The Route 44 bus runs from the University District, through Wallingford along 45th Street, and into Ballard where it merges onto Market. If you live in our neighborhood, you’ve no doubt ridden the 44 a time or two or more. Personally, I avoid it. I remember it as being extremely, extremely slow. To be fair to the 44, it has very high ridership, and it has to make its way along some very congested streets.
Recognizing the problems on this route, Metro is considering some changes to improve our ride. Public input is currently being gathered, and to that end, SDOT is holding a series of community meetings, one here in our neighborhood:
- Date: Thursday, November 21
- Time: 6 – 7:30 PM
- Place: Wallingford Community Senior Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N #140
SDOT has set up a website to track this project as it progresses. Possible changes to improve speed, safety and reliability may include:
- Dedicated bus lanes and queue jumps: Bus-only lanes and signals that give buses a head start to separate buses from traffic and increase speed and reliability.
- Signal upgrades or optimization: Transit signal priority extends or activates green lights to reduce waiting times for buses at signals.
- Channelization changes or turn restrictions: Changes to roadway channelization and limiting certain turns can allow buses to move faster, avoid conflicts, and improve safety.
- Safety improvements: Improvements to crossings and transit connections to help people get to bus stops more easily.