Tuesday night brings a public hearing on Metro’s proposed “Link Connections” changes to optimize bus routes as light rail service to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington begins in early 2016.
For reasons only the King County Council know, the hearing is being held in one of the city’s least public transportation-friendly corners:
Attend the public hearing
Tuesday, Oct. 6
6:30 p.m. Open house
7:00 p.m. Public testimony
7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
Served by Metro routes 30, 74, and 75
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We advise making the smartest transit plan of all — stay home and submit a well-crafted comment online.
CHS wrote about the early formation of the restructure here in the spring. Here is how Metro describes the summary of changes proposed for Capitol Hill and the Central District:
• Frequent connections to Capitol Hill Station on routes 8, 9X, 11, 49, and 60 and the First Hill Streetcar
• Improved frequency on routes 8, 11, 12, 48, and 49
• New, direct connection between Madison Park, and Capitol Hill Station (Route 11)
Frequent service in the Pike Street/Pine Street corridor on routes 10, 11, 47, and 49
• Splitting routes 8 and 48 to improve reliability
• All-day service on 19th Avenue E
The full recommendation is detailed here.
Seattle Transit Blog says the proposal doesn’t do enough to clean up the system — but it’s a start:
Refusing to occasionally delete routes and repurpose them elsewhere creates a layer cake of past service decisions that leaves the network infrequent, overly complex, and hostile to riders. It creates a network that is decidedly less than the sum of its parts. It privileges the status quo to such an extent that any service decision is criticized except those that have already been made. We can do better, and this is the beginning of that process, not the end.
In any restructure, individual concerns and needs will tend to get the most voice time at public hearings. STB is asking its readers to comment to support the restructure as a starting point.
Coupled with this September’s Metro upgrades across Seattle, the opening of Capitol Hill Station might just make commuting off the Hill more bearable.
In the meantime, U-Link construction is nearly complete — and an even more important milestone has been reached. The twin tunnels now appear in services like Google Maps.