Latest Comments Al S. on How Much Does Congestion Cost Transit Agencies?I'm not suggesting that we incomvenience pedestrians at all. I'm merely pointing out that congestion is not responsible for most of the 18% of buses not moving. It's probably between 1/3 to 2/3 depending on the route. Metro has implemented many easy speed improvements already, and the best way for us to get more rider travel time improvements in the future is going to be redesigning our bus system around completely exclusive transit ways (the...Al S. on How Much Does Congestion Cost Transit Agencies?Look at Third Avenue. Many cross streets have no cars after 10-15 seconds, yet the cycles are longer because the timing gives enough time for pedestrians to get across Third Avenue. That's got to be about 1/4 to 1/3 and maybe 1/2 of the delay time on Third Avenue, as an example. trolleyboy on How Much Does Congestion Cost Transit Agencies?As a bus driver who is on 3rd 4/5 days, it really bugs me when other drivers aren't doing the weave. I'm not entirely sure what the cause is though. I'm not sure if some of them never got the memo on how to properly operate on 3rd, or if it's just them being greedy and trying to get ahead first. When I'm driving trolleys it gets worse though, since the other drivers hate being...AJ on Podcast #32: ClickbaitYou guys refer to Angle Lake as "Parking garage surrounded by nothing" - I don't think that's remotely fair. South Bellevue will be a P&R surround by nothing. There is 'stuff' around Angle Lake - office buildings, hotels, apartment complexes, etc. Frankly, the number of jobs within a 15 minute walk is probably greater than some of the Seattle stations like Beacon Hill or Rainier Beach. SeaStrap on How Much Does Congestion Cost Transit Agencies?You aren't wrong. But of that 18%, how much is congestion, and how much is pedestrian crossings. My guess 17% congestion. Also, what then do you propose, eliminate pedestrian access? Stay focused here. Mark Dublin on How Much Does Congestion Cost Transit Agencies?Gothenburg, Swedish west coast. Professional-courtesys treetcar cab ride, with system's senior instructor and a trainee. 11AM, straight through the city's major central shopping area, Brunnsparken. Heavy intermix of streetcars and pedestrians, all moving. Very few pedestrian warnings at all. In Gothenburg, nobody puts "jay" in front to the "walking" part. Which includes DNA level streetcar awareness. To our left, young woman pushing a baby carriage at a fast walk. The instructor put he palm of...Troy H on How Much Does Congestion Cost Transit Agencies?An example of bus delay is where the 62 crosses N 50th St on Meridian Ave. Drivers are turning left and drivers going straight don't have room to pass because of parked cars. I complained to SDOT about this and they refused to make a change that would reduce on-street parking. I'm sure there are tons of examples all over the city but there seems to be a lack of political will to address them....AJ on Podcast #32: ClickbaitWouldn't the switch occur at a station? Tim F on How Much Does Congestion Cost Transit Agencies?I think there's an argument to be made that with proper city-wide bike share, bikes will take a significant percentage of the *remaining* cars off the road (even if most people still get to where they are going by bus or walking). Efficiency improvements like incremental reduction in congestion, less need to load bikes onto bus racks and one more option for people and businesses that lose their prime parking space or general-purpose lane all...David Seater on Sunday Open Thread: 2nd Ave SubwayGetting off the platform at CHS has always felt cramped. The lack of stairs is bizarre. Just wait until the trains are twice as long and come twice as often. Mark Dublin on How Much Does Congestion Cost Transit Agencies?When drivers have to slow down service to keep time points, might be time to go to headways. Time between coaches. Or trains. LINK has "timers" at Mt. Baker and Rainier Beach stations, doesn't it? On straight heavy-hauling lines like the Route 7, experienced drivers who feel like it will often space themselves out to equalize loads. Same principle as scoops on a conveyor belt. Every bucket carries equal load. Though other drivers would rather...RossB on Podcast #32: ClickbaitI wonder how easy it is to retrofit a bus to be driverless? It seems to me that our new investment in battery powered buses and driverless technology go together. While I think it is great that drivers will be able to finally get decent breaks while they wait for the bus to charge, that still might be costly. But a robot can sit around and it doesn't cost us a dime. RossB on Podcast #32: ClickbaitThere aren't masses at Angle Lake, either; it is only better than what they expected. RossB on Podcast #32: Clickbait@TIm F -- Exactly. Bike Share really does fit our city well, for at least two reasons: 1) Our light rail line has very wide stop spacing and our bus system is moving towards that (for performance reasons). 2) We are an area of plateaus and valleys. This makes is very difficult to bike everywhere, but really easy to bike some places. For example lower Fremont to Phinney Ridge is a real pain (I would...Mark Dublin on How Much Does Congestion Cost Transit Agencies?Hundred percent right, John. But BAT lane is a slur on Nature's finest little congestion-fighter. There's a reason we don't have Business Access/ Express Train lanes, and it's not just because VAEMPIRES don't turn into BAETS. Mark AJ on How Much Does Congestion Cost Transit Agencies?Great point, though some things like light schedules can be different at night. But as a generalization, yeah that should work. Mark Dublin on How Much Does Congestion Cost Transit Agencies?You could say that for operations coordination and training, Third Avenue is the second story of the DSTT underneath it. A part of the system designed not to "operate", but to be operated, by personnel with sufficient training, skill, and motivation. Nobody's born knowing those rush hour Third Avenue maneuvers. No offense, Joe, but this isn't Skagit Transit through Downtown Mt. Vernon. Though what I'm trying to do is to either give you guys a...eddiew on Mayor Murray Kills Bikeshare (for now) in Seattleponcho: you could form an entity and buy Pronto from SDOT; you could partner with parks, UW, and Children's; the BGT Pronto would be along the BGT from Golden Gardens to Matthews Beach via the Locks, Ballard, Fremont, Garworks, UW, Link, U Village, Childrens, and Magnuson. go for it. AJ on How Much Does Congestion Cost Transit Agencies?You also have to look at bus speeds. Even if a bus is moving, in congestion the bus is running much slower. Consider the 550 plodding on I90 going 30 mph verses 60 when the HOV lanes are clear. Al S. on How Much Does Congestion Cost Transit Agencies?LOL Lloyd! My grandmas were both out of high school by 1917!