TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday reports

October 23, 2012 at 7:14 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 29 Comments

(Live view from the only WS Bridge camera currently in operation; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning – no incidents reported so far. During am/pm commute or the rest of the day, if you see/hear about something that others should know, this is as usual the place to comment (when you can do so safely, of course – no texting and driving).

ADDED TUESDAY PM: Just to make sure you don’t miss it – Metro has announced it’s adding buses to the 120 and 55 as of next Monday.

29 Comments

  1. Slow going on the 56x 7:30 due to traffic getting on 99 bottle necked around a broken down Rapid Ride.

    Comment by Glenn — 7:33 am October 23, 2012 #

  2. Is that a RR broken down on 99 toward downtown? I hope not. Am on the 55 and we just passed it going only 2 miles an hour…

    Comment by Chris W — 7:39 am October 23, 2012 #

  3. Also, lots of trucks lined up under the bridge, headed to port. Don’t know if it’s normal or a problem, but looked very slow going down there.

    Comment by Chris W — 7:40 am October 23, 2012 #

  4. Collision I-5 NB CD @ James St

    Cleared 7:14 AM : On the I-5 northbound collector-distributor just south of James St (MP 165) there is a collision blocking the right center lane. The Incident Response Team has arrived on the scene.

    Comment by Lisa — 7:42 am October 23, 2012 #

  5. Lower bridge to Alaskan is a parking lot. Ugh!

    Comment by AEL — 7:50 am October 23, 2012 #

  6. 7ish Rt C packed at the Alaska Junction to DT. I miss sitting…oh and missed a stop due to crowding.

    Comment by timh2o — 7:52 am October 23, 2012 #

  7. Just watched several of my neighbors running after the passing #22, apparently they were waiting at the bus stop and it kept going. It will be another hour before another #22 passes.

    Comment by Lisa — 8:35 am October 23, 2012 #

  8. Usual 120 was on time, but might have been the previous bus running late? My stop took the last seats, standing room from Roxbury on. We fit everyone I think, but it was another tight squeeze. Then the bridge and 99 were slow going.

    I miss having a commute where I might have some breathing room and could read on my phone. This is miserable.

    Comment by jedifarfy — 8:49 am October 23, 2012 #

  9. 7:27am 120 was standing room only by the time I got on at Brandon. Almost never get a seat now and even with the rechannelization there is still a lot of waiting on the bus. For not much more money I can drive to work in a shorter amount of time without being hot, miserable and stuffed in like a sardine.

    Comment by Erin — 9:03 am October 23, 2012 #

  10. Fastest commute since all the changes. I drove. Left Alki area at 8:30. Parked in Pioneer Square, got a coffee and in office a few minutes after 9:00.

    Comment by dq — 9:08 am October 23, 2012 #

  11. The 8:36am #50 leaves early about 50% of the time. I missed it this time. :(

    Comment by Ra-chan — 9:26 am October 23, 2012 #

  12. 715 C SRO at junction. Passed up 20+ passengers at the last two stops before the bridge. I was out of town last week and hoped it would be smooth sailing given we are now weeks into the new routes. So much for hope.

    Comment by Josh — 9:33 am October 23, 2012 #

  13. West Seattle Lower Bridge west-bound completely backed up. Cannot see what is blocking. Traffic east-bound seems to be moving across the bridge OK. Most drivers turning around.

    Comment by WS — 12:42 pm October 23, 2012 #

  14. I thought I would try the 50 from SODO to Junction. Got off the light rail and had to go by intuition to guess where the 50 stop might be, since no signage at light rail station. When I found the stop, there was no timetable on the bus-stop poll (just the display case where a schedule should be). Rather than stand on Lander in the rain for an undetermined period of time, I took the light rail back to University and the usual bus (packed C RR) back to West Seattle. One more thing to write to Metro about. SIGH. Need to have a clearly posted 50 schedule at SODO.

    Comment by iggy — 12:47 pm October 23, 2012 #

  15. Wonder if it’s the trucks again – like last Tuesday. Thanks, WS.

    Comment by WSB — 12:57 pm October 23, 2012 #

  16. This morning heading into town east bound I noticed a huge line up of trucks going west bound over the lower bridge. Also, heading down first ave, the truck traffic looked heavier then it’s been the last few days.

