Having trouble with the Link Connections survey? We still want to hear from you!

Link Connections

Link is coming to Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium in early 2016. Metro and Sound Transit are working with the public to plan how bus service will connect with new light rail.

You still have a few days to tell us your thoughts – comments due by March 31

We’ve gotten some feedback about our survey that some of you are experiencing the survey timing out and having trouble completing the survey on your mobile devices or iPads. We apologize for the inconvenience and frustration this has caused. We do value your input.

We’ve learned some tricks from our survey hosting vendor that will help address the issue of the survey timing out. We’ve separated the questions into more pages, which should help.

Some people told us they had trouble completing the survey on their mobile devices or iPads. We learned that while the survey is optimized for some mobile devices, it is not optimized for Androids. In addition, the types of questions we are asking (i.e., long lists of choices) can create functionality issues for some users on mobile devices.

So if you had trouble completing the survey and gave up trying, please consider trying again—especially if you can do so from a desktop computer. Go directly to the survey online. Or call us at 206-477-3835 or email us email us to share your thoughts. We’ll be accepting comments on the two alternatives through March 31.

Bus reroutes near Aurora Village are changing today

From today (Wednesday, March 25) until sometime in July, eastbound N 200th Street will be closed between Aurora Avenue N and the Aurora Village Transit Center as construction continues in the area (see our earlier post about this project). The westbound lane of N 200th Street will be open during this phase of the project.

Routes 301, 303, 331, 342, 346, and 373, and the RapidRide E Line will continue to serve their stops at the transit center. But when arriving at Aurora Avenue N and N 200th Street, all of the above except Route 346 will be rerouted  eastbound on N 205th Street, southbound on Meridian Avenue N, and westbound on N 200th Street to reach the transit center.

These reroutes and the traffic congestion caused by the construction project will delay most buses arriving at the Aurora Village Transit Center and the Shoreline Park-and-Ride, so it’s probably a good idea to allow extra travel time to and from both places.

See a map showing traffic revisions and learn more about the construction project on the City of Shoreline’s project website. If you have questions or comments about the project, email the City of Shoreline at aurora@shorelinewa.gov or call their 24-hour hotline at 206-801-2485.

Here are some ways to stay up-to-date about bus service changes as the project progresses:

King County Metro’s In Motion team is coming to Green Lake this spring!

Beginning the week of March 23rd, In Motion Travel Advisors working with King County Metro Transit are visiting homes in the Green Lake neighborhood to provide residents with information and incentives to encourage more walking, biking, transit and carpooling. Look for the team in their blue jackets as they go door-to-door to talk with people about trying new ways to get around the neighborhood and beyond.

MapA member of the In Motion Team will talk to residents at their doorstep— visiting about 5,000 homes! Taking a personalized door-to-door approach, the trained team of Travel Advisors will wear a uniform and photo ID, and will never ask to enter a resident’s household.

If residents are not available to talk with us, they will instead receive a leaflet inviting them to contact the In Motion team. Participants will be given the option to choose from information and incentives including transit schedules, a neighborhood map, a pedometer and an ORCA card good for two weeks of unlimited travel.

HangerThe Green Lake In Motion program is a way to help strengthen the community by rewarding travel choices and providing benefits for changing travel and commute trips. The program also helps demonstrate the community’s commitment to transportation choices for everyone.

The project will be monitoring its effect on how residents travel. Similar projects elsewhere have had great success, and typically see reductions in car travel of 5-15% by residents taking part, helping to tackle local traffic problems, and reducing the environmental impacts of drive alone car trips. This and other Metro In Motion programs are covered by grant funding.

In Motion Travel Advisors will be in the Green Lake neighborhood doing outreach between March 23 and June 6. Help spread the word, and look for the In Motion team around the Green Lake neighborhood soon!

Seattle’s investments in the University Link Extension area

Link Connections

Link is coming to Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium in early 2016. Metro and Sound Transit are working with the public to plan how bus service will connect with new light rail.

During our outreach, many people have asked us how Seattle’s Proposition 1 revenues will affect the changes we’ll make to bus service after Link light rail starts serving Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium:

Do the two alternative concepts that Metro and Sound Transit are considering now reflect these revenues?

The answer is no, not yet. When developing these concepts, we needed to make sure that any changes we make to bus service will be sustainable over the long term, so we used existing service levels, without Seattle’s new investments added on top.

What is Seattle investing in, and when? What will happen with those investments if service changes?

Seattle voters approved Proposition 1 in November 2014. This measure will expand Metro service in Seattle in 2015 under Metro’s Community Mobility Contract program. The proceeds from increases in license tab fees and the Seattle sales tax will fund added service on bus routes that have 80% or more of their stops in the city. The improvements will focus on reducing overcrowding, increasing frequency, and increasing reliability.

Many of these investments will be made within the Link University Extension project area. These include improving reliability on Route 8, adding peak-hour service to Route 44, and adding evening service to Route 70.

(A complete list of the improvements is available on the Seattle Transportation Benefit District website.)

As we move forward with developing Metro’s final proposal for the University Link Extension project, the Seattle Department of Transportation will identify opportunities to complement our restructured network.

