TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Back-to-school Thursday; bridge, I-5 woes

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:37 AM: Eight days later than originally scheduled, Seattle Public Schools start classes today. West Seattle is home to 16 of them; the times when you’ll see the flashing school-zone beacons are listed here (for all schools in the district). Four school zones now have speed-enforcement cameras – Louisa Boren K-8 STEM/interim Arbor Heights Elementary on Delridge; Roxhill Elementary and Holy Family School, which has been in session for two weeks, on Roxbury; and Gatewood Elementary, on Fauntleroy Way.

ROAD-WORK REMINDERS: With rain last night and more on the way later this morning, you might not encounter crews this morning, but remember for starters that the Roxbury and 35th SW projects are now under way, so if you’re driving Roxbury between 17th and 35th and/or 35th between Holly and Roxbury for the first time in a while because of school (or some other reason), be aware that the lane configurations have changed – primarily one lane each way with a center turn lane.

7:18 AM: If you use northbound I-5 through downtown, there might be some backup through the commute because of a lane closure at Mercer related to repairs from an early-morning crash.

7:20 AM: Crash reported at California/Charlestown and SFD is en route to check out a 17-year-old boy for possible injuries.

(Added above – photo from Bryce – thank you. The crash is in the outside northbound lane just north of Charlestown.)

7:29 AM: **Transit notes** – commenters say the first Route 57 and a Route 21 bus have been no-shows this morning. We haven’t seen any text or tweet alerts from Metro.

8:10 AM: The aforementioned left-lane closure on NB I-5 at Mercer downtown continues, with a miles-long backup reported.

9:11 AM: Texter says a broken-down vehicle is in the left lane near the crest of the high bridge, no emergency vehicles on scene, leading to trouble not just because of the blocked lane but because of vehicles diverting at the last minute.

10:35 AM: Have been in the thick of this for the past hour and a third; headed out after the last update with an hour to make it to the UW for a presentation at a student-journalism conference. Instead, by 10:20, we were still on the bridge; called to say we’d never make it, and now we’re in a parking spot downtown updating before heading back to the bridge and home base. The stall turned out to be a collision; it was cleared by about 9:50 – we only saw the police lights in the distance – but the gridlock had started at Alaska/Fauntleroy and continued eastward. I-5 in the distance was sluggish too. If you have been waiting to leave, things might be a bit better now – once we got onto 99, it was slow until the Viaduct rise, and then finally everybody was up to 30 mph.

10:41 AM: WSDOT has tweeted that the NB I-5 lane is finally open again:

11:14 AM: Just came across the bridge westbound. Eastbound is STILL jammed, from Nucor eastward. And northbound 99 doesn’t look much better than it did when we were on it last hour.

6:24 PM: Crash at Olson/Myers – don’t know about the traffic effects, but be careful in that area.

79 Replies to "TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Back-to-school Thursday; bridge, I-5 woes"

  • jt September 17, 2015 (6:56 am)

    No sign of the first 57 of the day. Argh.

  • newnative September 17, 2015 (7:10 am)

    Looks like the 6:55 #57 was cancelled. We are still waiting.

    • WSB September 17, 2015 (7:18 am)

      Thanks for the updates. No text or other alert from Metro, as you’ve probably also noticed.

      • WSB September 17, 2015 (7:58 am)

        Just for the record – via e-mail, we have one more report of the missed 57.

  • West Seattle since 979 September 17, 2015 (7:26 am)

    One of the 21 local buses didn’t come either.

  • newnative September 17, 2015 (7:27 am)

    We got the #56 which was late and in stop n go traffic not even on the viaduct.

  • Sunrise Heights September 17, 2015 (7:36 am)

    So far not a fan of the changes on 35th. It takes forever for the bus to merge back into traffic after pulling over at a stop.

  • Robert September 17, 2015 (8:05 am)

    the re-striping of the 35th potholes did help, you have a little more room to duck and dodge the holes.what reasoning did they use, with thousands more people in west seattle, why did they remove two lanes of traffic??it makes no sense at all.

