Metro seeking comments on proposed changes to Ambaum Blvd. SW for H Line

From our sister site The B-Town Blog:

The public is invited to comment on proposed changes for Metro’s H Line – replacing Route 120 in the year 2020 – in the White Center/Burien area to improve safety, bus speed and reliability.

The RapidRide H Line – which travels through White Center – proposes changes to help buses move faster and stay on time.

“Changes to the road, sidewalks, etc. can help buses spend less time stuck in traffic—so they arrive on time and get where they’re going quickly,” Metro said in a statement.

As The B-Town Blog previously reported, the county is proposing major changes to Ambaum Blvd. SW to suit the H Line, and they’re seeking public input. A public meeting was held on Saturday, April 7 (we received notice too late), and Metro is also accepting feedback online.

“Changes to Ambaum Boulevard SW can improve travel times now and keep buses from slowing down as the region grows,” they said.

Metro’s online feedback opportunity will be open until April 16, 2018:

The H Line project team is reviewing community feedback and working to identify priority access to transit improvement projects, and H Line speed and reliability improvements.”

Here’s more info from Metro’s website:

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Today, we’re working with the City of Seattle to transform Route 120—one of our 10 busiest routes—into the new H Line. We want to keep what’s great about Route 120 while also improving service. We’re asking neighboring communities and other stakeholders to help us decide on the route’s path and stops and tell us what improvements would make it easier and safer for riders to get to the bus.

Expanding RapidRide will give riders better connections, buses that come more often, and faster, easy-to-use service. The H Line will come more often, travel faster, and be more reliable (on-time) than Route 120. It will connect riders to several key destinations, other buses, and light rail.

Together, our 6 existing RapidRide lines provide about 67,000 rides every weekday – about 70 percent more than the bus routes they replaced. As each new line goes into service, we’ll streamline other bus routes in the area to create a more efficient network.

The H Line project team is reviewing community feedback and working to identify priority improvement projects, speed and reliability improvements, and ways to keep the bus moving more and stopping less.

Speed and reliability changes proposed for Burien

The H Line route through White Center will remain on the the current path; however, the H Line will move from SW 148th Street to SW 150th Street in Burien.

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3 Responses to “Metro seeking comments on proposed changes to Ambaum Blvd. SW for H Line”
  1. BlairJ says:

    I’m sure there will be concerns about reducing Ambaum to three lanes between 116th & 136th to allow the sidewalks to be widened. (I have to assume by “Three Lanes” they mean one in each direction plus a two-way left turn lane.) But it will probably be much safer on those tight curves between 116th and 112nd.

  2. Michael Steiner MD says:

    I live in Shorewood and work near the corner of Ambaum Boulevard and 136th Street.

    My desk and my exam rooms look out onto Ambaum. If asked whether I like the status quo, my answer would definitely be NO.

    There hasn’t been any speed limit enforcement on Ambaum since my Burien Police patient retired. My car was struck by driver who couldn’t restrain herself from going 50MPH. I regularly walk past the 136th Street collision debris.

    Downtown Burien is a place where people walk, but car versus pedestrian collisions are commonplace. Ambaum is supposed to be a boulevard, yet most of the trees have been removed during the past few decades of storm sewer upgrades. I would prefer to see a tree lined boulevard and safe pedestrian crossings. I hear the bellowing of horns when drivers slow down to enter a parking lot. As a business owner, it benefits my business to be on a slower and friendlier roadway.

    Access to downtown is vital for many people. Unless Burien is destined to be the permanent home to the jobless, the H-Line makes sense. Almost twice a day I’m in a conversation about the nearby low income housing. Many predict the Alturas will morph into more upscale housing. I hope that I get to see this come to pass during my tenure, because 14 year old kids are getting killed there!

    The H-Line might be a jumping the gun by a few years, but that’s what planners are supposed to be doing. I’m hopeful that we will have a tree lined boulevard where express buses can shuttle residents to downtown Seattle and where both cars and pedestrians are safe. If there are people who fell the need to travel at speeds exceeding 35mph, they will find other roads for their enjoyment.

  3. BlairJ says:

    Doh! I meant “… on those tight curves between 116th and 122nd.”

    We live in Highland Park in Seattle, and shop in Burien quite often. We will gladly take a few more minutes to get there on safer streets.

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