Latest Comments Mark Dublin on Seattle presents potential improvements around light rail stations at 130th and 145theddiew and RossB, while the future of transit and much else has seldom been harder to "read", I do seem some positive possibility for the bus transportation that in addition to its own importance, is also crucial to the success of any rail endeavor. Not meaning to "needle" Dow Constantine, who I'm sure meant well in a recent statement, but I think it's both true and important to stress transit's potential as one of our inevitably-changed economy's key employers. In both operations and manufacturing. There's at least a chance that San Francisco's and Boston's "Vertols" taught Boeing enough lessons that...Frank Chiachiere on Seattle presents potential improvements around light rail stations at 130th and 145thAccording to an email from OPCD there are a series of sequential feedback sessions (sorry, can't find it on the website). This is the "mobility" conversation. Zoning is next. Fun! June 2020: Online Community Conversation: Vision July 2020: Online Community Conversation: Mobility August 2020: Zoning and Transit Oriented Development September 2020: Affordable Housing and Livability eddiew on Seattle presents potential improvements around light rail stations at 130th and 145thamen to RossB comments. I also commented. Two important projects in the area were not mentioned: adding sidewalks to Aurora Avenue North between North 115th and 145th streets; and, frequent transit service between Bitterlake and Lake City. Seattle has limited budget and rights of way. Their TBD buys service. Al S. on Seattle presents potential improvements around light rail stations at 130th and 145thThis process is a bit confusing: OPCD initiated an upzone study process yet the input here is for things like greenways, which honestly are only tangentially related to the stations. Shouldn’t the upzone be part of the process? Is this admission of an upzone “defeat“ (unlike Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood)? Shouldn’t these small enhancements be presented more at the end (except for new trails connections and any separated crossings)? There is a 522 BRT Open House at the same time, that actually includes shifting the 145th St stops. (https://sr522brt.participate.online/). There is also the Shoreline work in the same area...Donde Groovily on Send the Woodinville bus to UW, not BellevueWhy end at Woodinville? Extend some of them north to Snohomish and cut the useless detour for Monroe that Snohomish residents are forced to endure on the 424. asdf2 on Seattle presents potential improvements around light rail stations at 130th and 145thConsidering the lack of an I-5 entrance ramp, is traffic really that bad to require a bus lane? I don't like the idea of having the bike lane just end a few blocks before the station. RossB on Seattle presents potential improvements around light rail stations at 130th and 145thI filled out the survey a while ago. Most of these projects are great -- they are relatively low cost ways to substantially improve mobility in the area. Hopefully there will be enough funding to make them happen. The only ones that I have trouble with are those that conflict with major transit corridors. The stations at 130th and 145th are being built entirely for bus access. The vast majority of users will get to the station by bus. It is essential that the buses move well in the area. There are only two main transit corridors: 130th/Roosevelt/125th and 15th....Ramona on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearingI'm a driver. I want more people to wear their masks properly if only for my safety but I'm not going to do any of these things. The simple reason is that Metro has told us to not enforce the mask policies which means if I do I'm going to face punishment and possible job loss when I do and someone loses their shit. Metro told us that fare enforcement will be downtown and on buses to help with mask compliance. I haven't even seen them loitering downtown let alone on my bus. If we want compliance we should be...Mike Orr on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearingI didn't go on an arterial. I went east on Myrtle Street, which is a narrow residential street east of MLK; north on 44th Street, which is the north-south greenway and closed to cars for the first part, past Graham until 44th ended at Juneau Street; then east for a block; north on Rainier for just two blocks; and east on Orcas Street to the park entrance. caphiller on Test drive: GIG carshareI used Gig when it launched about a month ago and had a great experience. Everything worked well and the cars are brand new. I hope they find success in Seattle. Skylar on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearingWe've done the same walk and Columbia City is definitely preferable. Assuming Third Place Books is open, it's even better/closer. Mark Dublin on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearingSince customer services themselves told me over the phone that by law destinationality is the passenger's "call", no driver had better admit to it when their Base Chief calls them in to discuss the complaint. Besides, how does the saying go...."Not all who wander are non-destinational?" So considering many people's most likely destination, better just leave it lie. Mark Dublin Mark Dublin on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearingFavor you can do drivers, passengers, and the transit system alike, Mike. Next time somebody lays down the law with an inaudible order, note time, location, route, and coach number and file a complaint. Specifying that the driver be trained