  • Jeff Switzer September 17, 2015 (8:12 am)

    Hearing the first 57 trip was likely canceled for no available operator. Very sorry for the inconvenience and hope riders were able to catch the next trip.

  • Wes C. Addle September 17, 2015 (8:26 am)

    I can confirm that the #57 was MIA as well. I think the #56 that comes after the initial #57 didn’t show up either. It seemed like it was two bus cycles that were missed this morning.

  • Smitty September 17, 2015 (8:31 am)

    “So far not a fan of the changes on 35th. It takes forever for the bus to merge back into traffic after pulling over at a stop.”

    As predicted they are coming folks. They are coming………

  • Happy Thursday September 17, 2015 (9:05 am)

    Bridge Backed up past 35th

  • Sue September 17, 2015 (9:06 am)

    Sunrise Heights, buses having difficulty to merge back in on 35th is not the fault of changes on 35th – it’s the fault of drivers not obeying the law.
    Seattle Municipal Code Section 11.58.275 – Right-of-way of transit vehicles.
    “A. The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a transit vehicle traveling in the same direction that has signalled and is re-entering the traffic flow.
    B. This section shall not operate to relieve the driver of a transit vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the street or alley.
    C. For purposes of this section, “transit vehicle” means a motor vehicle, street car, train, or trolley which is owned or operated by a city, county, county transportation authority, a public benefit area, or the state, and which is used to carry passengers on a regular schedule. (RCW 46.04.355; 69.50.435(5), (6)).
    (Ord. 116977 § 1, 1993.)”
    This is why we ended up with bus bulbs on California Avenue that everyone bitches about. If people just followed the law and allowed buses the right of way they are entitled to, to merge back in, they wouldn’t have been forced to take that step.

  • Jeff September 17, 2015 (9:19 am)

    Yes, the 1st #57 was a no-show this morning. No Text Alerts or any sort of notice. The #56 did show up about 5 minutes late and was understandably very crowded.

  • Happy Thursday September 17, 2015 (9:19 am)

    Is the bus lane cop working today? Maybe the incident at Mercer from 2 hours ago is effecting the bridge still or maybe our typical slog for most Thursdays? School starting? Rain/wet roads?

  • darrell September 17, 2015 (9:26 am)

    Don’t know if something is causing the huge backup out of WS, or if it’s just one of “those” days where it doesn’t make sense whatsoever…. but the traffic out of WS is atrocious. Thank god I have flexibility to work from home. WTF is going on?

  • Happy Thursday September 17, 2015 (9:29 am)

    Green Camry rearended a black Ford SUV left lane eAstbound just over the crest

  • sw September 17, 2015 (9:41 am)

    It’s just one of those days. People are driving plain crazy today for no reason whatsoever.

  • East Coast Cynic September 17, 2015 (9:43 am)

    I see merging issues and potential accidents happening on southbound 35th SW just before Holly: It’s two lanes part of the way between Morgan and Holly, then midway down the street, the cones obstruct the left lane and turn the rest of the block into a one lane street; cars speeding in the left lane sometimes end up waiting to merge at the end of the left lane and occasionally make for difficult passage through the remainder of the block for the other cars. I could possibly see quick merges from the two lane to the one lane causing some fender benders:/.

  • Happy Thursday September 17, 2015 (9:43 am)

    Yeah totally reasonable to leave at 9 and go 4 miles in 45 minutes. Maybe more people had to drive because of canceled bus routes. Accidents and first day of school with rain doesn’t help.

  • darrell September 17, 2015 (9:44 am)

    Alright! Unattentive driving!

  • Happy Thursday September 17, 2015 (9:44 am)

    This S is getting old!

  • Tessting September 17, 2015 (9:44 am)

    Stall on the high rise eastbound. Huge back up!

  • Happy Thursday September 17, 2015 (9:49 am)

    4th is jammed from Spokane for some reason

  • DFTK September 17, 2015 (9:57 am)

    West Seattle has become the Poggie Tavern of Western Washington!

