A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Holiday info for Metro, Seattle Public Utilities

December 22nd, 2015 by Doree

King County Metro Transit will run a Sunday/holiday schedule on Friday, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1. It’s also running a reduced weekday and “no UW” schedule this week and next. Be sure and check Metro’s service advisory page for route info.

Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up garbage, recycling and food yard waste on Christmas Day, and the South Transfer Station will be closed that day. All regular Friday collections will be collected on Saturday.

If you subscribe to food and yard waste collection, you can put out your Christmas tree and other holiday greens on your regular collection day at no extra charge, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 10. (Multifamily buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.) Trees need to be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, and branches trimmed to less than four feet, and bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Remove all ornaments and tinsel.

Full details on holiday composting is here.

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Weigh in on Metro’s proposed bus changes after Link light rail comes to Capitol Hill and UW in 2016

May 19th, 2015 by Doree

The new Link light rail stations in Capitol Hill and at the University of Washington will affect bus routes throughout the city once they open in 2016. Metro has proposed changes to 32 routes, including the 28 and 48 in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood, to streamline regional transit.

Route 28 Local and the 28 Express would be combined, making weekday buses more frequent. Route 48 would be more frequent both on weekdays and weekends.

Fill out Metro’s survey by May 31 to tell them how these changes will affect you.

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Metro schedule changes on Saturday

February 10th, 2015 by Doree

Metro Transit’s spring schedule takes effect on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Updated printed route schedules are available now, and electronic schedules will be posted online on Friday. Until then, you can use Trip Planner to plan trips for dates after Feb. 14.

For routes serving Greenwood and Phinney Ridge, the only change is a detour at the south end of Route 48.

Fares also increase by 25 cents on March 1.

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Metro service cuts start Saturday, Route 48 Express to end

September 23rd, 2014 by Doree

Metro’s first round of service cuts go into effect this Saturday. In our neighborhood, the Route 48 Express is being discontinued. But Route 48 local will fill in a few of those gaps by having three morning peak period trips start at 32nd Avenue NW and Loyal Avenue NW instead of 1st Avenue NW and NW 90th Street.

Service will be canceled on 28 routes and reduced or revised on another 13 routes. As a result, riders will see about 250 closed bus stops, nearly 1,200 changed bus stop signs and 800 posted rider alerts.

By entering a date after Sept. 27 in Metro’s online trip planner, riders can see what alternatives are available as routes are canceled or revised. New orange timetables also are available. Metro customer service is providing trip planning help at 206-553-3000.

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Most Metro buses returning to normal routing late Friday morning

December 20th, 2013 by Doree

Update 3 p.m.: Metro says all buses have returned to their regular routing, but may still experience delays due to weather and road conditions.

Earlier: Metro Transit says most buses have returned to their normal routing after this morning’s snow. Routes 5, 28 and 48 in Greenwood-Phinney are among the routes back to normal routes, however buses may still be delayed due to slick roads.

Check Metro’s Snow & Ice alerts page for updates.

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Metro preparing for icy, snowy commute Friday morning, delays are possible

December 19th, 2013 by Doree

Metro Transit is preparing for possible snow and ice in the Seattle area Friday morning. That could mean reduced service or late buses. Here are some tips from Metro:

  • Sign up to receive Transit Alerts for the routes you use.
  • Check the print and online timetables for snow route maps.
  • If the weather is bad, check the color-coded status map on Metro Online before you travel.
  • Be patient. Buses are not always on schedule in snowy or icy conditions. Increased ridership during bad weather can result in crowded buses and a longer-than-usual wait on the phone for the Customer Information 206-553-3000.
  • Your favorite smartphone apps and online trackers may not be reliable when buses are rerouted or significantly delayed.
  • Dress warmly for the walk to the bus stop, expect delays, and wear appropriate footwear for the weather.
  • Head for bus stops on main arterials or at major transfer points such as park-and-ride lots, transit centers, or shopping centers.
  • Riders should wait at bus stops at the very top or very bottom of hills, because buses are often unable to stop for passengers on inclines.

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Watch out for construction on Aurora as crews complete RapidRide pedestrian improvements

November 13th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation and King County Metro crews are installing a number of pedestrian improvements along Aurora Avenue, getting ready for Metro’s RapidRide Line E route, which begins service in early 2014.

The improvements include the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of North 95th Street and Aurora Avenue North, along with a number of new sidewalks on Aurora and some of its side streets. These sidewalks, where existing sidewalks are substandard or don’t exist, will give transit riders a safer and more pleasant path to and from their RapidRide stops on Aurora.

The project will also add a number of federally mandated Americans with Disabilities (ADA) curb ramps (although not at every Aurora intersection). Finally, the project provides funding for additional bus arrival signs along the corridor. Construction will be completed by the end of 2014.

The E Line will operate along Aurora between the Aurora Village Transit Center and downtown Seattle. Like other RapidRide routes, it is intended to improve transit speed and reliability, all intended to make travel by public transit more appealing to commuters.

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Metro proposes canceling 3 Phinney-Greenwood bus routes, changing 2 others if it doesn’t receive more transit funding

November 7th, 2013 by Doree

King County Metro today said it will have to dramatically cut bus service next June if the state legislature doesn’t come up with stable, reliable transit funding. Today’s proposal involves canceling 74 routes and reducing service on 107 other routes.

In Phinney-Greenwood, Route 28 Local would be canceled; Route 28 Express would survive, but its schedule would be reduced or changed. Route 5 Express would be canceled; Route 5 Local would be reduced or changed. Route 48 Express would be canceled, but 48 Local would be unchanged. The 358 Express would remain unchanged.

Metro has been operating on reserves and temporary funding measures after losing $1.2 billion in sales tax revenue since 2008.  But that temporary funding ends in mid-2014.

Metro plans a series of public meetings around the region to detail the changes. The nearest one to our neighborhood will be at North Seattle Community College from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5.

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Metro changes take effect Sept. 28 – Routes 5 and 48 have added trips

September 19th, 2013 by Doree

Metro Transit’s fall schedule goes into effect on Saturday, Sept. 28. In our neighborhood, Routes 5 and 48 will have added trips, thanks to extra City of Seattle funding. Here are the exact changes:

Route 5
On Saturday, one southbound trip to downtown Seattle leaving Shoreline Community College at 6:48 pm and one northbound trip to Shoreline Community College leaving 4th Ave S & S Jackson St at 8:08 pm will be added.

Route 48
The first northbound Route 48 Express trip to Loyal Heights leaving 15th Ave NE & NE 45th St at 3:18 pm will be converted to a local trip.

On weekdays, one southbound trip to the Mount Baker Transit Center leaving Loyal Heights at 12:10 am will be added. On Saturday, two northbound trips to Loyal Heights leaving the Mount Baker Transit Center at 12:06 and 6:06 am, and one southbound trip at 11:58 pm will be added.

The southbound 6:19 am trip leaving 15th Ave NE & NE 65th St will be revised to leave Loyal Heights at 5:59 am.
On Sunday, three northbound trips at 12:06 and 6:16 am, and 11:16 pm will be added. The northbound trip leaving the Mount Baker Transit Center at 11:31 am will be revised to leave 15 minutes later at 11:46 pm. Two southbound trips at 6:02 am and 11:59 pm will be added and the southbound trip leaving Loyal Heights at 11:38 pm will be revised to leave nine minutes earlier at 11:29 pm.

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