FOLLOWUP: Southbound 35th/Avalon RapidRide stop returns


For those who have been asking when the RapidRide stop on southbound 35th just south of Avalon would move back to its permanent site … it’s back. Don’t know if it’s been back for hours or days, but Eddie tipped us this afternoon, so we drove by for a photo. We had most recently checked with Metro in July, and – as we wrote here – they expected it to return in August, so it was a little behind schedule, but it’s there now. During the construction of mixed-use Aura, the stop had moved about a block south.

19 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Southbound 35th/Avalon RapidRide stop returns"

  • Pops September 16, 2016 (6:01 pm)

    It’s about time. The right lane was closed for the construction for it seems like 6 months.

  • Sue September 16, 2016 (6:04 pm)

    My 55 driver saw it when we turned the corner and said it would be nice if they told drivers. He still stopped at Snoqualmie since it was unexpected, and someone had planned to get off there, but said he guessed he wouldn’t be stopping tomorrow.

  • AMD September 16, 2016 (6:31 pm)


    Half-related: Did Metro ever say how long the 125 will be on that ridiculous re-route in SSCC’s parking lot?

    • miws September 16, 2016 (9:24 pm)

      AMD, according to the Metro Alert, it’s supposed to last through November 18. 

      And yes, from what I’ve witnessed myself over the years, heard from Metro drivers and other passengers, Metro management seems to be lacking in the informing drivers of reroutes department.

      A few days before the West Seattle Car Show last month I was on the 128 heading to Thriftway, and the driver, an experienced one, was unaware of the reroute and had to back up and jockey the coach around  near the regular stop in the parking lot to go back out the same way.  Then,  a few days later,  while running the same errand, the driver of the bus I was on was confused on where to turn in. A few of us passengers had to assist him. (Although, I also caught him on the way back and he was confused about a regular part of the route, so was apparently new to it altogether).


  • Rick September 16, 2016 (6:31 pm)

    Where’s the bus bulb?

  • Chas Redmond September 16, 2016 (7:29 pm)

    Haven’t seen it in person, but it doesn’t look like they’ve installed the reader board or the tap-on ORCA card reader. If this is true, then Metro has some work to do still.

    • WSB September 16, 2016 (7:42 pm)

      Our confirmation was drive-by, as you can probably tell from the photo. Will take a closer look tomorrow, and if anything’s missing, we’ll check in with Metro next week.

    • LB September 16, 2016 (7:57 pm)

      I’m pretty sure it hasn’t yet.  If you look in the background of the picture there are 2 orange cones.  That’s where the sign goes (I’m assuming that is where it will be installed… there’s a pole foundation/base there).

  • West Seattle since 1979 September 16, 2016 (7:54 pm)

    This is so cool! Someone I had emailed in about June at Metro got back to me after you’d written your article in August and said it’d be about three months, so I expected something had gone wrong after they talked to you, and it wouldn’t be ready until December or so.

  • Carole September 16, 2016 (8:06 pm)

    Once they get the reader board installed let’s hope they can keep it working.  Seems like the one on Third near Walgreens is out of order on a frequent basis.

    • Gorillita September 16, 2016 (8:44 pm)

      As is the one on the southbound side of Alaska in the Junction.  It’s malfunctioned off and on for months and is currently not working.

      • AMD September 16, 2016 (9:31 pm)

        I don’t remember what the whole issue was, but I recall hearing that there was some issue with those signs and that King County  is discussing a remedy with the manufacturer.

  • AMD September 17, 2016 (7:50 am)

    And in a huge coincidence, I just walked by and saw them replacing the 3rd Avenue signs. (There were tools by the Walgreens one across the street so it looks like that one is getting swapped too)

  • Raven September 17, 2016 (1:54 pm)

    Sad News .

     I enjoyed the stop spot, on Snoqualmie & 35th. Less walking to West Seattle YMCA. When traveling from King Street Station.

    Nice walking downhill after a Swim. Especially when the Construction Crossing Guards, Flagged you across Avalon.

    In hopes of actually getting a seat on a Rapid C, heading back Downtown.

     Sadly,  having to return to Seattle’s King Street Station. Only to travel far away, to a remote location.

    Forced out of residing in my beloved home town, West Seattle.

    Due to all the Giant, Ugly, buildings plastered all over West Seattle, WA. 

    Quadrupled rent/Home prices in the last seventeen years is insane.

    West Seattle will sink into a huge hole soon.

    Was it really a Good idea to replace everything wonderful about West Seattle ?

    Historical Dwellings , Businesses, Architecture with Beauty, Native Seattle people. Gone.

    Replaced with thousands of people to occupy these Ugly Buildings, without any parking?

    Yeah, I liked standing in the rain, under a tree, on the grass, or dirt, waiting for a bus, or Alki Taxi. On the corner of Avalon & Snoqualmie.

    Thanks for the wonderful memories West Seattle. 


  • West Seattle since 1979 September 17, 2016 (4:00 pm)

    Raven, you can walk up that cool stairway they have next to the Aura building to get to 36th and the Y.

  • John September 18, 2016 (8:55 am)

    So sad to see the old YMCA gone, no not the one being enlarged that Raven attends (no complaint about that) but the old West Seattle one with the tiny gym and the swimming pool by the alley.  

    So sad to see the demise of old West Seattle with virtually no restaurants.  

    So sad to to see the old West Seattle’s boarded up shops in the Junction now vibrant.  

    So sad to see a new generation of families choosing to live in West Seattle.  

    So sad to see the ‘new bridge’ turn West Seattle into part of Seattle.  

    So sad to see all of the new schools, parks,  recreation facilities, new libraries, athletic fields  and dog parks ruining West Seattle.

    It is all so sad.

    Why can’t we just go back?

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