Heads up, White Center bus riders: Upcoming ramp closure will affect you

May 10th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Metro, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off on Heads up, White Center bus riders: Upcoming ramp closure will affect you

While the upcoming closure of the 1st Avenue South ramp to the westbound (high) West Seattle Bridge won’t affect White Center drivers as much as their WS counterparts, for bus riders, it’s a different story. The ramp closes permanently one week from today, as the Spokane Street Viaduct Widening Project enters a new phase. Our latest update over at WSB includes links to the bus routes expected to be affected, plus detour maps.

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Upcoming Seattle project to affect White Center bus riders, too

April 19th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Metro, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off on Upcoming Seattle project to affect White Center bus riders, too

Metro notes that some bus riders from/to White Center will be among those affected when the Spokane Street Viaduct Widening Project ramps up to its next phase in mid-May. Read on for the official news release they have just sent out: Read the rest of this entry »

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South Park Bridge: 2nd meeting; bus-reroute plan

March 11th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Metro, south park, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off on South Park Bridge: 2nd meeting; bus-reroute plan

Two notes about the South Park Bridge situation – First, we covered another emotional community meeting last night; here’s the link to the article on partner site West Seattle Blog. Second, during a briefing with Metro today on a wide range of topics, we asked about bus-rerouting plans if the South Park Bridge indeed does close at the end of June. They said one of the bus routes that would be affected is the 60 from White Center; currently, their reroute plan would take buses down Cloverdale to 8th, with a left turn there. More to come.

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Monday holiday alert: “Reduced weekday service” for Metro

January 14th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Holidays, Metro, White Center news 1 Comment »

Just a heads-up – Monday, when the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is observed, Metro will be on “reduced weekday” service levels. Full details here.

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“Reduced weekday” Metro schedule next 4 days

December 28th, 2009 Tracy Posted in Metro, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off on “Reduced weekday” Metro schedule next 4 days

Metro‘s on the “reduced weekday” schedule today through Thursday (explained here), then a Sunday schedule on Friday (New Year’s Day).

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Should We Take Susan Hutchison Seriously: Editorial by Ricardo A. Guarnero

September 23rd, 2009 Ricardo Posted in Annexation, boulevard park, Businesses, development, Economy, Election, Greenbridge, housing, Metro, North Highline UAC, Politics, white center 22 Comments »

Given that White Center, Boulevard Park and surrounding areas are governed directly by King County, the choice of King County Executive should be taken very seriously.  The two candidates are Susan Hutchison and Dow Constantine.  Constantine is a fixture of West Seattle and White Center politics, so he is a known commodity.  Not so, Susan Hutchison, who hails from the East Side of the County.  Candidate Hutchison has run a “feel good” campaign, emphasizing her position to “bring people together.”  Her website’s issues page contains four short paragraphs, with the following priorities:

Jobs & the Economy:

Susan will help give small businesses the tools they need to create jobs…

Improve Transportation:

Susan will quickly implement simple changes to encourage transit ridership…

Budget Reform:

Susan will identify waste and restructure the budget to ensure our tax dollars are being spent effectively.

Protect Our Environment.

Susan will forge partnerships between environmental, labor and business groups as we work toward our common goal…

That’s it folks, Susan Hutchison’s platform for managing one of the biggest governmental entities in the country. In her defense, it might be said that she is offering as much detail as the two lightweights who are currently vying to be Seattle’s next mayor.  But then, that’s not much of a complement.

I will forthrightly state that I do not like Ms. Hutchison’s right-wing politics and that on that basis alone, she should be disqualified for the position.  Seattle and King County residents are a tolerant, liberal community.  To have a George Bush conservative speaking for us, just does not sit well.  But what about her competence?

Ms. Hutchison has never held public office.  She has never had to struggle with the political realities of governing a complex political entity whose ambits include not only roads and sewers but social services, neighborhoods and law enforcement.  It is difficult to see how her experience on the board of the Seattle Symphony prepared her, in the slightest way, for such a weighty role.

I often disagreed with former King County Executive, Ron Sims, but I found him thoughtful, intelligent and most importantly, quite knowledgeable on any issue relating to his role as Executive of the very large and expansive King County.  On the issue of affordable housing, we know nothing as to where Hutchison stands?  Does she support the Greenbridge and High Point housing/community developments?  If so, on what basis?  If not, why not?  Where does she stand on the issue of incorporation which raises the hackles of so many of White Center’s residents?