  • Andrew September 17, 2015 (9:58 am)

    I caught the 21 at 9:01 am. Still on it an hour later. Trip usually takes 20 minutes, though we finally reached 4th Avenue. Tell my family I love them.

  • Happy Thursday September 17, 2015 (10:02 am)

    7 am Mercer incident still causing back ups at 10. This what i am seeing anyway. Every northbound access point is stopped.

  • Wes C. Addle September 17, 2015 (10:10 am)

    Since Metro didn’t actually tweet anything about the cancelled route this morning, if you actually check the ‘One Bus Away app’, it showed that the route wasn’t coming as it wasn’t listed in the schedule.

  • abc September 17, 2015 (10:11 am)

    Thank you Seattle for rechannelizing 35th and Roxbury! It’s a disaster to an already long commute to downtown during rush hour. Another 5-10 minutes is nothing to some of you but when my commute is already 40 min, another 5-10 min is just too much. Somebody tell me why we are reducing 2 lanes to 1??? Very frustrated 15 yr west Seattle resident.

  • JanS September 17, 2015 (10:54 am)

    I just got home from 7th and Madison. Coming this way was a breeze, however it was bumper to bumper from as far as the eye could see headed east on the bridge, backed up to Fauntleroy (both lanes, also the exit to 99, and I-5 going north was simply horrendous. Something somewhere was going on…that’s not “normal” at 10:30am.

    abc…have you tried using the 1st Ave. bridge from your end of town to get to downtown? Are they finished with the striping? When that is done, it may be a little easier. Give it a chance. People wouldn’t slow down on 35th, now they have to. Don’t blame the city, blame them…might even be your neighbors. Hope it gets better for you.

  • MelSpy September 17, 2015 (10:54 am)

    1 hour and 25 min to get from west seattle to downtown corridor .. another 15 minutes to navigate to harborview. WOW, west seattle, WOW. i’m talking stalls, accidents, drawbridges, freight trains, and my favorite the train that crawls forward to stop only to crawl backwards. wth? i’ve lived here for 15 years up the admiral hill. . but am questioning my resolve to stay in our neighborhood. seriously, questioning.

  • Rick September 17, 2015 (10:56 am)

    Probably an extension of tunnel ideology. You know, allow for massive growth but remove traffic lanes. It’s gotta work for somebody somewhere.

  • Kim September 17, 2015 (10:57 am)

    I wonder if anyone has done a study about how many extra car trips are created when teachers, school staff and students go back to school?

    • WSB September 17, 2015 (10:59 am)

      Metro buses represent the only transportation offered by the district (via passes) for most middle- and high-schoolers, which has caused its own strain on the system in spots in the past few years. The district has of course gone to the “neighborhood school” focus but I don’t know if they’ve studied whether that’s led to an increase in kids walking/biking.

  • JanS September 17, 2015 (11:01 am)

    @sw…driving plain crazy for no reason? Because it’s raining? All those transplants don’t know how to drive in rain on oily streets, I suppose. As we were going up towards the bridge from Admiral Way, we saw no less than 7 single drivers driving in the bus lane only, because, well, because they’re special…right? Kept looking for a cop, none in sight.The speeding, the weaving using no signals, sudden moves because people are simply impatient (or think they’re Moses and the sea should part for them). I don’t normally commute in rush hour, as I work at home in West Seattle…but wow…it’s always an eye opener when you do…

  • JB September 17, 2015 (11:09 am)

    My 6 mile bike ride to work today was fabulous!

  • JanS September 17, 2015 (11:10 am)

    hope the 17 yo kid on Calif. and Charlestown will be OK. Hmmm…let’s see…17 years old, first day of school, rain, slick streets….wonder if any of that contributed to the accident?

  • Jenn September 17, 2015 (11:20 am)

    @MelSpy: Same with me too. Sadly, I don’t know how much longer it’s worth living in the neighborhood and having to commute to work every morning. I even live near the bridge too. I can’t imagine tacking on another 20 minutes for people who live deeper into West Seattle.

