B-Line Snow day
As everybody probably knows, we were on snow routes across the entire Metro system today. While I must admit I was skeptical about the B-Line snow route, I’ve never been able to come up with a better route that I could picture driving and things actually went pretty smoothly this morning so I’d call it a success. (At least with the road conditions we had today which were a little slick but manageable)
Here are some quick thoughts about the snow route:
- The hill coming down NE 31st St to 152nd Ave NE was a bit dicey. I lost traction a couple of times in this stretch and had to crawl along even more carefully than other areas
- The right turn from 148th Ave NE to Redmond Way, heading toward Redmond Transit Center, still had quite a bit of snow and ice on it. While I didn’t lose traction this turn involves crawling down 148th heading toward the traffic light pole as you are turning right. If right turn lane isn’t kept free of ice, I could easily see losing control here no matter how slow you go.
- Once the coach leaves normal routing, the automated stop announcements no longer work. At the stop immediately before going onto snow routing, I made an announcement about the route I was going to take just to be sure passengers knew why I was turning right at NE 24th. It would be great if OBS could be modified to make a similar announcement as well as announcing the stops down Bellevue-Redmond road.
- The B-Line map on the schedules has the snow route. However, it doesn’t show the 245 route which could be used by passengers travelling to Crossroads.
- Providing alternative stop locations along Bel-Red road for the various NE 8th stops with suggested walking routes between the stops would also be helpful.
I’ll be out on the B-Line tomorrow with road conditions that are predicted to be much worse so I’ll update this post if I have more information. Wish me luck on that right turn from 148th to Redmond way. That pole looks like it’s been hit at least once or twice although not by a bus… yet…