Public Transportation Visioning Event: Tuesday, March 31

What is the future of public transportation in our region?
Come hear a panel of experts speak, and share your own ideas in a breakout session on Tuesday, March Picture131, 6-8 p.m. at the Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave in downtown Seattle (
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Program:
6-6:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Participate in a facilitated breakout session with local experts and share your ideas about transportation and:

  • Equity
  • Education and institutions
  • Business and economy
  • Technology
  • Integrating transit modes
  • Future policy and funding

6:45-8 p.m. Expert Panel
Hear a panel of experts and visionaries discuss the future of public transportation in our region and answer questions from the community members.

Speakers:

  • Rebecca Saldaña, Executive Director, Puget Sound Sage
  • Jarrett Walker, Author of Human Transit
  • Mark Hallenbeck, Director, Washington State Transportation Center, University of Washington
  • Moderator: Rita Brogan, PRR, Inc.

Have questions for the panel speakers? Send them to kcmetrovision.com . Your question may be selected for the speakers on March 31.

This event is held in partnership with: Transportation Choices Coalition, Commute Seattle, Futurewise and Sound Transit

Help welcome King County’s newest water taxi

Enjoy refreshments, music, and free rides on Saturday, March 28 as King County celebrates the arrival of the M.V. Sally Fox, its new vessel for the Vashon Water Taxi route.

The event, hosted by King County Executive Dow Constantine and other dignitaries, begins at 1 p.m. at the Vashon Ferry Terminal, 10800 North Vashon Highway. The dedication will be followed by refreshments, music, and free rides on the Sally Fox until 4 p.m.Sally Fox Event Poster

Guests are encouraged to park in the public lot at 10365 W Cowan Road and take a free shuttle to the dock.

The Sally Fox was named in honor of a Vashon resident and passionate advocate for passenger ferry service between Vashon and downtown Seattle.

For more information, contact: Tristan Cook at tristan.cook@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-3842, or see the event flyer.

Link Connections – New bus concepts online, meetings this month, tunnel route changes ahead

Link Connections

Link is coming to Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium in early 2016. Metro and Sound Transit are working with the public to plan how bus service will connect with new light rail.

Riders can go online now to see new concepts for changing bus service in the University District, Capitol Hill and SR 520  – all part of better coordinated transit service after Sound Transit extends Link light rail to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington in 2016. Joint planning by King County Metro Transit, Sound Transit and the City of Seattle is intended to improve bus service and keep traffic moving in downtown Seattle during the transition.

Public meetings are March 19, 25 and 26, where riders can speak with planners about how they use the transit network. Concepts available online show how bus service could be more concentrated on key corridors. There also is a survey to gather rider feedback.

  • March 19, 6-8 p.m. at Seattle University
  • March 25, 6-8 p.m. at Bellevue City Hall
  • March 26, 6-8 p.m. at University Heights Center

Revising and improving the transit network is one facet of County Executive and Sound Transit Chair Dow Constantine’s transit integration initiative. University Link will offer an 8-minute trip between UW and downtown Seattle, no matter what time of day. Metro and Sound Transit are considering how to integrate bus services to the light rail line and take advantage of this significant time savings over current road conditions.

Downtown Seattle tunnel changes

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This fall, Sound Transit begins testing light rail train operations between downtown Seattle and UW Station, increasing the number of trains operating in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel. Trains will run every six minutes during rush hours and every 10-15 minutes in the afternoon and evenings. As a result, six Metro peak service bus routes – routes 76, 77, 216, 218, 219 and 316 – are scheduled to be redirected to surface street bus stops starting Sept. 26, 2015. (See Map) The move to reroute 89 weekday bus trips to stops on Seattle streets makes room for additional trains in the tunnel while maintaining all-day service for routes that currently serve the tunnel, routes 41, 71, 72, 73, 74, 255, 101, 102, 106, 150, 550. The tunnel currently carries 1,187 bus trips each weekday in addition to Central Link light rail service. With nearly six years’ experience jointly operating buses and trains in the downtown transit tunnel, these periodic adjustments in the number of buses using the facility will continue to evolve as Link expands.

As that handful of tunnel bus routes shifts to surface streets, the City of Seattle, Metro and Sound Transit are coordinating surface street improvements to keep transit and general traffic moving along key city corridors. The improvements will help facilitate both the additional tunnel bus routes shifting to the surface, as well as the existing routes on the surface streets along the same corridors.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is lead on making these improvements, which provide transit priority and help and help better manage the downtown transportation network. Together, these coordinated improvements will help improve transit reliability during upcoming changes to transit service. These SDOT street improvements are essential to accommodating more surface bus transit as Sound Transit tunnel testing and Link expansion increases the people-carrying capacity of the tunnel.

“By expanding Link light rail to Husky Stadium and improving the coordination between transit agencies, we will improve mobility in and around downtown Seattle. These are tangible examples of how investments in light rail and integration of rail and bus services will expand transportation options in our region.”

-Dow Constantine, King County Executive and Chair of the Sound Transit Board of Directors

“We’re making strategic investments that will move more bus riders and general traffic through downtown as our light rail network grows. This plan will help improve travel times, even as more people use our expanding bus and rail systems.” -Seattle Mayor Ed Murray