Puget Sound Transportation Projects

My thoughts on transportation in the Puget Sound area and transportation issues in general.

Archive for the 'Transit' Category


Potential Metro Transit Service Cutbacks

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020288731_metrotransitfundingxml.html With reduced sales tax collections, Metro Transit may be forced to cut back on hours, as usage grows. While I know the climate to pay for others is bleak right now, it should be noted that each bus/train rider is one less person driving and clogging the roads. A few […]

London’s Tube Turns 150

From NBCNews.com: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/09/16429205-150-years-old-and-still-running-late-londons-tube-celebrates-landmark-anniversary?lite London’s Subway turned 150 this week and is still going strong. For a writeup and videos of my trip on the tube, go here: http://www.pugetsoundtransportation.com/special/london.php Ben

Belltown Neighbors Divided on Transit Changes

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Neighbors-divided-over-Belltown-transit-changes-185485222.html Changes to roads in Belltown could add bus lanes but remove parking and travel lanes. While it is good to eliminate a known chokepoint, this could make it harder for those who live and or work in the area. Ben

One Day of Transit

https://www.youtube.com/user/STLTransit This YouTube user is using publicly-available data to generate maps showing a typical day of transit in various cities around the world. Very fascinating. Ben

Sound Transit Wants to Accelerate ST3 Planning

From the Seattle Transit Blog: http://seattletransitblog.com/2012/11/30/st-board-leaning-towards-accelerating-st3-planning/ Sound Transit is looking at accelerating its planning for a ST3 package, expanding transit services in the tri-county area. The faster we build it the better. We are already behind the 8 ball playing catch up as it is. Ben

The Best US Cities for Public Transit

From The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/29/best-us-cities-for-public-transit_n_2211943.html#slide=1818992 Good to see Portland and Seattle on the list tho many of the cities were a surprise. Ben

RapidRide Buses Not So Fast

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019777003_ballardbus28m.html The new RapidRide C and D lines have been under performing especially in Ballard. Much of this is due to missing infrastructure, namely signal priority at lights. However, it is very hard to make this kind of line work without separate bus lanes. The A line in the South end […]

Sound Transit Looking at Downtown to Balllard Commute

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Exploring-transit-possibilities-between-downtown-Seattle-to-Ballard.xml Sound Transit and the City of Seattle are working together to study high capacity transit between downtown and Ballard. This is one of the communities besides West Seattle that is undeserved by current HCT plans. Ben

Seattle to Study New Streetcar Lines

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019663126_streetcars12m.html The City of Seattle will spend up to 10 million to study new streetcar lines in the city. They would include four corridors: Eastlake, Ballard, downtown, and north Broadway. As streetcar usage is up on the South Lake Union line, Tacoma and Portland, it makes sense to study new routes. […]

Federal Way Transit Extension Survey

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1063605/Federal-Way-Transit-Extension-Survey Take the survey to determine what kind of high capacity transit will be implemented in the South Sound/Federal Way area. Ben