Does Sound Transit, Metro want me to get back in my car?

Why are Sound Transit and Metro diverting buses from downtown Seattle to address traffic congestion? Buses should stay and cars should be diverted.

I’m starting to think Sound Transit and Metro want me to get back in my car and drive to work. First they took away my Redmond park-and-ride. And now they’re making plans to add at least a half-hour to my commute.

I understand why transit agencies, government officials and business leaders are wringing their hands about traffic in downtown Seattle. But redirecting buses away from the city where most people work is an illogical response to increased traffic. The logical answer would be to push more buses toward downtown Seattle and South Lake Union, where I work, because buses carry a lot more people than cars.

Transportation officials are worried because traffic is expected to get even worse when the Convention Place stop is closed in 2018 or 2019, forcing buses back up on surface streets.

It’s clear from the surveys and outreach that people at Sound Transit and Metro know their traffic mitigation plans will affect a lot of people, including thousands commuting to Seattle each day from Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville and Bellevue.

So why aren’t they trying to make things better? Instead, the message I keep hearing is: Think of the future (six years from now) when you will have a beautiful train to take you from Redmond and Bellevue to downtown Seattle.

They clearly aren’t listening to me or the people standing next to me on our crowded bus. What are we supposed to do for the next six years?

It’s probably just a coincidence that my main commuting bus (Sound Transit Route 545 from Redmond to South Lake Union) and my two backup routes (Metro routes 268 and 255) will all be diverted to the University of Washington light-rail station under a plan being developed this year for implementation next year for Highway 520 buses.

I stopped driving to work a year ago when I…

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