A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Be ready for traffic and transit delays tonight because of Seahawks game at CenturyLink

December 15th, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that tonight (Thursday) the Seahawks play the Los Angeles Rams at 5:25 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.

Traffic is expected to be a mess, whether you’re trying to commute home or get into the city for the game. Metro Transit is expecting service delays mostly in SODO, Stadium, Pioneer Square, downtown Seattle and adjacent areas, however, nearby areas could see service delays as well.

So pack your patience and leave extra time to get where you’re going.

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Metro seeks feedback on proposed changes to late-night service

October 5th, 2016 by Doree

Metro is proposing to add late-night trips to many of its routes starting in September 2017. Bus riders can take an online survey about the proposal. It’s available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

Metro has about 40 routes with some level of late-night service throughout King County. Of these, 20 provide trips after 2 a.m., including three Night Owl routes that loop through some Seattle neighborhoods only between 2:15 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. The City of Seattle contributes funding to late-night transit operation and is a partner in this effort. Metro’s draft proposal would replace the three Night Owl routes with late-night service on regular, all-day routes that serve the same areas. The draft proposal also includes new after-hours bus service to Sea-Tac Airport for travelers and workers, for whom there currently are limited options after 1 a.m. It also includes hourly all-night service on the RapidRide C, D, and E Lines, which currently operate all night but with less than hourly frequencies.

While overnight ridership represents a small portion of Metro’s total ridership, it has increased by 20 percent in the last five years. Metro conducted a first round of public outreach last spring and developed the latest proposal after hearing from more than 2,600 transit users. Among their highest priorities were better late-night transit options for:

The proposal would make several changes, including:

  • Replace current Night Owl routes 82, 83, and 84 with two late-night round trips – around 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. — to each of the following routes: 3, 5, 11, 70, 62 and 120.
  • Extend Route 124 all the way to Sea-Tac Airport after 1 a.m.
  • Improve late-night transfer connections between buses in downtown Seattle.

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Metro Transit seasonal changes start Sept. 10, Route 45 between Loyal Heights and U-District affected

August 31st, 2016 by Doree

Metro Transit’s seasonal changes begin on Saturday, Sept. 10. In our neighborhood, Route 45 between Loyal Heights and the UW Link Station will consolidate the 5:21 a.m. and 5:50 a.m. westbound trips into one trip leaving the UW station at 5:35 am.

Weekday late night trips after 10 p.m. and weekend trips after 11:30 p.m. will be adjusted to provide a better connection with Link Light Rail arrivals.

You can see details of all route changes here; or pick up an orange rider alert brochure or timetable on buses and at transit centers.

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SPD responds to reports of armed and barricaded man at Greenwood & 117th

June 14th, 2016 by Doree

Update: The Seattle Times reports the man has been charged with a hate crime. Read the full story here.

Earlier: Seattle Police officers now have a suspect in custody after reports he was armed and barricaded at Greenwood Avenue and North 117th Street.

SPD tweeted just before 3 p.m. that SWAT and hostage negotiators were on scene. SPD tweeted again just before 3:30 to say the suspect was in custody.

Metro buses 5 and 355 were rerouted to Aurora Avenue between North 105th and 125th streets.

Update 4:05 p.m.: Metro buses routes 5 and 355 are back to their normal routes.

Update 4:07 p.m.: KOMO 4 is reporting the man allegedly threatened to shoot up a mosque at Northgate. KOMO has a gallery of photos from the scene, and so does KIRO 7.

Update Tuesday 6 p.m.: More info from the SPD Blotter:

SWAT officers arrested a 37 year-old man at his Greenwood apartment today after receiving information from his out-of-state friend the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that he had made threats against a Seattle mosque.

Earlier today, the suspect posted threats online and, in a separate posting, claimed to have purchased an assault rifle and extra ammunition.

Acting on that information, SWAT and Hostage Negotiators went to the man’s home in the 11700 block of Greenwood Avenue North and arrested him shortly before 3:30 PM.

Investigators have learned the man has previously been contacted by area law enforcement who are investigating harassment and threats to another mosque.

Seattle police are working closely with the FBI to investigate the rapidly developing case.

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Reminder: Alaskan Way Viaduct closes for two weeks starting at 10 p.m. tonight

April 28th, 2016 by Doree

Don’t forget that starting tonight (Thursday), the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed for about two weeks as a precaution while Bertha tunnels underneath it. City and State transportation officials are urging folks to telecommute, go to work earlier or later than usual, take transit, ride their bikes or walk. Just be ready for extra-long commutes.

Transit will be rerouted, so check Metro’s Service Advisories page for more info. You also should sign up for Metro’s transit alerts to get text messages about reroutes.

On-ramps to State Route 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct will begin closing at 10 p.m. tonight, with the road fully closed to all traffic at 12:01 a.m. Friday between South Spokane Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel.

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/99closure

Washington State Department of Transportation has a webpage with a list of resources, including links to traffic cameras, estimated travel times, trip planners, bike map, Metro detour maps, and more.

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Metro buses 5, 26E, 28E and RapidRide E rerouted off southbound Aurora Monday and Tuesday nights

April 25th, 2016 by Doree

Metro routes 5, 26 Express, 28 Express and the RapidRide E Line will be rerouted off of southbound Aurora Avenue North between Dexter Way North and Denny Way overnight Monday and Tuesday due to construction.

