Capitol Hill Community Post | Ride Sound Transit and Metro to the Seattle Women’s March 2.0; expect crowds

From Sound Transit

The Women’s March is expected to start at 10 a.m. with a rally at Cal Anderson Park. The march is expected to begin at 11 a.m. and proceed through downtown to Seattle Center. Transit riders should prepare for significant delays before, during and after the march.

Sound Transit plans to operate extra Link light rail trains to help serve expected crowds using the Capitol Hill Station adjacent to Cal Anderson Park. Those planning to take Link to the march can ride light rail from 15 other stations between the University of Washington and Angle Lake. Customers also can ride Metro and Sound Transit to downtown and join the march from there.

Metro will operate on a normal Saturday schedule and will have additional buses as needed on routes 8, 41, 44, 101, 150, 255, RapidRide C, D, and E Lines. ST Express Routes 512, 550 and 554 will also operate extra service, and additional buses for Pierce County riders will be available as needed.

Extra Metro buses do not have schedules, will not appear in the Metro’s online Trip Planner or One Bus Away, and will be dispatched based on demand. Riders should prepare for overcrowding and for some buses that are too full to accommodate more passengers.

In addition, beginning at noon, Fourth Avenue will close north of Pike Street to all traffic for the duration of the march. ST Express and Metro buses will be rerouted, and ST Express Route 512 will truncate at Westlake Station.

Detailed information on bus service during the march is available at Sound Transit’s rider alerts page and Metro’s Service Advisories page.

Transit riders should use regularly published timetables, plan ahead, allow plenty of time and prepare for traffic delays. Metro will have extra supervisors to monitor crowds in downtown, the International District, and Pioneer Square, and will adjust to accommodate transit needs when possible.

After the event, Metro will provide shuttles from the west side of Seattle Center, northbound on First Avenue North at Harrison Street, for people wishing to return to the central downtown area.

Use online timetables or Metro’s online Trip Planner to find bus service to Capitol Hill or University of Washington Link stations. Bus service that travels to or near these areas includes Metro routes 8, 10, 11, 12, 31, 32, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, 60, 65, 67, 71, 73, 75, 271 and 372. Sound Transit Route 545 serves both Montlake Freeway Station and downtown Seattle for connections with other service.

More than 330,000 rides were logged on Metro and Sound Transit during the 2017 Womxn’s March, which contributed to a record Saturday ridership on Link light rail of 80,000 boardings.

Transit users can also follow these tips:

  • Plan to arrive early to avoid traffic congestion and full buses.
  • Prepare for overcrowding on buses.
  • If possible, ride light rail to Capitol Hill station and walk into the park.
  • Prepare for significant delays – as thousands march through downtown, buses may be stopped up to an hour at some locations.
  • Have your transit fare or an ORCA card ready, or download a ticket to your phone through the Transit Go mobile ticketing app.
  • Sign up for Transit Alerts on Metro’s website.


Sound Transit Trip Planner

King County Metro Trip Planner

Metro’s Service Advisories page

Transit Go mobile

Capitol Hill Community Post | Bridge Project

The Bridge Project is Velocity’s four-week program for movement-based artists who have been making work in Seattle for three years or less. The performances feature cutting-edge new work by emerging Seattle artists Hope Goldman, Leslie Kraus, Michael “Majinn” O’Neal, and Jordan MacIntosh-Hougham. / Photo by Tim Summers

Capitol Hill Community Post | New book about Madison Valley

Madison Valley: Places of Interest, by Madison Valley resident Isabelle Gray, is an introduction to local places of cultural, historic, and environmental significance including William Grose Park, Lake Washington Boulevard, Bush School and many others. Whether you’re a newcomer or have been in the community for many years, you’ll learn something new about this wonderful neighborhood. Madison Valley: Places of Interest is currently available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Volunteers needed to advise on development plans for Seattle University and Swedish First Hill

From the City of Seattle

Here’s your chance to advise the City on the development plans of either Seattle University or Swedish First Hill campus. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking interested community members from surrounding neighborhoods to participate on one of the Standing Advisory Committees (SAC) for these two institutions. Each committee provides feedback on projects planned and under development by the institution or school to ensure it complies with its Master Plan. The Master Plan describes zoning rules, long range planning of the property, and transportation planning.

