Jun 09

New Housing Coming Near Northgate Link Stations

A few weeks ago, a big 24-story, 227-unit tower at Brooklyn Avenue and NE 47th Street (just over a block from U District Station) picked up design approval and is set...

    New Housing Coming Near Northgate Link Stations
    While work Northgate Link moves past construction and into cleanup and testing, developers have been busy drawing up plans for new housing near its stations. Opening day is only three years away, so projects that have started early design review should be able to finish up around the same time that light rail service begins running, though some sites are further behind than others.
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Jun 03

Sunday Open Thread: Cap Remap

First thing your walk will show you is that 8th and Madison is a leafy neighborhood intersection with no station room whatsoever. Only usable choice is Madison...

...Madison is a leafy neighborhood intersection with no station room whatsoever. Only usable choice is Madison and Boren. Second choice, Broadway. So along with the panicked Sound Transit Board and the terrified City...

    Sunday Open Thread: Cap Remap
    Tomorrow, Capital Metro in Austin launches a Houston-style network restructure they call Cap Remap that streamlines routes and expands frequent service to more of the city.
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May 30

A Cheap ST3 First Hill Study

Oran’s mapping software estimates an 8th & Madison alignment as adding roughly 0.09 miles, or 475 feet, to the length of the...

...show us that First Hill is both large and inadequately served by current transit. A 5th and Madison station doesn’t do much to bring the big First Hill employers inside even the...

    A Cheap ST3 First Hill Study
    It appears we're not going to get a formal study of building the Midtown Station on 8th Avenue, much less further up First Hill. However, a little searching can give us an idea of costs and benefits. Call it the discount version of the study Sound Transit will refuse to give us.
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May 29

East Link Photo Tour (Part 1)

...be of use to photographers with a good zoom lens. A set of stairs at South Atlantic Street and 15th Avenue South has the best east-facing view of the future station, aligning with the lanes of...

    East Link Photo Tour (Part 1)
    It's been just over two years since Sound Transit broke ground on East Link, the 14-mile light rail line that will funnel Eastside traffic into Downtown Seattle and points beyond. As promised last week, I've got more photographs and recommendations across the entire first phase (as the Downtown Redmond segment hasn't quite started), but will have to split this into two halves because of length.
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May 19

Elected Leaders Bail on First Hill Station

...Ballard, but the most contentious discussion involved whether to move forward with analysis of an 8th & Madison station on First Hill.  Seattle Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and King County Councilmember Joe McDermott both...

    Elected Leaders Bail on First Hill Station
    Last Thursday, the Sound Transit 3 "Elected Leadership Group," a supergroup of local elected officials (the Infinity War of transit oversight, if you will), met to consider which of Sound Transit's Level 1 alternatives should advance to Level 2. The ELG's recommendations, like those of the nonelected "Stakeholder Advisory Group," are nonbinding.
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May 16

Book Launch & Panel Discussion: Free Public Transit

...the Seattle area. The event will be held 6:00-8:00pm at University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE. You can RSVP on Facebook here...

    Book Launch & Panel Discussion: Free Public Transit
    by KATIE WILSON There's a new book out called Free Public Transit: And Why We Don't Pay to Ride Elevators. On Monday, May 21st, the Transit Riders Union is hosting a book launch and a panel discussion of past, present and future efforts to advance the vision of free public transit here in the Seattle area.
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Apr 27

DSTT Escalators Have Problems, Too

To take one example, the up escalator at the 3rd & University tunnel entrance was inoperative from March 14th to April 3rd “due to a problem with the handrail drive system,” in the words of Metro’s Scott Gutierrez. “Repairs were completed as soon as Kone had a crew available.”

    DSTT Escalators Have Problems, Too
    Sound Transit's rider-hostile escalator policy is under scrutiny right now, but there are similar problems with escalators in the Metro-run Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel (DSTT), extensively renovated for light rail in 2008.
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Apr 24

Most SR 520 Bus Service to Remain Unchanged: Restructure Focuses on Metro 255

...downtown, with up to 25% better travel times on 4th Ave. The added pathway on 5th and 6th alleviates pressure on all avenues. Bus passenger capacity across downtown would increase by 3700 in...

Off peak 255 and 545 need less than 10 minutes from Montlake to Westlake and Fifth and Pine.

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Also don’t underestimate the access that Stewart and Denny provides to SLU. You can walk to the further parts is SLU in 10 minutes from Stewart and Denny. The closest Link takes you is Westlake station, which is much much farther away and now instead of one seat plus walk, it is three seats

    Most SR 520 Bus Service to Remain Unchanged: Restructure Focuses on Metro 255
    The once ambitious restructure of bus service between Seattle and the Eastside over SR 520 has been reduced in scope and is expected only to include a truncation of Metro 255 service at UW. At last Thursday's King County Regional Transit Committee meeting, Metro staff confirmed that Sound Transit no longer intends to propose any changes to their routes on the corridor.
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Apr 24

Tunneling to the Junction is a Wasted Opportunity

...Transit 3 in 2016, they consented to a “provisional alignment” to take trains from roughly 15th & Market to the West Seattle Junction via South Lake Union and Downtown. A long line with...

    Tunneling to the Junction is a Wasted Opportunity
    When voters approved Sound Transit 3 in 2016, they consented to a "provisional alignment" to take trains from roughly 15th & Market to the West Seattle Junction via South Lake Union and Downtown. A long line with a long tunnel through downtown required compromises.
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Apr 23

ST3 Level 1 Alternatives: Downtown

If you could get to 6th, however, and push for a freeway lid between Madison and Spring to improve the walk shed, would that be an almost acceptable compromise?

    ST3 Level 1 Alternatives: Downtown
    Last week we described the latest concepts for light rail in West Seattle and Ballard. Today, we'll talk about the path through greater Downtown, from Lower Queen Anne to Chinatown. In a deviation from the follow-the-monorail theme of other segments, the representative alignment skirts the edges of Belltown to provide a direct line to South Lake Union.
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Apr 21

ST3 Level 1 Alternatives: Ballard & Interbay

...guideway (a route made easier if the Magnolia Bridge is removed), to a stop at 20th & Dravus St.  Three routes A second option threads the narrow buffer between the rail yard and the...

...the golf course, a less populated area, to a station in the industrial area around 17th & Bertona.  The final route option stays on 15th Avenue in an elevated guideway...

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Once we’ve crossed the canal, we have a few options.  20th & Market is the westernmost and closest to the historic core of Ballard.  15th & Market is the...

...few options.  20th & Market is the westernmost and closest to the historic core of Ballard.  15th & Market is the most direct coming from the bridge and is our baseline assumption.  17th & Market...

...15th & Market is the most direct coming from the bridge and is our baseline assumption.  17th & Market gets you a bit closer to old Ballard, while another option at 14th Ave NW...

...assumption.  17th & Market gets you a bit closer to old Ballard, while another option at 14th Ave NW & NW 51st St puts you in an out-of-the-way industrial area that would be easiest to...

    ST3 Level 1 Alternatives: Ballard & Interbay
    Yesterday we discussed the first cut of alternatives for light rail to West Seattle. Today we'll focus on Ballard and Interbay at the opposite end of the line.
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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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