Q: At the Bellevue Transit Center, buses pull up, drivers get out to go on their breaks and the doors are left wide open. In light of last...
Q: At the Bellevue Transit Center, buses pull up, drivers get out to go on their breaks and the doors are left wide open. In light of last week’s public-transit bombings in London, it seems anybody could walk onto a bus, plant something and walk right out. I’ve never seen a guard there. Why do they leave the bus doors open?
A: Like transit agencies around the world, King County Metro is reviewing its security policies in light of last week’s attacks and has made some adjustments, said Metro operations manager Jim O’Rourke.
Keeping the doors open while drivers take breaks at transit centers, however, will remain Metro policy, so that passengers don’t have to wait for the driver’s return to climb aboard, O’Rourke said.
“We’re often there for a five-minute period, often near a comfort station for the driver, so the driver is taking a brief restroom break and we don’t want customers to be inconvenienced by not being able to get on the coach,” he said.
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O’Rourke said guards are present at transit centers at least part of the day, along with local police and Metro supervisors.
Metro asks that transit passengers tell the driver or call 911 if they notice suspicious or unusual activity at buses or bus stops, unattended bags or packages, smoke or odd smells.
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Try as we might, we here at On the Road can’t quite squeeze news of every major Eastside transportation project into this space. But you can find lots of information on many city Web sites.
Bellevue’s transportation department, for example, publishes an exhaustive list of local transportation projects. Visit www.cityofbellevue.org/transportation, click on “Transportation Projects” and then “Weekly Construction Update.”
Here are a few other Eastside cities with online construction updates:
Issaquah — www.ci.issaquah.wa.us/Page.asp?NavID=434
Bellevue: A four-block stretch of Main Street will be closed from 100th Avenue to Bellevue Way this weekend and next so crews can complete a paving project. Detours will be marked. Paving work continues through Sept. 7 on Bellevue Way, with daytime lane closures from Main Street to Southeast Eighth Street .
Issaquah: Expect weekday lane closures through August on East Lake Sammamish Parkway near Southeast 56th Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and occasionally at night, as crews install a sewer line. Work will continue along the parkway to Southeast 43rd Way. Crews also have begun work along Southeast 56th Street and Northwest Sammamish Road.
Kirkland: Expect nighttime closures of up to three lanes in either direction of I-405 in Kirkland for months to come as crews build a new overpass, freeway ramps and a bus station in Totem Lake. Lanes will begin closing at 7 p.m. All will reopen by 6 a.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. Sundays. No closures will occur Friday nights.
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