohomish County. Here's a link to a PDF of the drainage basin map.
  • ALEX on News roundup: disconcertingI’m going to start taking transit this weekend. I’m done. We have been essentially locked down for over three months now. I’ll wear a mask, but I’m tired of being indoors - and I plan on taking a shit ton of non essential trips!