In the Bus Bag
Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Tag Archives: DSTT
We saw these in the Pioneer Square tunnel station on the way to the airport last week. They’re all over the buses, too. And yes, I’m aware that my photography leaves a little (OK, a lot) to be desired.
Yesterday, I hit up the tunnel reopening celebration at Westlake Park.
The first person I ran into was Josh, an old acquaintance from my college days who now works for the city. He was there representing the S.L.U.T.
Which reminds me: We haven’t had a discussion about this controversial transportation project yet. I’d be happy to entertain opinions now, if anyone’s interested. But I digress.
Next, I ran into my favorite transit planner, Jack, who was, per usual, ready with answers to all my “which route will …
Real Change editor Adam Hyla has an interesting article about the bus tunnel in this week’s issue. Apparently, some drivers are concerned that the light-rail-focused engineering adjustments are not ideal for buses.
The problems can be summed up by a measurement: 14 inches, the height from the light rail tracks embedded in the road to each station’s platform. That height makes for a nearly even transition between the floor of the trains (which don’t arrive until 2009) and the station platform.
But Metro’s diesel-electric hybrid buses ride lower than the trains. So, to make bus floors approximately the same …
I’ve already mentioned two of the transit-related happenings that are scheduled for the 24th: the reopening of the downtown bus tunnel and the first day of operations for Microsoft’s Connector bus service. Now, we have another cool development to look forward to: new trains!
Today Sound Transit announced expanded Sounder commuter rail service starting September 24th that includes two new weekday round trips on the south corridor and one on the north corridor. The new south corridor trains include the introduction of a new “reverse commute” train that will run from Seattle to Tacoma in the morning …