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Old December 7th, 2015, 11:36 PM   #2541
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First Hill Streetcar update

Thursday was First Hill Streetcar Safety Day, where SDOT personnel were on hand to teach people how to ride the streetcar. I went to all three parked streetcars to get a look at the interiors and check out some features.

Broadway & Denny - 403


Streetcar 403 at Broadway & Denny by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 403 interior by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 403 interior by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 403 door by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 403 interior seat by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 403 operators cabin by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 403 interior bike racks by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 403 at Broadway & Denny by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 403 at Broadway & Denny by SounderBruce, on Flickr

14th & Washington - 404


Streetcar 404 at 14th & Washington by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 404 interior sign by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 404 wheelchair ramp by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 404 scrolling destination sign by SounderBruce, on Flickr

Two videos of the destination signs, which list all the stations while scrolling. The terminus really shouldn't scroll, to be honest.





Jackson & Occidental - 405


Streetcar 405 at Occidental Mall by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar Safety Day at Occidental Mall by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 405 operators panel by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 405 sign controls by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 405 speedometer by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 405 interior by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 405 interior screen by SounderBruce, on Flickr

Other Streetcar Tests


Streetcar 401 in testing on S Jackson Street by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 403 testing with destination sign on by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcar 402 with Chinatown wrap by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Streetcars 403 and 405 passing on Jackson Street by SounderBruce, on Flickr
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Old December 9th, 2015, 09:31 PM   #2542
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Really love pics of the inside of public transportation vehicles!

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Old December 10th, 2015, 05:39 AM   #2543
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Proterra Catalyst electric battery bus at Eastgate P&R

Took a 554 to Eastgate Park and Ride to check out one of three Proterra electric battery buses that King County Metro is piloting. They really do charge in 10 minutes (and using a quite sleek top-down system). Looking forward to seeing the interior someday, if it ever gets opened up to the public (or even in service). Metro has the option to purchase 200 of the 40-foot buses after the trial ends, to replace some of the older diesels in the fleet.

The parking garage at Eastgate also has a fantastic view of the Seattle and Bellevue skylines:


Seattle and Bellevue skylines from Eastgate P&R by SounderBruce, on Flickr

But you came here for bus photos, so here they are:


Proterra fast charge station at Eastgate P&R by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Proterra electric bus at Eastgate P&R by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Proterra electric bus charging at Eastgate P&R by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Proterra electric bus at Eastgate P&R by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Proterra electric bus at Eastgate P&R by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Proterra electric bus at Eastgate P&R by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Proterra electric bus at Eastgate P&R by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Proterra electric bus at Eastgate P&R by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Proterra bus and New Flyer Xcelsiors by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Proterra electric bus leaving Eastgate P&R by SounderBruce, on Flickr


Proterra electric bus leaving Eastgate P&R by SounderBruce, on Flickr

Full album here
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Old December 14th, 2015, 09:02 PM   #2544
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Note that the double-decker had that new bus smell the whole time. It made the seats feel 25% more comfortable.

EDIT: Here's an interior shot of the upper deck.



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The first of Sound Transit's new double-decker buses will enter service tomorrow morning. All five will be operated by Community Transit and will replace a few older articulated buses on routes 510, 511 and 512.


ST 91501 on display at Union Station by SounderBruce, on Flickr

Wow!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Looking good! I just saw it on Facebook.
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Old December 14th, 2015, 09:38 PM   #2545
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Thursday was First Hill Streetcar Safety Day, where SDOT personnel were on hand to teach people how to ride the streetcar. I went to all three parked streetcars to get a look at the interiors and check out some features.

Broadway & Denny - 403



Streetcar 404 wheelchair ramp by SounderBruce, on Flickr
Is this ramp mechanically or manually deployed? My guess is the latter, but it appears that the doors are closing with it in place.

Do it rest somewhere under the carriage, then?
This may be common, sorry, but I've never seen it, before. Very curious.
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Old December 14th, 2015, 10:46 PM   #2546
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Why are those streetcars all painted in different colours? Most cities go for an identical design for all vehicles.
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Old December 14th, 2015, 11:22 PM   #2547
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"Portland did it so we want it too."


And yeah the ramp only moved when doors are closed. So
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Old December 16th, 2015, 06:50 PM   #2548
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Why are those streetcars all painted in different colours? Most cities go for an identical design for all vehicles.
Here's an explanation of the reason for the different colors. I think one is already wrapped in advertising, so the full effect of the color scheme may become muted over time.

