TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: November’s first Monday

(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

7:11 AM: Good morning! No alerts or incidents reported in our area so far.

WATER TAXI: The smaller Spirit of Kingston continues on the West Seattle run.

TUNNEL TOLLING: The Highway 99 tunnel tolls start Saturday.

30 Replies to "TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: November's first Monday"

  • TJ November 4, 2019 (7:19 am)

    Left late today at 7, and Alaska is backed up to 41st trying to turn onto Faultenroy. Been 3 green lights and still not to intersection as only 4-5 cars can get thru each time. Not even a wreck causing this 

  • AMD November 4, 2019 (7:33 am)

    Seriously, what IS causing this?  Delridge is backed up to Thistle…

    • Ice November 4, 2019 (8:15 am)

      Traffic is caused by too vehicles in the roadway, so it might be all of the cars with only one person in them, if I had to guess.

      • say what November 4, 2019 (10:43 am)

        I think there were more than too (sic) vehicles in the roadway.

      • cwit November 4, 2019 (12:15 pm)

        A lot of the times, traffic is caused by more than too vehicles even! Ha cha cha!

        Nice to see Jort back in the house!

    • Jort November 4, 2019 (8:58 am)

      You’re causing this. Traffic is caused by people — like you — filling our roadways with your cars.

      • AMD November 4, 2019 (1:40 pm)

        I was on the bus, Jort…  I post about the bus a lot using this handle.  Buses get stuck in traffic too.  Traffic was fine once we got on the bridge.  SR99 was smooth sailing.

        • Jort November 4, 2019 (3:29 pm)

          Sorry, AMD. I incorrectly assumed your transportation method. I apologize, and commend you for using the socially-responsible transportation option. To clarify, you were stuck in “traffic” because too many people were driving their personal automobiles instead of being good citizens who take the bus. With hard work and solid public policy, buses delayed behind single-occupant car drivers will someday legally be a thing of the past.

          • Anne November 5, 2019 (10:02 am)

            So -what- if you drive a car you’re not a “good citizen”What nonsense-even for you Joey.

    • WSEA November 4, 2019 (10:03 pm)

      It’s due to updated light timing on Andover and Delridge. Cars and buses alike sit idle for 25+ minutes to go 1 mile. Quickly becoming our new Mercer. 

  • smittytheclown November 4, 2019 (7:51 am)

    I’ve come to the conclusion that the new merge length on NB99 will never be utilized properly.Not only do people illegally merge right away (thus creating a backup), but now people or doing an intentional “double jump” to selfishly get over to the far left lane as quick as possible.It’s infuriating in that it really could work if people would just use the entire length of the right hand lane.Please remove the bus only lane!  It’s making the backup worse (even for buses).

    • Quora November 4, 2019 (8:16 am)

      It’s maddening.

  • JeffK November 4, 2019 (8:11 am)

    Where did that cyclist going over the high bridge exit?  I almost thought I could see him take the 99 north exit (but I was still up near the highest point of the bridge).

  • Mto November 4, 2019 (8:29 am)

    People need to drive in the bus lane and just use all the lanes.Problem solved!!.Call matt, our wonderful city Engineer. 206 615 1911.The bus lane needs to go.So does sam z..

    • Jort November 4, 2019 (9:00 am)

      Awesome! Advocating anti-social scumbag criminality because you think you’re special and the laws don’t apply to you. But, let me guess, “lock up the homeless” because “we need to enforce our laws,” right?

      • Gene November 4, 2019 (9:44 am)

        Rant on Jort!

      • Double standard???? November 4, 2019 (3:15 pm)

        So, next time a bus can’t figure out how to pull all the way into the shoulder/bus stop and backs up traffic on 35th, should we consider that driver and anti-social scofflaw who thinks nothing applies to them? Nice straw man changing the discussion to homelessness though…

    • West Seattle Hipster November 4, 2019 (9:40 am)

      Agreed, all lanes at all times open for everyone.  I regularly  drive in bus lanes (usually not a bus in sight) because of the sheer ineffeciency of reducing capacity in a growing city.  

  • miws November 4, 2019 (8:38 am)

    FWIW, one of the local TV traffic anchors is mentioning, as he usually does, that the time change either way always seems to screw commuter traffic up the following day.—Mike

  • Shawn November 4, 2019 (8:42 am)

    The city has grown dramatically, and traffic reflects that growth. Please be patient and courteous. And if you don’t like traffic, ride transit!

    • Gene November 4, 2019 (9:45 am)

      So are buses not stuck in this back-up?

      • newnative November 4, 2019 (1:27 pm)

        My rides have not been any longer and I have been commuting to lower Queen Anne for 4 years now. In fact, I used to always leave before 7am to get to my 8:30 job, now I’m leaving as late as 7:34 (from California and Admiral) and still getting to work on time. That also considers that I walk a few blocks to make my downtown connection-before I didn’t have to. 

  • Zmmr November 4, 2019 (9:05 am)

    Move to Topeka Kansas No traffic

    • Rick November 4, 2019 (3:29 pm)

      I was just there last week and there IS traffic. But it moves due to competent planning.

  • Anu November 4, 2019 (9:41 am)

    It would be interesting to hear from some C line, 120, and 21 riders about their experience post the merge lane extension. I take the 8 AM 116 Express from Morgan junction and our commute has become noticeably smoother, particularly getting to the bridge. Of course, it could just be a coincidence which is why it would good to hear from other transit riders. We’ve been making it to the Pioneer Square stop in about 35 minutes, whereas it was consistently 40-50 minutes since June. I also realize that all of this is moot as the real test begins on Saturday once the tolling starts, but I’m curious.

    • Joe Z November 4, 2019 (1:32 pm)

       I agree, the C-line is running great right now. Hopefully the tolling doesn’t mess it up. 

    • AMD November 4, 2019 (1:41 pm)

      I ride the 120.  It’s great.  Much improved!

      • Anu November 4, 2019 (4:25 pm)

        Good to know this. Hope more people can share. While I completely recognize that not everyone can take public transport, and I understand the frustration of car drivers on this thread, I wouldn’t want the bus lane to be removed. I need some reward for not riding in the comfort of my own car, and having my life ruled by bus and light rail schedules! 

  • Michelle November 4, 2019 (12:17 pm)

    One big part of the commute issue is that the intersection at 35th & Avalon is garbage. A bunch of people are driving down Delridge now (maybe to avoid 35th?) but now that Delridge backs up, cars are trying to bypass using 26th.26th, by the way, has turned into a horrible 1 mile version of angry chicken. Northbound drivers often refuse to pause to let southbound drivers (including elementary school buses!) get by.

  • Arsi November 4, 2019 (6:45 pm)

    Tired of sitting in traffic? Consider a King County Metro Vanpool! From Genesee Street WS to Bellevue Downtown  departing weekdays at 6:45 am and departing from Bellevue at 4:20pm. 

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