In light of the lively discussion around proposed changes to the #2, I thought folks might be interested in reading another perspective (on the potential benefits of the changes) over at the Seattle Transit blog (http://seattletransitblog.com/2012/01/18/improving-route-2-in-the-central-district-and-first-hill/).
EDITOR’S UPDATE: Here are some of the reasons STB’s Bruce Nourish lists supporting the changes to the #2 (which he described as one of the best aspects of Metro’s proposed changes:
- Frequency of service to the Central District will remain unchanged, while frequency from Downtown to First Hill will double.
- Destinations on Seneca are a flat, two-block walk further from Madison.
- Should make Route 2 very reliable.
- The City of Seattle’s Transportation Master Plan calls for rapid trolleybus service on Madison.
- Avoiding lane-blocking turns from 3rd Ave improves the speed and reliability of all routes on 3rd Ave.
- Makes the transit system easier to understand.
Read the post for Nourish’s reasoning behind each of the points.