The reroutes will happen from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

During this time, heading toward downtown Seattle these routes will travel instead via Dexter Way N, Dexter Av N, 7th Av, Bell St, 6th Av and Wall St, then on to their regular routes.

Heading toward their north end destinations, these routes are not affected and will serve their regular routes and stops.

The lane closures are because Washington State Department of Transportation is installing supports for the overhead signs for the future State Route 99 tunnel. All traffic will be detoured to exit onto Dexter Avenue North, just past the south end of the Aurora Bridge. Local access will be maintained.

Closure details could change, so check WSDOT’s construction page for updates.

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Metro Route 5 Express routed off eastbound NW 85th Street at 3rd Avenue NW today through Sept. 9

March 28th, 2016 by Doree

Beginning today through Sept. 9, Metro Route 5 Express will be rerouted off of eastbound NW 85th Street at 3rd Avenue NW, due to construction that will restrict traffic turning right from NW 85th Street onto Greenwood Avenue.

Southbound Route 5 Express to downtown Seattle will instead travel via 3rd Avenue NW to NW 80th Street, to Greenwood Avenue and then back to its regular route toward downtown. The northbound route will not be affected.

That means the bus will miss stops eastbound on North 85th Street at 1st Avenue NW and southbound on Greenwood Avenue North at North 85th Street. Bus riders should use the stops southbound on 3rd Avenue NW at NW 89th Street and southbound on Greenwood Avenue North at North 80th Street.

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Metro bus changes coming this weekend to neighborhood routes 5, 28 and 48

March 24th, 2016 by Doree

Metro’s spring service revisions begin Saturday on dozens of routes, including the 5, 28 and 48 in our neighborhood. Route 48 is changing to help buses work better with Sound Transit’s new Link light rail service to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington. That route will be broken into two separate routes, with buses coming more often on both.

The north part of Route 48, between the University District and Loyal Heights, will become new Route 45….The south part of Route 48, between the University District and the Mount Baker Transit Center, will remain as is, except that it will serve two new bus stops in each direction on NE Pacific St just west of Montlake Blvd NE (near the University of Washington Link station). Riders can transfer to and from Route 45 at the bus stops on NE Pacific St between Montlake Blvd NE and 15th Ave NE. Buses will come more often on weekdays and weekends.

Watch a video about how to transfer between Route 48 and Link light rail at University of Washington Station.

Route 45 (NEW)
The north part of Route 48, between the University District and Loyal Heights, will become new Route 45. On weekdays and Sunday, Route 45 will run northbound on University Way NE, NE Ravenna Blvd and 12th Ave NE between NE Pacific St and NE 65th St. Routing to and from NE 65th St and Loyal Heights will remain the same as current Route 48. Southbound, Route 45 will run between NE 65th St and NE Pacific St on Roosevelt Way NE, NE Ravenna Blvd and University Way NE. It will not serve 15th Ave NE in either direction on weekdays or Sunday. On Saturday only, because of the closure of University Way NE between NE 50th and NE 52nd streets for the University District Farmers Market, northbound Route 45 will use 15th Ave NE in both directions between NE 50th St and NE Ravenna Blvd, with stops at NE 52nd St and NE Ravenna Blvd. On weekdays, buses for routes 45, 71, 73 and 373 will come every 7-8 minutes to and from University Way NE and the new University of Washington Link station. When the University of Washington is not in session, fewer trips will be canceled than with current Route 48.

Route 28 will be combined with Route 28X.

The combined route, Route 28X, will follow a revised express pathway to downtown Seattle via N 39th Street and Aurora Avenue N.

It will operate all day on weekdays and weekends.

It will continue to provide service between Broadview and downtown Seattle via Carkeek Park during peak periods only.

Riders who currently board on NW Market Street will board on 8th Avenue NW.

Between Fremont and downtown Seattle, use new Route 62 (formerly Route 16) via Dexter Avenue N or Route 40 via Westlake Avenue.

To get to and from downtown Seattle, use routes 28X, 40 or 62. Route 28X will serve N 39th St, Leary Way NW and 8th Ave NW and will not serve the eastbound stop on NW Market St at 8th Ave NW. New southbound stops to downtown Seattle will be added at NW Leary Way & NW 43rd St, on N 39th St at Greenwood Ave N and Dayton Ave N, on the Aurora Ave N on-ramp at N 38th St and on Aurora Ave N at Galer St. New northbound stops to Carkeek Park and/or Broadview will be added at Aurora Ave N & Galer St, Aurora Ave N off-ramp at N 38th St, N 39th St & Evanston Ave N, N 39th St & Phinney Ave N, Leary Way NW & 6th Ave NW, 8th Ave NW & NW 45th St and 8th Ave NW & NW 50th St.

Route 5 Express is adding one northbound trip to Greenwood that will leave 4th Avenue South and South Jackson Street at 4 p.m.

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Metro Route 48 rerouted off North 85th Street tonight through Sunday afternoon

November 20th, 2015 by Doree

Metro bus Route 48 will be rerouted off North 85th Street between 8th Avenue NW and Greenwood Avenue North from 8:30 p.m. today (Friday) until about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, due to construction.

Instead, Route 48 will travel along 8th Avenue NW, North 80th Street and Greenwood Avenue North in both directions, before connecting to its usual route.

Click here for reroute details.

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