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Hi everyone, As a longtime Seattle-area resident, I've never been super pleased with the transit system - it just takes forever to get places, and sometimes I just wonder if walking would be faster. Unfortunately, the future doesn't look bright from what I can see - ST3 seems to be sending trains all over the place except where they should be going, and for some reason plans on adding another BRT system just to add a little more complexity and confusion. So, because of this I've created my own system, which, while it does have some issues and is far from perfect, I would view as an improvement over ST3. I've been working on this project since about the beginning of the year, alongside a few expansions of it, which are described a bit more at the bottom of this post. This first map is what the network would look like with Link trains and BRT. Below that is what the Link would look like on its own. Hope it isn't too confusing I would absolutely love to hear any and all feedback on it - I know it's not perfect so I want to know what you guys would change, as well as aspects you like and don't like about the system. Note about the stops: I've included + labeled all Link stations on the map, however not all BRT stops are marked, just a few important ones to help make better sense of the geography of the network. https://metromapmaker.com/?map=-hRXn1wp https://metromapmaker.com/?map=ZKblkPPh If you guys want more from this - I have Google maps of both maps above, as well as a map of a total system that includes local buses (and is still in progress, but does have a lot of major components done). Additionally, if anyone wants more information on frequency, I have a spreadsheet that I can attach which has information on the frequency of all the lines / routes. Anyway, enough from me - let me know what you think.
Here are my suggestions to update this very outdated page: Route Details This east-west express bus route runs between Bellevue and Downtown Seattle via Mercer Island and South Bellevue. Normal service frequencies are 15 minutes reduced to 5 minutes during peak hours. Saturday service runs every 15 minutes except during early morning and evening trips, which have 30 minute headways. Sunday and holiday services are available every half hour. This route has the highest ridership in the system and a light rail line to replace the route is currently under construction, and will be completed in 2023. Route Stops Towards Downtown Seattle 110th Ave NE at NE 10th St (Select trips begin from Bellevue Transit Center) Bellevue Transit Center- Bay 9 NE 4th St at 108th Ave NE Bellevue Way NE at NE 4th St Bellevue Way SE at Main St, SE 3rd St, SE 11th St, SE 16th St and 112th Ave SE Mercer Island Park & Ride/N Mercer Way & 80th Ave SE International District/Chinatown Station (Bay A) Pioneer Square Station (Bay A) University Street Station (Bay A) Westlake Station (Bay A) 9th Ave & Pine St Towards Bellevue 9th Ave & Pine ST Westlake Station (Bay D) University Street Station (Bay D) Pioneer Square Station (Bay D) International District/Chinatown Station (Bay D) Mercer Island Park & Ride/N Mercer Way & 80th Ave SE South Bellevue Park & Ride (Bay 1) Bellevue Way SE at SE 16th St, SE 10th St and SE 3rd St Bellevue Way NE at Main St NE 4th St at 105th Ave NE Bellevue Transit Center (Bay 12) NE 10th St at 110th Ave NE I'd also suggest getting rid of the map on the page, as it is severely outdated (changes have been made to three stops: Convention Place Station has closed, moving the stop to a surface street, Rainier Freeway Station has closed, removing the stop altogether, and South Bellevue P&R's bay 2 has closed, substituting with a stop on Bellevue Way.) However, Sound Transit no longer produces maps of the style of the one currently on the page, so there would be no available replacement (all maps are just google maps-style maps now). Sources: https://beta.soundtransit.org/schedules/route/40_100239/at/1538628087290/direction/0/from/null https://beta.soundtransit.org/schedules/route/40_100239/at/1538628087290/direction/1/from/null https://beta.soundtransit.org/sites/default/files/route_dir_pdf/550-westbound.pdf https://beta.soundtransit.org/sites/default/files/route_dir_pdf/550-eastbound.pdf https://www.soundtransit.org/sites/default/files/2018-Q2-Service-Delivery-Performance-Report.pdf
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sounderbruce/ Curated threads: SkyscraperCity Forums (mostly buildings and roads); AARoads Forums (roads) My content is split between transit, roads and soccer. All from the Seattle area, which has plenty of different transit agencies across several modes, so I'm not going to be bored for quite a long time. I sort all of my content by service/operator. The following albums get updated regularly, so stay tuned: Sound Transit - Link Light Rail Sound Transit - Sounder commuter rail Sound Transit Express King County Metro King County Metro - RapidRide "BRT" King County Metro trolleybuses Seattle Streetcar - South Lake Union Streetcar Seattle Streetcar - First Hill Streetcar (stations awaiting service) Seattle Streetcar - Waterfront Streetcar (abandoned stations) Seattle Center Monorail Washington State Ferries King County Water Taxi Everett Transit Community Transit Community Transit - Double Tall (double-decker buses) Community Transit - Swift Bus Rapid Transit Skagit Transit Island Transit Paratransit (Dial-a-Ride) Microsoft Connector (private employee shuttle) I also have individual albums for transit stations seen in some of my collections.
The routes that Seattle are put of the network is South Union Streetcar since 2007, and the First Hill streetcar beginning in 2014. All the streetcars will be contacted out King Co. Metro. The routes that Seattle wants build are: Broadway, and Centre line. I will get this thread started with a couple of questions: Is there any plans to extend the South lake union streetcar? How many trains will be built for the First Hill streetcar? Is there any plans to extend the First Hill streetcar?