Metro Bus Stop Across From Madrona School to Stay

Metro BusIf you have been following our Madrona blog the last couple weeks you read about Metro planning to remove the bus stop across from Madrona K-8 School.  Well, thanks to Madrona residents’ comments the Metro bus stop has been saved.  Here is an open letter from Metro:

Thank you for your comments concerning the bus stop and shelter located westbound at East Union Street & 33rd Avenue.  The bus stop will remain open based on information from transit users: parents wait for the Rt 2 at this stop after escorting their children to school; students can be easily monitored after school while they wait for the bus; and it is conveniently located to the library and low income housing.

Metro does not have plans or proposals for major changes on the Route 2 corridor at this time; if proposals are developed then you will have an opportunity to participate in a public process that will include community meetings and other venues for commenting.

Thank you again for your interest and comments.  Please feel free to contact me if you have other questions about bus stops in your neighborhood.

Sincerely,

Mary Bemowski

King County Metro Department of Transportation

Service Development/Transit Route Facilities

Central East District Planner

Update on Madrona Bus Stop

Metro BusI have been doing quite a few blogs here about the proposed removal of the Metro bus stop across from Madrona School, so forgive me if this is not a major concern of yours, but below is the latest update.  It is an email from Metro/King County.

Bus2 Riders in Madrona:

King County Metro recently posted a notice about removing the Route 2 bus shelter and stop on the north side of Union (between 32nd and 33rd). The comment period during which the community can weigh in on the bus stop removal ends on February 15 with comments or feedback directed to Metro’s phone number (206.553.3000) or email (customer.comments@kingcounty.gov). Metro has said that it will collect and review all comments and make a decision by the end of February, notifying the community by email. This stop, located across from Madrona School, in particular serves a need for students and staff with easy access to the school and library. This stop is being considered for removal at this time because the shelter was scheduled for renovation and Metro indicated it might use the opportuntiy to eliminate the stop.

While discussing the proposed bus stop removal, Metro notified the Madrona Community Council that Route 2 had previously been identified as a candidate for Metro’s Bus Stop Spacing Program and that it will be a part of a Stop Spacing Project later this year. Metro has said that when the project is initiated, the Madrona Community Council will be informed of the proposed plan and will, at that time, have an opportunity to provide feedback and comment. (For more info about past Stop Spacing projects: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/bus/bus.html)

**Please let Metro know (206.553.3000) or email (customer.comments@kingcounty.gov) before February 15 that any decision on the proposed removal of the stop on the north side of Union (between 32nd and 33rd) should not be made until a more thorough study of all the bus stops during the Stop Spacing Project later this year and that the community should be involved from the beginning in formulating the plan not just in reviewing a proposal.

We are likely to face loosing bus stops along Route 2 later this year when the Stop Spacing project is proposed by Metro, so if you have thoughts about other bus stops along Route 2 or want to help during the Stop Spacing Project please send Bus2Riders@gmail.com an email at this time so we can add you to our contact list. We’ll share it with the Madrona Community Council and keep you informed as we learn more.

Thank you,

Bus2Riders

Update on Madrona Metro Bus Stop

Metro BusIf you have an opinion on the Madrona Metro Bus Stop across from Madrona School, you now have more time.  Metro has postponed any decisions until February 15th.  This is the information coming from King County who runs Metro:

I just spoke with the transportation planner in Metro’s route facilities group who is assigned to this project. She just let me know that the work is postponed for now. A new rider alert will go up today that allows for public comment on the decision-making until Feb. 15. The decision would be to either move forward removing the stop and shelter, keep the stop but remove the shelter, or keep the stop and refurbish the shelter. Apparently there have been many complaints from neighbors over the years about illegal and noisy activity going on in the shelter at the stop, including requests for the stop to be moved. For now, you have at least until the 15th to get your comments in about what you would like to see happen with the stop. You can direct comments to Metro’s customer service at 553-3000 or customer.comments@kingcounty.gov.

Metro to Remove Bus Stop by Madrona School Unless You Speak Up

Metro BusThe Metro #2 bus shelter/stop across from Madrona k-8 on the north side of Union between 32nd and 33rd is slated for removal. The shelter will be removed this Sunday, and the stop will be removed altogether in February. If you’re familiar with the route, you likely already know that it is used a lot by Madrona residents and local students. To my knowledge, the only notice the community and school have received about the closure is the rider alert that was posted on the bus shelter walls earlier this week.

Madrona School’s Principal Thaxton, staff and students use this bus stop; therefore the school obviously does not support its removal. This bus stop is protected from the weather, is directly adjacent to the crosswalk (where a crossing guard is posted and helps students/neighbors cross safely), is within sight of the school (safety for our kids/other riders) and is on flat ground.

A member of the Madrona Community Council has already called KC Metro and filed a comment/complaint–the reason behind the removal is “to improve the speed and reliability of the route.”  I am not sure where the best place to submit your complaint, but here is a link to a comment section on Metro Bus Shelters or you can find Metro’s phone number and other contact information here.