    The thing that irks me the most about the traffic is its inconsistency. I leave at the exact same time every single morning. Sometimes it takes me 20-25 minutes to get to Belltown, and sometimes it takes me 40-50 minutes — usually with no visual reasoning whatsoever. No wrecks, nothing. If it was 40 minutes every single day – no matter what – then that is fine. But not knowing what you’re going to get on any given day is absolutely maddening.

  • Blinkyjoe September 17, 2015 (11:24 am)

    30 minutes from Morgan Jct to Pier 70 by bike…as always. I do realize for some folks bike commuting is not feasible, but I see so many single drivers going from W Seattle to the downtown corridor. Surely SOME of you can switch to bike commuting. I’ll hazard a guess and say that a majority of offices now have some sort of shower facility and I’ve devised a way to pack my business attire so that it stays neat and professional. If 5% of west seattleites who work within 10 miles of home switched to cycling, I think the effect on the WS Bridge and 99 would be amazing.

    • WSB September 17, 2015 (11:28 am)

      Just a reminder to all, one handle per person per discussion, please. Thanks!

  • Sue September 17, 2015 (11:27 am)

    Traffic in general has been crazier. Last night I needed to take a bus from 3rd & Union to 8th & Seneca. The bus took half an hour. If it wasn’t up a huge hill I can’t climb, it would’ve been faster to walk the 4/10 of a mile.

  • DarkHawke September 17, 2015 (11:44 am)

    @JanS: Restricting the traffic capacity of 35th just to slow it down is certifiably insane. If it’s pedestrian safety you want, add more street lights AND light-regulated crosswalks. You can even put pedestrian triggers (if that’s what they’re called) on the crosswalks so that traffic isn’t unduly slowed down when no one needs to cross. Cutting lanes is exemplary of the by-now-typical anti-car agenda that’s been coming from City Hall for, what, 10-20 years? They had a “good crisis” going on 35th and they didn’t let it go to waste.

  • Happy Thursday September 17, 2015 (12:07 pm)

    Me too Jenn and MelSpy. It’s a shame what has been allowed to happen.
    Blinky, I think more would bike to work if it was more safe. Too many deaths, accidents, close calls on the route from WS east to downtown.

  • DarkHawke September 17, 2015 (12:18 pm)

    Three city-wide traffic snafus in two years, and the best response from local politicos is to cut capacity, stand around pointing fingers and throw more good money at the “Rapid Ride” buses, as if that’ll get them moving faster on yet more congested surface streets.
    Meanwhile, we’re years away from a grade-separated public transit solution that will doubtless be mind-bogglingly expensive (and on an on-going basis as with the existing “light rail”) and the monorail remains a decades-old tourist attraction.
    Ah…what might have been.

  • Sunny.206 September 17, 2015 (12:29 pm)

    I see they have marked the street for left hand turn lanes on Barton. This will effectively take away the free right hand turns for the vehicles coming from Westwood turning right on 35th and the Ferry traffic coming up the hill and turning right onto 35th. I can see the traffic backed up to Westwood and 1/2 down the hill including buses.

    50yr W. Seattle resident, what a mess we’ve allowed the to make.

  • Mike September 17, 2015 (12:29 pm)

    “hope the 17 yo kid on Calif. and Charlestown will be OK. Hmmm…let’s see…17 years old, first day of school, rain, slick streets….wonder if any of that contributed to the accident?”
    No. I grew up in Western WA and have been driving since 15.5 years of age. Drove to school in sun, rain and snow. My first accident was when I was 36 years old (thanks guy on cell phone with dog in lap).
    Hope the kid is okay.

  • chemist September 17, 2015 (12:39 pm)

    Sue, driver can have every intention of letting the bus merge back into traffic, but once they pull off to the side and traffic is gridlocked next to the bus, the only drivers who can tell the difference between all flashers for “stop” and the direction of the merge flashers for “merge left” is the drivers who can see both turn signals from behind the bus.
    When traffic is stop-and-go, it can take a lot of time for everyone aside a 60 ft bus to advance forward as the signal would intend so buses do things like block traffic by positioning across lanes.
    Sort of like “don’t block the box” campaigns… there’s a willful disconnect between the laws as written and the way many of our city streets function currently.

