How you get around: A few more WS transportation notes

As mentioned yesterday, some interesting nuggets emerged from the transportation presentations at the monthly West Seattle Chamber of Commerce lunch: On the RapidRide bus route that will replace the 54 in three years, a Metro rep acknowledged opposition to possible re-routing along California through The Junction, saying the agency’s heard “loud and clear” from the “strong fan base” for the current routing. (One more meeting about RapidRide is coming up – next Tuesday night, Southwest Library.) City transportation director Grace Crunican suggested we haven’t heard enough about the major improvements coming to the Spokane Street Viaduct section of the bridge – which she describes as the city’s #1 priority – particularly the eastbound exit to be added at 4th (no westbound onramp at 4th though, and the long-closed one will finally go away). And while recapping the latest developments with the Elliott Bay Water Taxi — particularly the creation of the county Ferry District — West Seattle’s King County Councilmember Dow Constantine noted this year’s schedule should be announced relatively soon.

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3 Replies to "How you get around: A few more WS transportation notes"

  • SA February 14, 2008 (10:40 am)

    Can someone please explain what the “current routing” is in reference to… is it the current 54 express route? Thanks!

  • WSB February 14, 2008 (10:43 am)

    I believe it’s the basic 54 route – northbound, turning before the main Junction business district, for example, instead of possibly continuing on California and stopping midblock (around Elliott Bay, perhaps), which is one proposal.

  • liws February 14, 2008 (1:21 pm)

    The 54 is the fastest bus we have right now that runs thru WS. I can’t phantom that Rapid Ride is going to be more efficient than the 54 unless it runs all the way down California ave from Admiral District and comtinues on its regular route to White Center. They will need way more buses and times if they want to run along all of California avenue. They better get it right before getting rid of the 54.

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