Capitol Hill, perhaps Seattle’s most walkable neighborhood(TM), is the recipient of a dubious 2018 distinction.
Take it away, global transportation network company Lyft:
Lyft is celebrating the fourth iteration of the annual Lyftie Awards, a program that recognizes the most popular destinations in cities across the country. This year, Lyft has expanded the Lyfties to celebrate bars, concerts, gyms, neighborhoods, and more in 45 markets, including Seattle.
The company announced Tuesday that Capitol Hill took Seattle’s top position as the “Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood” in the city.
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Capitol HIll’s 2015-founded Optimism Brewing, meanwhile, was tallied as Seattle’s “most visited bar” for the city’s Lyft riders.
It’s good news for Optimism and the neighborhood’s cafes, restaurants, and bars. But it’s probably not the best distinction for neighborhood traffic. An independent study released this year fingered ride share companies like Lyft and Uber for actually increasing traffic in densely populated cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Meanwhile, there is probably a “percentage” of all travel component to consider but, unfortunately, Sound Transit doesn’t also hand out similar awards.
Last year at this time, Capitol Hill Station ridership was sniffing around 7,000 boardings a day at the Broadway facility. The numbers are likely to have climbed. The agency just reported its third quarter numbers for light rail ridership rose nearly 7% over the same period in 2017.
The Lyftie awards also point to another transit opportunity. Sound Transit currently operates the light rail system with a four-hour downtime overnight. Capitol Hill Station and the rest of the line operates 5 AM to 1 AM on weekdays and Saturdays. There has been talk about finding ways to boost late night service but, so far, no action.