  • FJ September 17, 2015 (1:32 pm)

    to the folks who bike: how much street riding is required? I’m OK w/ trails, etc., but riding on the street freaks me out. :-( That’s why I don’t do it. A million years ago, I was riding and someone purposefully swerved so that I would go into a ditch… I just never started again.

  • sam-c September 17, 2015 (1:37 pm)

    chemist brings up a good point, but I hope that doesn’t lead them to install bus bulbs there.

    signed, someone that USUALLY lets the bus merge.. as long as the conditions are right, ie, I’m not slamming on breaks to go from 30 mph to 0 mph, causing the potentially inattentive person behind me to rear end me.

  • sam-c September 17, 2015 (2:02 pm)

    *brakes, not breaks*

  • MB September 17, 2015 (2:30 pm)

    I live near 35th and Roxbury. I work in East King County. I know a thing or two about our traffic (of which I am a part). And I agree that the “road diet” re-striping of Roxbury, Barton, and ESPECIALLY 35th is a complete and total cluster. I’m not sure they adjusted the timing on the lights. But regardless of that…the commute hours on these roads are now horrendous, on top of the city-wide clusters that are our typical rush hours. Can we please go back? Please? I’ll help.

  • Smitty September 17, 2015 (2:38 pm)

    I believe they have come out saying they will not install bulbs. Something tells me that is going to change………..THEN we are talking real gridlock folks!

    Great planning.

  • Weiss September 17, 2015 (2:39 pm)

    @FJ – depends where you’re coming from. If you park near Andover and West Seattle fitness you could ride the sidewalk to delridge then take a designated bike path all the way to Marginal then ride the sidewalk/bike path all the way to the downtown waterfront. From there it, again, depends where you’re going.

  • Happy Thursday September 17, 2015 (2:43 pm)

    3 + hours to clear/reopen the lane for the I 5 north accident at Mercer? 7:18 note from wsb, 10:30 tweet from dot.

    • WSB September 17, 2015 (2:46 pm)

      They had repairs to make. It wasn’t, in this case, a matter of pushing/towing vehicle(s) out of the way.

  • JanS September 17, 2015 (2:50 pm)

    @DarkHawke…don’t blame the messenger…I only stated what you wanted to know. I don’t often drive 35th, as I live in the Admiral District….we have our own problems up here. But do be angry at the people who think their time is of the utmost importance and drive too fast on 35th, TYVM.And if you’re one of them, guess it’s time to kick your own butt ;-).There have been accidents, deaths along that corridor, so the city decided to slow things down…at least that’s what I understand. I’m sorry your drive is now taking longer.

    Had an early doc appt. today, and a ride. As we were driving down Admiral Hill, actually going about 5 over the speed limit, people were passing us in the right lane (it’s a right turn only lane at the bottom), going at least 45 mph. The speed limit is 30.And at the bottom, signals came on so they could merge in to our lane…that’s the “special” attitude I don’t appreciate. Creates anger, accidents, bottlenecks. Yep, glad I work at home. I don’t know how you all do it on a daily basis.

  • JanS September 17, 2015 (2:56 pm)

    @Happy Thursday…4th was “jammed” because of an accident at 4th S and Seattle Place S., near 4th and Dearborn…was sort of a cataclysmic morning, I guess….everyone forgot how to drive in the rain this past summer O_o

  • Transplant September 17, 2015 (3:11 pm)

    @JanS – No one knows the slick, oily streets of the first rain of the season quite like a Northern California transplant. It almost never rains all summer long there every year. Also, I just read an article yesterday stating that just as many Seattle residents are now moving to California. Interesting, huh?