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-...for-test-runs/
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Old December 21st, 2015, 02:29 AM   #2549
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Recent video released by SDOT showing some street action during testing. It really shouldn't be much longer until a start up date is announced....

http://sdotblog.seattle.gov/2015/12/...ng-tour-video/
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Old January 6th, 2016, 05:10 AM   #2550
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3rd Quarter Ridership numbers for Seattle-Tacoma

Seattle

Seattle / King County Dept of Trp | Light Rail - 2,200 (2015) : -12.96%
Seattle / King County Dept of Trp | Buses - 321,400 (2015) : 1.83% +
Seattle / King County Dept of Trp | Trolley Buses - 69,900 (2015) : -9.16%
Seattle / King County Dept of Trp | Van Pool - 14,100 (2015) : 5.50% +
Seattle / Sound Transit | Commuter Rail - 15,100 (2015) : 14.00% +
Seattle / Sound Transit | Light Rail - 42,200 (2015) : 3.90% +
Seattle / Sound Transit | Buses - 63,600 (2015) : 2.88% +
Seattle / Washington State Ferries - 79,300 (2015) : 1.57% +

Tacoma

Tacoma / Pierce Transit | Buses - 28,900 (2015) : -12.43%
Tacoma / Pierce Transit | Van Pool - 3,100 (2015) : -4.94%


Bremerton

Bremerton / Kitsap Transit | Buses - 10,600 (2015) : 1.86% +
Bremerton / Kitsap Transit | Ferries - 1,900 (2015) : 8.09%


Olympia

Olympia / Intercity Transit | Buses - 14,300 (2015) : -4.29%

Everett

Everett / Everett Transit System | Buses - 6,300 (2015) : -2.65%
Everett / Everett Transit System | Direct Response - 4,000 (2015) : -0.75%
Everett / Snohomish County PTBA | Buses - 30,400 (2015) : -3.69%
Everett / Snohomish County PTBA | Van Pool - 3,500 (2015) : -2.12%
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Old January 6th, 2016, 05:16 AM   #2551
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That's a huge Sounder bump! I wonder what spurred it.
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Old January 7th, 2016, 03:14 AM   #2552
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That's a huge Sounder bump! I wonder what spurred it.
Higher load factor. Look at the "boardings per revenue vehicle hour" line:



http://www.soundtransit.org/sites/de...e_delivery.pdf

Underlying causes could be regional population growth, job growth in Seattle CBD, increased freeway congestion and perceived reliability of rail (increased on-time performance and lower amount of customer complaints per 100K boardings)
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Old January 7th, 2016, 05:50 PM   #2553
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The winter quarters have had serious issues with landslides closing the northern Sounder line. The worst locations are now getting retaining walls etc. I don't recall issues in Q3s but that might have happened (a minor issue with "trips operated" is shown). When it does, it not only takes passengers away that day, but also reduces trust and general adoption by riders. But maybe a factor?

In Q3, alignment with Mariner games can be a sizeable factor too.

But also the lines are getting more popular. My impression is that's the main factor here.
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Old January 8th, 2016, 04:11 AM   #2554
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The M/V Doc Maynard entered service this morning on the West Seattle run.

http://komonews.com/news/local/new-w...iaduct-closure

The run in particular is anticipated to have a short surge in ridership during the planned closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct in March (when Bertha burrows under).
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Old January 9th, 2016, 09:31 PM   #2556
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Angle Lake art and airplane by SounderBruce, on Flickr

Bonus panorama of Angle Lake Station:


Angle Lake Station under construction by SounderBruce, on Flickr
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Better late than never!

With but little more than a day's notice, the First Hill Streetcar is "soft launching" Saturday, with free rides until the "official opening", sometime in the future.

From the Seattle Transit Blog.
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Updated map on urbanrail.net:
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"With but little more than a day's notice, the First Hill Streetcar is "soft launching" Saturday, with free rides until the "official opening", sometime in the future"

It seems odd to have two unconnected street car lines relatively close. Does Seattle have plans to connect the two street car lines in the future?
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"With but little more than a day's notice, the First Hill Streetcar is "soft launching" Saturday, with free rides until the "official opening", sometime in the future"

It seems odd to have two unconnected street car lines relatively close. Does Seattle have plans to connect the two street car lines in the future?
We sure do!

More Here. All kinds of additional links to the project from that site.

Of course, every project in Seattle takes a long time from the first idea to fruition (the so-called "Seattle process"), but the plan is now in place to connect the two lines along First Avenue and Stewart Street.

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