Apr 04

Mayor Durkan Proposes Short-Term Downtown Mobility Projects

...bus service on 4th. Some routes will be moved to a new transit pathway on 5th and 6th avenues in September 2019, as part of the bus tunnel mitigation, but existing (and congested...

    Mayor Durkan Proposes Short-Term Downtown Mobility Projects
    Earlier today, Mayor Durkan announced a pair of initiatives that aim to reduce car traffic through downtown in the coming years. A $30 million package of near-term mobility projects will come online through the end of 2021. This period is called the period of "maximum constraint" caused by the Convention Center's takeover of Convention Place Station and other downtown megaprojects.
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Mar 22

News Roundup: Another Helpful Debunking

A closer look at plans to add safety improvements in Green Lake & Wallingford.

    News Roundup: Another Helpful Debunking
    Forget gondolas, turn Silver Line Green. ST is hiring a Senior Transportation Planner. The mean musical chairs of rising rent and home prices. A bold, divisive plan to wean Californians from cars. For low-income renters, the affordable housing gap persists. Pollution impacts heighten the need for lids or freeway removal.
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Mar 20

Residents Think Big During Early Scoping

...will be best located near the base of First Hill. A new downtown station at 5th & Madison does not add much new service area. An underground station at 8th & Madison could serve...

...station at 5th & Madison does not add much new service area. An underground station at 8th & Madison could serve Virginia Mason, Harborview, the Convention Center, and high-density residential neighborhoods without adding...

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...number of riders that would use a First Hill Station entrance at a place like Boren and Madison would be significantly more than would use an Avalon Station...

...Seattle being “bus intercepts”, but there is at least the possibility that the oval from 35th and Avalon to 44th and Alaska becomes a real urban center. If that happens the bus intercept...

I’d be willing to huff it or take a bus from 15th and Market to the heart of Ballard, but my wife would not, she’d tell me call...

...Link lines using the same platforms down there with bus transfers no more difficult than 5th and Jackson, which leaves more space for transit oriented development. Having 3-4 stations at different elevations...

...further west than Fauntleroy. By the way, it’s 1/4 mile from California to Fauntleroy at Alaska Street — an acceptable distance for a bus-rail transfer from what was listed in the Page...

    Residents Think Big During Early Scoping
    Residents are thinking big, and some of the proposals Sound Transit received during the early scoping period for the West Seattle Ballard Link Extension (WSBLE) could strain the ST3 budget. ST presented the comments during a meeting of the WSBLE Stakeholder Advisory Group Wednesday night.
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Mar 07

Service Change: Metro’s Music Keeps Playing

...service change, but will initially use the usual routing.  Starting in April, buses will use Martin Luther King Jr. Way south of Jackson, not serving the neighborhood loop in Judkins Park.  I expect this shuttle to serve mostly...

    Service Change: Metro's Music Keeps Playing
    After almost three years without any significant service cuts, we've gotten pretty used to happy service change announcements from Metro. The latest change, which begins this coming Saturday, March 10, is no exception. Service additions are sprinkled throughout the system without much countervailing bad news.
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Feb 23

City Pushes for Apartments Without Onsite Parking

A 2017 hearing examiner’s decision halted plans for an apartment building at 6726 Greenwood Ave., agreeing with the group, Livable Phinney, that the location of the proposed housing units did...

    City Pushes for Apartments Without Onsite Parking
    In response to a successful challenge by a Phinney Ridge neighborhood group over the lack of onsite parking proposed for a 57-unit apartment building, the city is planning changes to the land use and zoning code that would allow the project to continue.
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Feb 21

West Seattle and Ballard Link’s Draft Alignment and Many Comments

In the Ballard area, the most popular comments suggested specific designs for the 15th & Market station; one asked for an underground station with an above-ground plaza, while another suggested...

The Downtown tunnel would begin at a portal near 4th Avenue West and Republican Street, just above Elliott Avenue West. Republican would have two stations approximately 90 feet below street...

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...the current Westlake station (itself 60 feet under street level). The proposed Midtown station at 5th Avenue and Madison Street would be among the deepest in the system, at 110 feet barely deeper than University...

...the West Seattle Bridge). Trains would make their away around Pigeon Point and stop at Delridge Way Southwest and Southwest Andover Street, about 50 feet above street level and with a great view of the last steel...

...viaduct, topping out at 160 feet above golf tees and caddy bags, and stop near Southwest Avalon Way and 35th Avenue Southwest. The tracks would move into the median of Fauntleroy Way and run up to Alaska...