  • Don Schei September 17, 2015 (3:36 pm)

    In the last 2 weeks there have been almost daily cancelations of “C” buses going to West Seattle so instead of a 10-15 minute intervals it can be 25-30 minutes. When the next arrives it is always packed to the doors. So this is not just a 21, 55, 56, and 57 issue.

  • John September 17, 2015 (4:06 pm)

    Yep, there have been lots of C bus cancellations leaving downtown to WS the past few weeks. I don’t know what is happening, but I’m experiencing the same issue you are. Looking forward to the day when companies start offering telecommuting as a viable option for work. I can imagine that eventually happening.

  • HelperMonkey September 17, 2015 (4:15 pm)

    In the vein of the bike rider above wondering if 5% of people biked rather than drove downtown, I wonder if people who live say south of the water tower on 35th decided to take 35th south to Roxbury and down that way to get downtown if it would clear up the bridge just a teensy bit. I google-mapped it one time and from my house to Century Link Field taking both 35th/WSB and Roxbury/1st Ave bridge routes was literally the same number of miles and the exact same time to get there. (full disclosure, this was prior to the rechannelization of both Roxbury and 35th so I have no idea what impact that would have on the trip) Just saying – the WS Bridge is not the only way to get out of WS and into downtown – try going S to go N, maybe it’ll be faster in the long run and clear out the bridge a little.

  • Kimmy September 17, 2015 (4:25 pm)

    Helper Money-
    When I commuted downtown, I drove maybe once or twice a month (rather than bus) and would use either Roxbury or Highland Park, generally the latter. I found it to be similar in average commute time, which of course varies wildly day to day. I did enjoy the drive much more than the WS bridge, so I considered that. I couldn’t always control commute time, but I could control the enjoyment of the route.
    Sounds like today was out of this world, though. I heard 1.5 hours from Gatewood to downtown! Hopefully this rain doesn’t delay the return trip as much.
    Transplant, I have to agree with you, having lived both areas. It rains quite a bit there, often harder, but less frequent. I think when some blame traffic issues on transplants not knowing how to drive it speaks more to a disdain for outsiders than statistics on regional driving behaviours. If it’s truly the case that only locals know how to drive here, that speaks to the design of the regions roadways, as rain doesn’t just happen in the PNW.

  • newnative September 17, 2015 (5:21 pm)

    The return is looking like the morning just add water. Packed busses, slow barely moving traffic and so far it has taken me 40 minut from lower Queen Anne to viaduct. On bus. And people are getting left behind.

  • busrider September 17, 2015 (6:26 pm)

    I just got home. Terrible commute day. Metro needs to get their act together with these cancelled routes.

  • Cainipoo September 17, 2015 (6:40 pm)

    Ugh, started using neighborhood side streets to avoid the mess at Roxbury and 35th this afternoon. Thanks, SDOT!

  • MOVE! Seattle PLEASE! September 17, 2015 (8:09 pm)

    Metro will be crying for more money soon, just wait for it.

  • abc September 17, 2015 (9:20 pm)

    WSB – do you know how I can protest 35th/Roxbury mess? Who do I contact? I’m just tired of spending additional time in traffic when it’s not necessary. Been stuck behind a bus the last few days and the traffic was backed up adding more time to my daily commute. This was never an issue with two lanes. If safety was a concern, pedestrian trigger crosswalks, etc. would be a Better option. There are other ways to increase safety besides stripping lanes. If I was able to bike, I would but it’s not feasible. I have a 7 year old kid that goes to school downtown and a fulltime job that requires me to drive. SDOT needs to hear our frustrations and feel our pain.

