TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: How’s your Thursday going?

October 18, 2012 at 6:35 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 17 Comments

(Live view from the only WS Bridge camera currently in operation; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:35 AM: As we open the figurative doors on today’s edition of traffic/transit updates – from us and from you (if you don’t want to post a comment, call 206-293-6302 or e-mail editor@westseattleblog.com) – no incidents reported on the major routes, so far.

7:45 AM UPDATE: KING 5 tweets that the bridge backup is worse than usual because of an earlier stall on northbound I-5 near the bridge.

8:56 PM UPDATE: Just a note if you have to go somewhere tonight. It’s pouring!

17 Comments

  1. C line leaving WS at 640 had at least ten to twelve standing.

    Comment by yo — 6:54 am October 18, 2012 #

  2. Just caught 55 at Alaska/ Californi.(7:40)….plenty of seats. I miss this bus!

    Comment by am — 7:40 am October 18, 2012 #

  3. Usual 120 flew this morning and we were a little early. Not jammed to the gills, but plenty standing. I think we beat the C line that we usually meet at 2nd and Seneca or one of the 3rd ave stops.

    Comment by jedifarfy — 7:46 am October 18, 2012 #

  4. Left Junction at 715 on the 55. Already on my transfer bus. Smooth sailing.

    Comment by Chris W — 7:50 am October 18, 2012 #

  5. I don’t want to jinx it, but this is the best commute I’ve had in the last two weeks! Caught the 7:32 21x, it was on time (love that), and it’s smooth sailing over the bridge. The backup for the 99 on ramp is typical, if not slightly better than usual. While it’s highly unlikely we’ll be st 2nd and Seneca at 8:07, as scheduled, I’ll take it. A few more days like this and my faith in metro just might be restored.

    Comment by Mrs Tiggy Wiggle — 8:05 am October 18, 2012 #

  6. My best commute is still, unbelievably, driving to U district and then taking the 66 down to SLU. 45 minutes today.

    Comment by circuitous — 9:27 am October 18, 2012 #

  7. I took the 21 local at about 7:19 at 35th & Avalon, and it got to 3rd & James about about 7:40 or 7:45. No traffic problems. Empty seats on the bus too. This bus has been very reliable. No waiting in the line for buses to get onto Highway 99.

    Comment by West Seattle since 1979 — 10:13 am October 18, 2012 #

  8. Not relevant for today but I miss the 56 (non-express). I went to the sounders game last night and the only option was the water taxi. I like the water taxi but the schedule ends too early. I feel like I drive into the city more after the bus changes. Weird. Maybe the 56 (non-express) was too costly to keep, which I guess I can live with.

    Comment by wsea — 10:15 am October 18, 2012 #

  9. Sounds like passengers and Metro and riders are reaching a new normal for the morning commute – the tweaking that both Metro and its riders have made appear to be working well. Full buses with standing passengers is good news. Glad to hear no reports of crush loads leaving passengers at the curb.

    Wsea, doesn’t the Water Taxi operate on extended schedule during Sounders and Seahawks? Does the shuttle do the same?

    Comment by Steve V — 1:12 pm October 18, 2012 #

  10. 25 minute wait at 3rd and Spring for RR. Got on at 3:30, maybe 3 more small people could squeeze on to stand. Don’t agree that this is working when an hour isn’t enough time to make an apt at 4:00 in west Seattle from downtown.

    Comment by Neighbor — 3:38 pm October 18, 2012 #

  11. @V,
    The shuttle only operates till 8pm. The last ferry is 10:30. Would be nice to see a later ferry and shuttle if you wanted to hang out after the game.

    Anyway.. It is what it is.

    Comment by wsea — 3:40 pm October 18, 2012 #

  12. Two RR C busses within 5 min at 2nd & Columbia. First one FUULLLL, 2nd one had plenty of room.

    Comment by Ixobbp — 5:30 pm October 18, 2012 #

  13. In the past 10 minutes at 2nd & Columbia, a jam-packed Rr C & an even more full, if that’s possible, 120. A 21E with standing room, a 56E with standing room, then a 120 & a 55 with a few seats each.

    Comment by Sarah M. — 5:49 pm October 18, 2012 #

  14. WS bound C line leaving 3 rd and Seneca full at 6:30 pm but not overly so. Smooth sailing with only ~ 5 standing.

    Comment by Glenn — 6:46 pm October 18, 2012 #

  15. C in the morning for last week and this week has not bypassed anyone at stops. I catch it between 8:30 and 8:50. I have to stand each time but that is nothing new from before rr started. Thank you metro for adding more runs

    Comment by Kg — 8:22 am October 19, 2012 #

  16. Just received this email from Metro:

    http://rapidride.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/c-and-d-line-update-working-out-some-kinks/

    Comment by Lisa — 4:51 pm October 19, 2012 #

  17. Thanks, Lisa, that’s from the RR “blog,” last updated a week ago. Looks like the major news is potentially adding more afternoon capacity. Will add to the Friday narrative (just noticed, this is the Thursday comment thread).

    Comment by WSB — 5:24 pm October 19, 2012 #

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