King County Metro Transit made big changes to many of its bus routes on September 29th, 2012. They made these changes after much public consultation. Most changes to routes and schedules were a response to the introduction of the Rapid Ride C and D lines providing service from West Seattle to Downtown Seattle, and Ballard to Downtown Seattle via Queen Anne. This is a Ballard District Council led initiative to determine whether these changes have made it easier or harder to use public transit. Some people feel their commute or other use of the bus system has been impaired, while others feel the changes have been an improvement. This is not designed as a scientific survey, but an opportunity to see whether or not the service is improved over what it was.
Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. The information collected will be tabulated and used for transit planning discussions for Ballard and in discussions with Metro Transit. The survey is open until Jan 31, 2013
Back in January 2011, we reported the tentative routing for the northern terminus of King County Metro’s new Line “D” service. That routing as well as the routing for the southern terminus has now been finalized. Additionally station and stop information has been added and/or altered. In the map above, the new routing is in red and the current routing (15 and 15X) buses is in blue. The official route map from King County Metro is below. KC Metro has recently secured federal funding for the “C” line. The “D” line has not yet been funded by the Federal Transit Administration. The D line is presently proposed to be up and running in late 2012. More information on the D line is available here. Metro also has a Rapid Ride Blog which is updated from time to time.
The Seattle Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee III (CTAC III) is seeking public input. CTAC III was established by City Council Resolution 31240. The Mayor’s office appointed a 14 member committee this winter. The committee has been charged with setting priorities for the Seattle Dept of Transportation (SDOT) and recommending funding sources. They held 6 meetings in April and early May to consider the following issues: 1) Business/Freight; 2) Social Justice (South); 3) Neighborhood Interests; 4) Social Justice (North); 5) Environmental; 6) Public Health/Disabilities. Now it’s your turn to provide input. CTAC III will conduct three public input workshops to gather general public opinion:
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
9010 35th Avenue S.W.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
731 N. 35th Street
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Washington Middle School Cafeteria
2101 S Jackson Street
If you are unable to attend one of these public input sessions, you can still provide your input via an online survey available here.
A couple of years ago, we wrote an article on Walk Score® from walkscore.com. The Walk Score® for an address is a measure of the walkability for that address, in other words how easy it is to walk to most destinations such as grocery stores, libraries, bookstores, etc. Scores at the high end (90-100) indicate an environment where “Daily errands do not require a car.” Scores at the low end (0-24) mean “Almost all errands require a car.”
The programmers at Walk Score® have recently implemented a similar index: Transit Score(tm) to indicate the transit friendliness of an address.
Try it yourself!
Go to WalkScore.com, enter your address, and see how you fare on these two measures of reduced automobile dependence.
Many of you have received a postcard in the mail announcing proposed changes to 7th Ave NW and NW 100th Street near the QFC Shopping Center. These changes are proposed to facilitate the new routing of the Rapid Ride Line “D” which we covered earlier.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is proposing changes to 7th Avenue NW (between NW 100th Street and NW Holman Rd). The proposed changes include the following:
Convert 7th Ave NW to one-way northbound between NW 100th Street and NW Holman Road
Install curb, gutter and sidewalk on west side of 7th Avenue NW
Install curb, gutter and sidewalk on south side of NW 100th Street (between NW 100th Place and 7th Ave NW)
No parking on west side of 7th Avenue NW and south side of NW 100th Street
The proposed improvements are designed to support King County Metro’s Ballard RapidRide service which is scheduled to begin in fall 2012. Converting 7th Avenue NW to one-way will improve access to the RapidRide terminal.
Your comments on the proposed revisions would be appreciated.