And what of her experience dealing with communities of color or economically distressed areas?  How does her “bringing people together” chirp really address the many challenges that White Center faces?  The fact is, nothing in her background begins to give her a serious understanding of White Center or similar communities.  There is no on-the-job training for such issues.  And Ms. Hutchison has given no indication that she even remotely cares about such issues.  In the end, Hutchison is what she was in her prior role as newscaster, a pretty face with a vacuous resume.

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A freeze of sorts for Metro’s “Adopt-a-Stop”

May 29th, 2009 Tracy Posted in Metro, White Center news Comments Off on A freeze of sorts for Metro’s “Adopt-a-Stop”

Last night at the White Center-South Delridge Community Safety Coalition meeting, an attendee mentioned getting a letter from Metro regarding the potential end of a program in which trash cans are provided for bus stops if someone promises to keep them empty and maintained. We checked today with Metro’s Linda Thielke to see what’s going on, and she explains:

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Metro buses on Sunday schedule today

May 25th, 2009 Tracy Posted in Metro, White Center news Comments Off on Metro buses on Sunday schedule today

You know the usual holiday drill – schools, most government facilities, banks closed, etc. — but in case you need to take public transit, we also wanted to let you know: Metro is running its Sunday schedule today.

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Two more Thursday afternoon notes

February 26th, 2009 Tracy Posted in Metro, white center community safety coalition, White Center news Comments Off on Two more Thursday afternoon notes

First – Metro says everything’s back to normal, after the morning show and associated troubles. The news release is posted on our partner site West Seattle Blog. Second — reminder that tonight’s the night County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg guests at the White Center/South Delridge Community Safety Coalition meeting, 6 pm, St. James Place (original White Center Now report here).

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Reminder: Bus fares go up in a week

January 23rd, 2009 Tracy Posted in Metro, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off on Reminder: Bus fares go up in a week

A reminder from Metro:

King County Metro Transit is reminding customers that bus fares for adults will
increase by 25 cents starting Sunday, Feb 1.

A two-zone trip taken during peak-commute times will cost $2.50, a one-zone trip
$2.00, and the off-peak fare will be $1.75. New monthly passes also reflect the
increase. Youth and senior/disabled fares will not change.

This fare increase is one of several measures being undertaken by Metro to help
maintain its existing system. A weak economy, record fuel prices in mid-2008 and
falling sales tax revenues have resulted in a significant budget shortfall for the
agency. These factors have also forced Metro to cut costs.

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White Center snow update: First Metro bus-route changes

January 4th, 2009 Tracy Posted in Metro, snow, Weather Comments Off on White Center snow update: First Metro bus-route changes

(54 bus in trouble earlier in West Seattle)
Metro has posted its first route changes here. Among them – 21 is not operating south of Roxbury right now.

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Getting back to “normal”

January 3rd, 2009 Tracy Posted in Highline School District, Metro, Seattle Public Schools Comments Off on Getting back to “normal”

Sunday’s one last day of winter break for kids in the Highline and Seattle school districts – after a longer-than-expected vacation because of the snow. School resumes in both districts on Monday (and by the way, Metro bus service is supposed to be back to normal that day, too).

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Friday reminder: Metro schedule, county closures

January 2nd, 2009 Tracy Posted in King County, Metro, White Center news Comments Off on Friday reminder: Metro schedule, county closures

Today’s the last weekday before things start revving back up to normal on Monday – and there are two things to keep in mind today: Metro is on the “partial holiday” schedule one last day (changes listed here) and most county offices/facilities are closed because of the “furlough” day (changes listed here).

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Alert for White Center bus riders: “Reduced service” this week

December 28th, 2008 Tracy Posted in Holidays, Metro, Transportation, White Center news 2 Comments »

And it’s not because of the weather. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, Metro will run “partial holiday” reduced service; here’s the list of routes affected by this. (On Thursday, New Year’s Day, the Sunday schedule will be in effect.) You can find more Metro info online at metro.kingcounty.gov.

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White Center snow: Wednesday info – closures, buses, more

December 24th, 2008 Tracy Posted in King County, Metro, snow, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on White Center snow: Wednesday info – closures, buses, more

(Photo courtesy Jerry, taken at 14th SW and SW 116th)

KING COUNTY: Closures and changes updated here

METRO BUSES: Here’s today’s outlook

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White Center snow: Metro expects limited service again today; other closures/changes

December 23rd, 2008 Tracy Posted in Metro, Transportation, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on White Center snow: Metro expects limited service again today; other closures/changes

Here’s the official overview.

5:54 AM: The route status page was updated just a few minutes ago.

6:33 AM: The King County closures list is updated – parks and pools including Steve Cox Park and Evergreen Pool remain closed.