    Comment by elisaid — 1:32 pm October 23, 2012 #

  17. Hi Iggy -
    Excellent point! Maybe a “50″ directional sign in the light rail station would help.
    I ran into the same problem a couple weeks ago. Turns out there’s a 50 stop right in the Sodo Busway. Not knowing this, I walked all the way to Starbucks Center before the next 50 stop appeared, losing about 20 minutes.

    Comment by Mike Lindblom — 1:37 pm October 23, 2012 #

  18. Around 11:30a I saw two C-line training buses in a row west-bound on Alaska St. A sign of more bus availability to come?

    Comment by RichWSeattle — 1:44 pm October 23, 2012 #

  19. I guess Metro finally decided to call out the (C)alvary:).

    Comment by East Coast Cynic — 2:22 pm October 23, 2012 #

  20. I waited at 25th & Roxbury at 1:18 for a #22 that never came. Waited 25 minutes. While waiting for the #22 I missed two #21 that would have at least taken me a little closer to home. Totally frigging ridiculous considering that this bus only runs once per hour and Metro can’t even get that right. Arbor Heights residents have not only been screwed, they’ve been sodomized.

    Comment by enid — 3:27 pm October 23, 2012 #

  21. Metro’s Fare Enforcement police are out today, just a heads up. Never seen them before, but they’re hanging out at bus stops today.

    Comment by HelperMonkey — 3:53 pm October 23, 2012 #

  22. Just in – Metro’s adding more buses to 55 and 120: http://westseattleblog.com/?p=127358

    Comment by WSB — 4:20 pm October 23, 2012 #

  23. to Mike Lindblom: Where is the 50 stop in the SODO busway? I looked “all over” the busway and only saw buses going into downtown, not outbound. The 50 stop (without the schedule posted) I found was across the busway and a bit around the corner on Lander. So going toward Starbuck Center, the stop I found was on the right on Lander, just off the busway (but not on the busway). YES, it would be great if Metro had Bay Numbers there with a map showing what buses are at what bay and where the bays are.

    Comment by iggy — 4:31 pm October 23, 2012 #

  24. At helper monkey, there were two enforcementguys at junction bay 2 Saturday morning about ten am.

    Comment by Chris W — 5:39 pm October 23, 2012 #

  25. Went to catch my bus between 3rd Pike & Pine and notice that metro had removed the rain shelter! What’s up with that?

    Comment by MSW — 6:08 pm October 23, 2012 #

  26. MSW; I caught the C @3rd/Pike tonight, close to 9pm; yeh, all torn up; tons of workers, trucks, construction equipment lined up all down 3rd between Pike and Pine; couldn’t find anyone from metro to ask, what the heck is going on; only left 1 smallish area for buses to pull in, so C got caught behind waiting for 2 other buses at stop
    ~
    hope they’re putting in another shelter

    Comment by Diane — 10:05 pm October 23, 2012 #

  27. It looks as if numerous routes through West Seattle are getting all beefed up with additional buses, yet the paltry hourly run to Arbor Heights can’t even be relied upon to show up. I thought it was clear after last week’s meeting that there are LOTS of AH residents upset about this – yet no action is being taken. Why the discriminatory treatment????????? Even ONE additional #22 to provide service every 30 minutes would help, especially as it doesn’t even do the loop. Instead, more #120′s are being added. I saw 3 #120 yesterday while I waited for the #22 that never came. Time to start driving.

    Comment by anonyme — 6:36 am October 24, 2012 #

  28. Anonyme, FWIW, after the news release about 120 and 55 came in, I asked about the AH timetable. No reply yet, but that was end-of-the-business-day yesterday…

    Comment by WSB — 7:12 am October 24, 2012 #

  29. iggy, unfortunately, it’s not an ideal transfer from the busway to 50 if you’re going toward West Seattle but transferring from Link. The last Link stop is at Busway & Lander, so you have to walk to that shady bus stop on Lander. If you take one of the buses that go south along the busway, like the 150 or 160 (I think), you can wait one more stop and get off at Spokane St. Then the 50 stop is across the busway and has a schedule. It’s a pretty crappy bus stop, though, and I hope Metro can clean it up a little.
    .
    I do a commute from Georgetown where I take a bus up 4th and get off at Spokane, walk to the busway, and catch the 50. If you can get it, and especially if you live north of the Junction, it’s a nice bus. 20 minutes from SoDo to my house.

    Comment by Mightymoh — 7:32 am October 24, 2012 #

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