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

 

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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Reminder: Open house on Greenwood Metro changes is tonight

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.

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Bus route 28 Express adds two trips starting Sept. 29

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.

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King County Council approves RapidRide E Line route, stations, stops

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.

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RapidRide E Line meeting on routing, station locations is Tuesday morning

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 testimony@kingcounty.gov. 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.

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Aurora Avenue Bridge to be closed overnight on Thursday

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.

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Metro buses are on Sunday schedule on July 4th

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.

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President Obama’s visit tomorrow will cause bus delays

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.

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