in the use of her own PA system, which I'd bet most drivers aren't. If you've got the time, cc your elected reps. Because whatever her intentions, her sulky-sounding failure to communicate certainly did put her in danger of getting hurt. "I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but I'm not allowed to move my bus until someone gets off. My follower...Jason Shindler on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearing"Passing up a rider who looks “non-destinational”" I don't think that would fly legally or logistically in Seattle. asdf2 on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearingI think technically Othello station is slightly closer, but the difference is tiny, and I prefer to walk from Columbia City Station because it's on mostly residential streets and staircases, rather than 35 mph arterials. Mark Dublin on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearingSince I think Brent's topic here is making sure that passengers not only wear their masks aboard but wear them so they work, I don't think transit has to wait 'til JBLM starts providing those advisory nurses. Put together a corps of people who will stand in the zone beside the door both repeatedly demonstrating correct use of the mask, and also handing them out to those who need them. But who are also familiar enough with routes and schedules that they can help with passenger information. Considering the current medical risk, does the law allow this work to be...Mark Dublin on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearingBrent, if by "you", you mean the transit agency that's refusing to give drivers and passengers the skilled, trained, and also "sworn" division of specialists that this emergency duty requires, and that I've been demanding from my elected officials for a month.... By way of thanks for your support, let me finish up with the heartfelt wish that neither your safety nor your life ever depend on the design strength of the average transit-vehicle door in the face of what-all the world keeps ready to kill you for if you cross it. Especially considering the percentage of our citizens who...Mike Orr on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearingColumbia City Station is closer than Othello Station? (And it was Othello above, not Rainier Beach.) asdf2 on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearingOne trick to get to Seward Park is to just take Link to Columbia City Station, and not with the 50 at all. Link doesn't have the capacity limits that the 7 does, and if you don't ride the 50, the transfer time doesn't matter. The walk between the station and the park entrance is just over 30 minutes. asdf2 on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearingI personally do not wear a mask when I'm just walking around in my neighborhood, but if a person passes by, I will move over into the street to maintain a 6 foot distance, if possible. If not, I just hold my breath when I pass by, and in less than a second, it's over. You can't get COVID from someone passing within three feet of you, outdoors, for half a second - the closeness has to be sustained for enough time to inhale enough virus particles in order to get sick. Indoors, I am much more religious about wearing...Mike Orr on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearingI'm mainly concerned about an increasing number of full buses. I'm wondering if I'll be able to go to Costco anymore because of the difficulty in getting a northbound bus back afterward. I haven't been turned away yet but once the bus got full en route, and usually it's just a couple seats under it, and the last time I ended up basically strong-arming a seat. The 132 came with a "Bus full" sign but it stopped and some people got off and three or our got on. I sat down and the driver said something in front I couldn't...AM on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearingFor whatever it's worth, in the more suburban-style neighborhoods like the one I am in now (mostly single family homes), most people who are walking around are not wearing masks. I tend to go overboard so I wear one even just to take the garbage out to the curb, as the sidewalks are narrow and 6ft distancing is a pipe dream. Occasionally I get odd looks from maskless people passing by (usually the same people who don't give a rats' ass about maintaining safe distance), so I've taken to taking the garbage out late at night to avoid such encounters....Mike Orr on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearingI saw a significant change after the governor ordered everyone to wear masks outside if they're around others. Buses that were previously 50% went up to 90%. I was on about ten buses and two trains in the past ten days (including a 3-seat ride and a 2-seat ride), and everyone around me was wearning masks. I couldn't find anyone who wasn't. This was on the 131 and 132 (previously bad), 7, 8, 10, 11, 45, 49, 50, 71, and Link. Outside it's a different story. In central Seattle most people have masks, although you sometimes run across a couple...Brent White on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearingOr let me put it this way... If someone is around other people outside their household, and not wearing a mask, their very breath is violence. If you allow an unmasked rider to board, you are an accessory to the violence that rider is about to unleash on the riders they walk by. Jim Cusick on Give operators more tools to enforce mask-wearingRetrofit the bus air-conditioning to be suction ports, and have the driver control the amount of suck that can be drawn from the 'mask avoider's area. Crank that puppy up full blast!