Community members who have experience in neighborhood organizing and issues, land use and zoning, architecture or landscape architecture, economic development, building development, educational services, or just an interest in their neighborhood’s future are encouraged to apply. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Central Hills Triangle Collaborative — Join the tours and charrette

From Lid I-5

Funded by a $48,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund, the Collaborative is a major Lid I5 design initiative that will bring together the First Hill, Downtown, Denny Triangle, and Capitol Hill communities throughout 2018. We’ll use the results of the Collaborative to inform the scope of the City’s lid feasibility study and to create captivating illustrations of how lids will benefit the health, economy, and cohesion of urban neighborhoods.

Click here to register for the main event, the Collaborative kickoff charrette, on Sunday, January 21, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, at 12th Avenue Arts’ Pike-Pine room (please note the date has changed from previous notices).

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Found Dog: Do you know Cerberus?

Are you or anyone you know missing a Pit/Rottweiller (?) mix named Cerberus, between 1-4 years of age? He and I crossed paths this morning while on my way to work on Capitol Hill. Banfield Pet Hospital scanned him for a chip – he has one but the information associated with it is outdated, unfortunately. Animal Control is trying to find the owner, but if they don’t come forward he will be released to Seattle Animal Shelter for adoption. He’s a sweet boy, has been on the street with people providing questionable care for at least a few days. He was hungry but not underweight and had a very handsome collar on when I met him, so I have a feeling someone’s missing him right now. Comment if you have information on who Cerberus may belong to and I can pass along his identifying number which you’ll need to inquire about his status at the shelter.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Count Us In 2018 will take place on Friday, January 26th

From All Home King County

The core purpose of our annual Point in Time (PIT) Count is to collect data on the needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community. The count also provides an excellent opportunity to increase awareness of homelessness and to spark action. A successful and accurate PIT Count is an essential component to informing our system response to the need in our community and to ultimately making homelessness rare, brief and one-time. For questions about the PIT count, please contact

We are now accepting volunteers for Count Us In 2018. 

Volunteers will be asked to work in teams of 2-3 to conduct a visual count of individuals experiencing homelessness across King County. Teams are comprised of community volunteers and expert guides (individuals currently/previously experiencing homelessness), who will walk/drive all over their assigned routes beginning in the early morning hours (specific times to be determined). Volunteers are expected to have a cell phone, and to walk approximately 2-3 miles if necessary. Volunteers with cars will be asked to help transport their team members on the day of the count. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Formerly homeless women at Jubilee Women’s Center giving back with gifts to others experiencing homelessness

During the holiday season especially, individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty are typically highlighted as those needing support.We would like to shine a light on a group of formerly homeless women who are giving support…

Inspired by a letter from a resident in Jubilee Women’s Center’s program (see photos), executive director Cheryl Sesnon this year proposed a different approach to the usual practical gift from Jubilee’s board of directors to each of the 43 residents. With the help of Scott Smalling, a Jubilee donor and owner of Relief Bed, Cheryl purchased a relief kit (including sleeping pad, hat, gloves, personal hygiene items, first aid kit, rain poncho, and emergency blanket) for each resident at a significant discount. Jubilee board members and community partner Caffe Vita covered the cost.

This week the women at Jubilee are giving away their gifts. They will spend time personalizing each kit with items they know from firsthand experience will provide comfort for someone else experiencing homelessness this holiday season—things like a gift card, a personal note, and comfort items they wish they’d had when experiencing homelessness. In return, like Julie shares in her letter, the women of Jubilee receive the joy of knowing they have helped someone in need more than themselves at the holidays.

Capitol Hill Community Post | How to help Lowell Elementary

From Colleen Kimsey

You’d imagine that now, as the dust from the brouhaha surrounding the McCleary Decision
around how education is funded in Washington State has begun settling, there would be a baseline of adequate funding for our schools. When we walk past the big brick building on Mercer street, I think many of us picture a school that matches its exterior: sort of august and privileged, or at the very least, the kind of place that can afford to provide its teachers with enough Expo markers to teach. But as the recent expose by KOUW revealed, even wealthy Capitol Hill struggles to support Lowell Elementary in everything from adequately funding teacher’s basic needs, to keeping students safe throughout the school day day, to retaining quality teachers in a stressful teaching environment. Continue reading