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.
Tags: Aurora Avenue, buses, construction, Metro, RapidRide, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, streets, transit
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.
Tags: buses, king county, Metro Transit, transit, transportation
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:
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.
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.
Tags: bus, buses, Metro, transit, transportation
August 7th, 2013 by Doree
The City of Seattle and Metro Transit are hosting an open house tonight to discuss plans to improve Metro service and bus stops in Greenwood. The open house is from 5-7 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.
Changes are proposed for Greenwood Avenue North between 92nd and 105th streets, including bus stop consolidation, bus bulbs and sidewalk improvements.
Tags: bus, buses, construction, Greenwood Library, Metro, transit
September 23rd, 2012 by Doree
Metro is adding two southbound trips to the Route 28 Express starting on Sept. 29. The extra trips leave Aurora Avenue North and North 145th Street at 5:25 a.m. and 8:32 a.m.
And don’t forget that Metro is eliminating the Ride Free Area on the same day. Riders will be required to pay on entry for all trips in King County.
Tags: bus, buses, Metro, Route 28
July 30th, 2012 by Doree
The King County Council today approved the route and station and stop locations for Metro’s new RapidRide E Line, which will connect Shoreline to downtown Seattle starting early next year. It will replace Metro bus route 358.
The E Line will travel on Aurora Avenue North, except for one northbound station at North 66th Street and Linden Avenue North.
At the highest ridership stops, RapidRide stations will be installed, which feature a shelter, benches, bicycle racks, electronic signs indicating how soon the next bus will arrive, and an ORCA card reader so riders can “tap on” before the bus arrives and enter through any of the RapidRide bus’ three doors.
RapidRide distinctive red-and-yellow buses are energy efficient, low-emission hybrid vehicles with low floors and three doors for easier, faster boarding.
Click here for links to the E Line description and map.
Tags: bus, buses, E Line, King County Council, Metro, RapidRide, transit, transportation
July 16th, 2012 by Doree
King County is hosting a public meeting Tuesday morning on routing and station locations for its new RapidRide E Line, which will travel along Aurora Avenue North from Shoreline to downtown Seattle. The RapidRide E Line should start in Fall 2013.
RapidRide is intended to run 19 hours a day, seven days a week, with special buses arriving at least every 10 minutes during the weekday morning and evening commute. RapidRide buses have low floors and three doors, so people can get on and off quicker.
The meeting by the County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environmental Committee begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in King County Council Chambers, on the 10th floor of the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave. If you can’t make the meeting, you can email comments to email@example.com. You can also watch committee proceedings online at http://www.kingcounty.gov/kctv.aspx.
The full County Council is expected to make its final decision in late July or mid-August.
Tags: buses, E Line, King County Council, Metro Transit, RapidRide, transportation
July 11th, 2012 by Doree
Washington State Department of Transportation will close all southbound lanes of the Aurora Avenue Bridge from 10 p.m. Thursday through 5 a.m. Friday, and all northbound lanes from 11:59 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. Crews will be removing scaffolding that is part of the seismic improvement work on the bridge. Detour routes will be posted.
Metro buses also will be detoured. Routes serving our neighborhood, including the 5 and 358, will be rerouted. Route 358 rerouting begins at 10 p.m. Thursday.
During this time, Routes 5, 16, 82 (the 3:30 AM trip) and 358 heading toward downtown Seattle will travel instead via the Fremont Bridge, Dexter Av N, 7th Av then to their regular routes.
The Route 82 trip at 2:15 AM will travel via the Fremont Bridge, W Nickerson St, 3rd Av W and W McGraw St to its regular route.
Heading toward Shoreline, Northgate, East Green Lake or Aurora Village these routes will travel instead via Aurora Av N, Aloha St, Dexter Av N, the Fremont Bridge and Fremont Av N. Route 5 will continue to its regular route. Routes 16 and 82 will continue via N 35th St and Stone Way N to their regular routes. Route 358 will continue via N 35th St, Stone Way N, Bridge Way N and Aurora Av N to its regular route.
Tags: Aurora Avenue Bridge, buses, Metro, Washington Department of Transportation, WSDOT
July 2nd, 2012 by Doree
Just a reminder that all Metro bus routes will be Sunday schedules on July 4th. Check your bus schedules online before you head out so you’re not waiting at the stop for too long.
Tags: bus, buses, July 4th, Metro
May 9th, 2012 by Doree
If you take the bus downtown, be aware that increased security due to President Obama’s visit tomorrow will likely delay bus service.
Here’s the latest from Metro:
From about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Convention Place Station (CPS) in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will be closed to all pedestrian access. Buses will continue to travel through CPS, but will not stop there. No passengers will be allowed to board or exit buses in the station, or access the tunnel from the CPS entrance at 9th Avenue and Pine Street.
During this time please board or exit all tunnel buses at the other four tunnel stations, or at their regularly posted surface street stops before they enter or after they leave CPS. Sound Transit Link light rail service is expected to operate normally in the tunnel during this time.
Additionally, from about noon to about 3 p.m. on Thursday, Pine Street will be closed west of Interstate 5. During this closure, there will be no bus service on Pine Street between I-5 and 5th Avenue.
Because of street closures and traffic congestion, bus passengers should expect delays throughout the day on Thursday. This could affect bus service in other parts of the county as well. Please allow extra travel time on Thursday and to be prepared for traffic conditions to change.
Tags: bus, buses, Metro Transit
March 2nd, 2012 by Doree
Starting next Tuesday, southbound lanes of Aurora Avenue North/State Route 99 will be narrowed from three lanes to two between Republican and John streets, just north of the Battery Street Tunnel.
The closure will last about six weeks as crews relocate utilities before construction of the State Route 99 tunnel’s north portal begins.
Metro Transit will reroute five buses that use this section of southbound SR 99: Route 5, Route 5 Express, Route 26 Express, Route 28 Express and Route 358.
During the lane closure, southbound buses on Aurora will exit at Valley Street. The southbound bus stops on Aurora at Broad and at John streets, plus the one westbound on Wall Street at Fifth Avenue, will not be served. This will affect approximately 385 bus trips a day on Route 5, Route 5 Express, Route 26 Express, Route 28 Express and Route 358.
The southbound detoured buses will turn left from Valley Street to Fifth Avenue North to travel southbound into downtown Seattle, where they will resume regular routing and stops. The buses will not stop along the detour route with two exceptions – they will stop on Fifth Avenue North at both Mercer and John streets.
You can find updated information on Metro’s Construction & Events page.
Tags: Aurora Avenue North, bus, buses, construction, Metro, State Route 99, traffic, transit
February 9th, 2012 by Doree
Metro Transit is proposing to change bus Route 5 service north of North 105th Street, but will keep the current routing south of 105th when it implements changes this fall.
According to Metro, all Route 5 trips would begin and end at Shoreline Community College. Riders wishing to get to Northgate would need to transfer to a revised Route 18. The Route 5 Express service will not change.
Last fall, Metro had proposed revising the route to use Fremont Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North instead of Aurora Avenue North, but decided against it after receiving community input. However, Metro will consider those changes again after the RapidRide E Line launches in 2013.
Metro estimates the time between Route 5 buses as 15 minutes during both peak and off-peak hours during weekdays, between 15-30 minutes at night, 15 minutes on Saturdays, and 30 minutes on Sundays.
You can weigh in on the proposed changes at another public forum from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Ballard High School.
Tags: bus, buses, Metro, transit, transportation