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Updated March 2, 2017

Olive Way Transit Improvements

Eastbound Olive Way (between Terry Avenue and Minor Avenue)

We are working with King County Metro, Community Transit, and Sound Transit to address the delay buses are currently experiencing on Olive Way between 4th Avenue and Minor Avenue.  Currently, travel times for buses are long through this section of downtown Seattle.

To improve the reliability and bus travel times, we're planning to make the following changes in spring 2017:

  • Extend transit-only lane from Terry Avenue to Minor Avenue
  • Remove west-bound right-turn only lane on Olive Way between Boren Avenue and Terry Avenue
  • Install an eastbound transit queue jump on Olive Way at Boren Avenue that will allow buses traveling through Boren Avenue a head start when the light turns green

Questions or comments?

Please contact Jonathan Dong at
Jonathan.dong@seattle.gov or (206) 233-8564

 

Blanchard Street Transit-Only Lane

To improve reliability for the Metro routes 40 and RapidRide C Line, the Seattle Department of Transportation is proposing to make the following changes on eastbound Blanchard Street between Third Avenue and Westlake Avenue:

  • Install a new eastbound bus-only lane on the right lane of Blanchard Street between Third Avenue and Westlake Avenue (active between 6 to 9 am and 3 to 7 pm/weekdays only);

  • Install an eastbound bus-only signal at Blanchard Street and Westlake Avenue

 


Metro Routes 40 and RapidRide C Line currently experience delay traveling east on Blanchard Street. The proposed improvements will help reduce travel time by up to 4 minutes per trip for over 22,000 daily riders and allow over 200 bus trips to bypass traffic which currently stacks up during peak travel times. This improvement leverages voter-approved city investments through the Seattle Transportation Benefit District in Route 40 and RapidRide C Line.

Contact:
Jonathan Dong
(206) 233-8564
Jonathan.dong@seattle.gov

Reconnecting the Ballard neighborhood and adding a bus only lane on 15th Ave NW

15th Ave NW is a major street carrying around 50,000 vehicles a day. It is a bus priority corridor and a major truck street. RapidRide D and the 15 Express use the street and move about 15,000 people a day. Currently bus routes experience delay northbound between NW 51st St and NW Market St. We want to retain and grow the number of people taking the bus. So to make service more reliable and faster, we're planning a bus only lane in this area. Buses can then bypass traffic that occurs when the drawbridge is lowered. To make room for the bus only lane, we'll remove the center turn lane. Construction is scheduled for late 2017.

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Cross-section of planned changes (click to enlarge)

Project Elements

Removing the center turn lane means people can no longer make left turns on NW 15th Ave at NW 52nd and NW 53rd streets. Some people and service providers will change their routes to get home or access businesses. However, the change will make the intersections safer. The chart below shows recommended thresholds for having a center turn lane and why restricting turns at these locations is a good idea.

Factor

Threshold Value for Two-Way Left Turn Lane

15th Avenue NW between NW 51st and NW Market

Crashes

3 crashes per million vehicle miles

5.3 crashes per million vehicle miles

Traffic Volumes

28,000 vehicles daily

Greater than 50,000 vehicles daily

Number of Lanes

2 lanes or less in each direction

3 lanes in each direction

Recognizing 15th Ave NW is a truck street we wanted to make sure people and goods continue moving smoothly. We conducted studies to understand possible impacts to nearby intersections. The study found they will continue to perform at acceptable levels of service.
This busy street also divides the neighborhood. There is almost a half a mile between traffic signals at Leary and NW Market. To help reconnect the neighborhood we're adding a pedestrian signal. The improvement will happen at NW 53rd St.

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Example of what the crossing would look like. Click to enlarge

University Link Transit Improvements


People taking the bus along NE Pacific St outside the UW Medical Center.

Project Description
Over the next couple of months we'll work with King County Metro and Sound Transit to improve the bus stops around the University Link light rail station, which is set to open March 19. These improvements include two stops on NE Pacific St and one on Montlake Blvd NE. Anticipated completion is expected March 26, weather dependent.

Project Elements

  • Relocate both bus stops along NE Pacific St
  • Upgrade transit stop and shelters
  • Install real-time information signs at NE Pacific St bus stop locations
  • More frequent Metro transit service at each bus stop
  • Improved service on Routes 44, 45, and 48 funded by Seattle's Transportation Proposition 1 approved by voters in 2014

These improvements will make it easier to access transit services around Husky Stadium and UW Medical Center. They'll also improve safety and reliability, by reducing the walking distance between bus stops and the light rail station.