    West Seattle and Ballard Link's Draft Alignment and Many Comments
    On Tuesday night, Sound Transit put on an open house in West Seattle that was well attended (a little crowded, at that) and seemed to generate good ideas.
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Feb 17

Seattle Metro Rapid Transit Map “circa” 1990

West Seattle busway (Orange) providing an exclusive 2-lane pathway for buses between 35th & Avalon in West Seattle and a cross-platform bus-rail transfer at the Spokane station in...

    Seattle Metro Rapid Transit Map "circa" 1990
    Fifty years ago this week, February 13, 1968, 50.8% of Greater Seattle voters voted yes to the Forward Thrust rapid transit proposition. The construction of a 49-mile rapid transit system modeled after BART and the Washington Metro needed voters to approve $385 million in general obligation bonds.
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Jan 22

Critiquing the ST Express Fare Restructure Proposals

401 S. Jackson St.

    Critiquing the ST Express Fare Restructure Proposals
    Sound Transit has rolled out a survey offering 2 options for restructuring ST Express bus fares. Both options would institute flat reduced fares ($1.50 for low-income and youth riders and $1 for Regional Reduced Fare Permit holders), getting rid of the de facto county line surcharge for each of these payer categories.
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Jan 19

I-90 Bus Routes Changing in September

For riders heading to the Eastside, the last downtown Seattle bus stop at 5th Avenue South and South Jackson Street will move to 2nd Avenue Extension South and South Jackson Street. Eastbound buses will also stop at the new stop at S. Charles St. before merging onto I-90.

For riders heading to the Eastside, the last downtown Seattle bus stop at 5th Avenue South and South Jackson Street will move to 2nd Avenue Extension South and South Jackson Street. Eastbound buses will also stop at the new stop at S. Charles St. before merging onto I-90.

    I-90 Bus Routes Changing in September
    King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit released the September 2018 service changes to I-90 bus routes, prompted by the closure of the Rainier Freeway Station. Construction of Judkins Park Link Station, part of East Link, requires the closure of the Rainier Freeway Station and the I-90 bus ramp that connects buses to the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel (DSTT).
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Jan 04

News Roundup: The Case for the Subway

28 story residential tower (eventually) coming to 8th & Cherry.

    News Roundup: The Case for the Subway
    The subway built New York; now it must be repaired at any price ($). Jonathan Mahler's survey of the history and present of the New York subway is a tour de force. If you read only one thing this week, make it this.
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Dec 28

No Clear Consensus on Routes 3/4

...geographic lines; First Hill Improvement Association and WHEEL (which operates a women’s shelter near 8th and James) opposed the change, while Yesler Terrace Community Council supported it.  Supporters cited better reliability and...

...keeping with this split feedback, Metro plans to study a variety of options using both James and Yesler.  The agency will study transit priority measures on James, to see if there is any...

    No Clear Consensus on Routes 3/4
    Metro recently released a summary of community feedback on its proposal to move a short segment of routes 3 and 4 from James St to Yesler Wy. As we've come to expect with proposals to change the oldest parts of Metro's network, the feedback was deeply muddled.
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Dec 13

When can Public Infrastructure be Repurposed?

The conversation over the tunnel’s future continues tonight with a free panel discussion to explore alternative solutions for the tunnel co-hosted by Recharge the Battery and Design in Public starting at 6:30 pm at Seattle’s Center for Architecture and Design at 1010 Western Avenue.

    When can Public Infrastructure be Repurposed?
    When the Alaskan Way Viaduct undergoes demolition next year, WSDOT plans to use the Battery Street Tunnel as a disposal site for the Viaduct's debris, but a group of residents is pushing for a second life for the 65-year old tunnel.
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Dec 07

Imagining a Post-Carbon Transportation System

The opening reception for the free exhibit is today between 6pm – 8pm and will run through February 17, 2018, at the Center for Architecture & Design located at 1010 Western Avenue.

    Imagining a Post-Carbon Transportation System
    As automobiles began taking over cities in the early 1900s, an exhibit at the 1939 New York World's fair titled "Futurama" gave visitors a glimpse of a city twenty years in the future where cars ruled the landscape.
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Nov 22

RapidRide H (Metro 120) Is Having a Second Survey

...retail, or as a transfer point with 128 & 60 (which can be harmlessly moved to 17th & Roxbury...

    RapidRide H (Metro 120) Is Having a Second Survey
    Planning for the conversion of King County Metro route 120 into RapidRide H has begun a second round of community input. Most of the alignment will be exactly how route 120 runs today. However, the alignments north of downtown, through White Center, and near Burien Transit Center, are being reconsidered, as is stop spacing.
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