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Junction bus shelters being removed; 'illegal and uncivil behavior' cited
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Junction bus shelters being removed; 'illegal and uncivil behavior' cited | West Seattle Herald / White Center News Skip to Main Content Area Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | Overcast, 37.4 °F search Letters Sign in Subscribe Contact Us Front Page News Features Sports Opinion Police Blotter What if you love Christmas, but don't want a tree? Local artist crafts a Christmas sculpture For years, Warren Pope would go to Tony's Trees (the seasonal name ... Westside-O-Rama West Seattle Entertainment Guide Admiral Theater 2343 California Ave. S.W. 938-3456 Movie ... Sports Roundup 12-5-16 By Tim Clinton SPORTS EDITOR Saturday, Dec. 3 Boys ... Amanda's View: “Spring Breakers” By Amanda Knox   When Chris mentioned this great film we should ... Police Blotter Week of 12-12-16 Robbery at U-Haul When an area resident visited his storage ... 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Scott Real Estate West Seattle office celebrates new home's past and their future file photo by Patrick RobinsonThe bus shelters on the southwest side of Alaska Street in the West Seattle Junction will be removed by King County Metro as soon as Dec. 20. The agency cited illegal and uncivil behavior as the reason for removal. Junction bus shelters being removed; 'illegal and uncivil behavior' cited 12/13/2016 updated 1 hour ago King County Metro has made the decision to remove two of the easternmost bus shelters at the West Seattle Junction on the southwest side of the street. Citing "illegal and uncivil behavior" the shelters will be removed by Dec. 20. The well known metal reproductions of the West Seattle Herald front pages that decorate the shelters will be reused in other shelters in West Seattle Metro said. Here is Metro's announcement: "As part of an effort to address customer comfort and access to Metro bus service as well as to address non-transit use including illegal and uncivil behavior at the Alaska Junction, Metro is moving forward with the retention of two of the four oversized “double” shelters at one of the six transit bays in the area of California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street as soon as Dec. 20. The decision to remove two of the shelters was finalized after several weeks of public feedback and further analysis of rider usage. With this change, the remaining two double shelters at Bay 2 will continue to provide a weather-protected area sufficient for the riders who use these facilities. Metro also provides two RapidRide shelters at Bay 1 for transit riders. The removed shelters will be reused at other bus stops that are in need of shelters, and the artwork will be relocated to bus shelters within the Junction. Bay 2 is served by routes 50 (Alki to Othello Station) and 128 (Admiral to White Center and Southcenter). Route 50 generally operates every 20-30 minutes and Route 128 every 30 minutes. Metro staff were sent to the location to observe how riders were using the stops at different times and days. Staff observed between zero and five customers waiting for buses at any one time under normal conditions, based on recent observations during peak and off-peak hours. Metro solicited comments between October 28 and November 21 and received feedback from both riders and non-riders, some opposed and some supporting the change. The majority of comments opposed to the removal were based on the misconception that Metro intended to remove all shelters at this location. The change is expected to reduce non-transportation use of Metro facilities, and to better match transit facility supply and demand." We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. 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