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


Greenwood Community Council meets tonight to discuss Greenwood Avenue transit, sidewalk project

April 22nd, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. The major topic on the agenda is Seattle Department of Transportation’s upcoming project of transit improvements and new sidewalks on Greenwood Avenue between North 90th and 105th streets. SDOT representatives will present their plans during the meeting and answer questions.

Neighborhood residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to discuss how sidewalk designs will impact on-street parking, and how to balance improvements for bikes and buses vs. impacts to drivers.

From GCC:

The transit improvements are intended to remove the need for buses to wait for traffic to clear before they pull back into traffic after stopping for passengers. Instead of pulling out of traffic, the buses would stop in-lane, and cars would wait while passengers get on and off the bus. Bicycles would be routed behind a bus “island” so they could continue without stopping behind the buses, similar to the operation on Dexter Ave. N. This is a somewhat controversial approach worth discussion.

Also on the agenda will be an update on the proposed park across the street from the library on Greenwood Avenue and 81st Street, and an update on micro-housing and low-rise development regulations.

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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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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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Detours on eastbound Holman Road/105th Street for next 4 months

July 18th, 2013 by Doree

Get ready for some major traffic disruption at Holman Road/105th Street in Greenwood as Seattle Department of Transportation begins making major improvements from Greenwood Avenue North to Lake City Way NE. The work begins next Thursday, July 26 Monday, July 22 and lasts through November. (Update: SDOT has rescheduled the start of this project until after the Greenwood Seafair Parade on Wednesday.)

Phase I of the project consists of installing storm drains and reconstructing the roadway on North 105th Street between Holman Road Northwest and Aurora Avenue North. For this work, the contractor working for SDOT will detour eastbound traffic on Holman Road Northwest and North 105th Street at Greenwood Avenue North beginning Monday morning, July 22 and continuing until November.
Two signed detours will be established for eastbound traffic:

Option 1
• South on Greenwood Avenue North
• East on North 85th Street
• North on Aurora Avenue North
• East on North Northgate Way

Option 2
• North on Greenwood Avenue North
• East on North 130th Street
• South on Aurora Avenue North
• East on North Northgate Way

Large trucks eastbound on Holman Road Northwest will be detoured at Greenwood Avenue North, north to North 145th Street, then east on North 145th Street, or south on Greenwood Avenue North and east on North 85th Street. (See attached map.)

At least one lane of westbound traffic on North 105th Street will remain open at all times. Access to businesses will be maintained. While sidewalks are being constructed, pedestrians will have access on at least one side of North 105th Street.
In addition, transit will be re-routed, and bus stops may be closed or re-located. For information on bus service, look for Rider Alert notices at bus stops, see Metro Online,www.kingcounty.gov/metro, or call (206) 553-3000.

At the completion of Phase I, the construction activity will move east to the Phase II section of North Northgate Way between Aurora Avenue North and Corliss Avenue North.

This project will improve the corridor along North 105th Street and North/Northeast Northgate Way from Greenwood Avenue North to Lake City Way Northeast. Improvements will include roadway repaving, new sidewalks and curb ramps, drainage improvements, street lighting and traffic signals, and Intelligent Transportation System components. When it is completed in the summer 2014, it will have significant benefits for the public and motorists, including:

• Improved safety for pedestrians
• Elimination of potholes
• Eased traffic congestion
• Improved water quality
• Improved transit speed and reliability
• Real-time information for travelers

This work is funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006 and by a Washington State Transportation Improvement Board grant.

For more information, please visit the project website: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_N105.htm.

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Time running out to comment on Seattle Bicycle Master Plan

July 17th, 2013 by Doree

There’s still time to give your input on Seattle’s new Bicycle Master Plan, but comments must be received by July 26. The proposed plan adds a combination of cycle tracks, trails and neighborhood greenways.

Using public input, the draft plan was developed over the past year and reviewed by the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board. Two phases of outreach have been conducted to date, including an online survey and mapping tool, and a series of public meetings in November 2012. The draft includes an updated policy framework; a network plan map (showing the location and type of new bicycle facilities throughout the city); a bicycle facilities visual glossary; recommendations for end-of-trip facilities and programs; and a prioritization framework for how new projects will be evaluated.

“Council intends for the new Bicycle Master Plan to make Seattle the leading city when it comes to providing a safe, connected bicycle network that works for all riders, ages 8-80,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen.

Check out the map of proposals for the northwest sector, including our neighborhood.

You can download a comment sheet from the website, or email comments to bmpupdate@seattle.gov. Comments are due by July 26.

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Emerald City Trolley starts today, stops at Woodland Park Zoo

May 17th, 2013 by Doree

Emerald City Trolley launched its hop-on hop-off trolley service today, including a major stop at the Woodland Park Zoo in Phinney Ridge. The new trolley system is designed for tourists and residents to easily access Seattle’s main attractions.


Photo courtesy Emerald City Trolley.

Emerald City Trolley will operate three distinct lines from today through Sept. 29. Each line starts at the Experience Music Project. The lines include a waterfront tour, an express route to the Museum of Flight south of downtown, and the North Line to Fremont, Phinney and Ballard. That line includes The Ballard Locks, Woodland Park Zoo, Fremont, The Fremont Troll, South Lake Union, Kenmore Air and MOHAI.

Customers can purchase a two- or three-day pass, good for access on all three lines. Two-day passes costs $45 and a three-day pass costs $60. Additional days are $15 each. Family passes for two adults and up to three children (12 and under) are $110.

Tickets for the narrated tours can be purchased on the trolley at any stop, at the retail location at the intersection of 2nd and Pike in downtown Seattle, online, or by calling toll free 855-313-3456.

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Aurora Avenue RapidRide open house at Bitter Lake CC next week

March 13th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will hold an open house on March 20 about planning for the Aurora RapidRide E Line. It will connect Shoreline’s Aurora Village Transit Center and downtown Seattle along Aurora Avenue North.

Come to the open house to see the plans for bus stop improvements and pedestrian amenities and ask questions of planners.

The open house is from 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N.

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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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Intersection of NW 85th Street and 1st Avenue NW closed this weekend for repaving

April 13th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will close the intersection of NW 85th Street and 1st Avenue NW starting at 7 p.m. Friday to rebuild the outside lanes. The intersection will open by 6 a.m. Monday.

Local access will be provided for residences and businesses. Detour routes will be posted. SDOT says some noisy work will happen tonight between 7-10 p.m., but no concrete breaking will happen between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.

SDOT crews finished the final asphalt paving on NW 85th Street between 8th Avenue NW and Mary Avenue NW today. The new roadway will be restriped next week.

Metro Bus Routes 48 and 81 Night Owl will travel on NW 80th Street this weekend, instead of 85th Street.

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