TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday updates

November 15, 2012 at 6:42 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 10 Comments

(Live view from the only WS Bridge camera currently in operation; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:42 AM: One week till Thanksgiving. Another rainless morning for your commute; nothing to report in or near West Seattle as we start out.

7:03 AM: Fog is advancing from the west, so unless it suddenly stops, at least part of the peninsula is likely to be socked in soon.

8:16 AM: The fog has stopped short of “socked in,” at least so far – and right now, the bridge cam is positively basking in sunshine. Meantime, a reminder: If you’re interested in firsthand information on the status of the new South Park Bridge, there’s a meeting tonight at 7 pm in SP – details here.

9:08 AM: Pioneer Square/International District alert, especially if you drive in via 4th – there’s a semi/bus crash at 4th and Jackson that is said to be causing “traffic delays.” No injuries reported so far.

9:21 AM NOTE: The West Seattle Crime Prevention Council just announced that transit is its focus at next week’s monthly meeting – if you have safety issues regarding transit and the recent changes, be there. Details here.

10 Comments

  1. Got on the C-line at 7:20a at Fauntleroy/Alaska. Amazed again and how within the space of a few minutes the crowd grew from 2 to about a dozen or more at the bus stop. We were all able to get on, most of us left standing. However by the time we were on our way downtown we were packed tighter than I’ve seen it in a while. So tight that it was difficult to shift my balance as the bus moved, had elbows in my side and my back. Dangerous (in my opinion) and uncomfortable, but for me a mercifully brief ride at 15 minutes.

    Comment by RichWSeattle — 8:23 am November 15, 2012 #

  2. 4 buses all in a row at 35th/Avalon (3 Cs and 21X) all packed and the Cs looked to be SRO 8:15am.

    Comment by Bus rider — 8:47 am November 15, 2012 #

  3. Wait until it snows!!!!

    Comment by buddsmom — 9:59 am November 15, 2012 #

  4. RichWSeattle, I know what you mean. I think its because alot of passengers are coming off the 50 or the 22 to transfer to the RR at the junction. One minute there’s 5 people waiting, next there’s 25. Sometimes, if I’m running late, I’ll walk down to the Findlay stop even though its a bit farther just to avoid the crowds at the junction.

    Comment by babs — 10:09 am November 15, 2012 #

  5. If passengers are getting off the 50 at the Junction to transfer to RR, they should simply stay on the 50. If they get off at the SODO station, they can transfer to either Link or buses coming up the busway. You can stand at the bus stop and easily catch either. I have never had to wait more than 2-3 minutes. The 50 rocks and the SODO transfer is becoming more popular every day.

    Comment by fan of the 50 — 10:41 am November 15, 2012 #

  6. The 50 does indeed rock. Surprised that it’s still seemingly a “secret.” It’s super-quick! I’m (obviously) a fan. :)

    Comment by birdgeek — 10:54 am November 15, 2012 #

  7. This morning my wife and I took the c line to 35th and avalon and went to catch the 21 so i could go to see my doctor today. we walked past 2 buses to the 21 and when we got to the 21 the driver told my wife and i to catch the c line which we had just gotten off of because she was full yet there were still empty seats on the 21 just that the driver didn’t want to do her job of asking someone to move so myself a disabled person could sit down. i told the driver i didn’t need to take the c line to town as it doesn’t connect to where i was going to see my doctor and she finally asked someone to move so i might sit on the bus. i find it sad that the metro drivers are trying to force us to ride a bus to town that doesn’t service everyones needs. is this apart of metros way of pushing the c line even more onto us that live in west seattle? just asking. this was at about 7:30 this morning.

    Comment by michael — 6:18 pm November 15, 2012 #

  8. michael, not a good experience at all. sorry you had to go through that. I’ll pass along a note to supervisors, let me know if you noted a coach number. We ask riders to please make room for people who need seats the most.–Jeff

    Comment by Jeff Switzer, King County Metro — 7:04 pm November 15, 2012 #

  9. Crazy ride home last night. I had to work late and caught a 120 with more than a dozen kids. It looks like a school sent several groups to the theater last night, and they all were trying to squeeze onto 120s back into West Seattle. It was extremely full and they were very nice, but other passengers were not so forgiving and some were downright rude.

    I hope they enjoyed their show!

    Comment by jedifarfy — 5:46 am November 16, 2012 #

  10. Jeff,
    I don’t have the bus number I just had the time that I have posted on here. I lnow what buses I need to catch to connect to my bus in downtown and to have a driver try to force me onto a bus that I had just gotten off of as the “C” line doesn’t connect with my bus in downtown like the 54 used to or if I take it I end up standing in the rain waiting for a bus in downtown. I just know the driver as a female of color and rude. It seems like now that we are forced onto the new buses the drivers have started to become more and more rude to the riders. I feel most of metro could use some trainning in coustomer service yet I truely don’t see that happening.

    Comment by michael — 9:51 pm November 16, 2012 #

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