TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday on wheels

January 30, 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)
Welcome to Wednesday! We’ll see how the day unfolds. Then tonight, same traffic alert as the past two nights – a 10 pm-5 am closure of southbound 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge.

11 Comments

  1. Traffic on Spokane viaduct especially heavy. Took an extra 10 mins or so at 7 am. No accident or anything.

    Comment by NeighborMom — 7:10 am January 30, 2013 #

  2. Eastbound WS Br being affected by heavy I 90 traffic/i 5 N because of earlier 520 eastbound stall. Also, disabled vehicle on I 5 north after ws br on ramp. Have fun!

    Comment by WSratsinacage — 8:33 am January 30, 2013 #

  3. Water Taxi – on time, smooth sailing.

    Comment by dq — 9:02 am January 30, 2013 #

  4. RR leaving Ws SRO at 930ish. Crazy that this late in the commute there are still SRO laden busses headed downtown.

    Comment by mmarie — 9:51 am January 30, 2013 #

  5. dq – best transit option to downtown hands down
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    Unfortunately if I say anything like the commute via bike was swift and easy I get called names on this blog.

    Comment by Stark — 11:02 am January 30, 2013 #

  6. Most people who work in far off places like Snohomish County and Bellevue would find bike commuting rather inconvenient from WS.

    Sometimes I believe that bike commuting is pushed as a way of playing down the need to improve public transportation. Just take matters into your own hands and that will solve the problem.

    If biking works for some, great, but it’s not a convenient alternative for everybody.

    Comment by East Coast Cynic — 1:15 pm January 30, 2013 #

  7. Like I said, it just has to be mentioned to be demonized. Keep perpetuating the ignorance, east coast cynic.

    Comment by Stark — 1:50 pm January 30, 2013 #

  8. ECC’s comment was not “demonizing.” But I do want to point out to her/him that bicycle riders and walkers are among the strongest supporters of transit. The water taxi and buses have bike racks and many people combine the trips – taking a bicycle to a distant job can be very convenient if you are using the bike to get to and from the bus stops closest to your home and workplace. And sure, some find it convenient even if they go the whole distance under their own power, which is admirable. Rather than the inexplicable complaints about bicyclists, I would love to see my fellow drivers start openly respecting them for making more room on the road, less wear on the road, fewer emissions in the air, etc. One of our resolutions for this year is to get either a bicycle or a scooter to at least use for part of our trips – often at a breaking news scene we have to park blocks away, for example, because of police/fire street closure, and something smaller would enable us to travel the last stretch more quickly. But I digress. Thank you all for participating – TR

    Comment by WSB — 2:07 pm January 30, 2013 #

  9. I think we all could be a little more flexible, bicyclists and motorists. It’s amazing how a little courtesy on the road – for example a bicyclist making more room so a car doesn’t have to veer out into another lane to pass – can improve relations.

    Comment by G — 3:16 pm January 30, 2013 #

  10. Didn’t mean to come off demonizing. I don’t disagree that many bike users support public transportation. Tell ya what, if the puget sound topography were much flatter and bikers were as well insulated from the car traffic as they are in some european cities, I’d do it. Maybe not to work, but for pleasure and shopping, provided adequate bike protection from the local thieving sociopaths when parking it.

    Comment by East Coast Cynic — 3:25 pm January 30, 2013 #

  11. WSB, I have found enormous utility with my trailer hitch-mounted bike rack. Easy to hook up, and I can park the car wherever it is easiest (somewhat) near to where I need to make numerous bike-access-is-more-efficient stops. Return to car, strap the bike on the rack, and off to the next.

    Probably would work almost as well with a trunk-mount rack, but might be hard to open the trunk with a bike mounted to it.

    Comment by bolo — 6:36 pm January 30, 2013 #

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