TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Back-to-work Wednesday

January 2, 2013 at 6:03 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 11 Comments

(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
Still on holiday break till next week? Lucky you! Overall, we know it’s back-to-work day for more than a few people today, so we are resuming the daily traffic/transit trackers. As a refresher – this is the spot for updates if needed on not only the morning commute, but traffic trouble throughout the day and into the evening, if there’s any – and a place to talk about what you’re encountering, whether you’re driving, riding the bus, bicycling, walking, taking the Water Taxi, a state ferry, etc.

TRANSIT SCHEDULES: Back to normal, including Metro.

WEEKEND RAMP CLOSURES: One month ago after first word of the Spokane Street Interchange Vicinity Special Bridge Repair project, the first closure weekend is almost here: 10 pm this Friday 1/4 through 5 am next Monday 1/7, two ramps will be closed – Columbian Way (Beacon Hill) to West Seattle Bridge, and Southbound I-5 to West Seattle Bridge. Here’s the detour map. Again, that’s this coming weekend.

11 Comments

  1. Just got a message from Metro that trolley busses are delayed due to ice on the lines. Not sure if they just mean the SLUT, or all busses with overhead lines. Fyi.

    Comment by Chris W — 7:20 am January 2, 2013 #

  2. Busses running ok downtown.

    Comment by Chris W — 8:06 am January 2, 2013 #

  3. No 8:30 #56 from beach. No service alerts and was showing on One Bus Away.

    Comment by dq — 8:38 am January 2, 2013 #

  4. is the SLUT, the worst acronym for a mass transit system? lol

    Comment by Brandon — 9:13 am January 2, 2013 #

  5. The 8:30 #56 never showed…I gave up at 9am.

    Comment by NeoYogi — 10:37 am January 2, 2013 #

  6. Treasure Island, Florida has the “Treasure Island Transit System” – no joke.

    Comment by Twobottles — 10:52 am January 2, 2013 #

  7. Be careful out there. I hit a couple slick spots on my bike. I also saw a truck spin out in the morning. the temp drops when the clouds leave.

    Comment by wsea — 10:59 am January 2, 2013 #

  8. lol @ twobottles. That one is pretty bad too

    Comment by Brandon — 12:30 pm January 2, 2013 #

  9. Technically, it’s the Seattle Streetcar – South Lake Union Line. SLUT is just what everybody who doesn’t work for Seattle Streetcar calls it.

    Comment by owen — 1:34 pm January 2, 2013 #

  10. Owen, early on they actually were calling it “South Lake Union Trolley”, until they realized the acronym. :-)

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    Mike

    Comment by miws — 5:34 pm January 2, 2013 #

  11. Today my wife and I were at 2nd and Columbia waiting fot the c line and 2 of them showed up at the sametime at about 3:30 this afternoon. We got on the 2nd one and it was not full which was really nice. The only problem was the driver was driving like a crazy person coming off of the Alaskian Way viaduct as he was doing 40 plus miles an hour in the clearly posted 25 mph “S” curves coming off of it. In fact before my wife or I were seated the driver was taking off and I’m disabled and by the driver taking off before we were seated he tossed us into other riders that were already seated in the bus. I see no reason for the bus drivers to speed at more than 15 mph over the posted speed limit and I find it even more sad that I’ve been reporting that drivers have been speeding in this same spot to metro for almost a year or more with nothing being done by metro to stop this from happening other than lip service from Kevin Desmond, Tom randal and the other people in management from metro. In fact Tom Randall told me at one point that one of metros drivers boss’s had gone out with a radar gun and said that the buses were not speeding only to later tell me he was wrong when I asked where and how could they set up to clock the drivers as there is no place to do so. Metro keeps asking how I can see how fast the driver is driving and I tell them I am sitting in the first few seats across from the driver and when the needle on the speedometer is at 12 oclock they are doing 40 miles an hour if it anything past that to the right they are going even faster. so it is not hard to tell how fast the driver is speeding over the posted speed limit. I’m not sure what it is going to take to happen before metro does something to correct this yet I do see some lind of major transit crash waiting to happen because of nothing being done about this. If anyone else has contacted metro about this you might want to let the rest of us know as metro states nobody else has had any problems of drivers speeding going through the new “s” curves.

    Comment by michael ford — 9:03 pm January 2, 2013 #

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