TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday reports, all day long

October 19, 2012 at 6:46 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 13 Comments

(Live view from the only WS Bridge camera currently in operation; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:46 AM: Breezy out there right now, following an intensely rainy night. Also as the commute starts to build, there’s a medic response on northbound I-5 downtown, described on the 911 log as parallel with Spring Street. Thanks again for sharing your reports on the roads, the buses, etc., throughout the day.

7:13 AM: Via Twitter, WSDOT warns of a big backup from the aforementioned I-5 incident:

7:40 AM: The scene is now clear, so the backup should ease:


  1. 6:40 from the Junction. Plenty of empty seats, traffic moving well. I drove yesterday and it was a nightmare. I hope this is the new normal on the RR C.

    Comment by Christie — 6:58 am October 19, 2012 #

  2. There was a C at 35th and Avalon at about 7:16. Only one or two people standing.

    Comment by West Seattle since 1979 — 7:32 am October 19, 2012 #

  3. 7:45 am 56x headed dowtown over WS bridge is running smoothly and not much affected by earlier I5 jam.

    Comment by Glenn — 7:50 am October 19, 2012 #

  4. The 55 was ten minutes late but I still made it to work in record 40 minutes.

    Comment by Chris W — 8:06 am October 19, 2012 #

  5. Bridge by car horrible right now. Not the usual lighter Fri.

    Comment by Todd — 8:16 am October 19, 2012 #

  6. Metro rider’s comment just posted to yesterday thread, probably meant to be here:

    Comment by WSB — 8:41 am October 19, 2012 #

  7. Eastbound Bridge traffic heavier @ 6:05am
    10 to 15 cars visable between aluminum plant and crest. Up from 4 or 5 prior to RabidRide.

    Comment by Myles — 11:20 am October 19, 2012 #

  8. Dropped kids at school at 8:15 a.m., missed the last 57 on 49th. Walked up to California and caught the 50. Smooth sailing to SODO. Light Rail was backed up behind buses delayed 2-3 minutes. Overall, not bad.

    I see RabidRide is on OneBusAway. Can someone suggest how to track Light Rail arrivals? Trying to time a connection from Light Rail downtown to 50 route in SODO, but don’t see a LINK on OneBus.

    Comment by Jamo — 12:32 pm October 19, 2012 #

  9. 8:30a RR C from Fauntleroy/Alaska had plenty of seats.

    Comment by richwseattle — 12:38 pm October 19, 2012 #

  10. @Jamo – Link doesn’t provide real-time arrival in OBA, nor does Sound Transit publish an official Timetable. Rather, it operates with a 7-8 minute headway from 6:00 to 8:30 AM and 3:00 to 6:30 PM. There’s a 10 minute headway mid-day and up to 10:00 PM. Using a rigid timetable for a 7-8 minute headway would be to difficult to maintain and not very flexible. Simply put, when you arrive at a Link Station and a train just left, you’re a few minutes early for the next one.

    Headway control is a little more challenging on RR-C / RR-D lines due to traffic, including the West Seattle Bridge and the Ballard Bascule Bridge. I believe Metro is attempting to operate it with a 10 minute headway and now a 9 minute headway in the morning rush.

    Comment by Steven V — 3:47 pm October 19, 2012 #

  11. Another ride in to work this morning on the C. Full to the gills again. Last night was the same way,with buses not stopping at the Columbia stop. 3 weeks in and it is no better at peak times. I average about 15 minutes more each way than with the 54E. Folks are acepting the new normal now,but there is nothing postive unless you get lucky.

    Comment by Mike — 4:24 pm October 19, 2012 #

  12. Waited 20 min at 2nd and columbia and bus at 5:35 did not stop and it was not full some standing but not full. Please metro do not leave passengers stranded especially when we have kids to pickup

    Comment by Kg — 5:44 pm October 19, 2012 #

  13. Caught a Rr C at 2nd & Columbia at about 6:15. It did not show up in One Bus Away (no Rr C buses showed up at that point in OBA), but the bus appeared and had a couple of seats available.

    Comment by Sarah M. — 6:30 pm October 19, 2012 #

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