Neighbor yancy asked CHS the other day, “Do you know anything about the Broadway #43 stop being closed? like, how long is it going to last, etc.?” We have heard from a few of you now that Metro Routes 8 and 43 are now routinely skipping stops between Summit and 12th Avenue on East Olive / East John.
We contacted Linda Thielke, King County Public Affairs Specialist, to decipher the when and the where of the skipped stops. She explained that the Broadway/East John stop will be closed for two years due to light rail construction. The reason for Metro skipping the East Olive/Boylston stop, however, is that Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) requested that Metro cease service at that stop while they construct a median island and other pedestrian safety improvements at East Olive/Boylston. We then contacted Virginia Coffman at SDOT, who is a manager for the crosswalk project, and she informed us that Metro looked at the usage for the East Olive/Boylston(both Eastbound and Westbound) and East Olive/Howell(Eastbound only) stops and determined that eliminating those stops would increase reliability.
Linda Thielke informed us that Metro is exploring the feasability of a temporary stop (for the two years that the Broadway/East John stop is closed) at East Olive and Harvard. However, this stop will only become possible once Sound Transit’s truck hauling phasing ceases. Sound Transit initially projected the truck hauling phase to be complete by 2012, and we have a call in to find out if this is still the expected date.