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
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:
• South on Greenwood Avenue North
• East on North 85th Street
• North on Aurora Avenue North
• East on North Northgate Way
• 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.
Tags: construction, Holman Road, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, traffic, transportation
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 email@example.com. Comments are due by July 26.
Tags: Bicycle Master Plan, bicycles, biking, transportation
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.
Tags: Emerald City Trolley, tourism, transportation
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.
Tags: Aurora Avenue, Bitter Lake Community Center, Metro, RapidRide, transit, transportation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.
Tags: 85th Street, construction, paving, repaving, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, transportation
February 20th, 2012 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation continues the nearly year-long paving project of N/NW 85th Street from Ballard to I-5. This week, crews will be replacing concrete roadways panels from 15th to 8th Avenue NW, replacing curbs and sidewalks, and installing storm drain pipes.
Here’s the latest from SDOT:
Phase 1 – 15th Ave NW to 8th Ave NW
- Demolition, excavation and replacement of concrete roadway panels throughout the project area (north and south sides of the street).
- Removal and replacement of curbs, curb ramps and sidewalk at the Mary Ave NW, 12th Ave NW, 11th Ave NW, and 10th Ave NW intersections.
- Installation of storm drain pipes and inlets on NW 85th St at 13th Ave NW, 11th Ave NW and 9th Ave NW.
Access to/from NW 85th St at Mary Ave NW (north side) and 13th Ave NW (south side) will be closed. Side-streets can be closed for up to 30 days; closure days are not required to be consecutive.
Phase 2 – 8th Ave NW to Greenwood Ave. N.
- Begin roadway demolition and excavation on the south side of NW 85th St between 8th Ave NW and 3rd Ave NW.
Residents and businesses will be notified in advance of impacts to driveways.
Note: construction activities are weather dependent and are subject to change.
SDOT recently completed installing new sidewalks and curbs near 14th Avenue NW, and curbs near 13th Avenue NW, on the north side. Crews also installed new drainage facilities on the north side of 13th Avenue NW, 10th Avenue NW and Dibble Avenue NW. And new concrete roadway panels were installed on the south side between 10th Avenue NW and 9th Avenue NW, between 11th Avenue NW and Dibble Avenue NW, and on the north side near 8th Avenue NW.
Tags: 85th Street, construction, paving, repaving, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, traffic, transportation
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
February 7th, 2012 by Doree
Metro Transit had recently proposed drastically changing Route 28 bus service through Greenwood and Broadview, but those plans changed after Metro received feedback from the community.
The latest from Metro:
Now, Metro is seeking a second round of input to shape the final September plan that will be submitted to the King County Council later this spring.
During public outreach in November, Metro suggested replacing Route 28 and revising Route 28 Express as part of a package of related changes in Fremont and North Seattle. Metro has decided not to move forward with these changes now, but will consider making changes in this area with the launch of RapidRide E Line in 2013.
“Last fall, we received comments from more than 5,000 people, and that feedback was invaluable in helping us review and revise these proposals,” said Victor Obeso, Metro’s manager of Service Development. “Now, we want the community’s help again to continue moving forward with our vision for a transit system that is efficient, cost-effective, and best serves the entire county.”
The latest changes now being considered for this area include:
- New Routes: RapidRide D Line*
- Routes proposed for routing or frequency changes: 5*, 28*, 75, 16*, and 18*
- Routes proposed for replacement or deletion: None
- Routes with no change: 28X, 48, 48X, 355, and 358
* Route change proposal revised from November 2011
Most of the proposals support the launch of the RapidRide C and D lines that will connect downtown Seattle to Ballard and West Seattle starting on Sept. 29. For that reason, the changes primarily affect service in Seattle and adjacent communities. Some of the revisions, such as the proposed changes to the 2 (south), 10, 11, 12, 14, 123, and 125 will also improve the flow of buses through downtown Seattle, which will produce significant efficiencies for Metro’s overall system.
The introduction of the RapidRide lines and associated service adjustments will allow Metro to improve bus connections to jobs, shopping and other destinations – places in and around Seattle that have grown and changed over the years. Many bus routes serving these areas have not been adjusted for more than a decade.
People will have an opportunity to comment on the newly revised September service proposals during the second round of public review that is now underway. You can submit comments by attending one of several meetings and information tables Metro is hosting, or filling out an online survey.
To learn more about the proposals and ways to speak up about the changes, visit: www.kingcounty.gov/haveasay.
Metro is hosting another six open houses to get more feedback on final proposals. The closest public meeting to our neighborhood is in Ballard, from 6-8 p.m. next Monday, Feb. 13, at Ballard High School.
During this round of open-house meetings, customers will have an opportunity to review the revised proposals and share their comments. That feedback will help shape final September service recommendations that will be forwarded to the King County Council for action this spring (probably in May). Those unable to attend one of these forums can give us their comments via an online survey on Metro’s website.
And Metro is also testing a new version of its home page, and they’re asking for feedback through an online survey. The redesign is supposed to make it easier to find the most requested information, and should display better on mobile devices.
Tags: bus, buses, Metro Transit, traffic, transportation