Project Schedule
Construction activities are scheduled from Mid-January to late March 2016, weather permitting.

For more information, please contact:
Dawn Schellenberg
(206) 684-5189
Email: dawn.schellenberg@seattle.gov

For information about King County Metro's upcoming bus changes, visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/Metro/LinkConnections

For information about U-Link light rail, visit http://www.ulink2016.org/

Lake City Way NE & 125th Ave NE Southbound Bus Stop Expansion


Figure 1: Two buses at the Lake City Way NE and 125th Ave NE bus stop cause congestion at the intersection.

Project Description

Lake City Way NE is a priority transit corridor, serving eight King County Metro and Sound Transit routes,  and over 30,000 riders per day. Many buses often arrive at the same time at the Lake City Way NE and NE 125th St southbound bus stop – one of the most heavily used stops in the area. Given the stop's proximity the Lake City Way NE and NE 125th Street intersection, it's not uncommon for the second arriving bus to get caught in the intersection and block traffic on NE 125th St. Extending the bus stop further south along Lake City Way NE would give enough room for two busses to load and unload simultaneously, reducing blockages in the intersection.

Project Elements

  • Extend the bus zone south, to the existing mid-block curb bulb and crosswalk, allowing two buses to safely stop at the Lake City Way NE and NE 125th Street southbound bus stop
  • Remove four parking spaces (three 2-hour restricted spaces, one 30 minute load/unload space) between the existing bus zone to the north and the existing mid-block curb bulb to the south
  • Extend the curb to meet the existing curb to the north and south

These changes will improve transit reliability and overall safety in the area, while reducing causes of potential east-west congestion on NE 125th St.

Project Schedule

If approved, changes on Lake City Way NE are scheduled to be installed fall 2015, weather permitting.

For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Dong
(206) 233-8564 
Email: jonathan.dong@seattle.gov

Lake City Way NE Northbound Bus Lane Extension

Project Description

Lake City Way NE is a major transportation corridor in Seattle that serves people walking, driving, biking, transporting goods, and riding transit. These transit routes serve over 30,000 riders on a daily basis. King County Metro Routes 41, 72, 75, 309, 312, 330, 372, and 522 run along Lake City Way NE between NE 113th and NE 145th streets, and Metro and Sound Transit operate approximately 15 Northbound trips per hour during the AM peak period. To improve transit reliability, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is proposing extending the time restriction of the existing northbound "Bus Only" lane.

Project Elements

  • Extend restrictions of northbound "Bus Only" lanes to include the AM peak period (6 – 9 AM). Currently, the lane is only restricted to buses and right turns between 3 and 7 PM.
  • Parking would remain unrestricted during all other times.

 

These proposed changes would improve reliability and safety for transit and general purpose traffic.

Project Schedule

Changes on Lake City Way NE are scheduled to be installed in August 2015, weather permitting.

For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Dong
(206) 233-8564 
Email: jonathan.dong@seattle.gov

15th Ave NW PM Parking Restriction Extension

Project Description

The RapidRide D Line and route 15X serve over 12,000 riders per weekday. Many of these riders take advantage of the routes' frequent services in the afternoon and early evening. To improve reliability for the RapidRide D Line and route 15X, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is proposing extending the time period of the existing northbound parking restrictions.

Project Elements

  • Extend current on-street parking restrictions from 4 – 6 PM to 3 – 7 PM on weekdays on the east side of 15th Ave NW between NW 67th and NW 85th streets
  • All other parking will remain available as posted

These proposed changes will help improve the reliability of these routes during the PM peak period on weekdays.

Project Schedule

Changes on 15th Avenue NW are planned for installation in fall 2015, weather permitting.

For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Dong
(206) 233-8564 
Email: jonathan.dong@seattle.gov

Western Ave W PM Parking Restriction Extension

Project Description

Routes 15X, 17X, 18X, 19, 24, and 33 provide service along Western Avenue W, and serve over 6,900 riders per weekday. Many of these riders take advantage of the routes' frequent service in the afternoon and early evening. To improve reliability for the RapidRide D Line and route 15X, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is proposing extending the time period of the existing westbound parking restrictions.

Project Elements

  • Extend current on-street parking restrictions from 4 – 6 PM to 3 – 7 PM on the northeast side of Western Ave between 1st Ave W and W John Street
  • On-street parking will remain as posted on both sides of Western Ave

These proposed changes will help improve the reliability of these routes during the PM peak period on weekdays.

Project Schedule

Changes on Western Avenue W are planned for installation in fall 2015, weather permitting.

For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Dong
(206) 233-8564 
Email: jonathan.dong@seattle.gov


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