Board Member Chris Fiori provides this update on how we can participate in the process to access the new Light Rail Station at Husky Stadium in the early part of 2016:
King County Metro is in the midst of a public process around restructuring its transit service for routes that can connect to the new Sound Transit U-Link Stations (Capitol Hill and UW Husky Stadium), which open for service in Q1 2016. RBCA, among other groups, has lobbied King County Metro to look at ways to provide direct, high-qulaity transit connections to the UW Husky Stadium. This month, King County Metro proposed two Alternative Restructures: Alternative 1 is substantial re-structure of the existing Northeast Seattle transit network and Alternative 2 is similar to today’s network with additional connections to the Link Station. Much, much more detail about the first alternative can be found at the Seattle Transit blog here: http://
seattletransitblog.com/2015/ 03/09/alternative-1-northeast- seattle/.
At first glance, Alternative 1 presents a major improvements in the transit service by creating a “gridded” network of frequent routes, with a much better connection to the planned LINK Station than exists today. On the other hand, some routes have been consolidated and walk times to the more frequently serviced stops may increase for some people in NE Seattle relative to today’s network. In addition, the bus/train connection at the LINK Station still leaves much to be desired in terms of proximity.
The Northeast Seattle Open House will be held on Thursday, March 26 at the University Heights Center Room 209, from 6-8 p.m. You are also encouraged to take Metro’s online survey: http://metro.
kingcounty.gov/programs- projects/link-connections/ Please help RBCA spread the word about the survey and open house.