    • WSB September 17, 2015 (9:26 pm)

      Jim Curtin is the project manager for both. From the 35th page, “If you have questions or would like to share your perspective on 35th Avenue SW, please contact Jim Curtin at 206-684-8874 or via e-mail at

  • Neighbor September 17, 2015 (9:50 pm)

    I started commuting with my bike (7.2 miles one-way) this summer during the nice weather and am determined to keep it up rain or shine. I too felt very intimidated by sharing the road with motorized vehicles but found that you equally have to watch out for peds and other cyclist. My bike is 25 years old and and I haven’t ridden much in over ten years. But now I love it and glad to have an option over Metro. The Shell No protests motivated me too to buy less gas. Aside from going up and down Admiral Way I take side streets around west seattle and a short stretch from the waterfront trail to the 2nd ave bike path is with motorized vehicles. And FWIW, another perspective on people’s perception of the “war and cars” is that for so long cars had the priority for all transportation policy and development. Now government is realizing that we can’t continue designing our cities that way. It may appear to be a “war” to some people but I believe it’s more of an evolution in thinking.

  • Abc September 17, 2015 (10:08 pm)

    Thank you WSB for the quick response. You guys are the best!

  • ACG September 17, 2015 (10:17 pm)

    What is the cost of the rechannelization? I looked thru the slide deck that was posted on another thread and saw a lot of statistics, but no costs. Or maybe I just missed it. Anyway, does anyone know how much this is costing?

  • Mike Flynn September 17, 2015 (10:32 pm)

    I didn’t remember reading about the narrowing of Roxbury and 35th, and the idea is insane. It’s a continuation of the idiotic restrping of Alaska between 35th and the Junction. And those idiot curb bulbs. I just intend to keep not voting for any incumbent until the city council stops doing or permitting this type of idiocy.

  • Sunny.206 September 17, 2015 (10:45 pm)

    Can metro just cancel or not run routes? Isn’t it run with public funds that we give, and they had to provide the service they’ve said or has to answer to us, joe public. Where are those funds going if there not running those routes?

  • DarkHawke September 17, 2015 (11:02 pm)

    @JanS: Unless you are an advocate of this “road diet” nonsense, you bear no blame. I was referring to the insanity of the policy, not taking a shot at you. Also, I take the bus and don’t even commute on 35th. My dog in this fight is that I’m a Seattle resident and more and more of my hard-earned is increasingly going to wrongheaded policies that are making this once “most livable city” less and less so. What they can do on 35th or Roxbury, they can do to any road in town, and will if we don’t start voting the perpetrators of these policies out of office.

  • Rick September 18, 2015 (4:20 am)

    I suspect all of the many new bus cancellations will help more folks vote to spend an extra billion this fall. I guess we just don’t understand.

  • Chuck September 18, 2015 (5:01 am)

    Dark, you nailed it. This one lane business is sheer lunacy. How about taking out parking along 35th in places to create turn lanes while keeping two lanes of traffic?

  • miws September 18, 2015 (7:40 am)

    Sunny.206, Just a data point/reminder; Metro is hurting for drivers, what with the added service provided by the passing of Seattle Prop 1. They had a hiring freeze on for awhile, when service started being cut back, and plans for more cutbacks, after the failure of the previous county-wide Proposition, and before the passing of Prop 1.


    Perhaps they could/should have delayed implementing the added service until enough operators could be found/trained/hired through their campaign to hire more, (don’t know if maybe language in Prop. 1 may have specified certain implementations, at specific times, or perhaps other logistics were a factor in not waiting until enough drivers were hired), so maybe there could have been better planning by Metro there.


    But now, we’re at the point of them simply not having enough drivers to fill all the routes/runs. Added difficulty is, as typical, a lot of vacations to cover over the Summer, and then just in general, covering shifts for drivers calling in sick, etc.


    Metro has stated, and WSB has shared, that they are doing all they can to cover as many routes as possible, with requesting part-time drivers volunteer to pick up extra work, training and hiring new drivers as much and quick as possible.


    So, yeah, it sucks, And I feel bad for the folks that rely on the routes that so often seem to get cancelled.



  • Jennifer September 19, 2015 (8:12 am)

    For those protesting the lane reductions on 35th, where were you when they were proposing these changes? The public meetings I went to, it was like I was the only person there who thought it was a bad idea. WSB has been reporting on it extensively. It didn’t just drop out of the air. Where was your voice when it mattered?

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