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October 22, 2014 at 4:29 am #815292
HaHa, mark47n … you might look for a few one-fingered salutes tomorrow! But you’re right, there’s nothing like living and working in West Seattle.October 22, 2014 at 11:58 am #815293
Over the years, actually my commute, used to take me from Gold Bar to Longview to various industrial sites so I was always on the bridge around 0600. I knkow that if I was on the bridge later than 0630, if I was working closer in, it would back up badly. An experience that was reinforced when I took a job as a PM in SoDo. Unlike many, I’ve been fortunate that my commute, over the years has shrunk to 1.94 miles. Most days, it takes me less time to ride my bike home than to drive.
I’d look for thoe salutes today, but I’ll be off site all day…perhaps tomorrow.October 22, 2014 at 3:59 pm #815294
If we drive I hit the bridge at 7:50 ish and takes till 8:35 to make it to 4th and Madison…this morning the bus picked me up at 7:50 and we hit my building at 7:30. Its usually much, much faster to take the bus….October 22, 2014 at 3:59 pm #815295
If we drive I hit the bridge at 7:50 ish and takes till 8:35 to make it to 4th and Madison…this morning the bus picked me up at 7:50 and we hit my building at 7:30. Its usually much, much faster to take the bus….October 22, 2014 at 4:07 pm #815296
When I leave early to work out (3-4x a week), I hit the bridge by 6:15. On other days, I aim for getting there by 7:30, but it’s been more like 8:10 lately. :)October 22, 2014 at 4:10 pm #815297
Usually hit the bridge 6:30-6:45 or so. AS has been posted, any later and its just a slog.October 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm #815298
I commute by bus: on the 7:27 rt. 21 at 35th & Raymond, and usually arrive at 1st & Lander at 7:45ish. This morning was a little rougher than normal, because cars were lining up in the bus-only lane on Avalon, but our driver made it work. ;) On that note, bus-only means bus-only… not “bus-only, unless traffic is bad, in which case you should queue up here.”October 22, 2014 at 8:25 pm #815299October 22, 2014 at 8:45 pm #815300
My wife grabs the 7:15 C line from Alaska and Fauntleroy and gets to her hospital by 8am. When she drives she forgoes the bridge and takes the lower bridge and then 4th ave and she still gets downtown in 30 minutes.October 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm #815301
I never tried the lower bridge in the morning. Maybe tomorrow. Knowing my luck it’ll be the day the lower bridge route is the bad one! :POctober 22, 2014 at 9:31 pm #815302
Hitting the bridge at 6:10am. Mine is timed so that I miss traffic coming off of the Southworth and Vashon ferries. Can get to my office in Redmond in 30 minutes. This allows me to leave work at 3pm which helps me miss most of the ugly afternoon commute. I’m with anonymous123 though…. Metro/ST has never seemed to do east/west very good or I would try to take a bus.October 22, 2014 at 9:48 pm #815303
Seattle in general just doesn’t do E/W very well. I attempted to drive from Sodo to Columbia City one evening last week and it was a horrible slog, with lights timed so that as soon as I’d go through one, another would be turning red. Arrgh.
But yes, there’s definitely a bias toward N/S routing in our region. It’s really a bit strange.October 23, 2014 at 5:02 am #815304October 23, 2014 at 6:03 am #815305
SarahScoot, I think if you look at a topographical map, it’ll clarify a few things for you. ;) Looking just at West Seattle, it’s very easy to have straight north-south arterials, whether they run along a ridgeline (like 35th) or through a valley (like Delridge). The east-west roads are going across hills instead, so either they’re steep slopes or they wind all over the place. Blame the glaciers.
(I don’t take the West Seattle Bridge because I live down near White Center and work in Tacoma. It takes me about 45 minutes, but I’m going about 35 miles.)October 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm #815306
Absolutely, datamuse is spot on. And another contributing factor is the grid bias that follows the topography in many areas.
By that I mean places where the buildouts for buildings and streets allow for longer blocks N/S than E/W. Longer distances between intersections N/S means less congestion, generally.
You can see the impact of grid bias in a place like Manhattan. The N/S avenues are 2 or 3 or even 4 times longer between major intersections than the E/W. And if you’ve ever ridden a cab during rush hour where they try to weave their way through the short and narrow side streets you’ll know that you can usually walk faster.October 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm #815307
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