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


Reminder: SDOT meeting tomorrow on upgrades to Holman Road/13th Avenue intersection and removal of pedestrian bridge

July 18th, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that Seattle Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave NW, in the gym, to get community feedback on its plans for major upgrades to the intersection of Holman Road NW and 13th Avenue NW.

Those plans include a new pedestrian and bicycle signal, additional lighting at the nearby bus stop, and a possible new public plaza on the NE corner, where the pedestrian bridge stairs are now. The proposal also calls for demolishing the pedestrian bridge, which has some community members concerned.

You can more about SDOT’s plan on its blog, which includes numbers of how many pedestrian use the overpass and the street crossing at various times of the day.

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Metro Transit survey on Access Transportation

May 9th, 2017 by Doree

Metro Transit is asking for feedback on its planned changes to Access Transportation after customer feedback.

Last summer we asked people who use Access how we’re doing. Since then, we’ve been briefing stakeholders, meeting with our Access Community Advisory Group, and incorporating customer feedback as we design the future of Access service. Now, in our second phase of outreach, we’re asking: Did we listen to you? Do you have ideas on how we could improve Access even more?

Take the survey by June 5.

You can also attend an outreach event, call 206-263-9768 or email haveasay@kingcounty.gov.

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Expect major transit delays and reroutes in Seattle for today’s May Day events

May 1st, 2017 by Doree

Metro Transit is expecting major transit delays and reroutes on 11 bus routes today due to planned May Day marches and protests.

As city streets temporarily close as a result of planned May Day activities, certain Metro Transit buses will be rerouted; others will face delays starting midday and likely well into the evening Monday, May 1.

  • Bus reroutes are planned around the Immigration March (Judkins Park to Seattle Center) about 1 p.m., rerouting 11 Metro routes (7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 36, 43, 47, 49 & 106) and delaying ST Express Routes 522, 545, 554 and all other transit service traveling downtown Seattle streets.
  • Bus rolling slowdowns or temporary short-term reroutes will be implemented as needed for all other expected and unexpected demonstrations, marches and rallies, managed by transit chiefs using information from Seattle Police Department, Seattle Emergency Operations Center and the Metro Transit Control Center.
  • First Hill Streetcar service is expected to be disrupted during the day, and part of the route will not be served while marchers are on the street.
  • South Lake Union Streetcar service might be disrupted by a march expected to occur between11 a.m. and 3 p.m. As a result, streetcar service will be halted at 9 a.m. after the end of the morning peak service, with cars tentatively scheduled to return to the base yard until supervisors determine service can be reliably restored.
  • Link light rail service will operate more three-car trains during the day.

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Help Greenwood Community Council decide on areas of transportation advocacy and action at tonight’s transportation committee meeting

February 20th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee meets tonight (Monday) at Flying Bike Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., to discuss what issues to advocate for and take action on this year. Everyone is welcome.

You can see feedback the committee has already received and add your own thoughts.

At tonight’s meeting the committee will look at the list of suggested items and drill down into specific actions it might take in the coming year.

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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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Reminder: Greenwood Community Council to discuss Sound Transit 3, explosion site development plans on Tuesday

September 19th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s monthly meeting on Tuesday will have a presentation on the upcoming Sound Transit 3 package, to help voters understand the proposed projects, timelines and projected costs.

And a representative of Slattery Properties, which owns the property on the west side of Greenwood Avenue from North 84th to 85th streets, will discuss the company’s plans for rebuilding the Greenwood explosion site. Owner Mike Slattery told me at the Sept. 9 Phoenix Party that the company is tentatively planning a mixed-use building with two levels of below-ground parking, ground-floor retail, and housing on top.

The meeting is from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting about Sound Transit 3 package is Sept. 20

September 9th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s monthly meeting will include information about the upcoming Sound Transit 3 package, to help voters understand the proposed projects, timelines and projected costs. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

This November residents of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties will vote on the next iteration of expansion of Sound Transit services, known as Sound Transit 3 (ST3). The package includes more than 60 miles of new light rail lines across Seattle, the East side, as well as connecting Tacoma to Everett. ST3 also includes bus rapid transit service on the Eastside, expansion of Sounder commuter rail, and the addition of parking capacity at various transit stations. Passage of the ballot measure will mean our region will make an approximate $54 billion investment in transit expansion and will see big new transit projects come on line every few years between now and 2041.

The meeting also will include the Council’s usual monthly business, plus an update from the property owner of the Greenwood explosion site on his plans for that block of Greenwood Avenue from North 84th to 85th streets.

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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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Crews finishing paving of Greenwood Avenue North between North 92nd and 105th streets this week

May 4th, 2016 by Doree

This week road crews are finishing final paving on the east and west side of Greenwood Avenue North between North 92nd Street and North 105th Street. Crews will also spend this week and next painting pavement markings, installing signs and other clean-up activities along that corridor. Crews will return in June for any final clean-up, landscaping, and other finish work, such as installing railings.

Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pedestrians may be detoured around work zones, and on-street parking and side street access could be restricted during work hours.

The affected side streets are the east side of N 103rd St, both sides of N 92nd St, and both sides of N 97th St. These side streets will be closed at the intersection with Greenwood Ave N for a few hours each. Only one street will be closed at a time.

Final paving work involves removing old pavement and pouring new pavement, which requires partial closure of driveways and walkways for a few hours. Crews will preserve driveway access by working on one half of a driveway at a time and/or placing a steel plate for drivers to pass over.

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