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Old January 23rd, 2016, 06:56 PM   #2561
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First Hill Inaugural


Lengthy article in today's Seattle Times.
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 08:19 PM   #2562
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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.
OK, it makes sense to connect them. But wouldn't have made more sense to do the expansions on a continuous line? That would give more flexibility and better use of the streetcars they have.
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 08:59 PM   #2563
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These are local-access lines for very specific uses, each basically a spur from the core to a hard-to-reach area. One goes to the booming South Lake Union area. The other goes to First Hill, in response to the deletion of a light rail tunnel station from that area due to challenging soils etc.

Both might be extended north. And we might build another line that basically extends the new First Hill line northwest from its south end, along with a southern extension of the SLU line so the two connect.

But first we're figuring out the next $20 billion voter measure, which would expand upon Sound Transit's current three-spoke light rail projects, buses, etc., and might make some of those streetcar expansions redundant.
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Old January 27th, 2016, 03:15 AM   #2564
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Opening day announced for U-Link: March 19th, 2016

6 months early and $150mil under budget. Expected to bump ridership from about 30k/day to over 100k/day.

http://ulink2016.org

http://seattletransitblog.com/2016/0...pens-march-19/
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Old January 27th, 2016, 07:13 AM   #2565
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6 months early and $150mil under budget. Expected to bump ridership from about 30k/day to over 100k/day.
Presumably not right away? I think this may take several years.
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Old January 27th, 2016, 07:19 AM   #2566
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Presumably not right away? I think this may take several years.
Many bus routes are being redirected to serve the two stations, so expect most of those riders to transfer.

By 2030 (well after further extensions), the two stations will add 71,000 new daily riders.
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Old January 27th, 2016, 10:32 PM   #2567
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The current line averages over 40,000 per day in the peak (summer) months.

One dynamic is that the Sept-June university riders will offset the heavy summer tourism, so the peak will steady out or even reverse.
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Old January 29th, 2016, 02:07 AM   #2568
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The current line averages over 40,000 per day in the peak (summer) months.

One dynamic is that the Sept-June university riders will offset the heavy summer tourism, so the peak will steady out or even reverse.
"Average" in the summer is also tough to nail down as the y.o.y. average has been steadily increasing every month since the line opened. 40k/day July '15 is a 8% increase over July '14 at 37k/day. Similar increase next year and we're up to 43k-44k before we even start talking about the additional riders from U-Link.

http://seattletransitblog.com/2016/0...rt-link-up-13/
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True. Job growth, population growth, tourism growth, etc. That's despite the slow volume of TODs so far. (That being due to a combination of going through poor areas and the State refusing to let ST sell land for less than they bought it for during the peak)

The current line's growth chart is pretty amazing, given the model of running the initial line through areas without a ton of density or jobs (except the two ends) and with only one park-n-ride.
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What are the chances that the line route segments between International District/Chinatown and Beacon Hill and between Mount Baker and Rainier Beach could be either elevated or put underground (cut and cover?). Relatively little of the current or planned system is not grade-segregated and segregation would reduce on-street conflicts in Rainier Valley and would theoretically allow faster throughput of trains.

I feel that it would be in Seattle's best interest to try to grade-separate all future routes (whether they run in surface ROW, elevated, or tunnel). They probably should have gone with heavy rail, but that ship has sailed. At the very least, they can try to make the light rail system as least streetcar-like as possible.
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Old February 1st, 2016, 08:26 PM   #2571
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What are the chances that the line route segments between International District/Chinatown and Beacon Hill and between Mount Baker and Rainier Beach could be either elevated or put underground (cut and cover?). Relatively little of the current or planned system is not grade-segregated and segregation would reduce on-street conflicts in Rainier Valley and would theoretically allow faster throughput of trains.

I feel that it would be in Seattle's best interest to try to grade-separate all future routes (whether they run in surface ROW, elevated, or tunnel). They probably should have gone with heavy rail, but that ship has sailed. At the very least, they can try to make the light rail system as least streetcar-like as possible.
The SODO section would be a lot easier, since there is nearby right-of-way (the busway) owned by a transit agency that could be used for a cut-and-cover tunnel. The Beacon Hill segment is already a tunnel, so it's alright.

The Rainier Valley segment is a whole 'nother story. It was originally proposed to be grade-separated (tunnel or elevated), but local groups opposed it on the grounds of cost and/or dividing the neighborhood. It's still an uphill fight, especially when you try to take away lanes of traffic or disrupt the current light rail service. The minimum headway allowed by the Rainier Valley segment is now 6 minutes (because of the traffic light synchronization), which has been the peak frequency since September.

All future routes (ST2 and the proposed ST3) will be grade-separated, excluding a small segment between Bellevue and Redmond on some industrial streets. The current "split spine" proposal for ST3 operations actually isolates the Rainier Valley segment from the rest of the system to avoid surface-related slowdowns that might affect the other grade-separated lines.

Link is probably one of the more overbuilt light rail systems in the nation, and that's a good thing. 400' platforms for 4-car trains, exclusive lanes even in the at-grade portion, tunnels everywhere, and stop-spacing that makes it seem more metro-like than not.
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 06:19 AM   #2572
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New 60-foot articulated trolleybus spotted in service on the 49 tonight:

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King Count Metro and 8 other transit agencies statewide are testing a new bus-pedestrian collision avoidance system with sensors, signals and verbal warnings.

This comes in response to several incidents in Seattle recently, most of them involving the Orion VII fleet used by King County Metro, which has a bad blind spot.

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UW to analyze results as eight transit agencies partner together to reduce collisions with pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles

Eight transit agencies across Washington are working together on a pilot project to test and analyze a collision avoidance system that could help bus drivers reduce the number and severity of collisions with pedestrian, cyclists and vehicles.

The driver assistance technology, called Mobileye Shield+ by Rosco Vision Systems, uses four bus-mounted vision sensors to identify and alert bus drivers when pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles are in close proximity to a bus, and warn them in time to take action to prevent a possible collision. The system will be deployed on 38 buses statewide, with three buses in operation for Metro Transit, and five buses each for Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Intercity Transit, C-Tran, Kitsap, Ben Franklin and Spokane Transit.
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King County Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond has been hired as the CEO of TransLink, which provides transit service (including SkyTrain automated rapid transit) in the Vancouver region: http://www.vancouversun.com/business...326/story.html

A huge loss and the search for a replacement is going to be long and arduous, especially with the huge service expansions and restructures on the horizon.
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The transit bosses' main job is to deal with organized labor. It's not a fun job, but the pay and perks are truly enviable.
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U-Link opens for service on March 19

One week from opening day! From the Seattle Times.
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Good to see The Times being fairly good in its coverage of the U Link opening. Avoid the comment section like the plague, though...it's the usual stuff.

I've got a Golden Ticket for the opening day and am really excited to ride for all of 8 minutes from UW to Westlake.
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You must rate. I received a ticket via e-mail but it's not golden. I hope I manage to get on board!
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ST was running a contest. I got in with a social media entry.
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I'm glad they are opening the line and I don't mean to rain on Seattle's parade but........... I think they made a grave mistake in only having one intermediate station.

They have created a 4km non-stop stretch in the inner city which tosses out 10,000s of potential riders. Yes, there is always a conversation between accessibility/stations and speed but this is too much of a gap in the city itself. They have built a line that doesn't serve the mid-density they want the other future area to develop into.

4 km between stations is more like commuter rail station spacing and has no place inner city urban transit.
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