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White Center snow: Monday morning updates

December 22nd, 2008 Tracy Posted in King County, Metro, snow, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on White Center snow: Monday morning updates

(photo courtesy Alison – tend to your downspouts and storm drains when you can; eventually this will all melt)
Road/bus stories to share? Please add them in comments. Meantime, as of 4 am, Metro resumed updating its list of routes that are “suspended” and/or rerouted; see that (long) list here. Also, here’s the list of county road closures. Also note, Sound Transit has suspended 560 service between Burien and West Seattle; service alerts here.

9:41 AM UPDATE: If you have business to do in Burien, city hall is open limited hours today (more at rpin.org)

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White Center snow: Thursday night updates

December 18th, 2008 Tracy Posted in Metro, Weather 1 Comment »

Metro has now posted a list of which routes it’s canceled. See it here.

Also, Seattle Public Schools are CLOSED for Friday. Highline Public Schools ALSO closed for Friday. Holy Family School is closed too. Winter break has begun.

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White Center updates: Pix, road/bus info, new business

December 16th, 2008 Tracy Posted in Metro, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on White Center updates: Pix, road/bus info, new business

Spotted that new business in the works on the far south end of Delridge while out surveying the roads: Tropical fish and pets. About a mile south, we checked McLendon, which hadn’t yet received the shipment of salt and deicer they were hoping to get today. Also, thanks to Rhonda for pointing out that the county has a roads hotline; it’s also mentioned in this news release we just received:

King County Transportation crews gear up
for another round of bad winter weather

Yet another winter storm with heavy snow possible in some King County communities by Wednesday evening has road and Metro Transit crews scrambling to get ready this afternoon.

The National Weather Service has issued a storm warning for up to 6 inches or more of snow for eastern areas of the county and a trace to two inches of snow by tomorrow afternoon in the Seattle metro area. Additional snow may fall tomorrow evening. That means virtually all areas of King County could be impacted by snowfall beginning early tomorrow morning with snow showers continuing throughout the day and evening.

While we may see varying degrees of snowfall around the county, residents should take this storm seriously if they plan to travel tomorrow. Depending on the timing and location of the snow, morning and afternoon commutes could become a major headache, especially for east King County residents. Travel conditions are expected to worsen as the day progresses.

In anticipation of the storm, the King County Road Services Division, which has been operating around-the-clock since Saturday, is applying anti-icer to major arterials, bridges and arterials located on steep hills. The division will also remain on 24-hour operations to plow and sand.

But depending on the timing and severity of the storm, it will be very difficult to keep roads clear, especially during morning or afternoon commute times. Motorists should be aware of this potential and plan their trip accordingly to avoid becoming stuck or having to abandon their vehicle. Given the forecast, motorists may even want to consider postponing non-essential travel.

King County Metro Transit is planning on chaining most of its buses for the Wednesday morning commute, and warns bus riders that service could be delayed by the weather conditions throughout the day – particularly in outlying areas of East and Southeast King County.

Many buses may be on snow routing, if not for the morning commute then by midday and late afternoon. Metro may have to switch to snow routes in some locations with little notice. So, the best way to stay on top of the reroutes is to check the adverse weather information on Metro Online at www.kingcounty.gov/metro, or call the Customer Information Office at (206) 553-3000.

Bus riders are reminded to:

Be patient. Buses are not always on schedule in snowy or icy conditions. And, increased ridership during bad weather can result in crowded buses and a longer-than-usual wait on the phone for the Customer Information Office;
Dress warmly for the walk to the bus stop, expect delays, and wear appropriate footwear for the weather;
Head for bus stops on main arterials or at major transfer points such as park-and-ride lots, transit centers, or shopping centers; and
Riders should wait at bus stops at the very top or very bottom of hills, because buses are often unable to stop for passengers on inclines.

And of course, the county is again reminding motorists to be prepared for winter driving. That means: having plenty of gas in the car; driving with all season tires, chains and warm clothing; and please don’t abandon your vehicle in the middle of travel lanes.

Residents are also encouraged to report problems on roads in unincorporated King County by calling (206) 296-8100, or 1-800-KC ROADS if they live outside the greater Seattle calling area.

Here’s a link with more on the county road hotline. Meantime, another photo – this is from a couple hours ago, on SW 99th looking east across 15th SW (which was in decent shape, as was 16th SW through the business district, though both were wet and likely to reglaze tonight):

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Updated list of buses on “adverse weather” reroutes

December 15th, 2008 Tracy Posted in Metro, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on Updated list of buses on “adverse weather” reroutes

From the Metro website just minutes ago:

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