TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: ‘Out of the fog’ Wednesday edition

January 23, 2013 at 6:03 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 14 Comments

(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
Normal never looked so good. Everybody raise their hands if they’d had enough of the fog. (But don’t raise them if you’re driving! Don’t read this if you’re driving, either.) Once again, we’re on the move for the day. Besides the various projects under way around town, a traffic-alert again tonight: Southbound 99 closed again from Battery St. Tunnel to West Seattle Bridge, 10 pm-5 am, for SODO overpass work.

14 Comments

  1. Slightly off topic, but what’s up with the City Light sign? The only time it’s ever on is the middle of the night! I love looking at that sign on my way home, but I haven’t seen it on in a while. Is there anyone to call?

    Comment by Commuter — 7:05 am January 23, 2013 #

  2. Feels downright balmy this morning! Love it!

    Comment by SudsyMaggie — 7:19 am January 23, 2013 #

  3. Light on lower bridge is stuck red. Not sure where police are.

    Comment by steve — 7:38 am January 23, 2013 #

  4. The slightly un-normal: Standing room only on the 21E going downtown at 35th and Morgan at 7:38am. Usually, most of the seats are filled, but never standing room only.

    Comment by East Coast Cynic — 8:18 am January 23, 2013 #

  5. needed police at double white line area big time this morn. Out of control violations. Mostly semis blocking access to I 5 s and Beacon Hill.

    Comment by WSratsinacage — 8:18 am January 23, 2013 #

  6. Anyone else sick of the overheating on the bus? Got on this morning at 9:15, heat blasting and passengers had opened a window. Seems silly that we are opening windows on the bus in January! But no one seems to know how to get the heat shut off. (hint: ask the driver to turn it down if you can yell loud enough for them to hear you).

    Comment by Jenava — 9:30 am January 23, 2013 #

  7. I’m so glad the hazy, dirty fog has lifted! Bring on the cleansing wind and rain. :-D

    Comment by pigeonmom — 9:40 am January 23, 2013 #

  8. The dangerous over crowding of the Rapid Ride bus this mornning took a new low. Not enough seating for the elderly and/or disabled to even have a seat this morning.

    Comment by Rapid Ride victim — 10:05 am January 23, 2013 #

  9. Jenava- that’s one of my biggest complaints about riding the bus. All of us passengers are dressed to stand outside for who knows how long, we don’t need the heat blasting once we get on the bus!

    Comment by CW — 10:21 am January 23, 2013 #

  10. King County Metro seems to consider reports of crowding as a success. While it would be disheartening to have these complaints fall on deaf ears, it might be worse that KC Metro tells us, “well, yeah, it’s because it’s so popular .. and that’s how it is in other cities anyway”. Not buying it.

    Comment by GrumpyRider — 11:25 am January 23, 2013 #

  11. Returning from sunny SoCal, time to put my game face on to brave traffic and the weather. I guess rain is better than dirty fog.

    Comment by G — 11:28 am January 23, 2013 #

  12. Jenava, I’ve had the opposite problem with bus heat – the 116/118/119 seem to have had NO heat the last week or two. I shouldn’t be able to see my breath on the bus. :)

    Comment by Sue — 2:00 pm January 23, 2013 #

  13. Sue, this issue with the heat must be specific to the new buses? I remember this issue only sporadically when it was the 55/54. A few weeks back someone even fainted because it was sooo hot! Not good. I’ve written a message outlining the issue to metro, but if others also wrote in it may carry more weight. Seems like every day I am shouting “could you turn down the heat” to the driver! )-:

    Comment by Jenava — 7:16 pm January 23, 2013 #

  14. Regarding heat issues, the older buses have 3 settings – high, low and off. Sometimes the low setting feels too warm, but the only alternative is to turn it off entirely. Newest buses (the low floor hybrids) have climate controls that allow adjustment to a specific temperature.

    Comment by Jeff Welch — 11:29 pm January 23, 2013 #

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