Pros and Cons of Truncating Bus Routes at Link: Route 150

Nine years ago Martin looked at the general problem of I-5 buses terminating at Rainier Beach. However, removing buses from the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel provides an opportunity to review if there are cost savings or efficiency improvements by truncating routes formerly in the tunnel and forcing a transfer to Link. Truncating is a balancing …

Refined I-405 BRT to speed buses, attract more riders

Sound Transit has significantly refined the design for I-405 BRT which is anticipated to begin service in 2024. The final set of refinements from Phase 1 of design were shared with the System Expansion Committee at their March meeting. The design changes reduce travel times on the corridor and improve reliability. The shorter travel times …

Trailhead Direct Expands For Its Second Season

Trailhead Direct begins its second full year of service on Saturday, April 20, with expanded routes to two new trails with assistance from the county and state parks departments. Last year, King County Metro used additional funding from the Seattle Transportation Benefit District to run from April to October on three routes between Seattle and …

Metro Wants to Serve Lots of New Places

We’ve devoted considerable coverage to Metro Connects, the long-range plan that Metro first published in 2016 and the King County Council adopted in January.  We’ve focused mainly on the massively expanded frequent network Metro envisions, with 26 RapidRide lines and frequent service slated to serve most King County residents.  But the plan’s vision goes well beyond …

Installation Error Cause of Link’s August Electrical Malfunction

On August 8, a severe electrical malfunction at the Tukwila traction power substation caused extensive damage to the unit, according to Paul Denison, director of light rail operations at Sound Transit. Following the outage, drivers were given orders to slow acceleration. Briefing board members Thursday during the Operations and Administration Committee meeting, Denison said an …

The Practical Pitfalls of Link’s Distance-Based Fares

Distance-based fares have a lot of fans among transit nerds, for a number of reasons, from practical – raising more revenue when the train lines become really long – to the patently absurd, such as that they will incentivize people to live closer to their jobs or incentivize Sound Transit not to build really long …

The Southeast Seattle Bus Restructure Responds to Community Input

By King County Councilmembers Joe McDermott and Larry Gossett King County aims to deliver public transportation that grows access to jobs and education. Transit transforms communities and economies, helps address inequity, and plays a role in mitigating displacement. As STB has covered, the County Council is currently considering multiple changes to the bus network which …

News Roundup: Frequency in Tri-Cities

Rob Johnson drops his push to make Uptown upzone more aggressive due to public comment. Show up to meetings, everyone. Ben Franklin Transit (serving the Tri-Cities) launches a restructured network that’s designed to to improve frequency and directness on core routes, and extend the span of service. There is now all-day 15-minute service between four …