As early as this Friday (May 11), Metro will begin a month-long project to install C Line improvements at the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal.
Improvements will include two new RapidRide stations, lighting, information kiosks with real-time bus arrival signs, and five electric charging stations for vanpool and public use. A bus bulb will be added at the northbound station to create a larger boarding platform.
Construction will happen on weekdays between 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., and may cause periodic traffic disruptions. During especially intensive work, especially in peak travel hours, flaggers or police officers will help keep traffic moving.
Southbound bus riders will be directed to a temporary stop on SW Wildwood Place. The northbound stop will be less affected, but during some closures riders will need to use the next stop to the north, on Fauntleroy Way SW at SW Trenton Street.
New shelters, benches, and lighting will be available for immediate use when construction is finished. Other improvements, such as electric vehicle plug-ins and real-time bus arrival signs, will be phased in over the next several months.
The RapidRide C Line, serving West Seattle, SODO, and downtown Seattle, will be launched on Saturday, Sept. 29 along with the D Line serving Uptown, Queen Anne, and Ballard. Learn more: C Line » | D Line »
To make matters worse you discontinue the 54 an alterative bus for our daugter.
Metro you go rid of the local #21 to and from Arbor Heights, you leave all Arbor Heights residents without direct bus service, forcing us all to walk to Roxbury in all kinds of weather. Yes the new “shelters” are not even sheltrs, they do nothing to keep riders from getting blown apart or rained on. Our daughter attends Dnny Middle School and now she has to walk all the way to Roxbury crossing dangerous 35th Ave & Roxbury. How in the heck does she get home from school? I I know she waits she wait for the # 22somehwer on 35th ? and she might get home before dark? School gets out at 2:10 according to your trip planner she won;t get home until 3:20! What a crock!
My last post was addressed to Metro, not any of the bloggers. Thanks, Ellen
All you have to do is widen the sides of the shelters so that rain blowing sideways does not get the inside of the shelters wet. Excuse my sarcasm, but unless you can command the rain to fall at a 90-degree angle, when your knees stick out beyond the width of the shelter sides, they get wet when there is a wind blowing the rain sideways. If you are in charge of the rain, then I will call you God and give up my complaints. Have you people ever used these RapidRide shelters?
how long are they estimating the C line…from beginning in white center, to ending in downtown seattle? will take less time than the original 54?
The C Line will begin/end at Westwood Village, not White Center like current Route 54, so comparisons between the two are not exact.
We estimate that the C Line’s travel time from to downtown Seattle will be about five minutes less than current Route 54 due to several factors, including consolidated stops, bus stop improvements, traffic signal coordination, the RapidRide bus design, and off-board fare payment at major stops.
We’ll fine-tune the schedule after the C Line launches and we get some experience providing the service in real-world conditions.
When are we going to get a shelter at 35th and Avalon northbound? We have been without any shelter, inadequate or otherwise, since February 16, going on 4 months. This is unacceptable, and I certainly hope you will do better on future Rapid Ride lines.
Why wasn’t our other shelter left in place until construction started on the new one? Why didn’t they make a walkway so that people coming from the north could easily get to the temporary stop? Has anyone on the planning committee ever tried to cross 35th at Oregon are about 7:05 am? It’s nearly impossible.
I hope that you won’t have to wait as long to get your stops back as some of us have had to! Going on 3 months now for 35th & Avalon northbound.
TO METRO: PLEASE DO NOT INFLICT ANY MORE OF THESE USELESS SHELTERS ON US! IF YOU HAVE TRIED USING THEM ON THE COLD AND WINDY DAY, THEY OFFER NO SHELTER ! YOU CANNOT FIT AN ENTIRE HUMAN BODY WITHIN THE SHELTER SO YOU ARE STICKING OUT INTO THE WIND. THE ROOF IS GOOD ONLY IF THE RAIN COOPERATES AND FALLS AT A 90-DEGREE ANGLE. THERE IS ONLY ONE SEAT INSIDE FOR ONE PERSON.
I WISH YOU WOULD CONSULT THE PUBLIC OR RIDE THE BUSES YOURSELVES BEFORE DESIGNING A USELESS SHELTER! PLEASE DO NOT INSTALL ANY MORE OF THESE WITHOUT MAKING THE SIDES WIDE ENOUGH TO PROTECT US COMMUTERS FROM THE WEATHER!!!!!!!!!!!
If you’d like to know more about the reasons behind Metro’s RapidRide shelter designs, check out our new post, The whys of Metro’s RapidRide shelter design.
Advice to look at other RapidRide benefits: I’ve looked at the other benefits and they sound wonderful. However, when standing in a RapidRide non-shelter, wet and cold, I won’t be caring much about anything else besides being wet and cold!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I invite you to stand with me at my bus stop on a cold, stormy day and enjoy being wet, either in the shelter, or outside the shelter on one of the outside benches.
And re: buses every 10 mins? If the current Metro bus system has taken down all its signs telling a rider when the bus is coming because Metro can’t predict traffic patters (which makes sense), how are you going to predict traffic patterns/hold ups and stick to your 10 min promises for RapidRide buses? Come on, people, we’re not stupid.
When is a bus shelter NOT a shelter? When it’s wet inside!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ellen
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