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You don't address if the station is practical for the many who work at UWMC and nearby buildings. Yeah, walking to central or north campus is a bit of a trek, but walking to the UWMC area is not.
Maybe the city can pay for laborers to carry the students on their backs for that harrowing trip so that the students can be spared such an injustice.
Also the U-District station will be opening in 2021. People, it really won't be that hard.
Plus, from buses the U-District to Downtown, it can be 45 minutes in standing room only (and you have to walk up the Ave to catch a bus that wont pass you by). 30 minutes at a minimum with no traffic. I will gladly take the 15 minute walk and board an empty light rail trail to downtown every day of the week.
I mean, I thought "is it practical?" would refer to something problematic about the station's interior pedestrian flow, or potential lack of capacity to handle 23 billion slavering Husky fans during peak Dawg season or something.
But "walk 15 minutes" is the complaint??
As someone who rarely buses into the U-District, no I was not aware of this, but it certainly makes sense.
Also, all those that can, should walk more.
Perhaps we should have designed a system with a station in each classroom, and had handlers carry the students from the door to their seats.
The 49 is a great line in the morning. Generally predictable, generally, on time, and generally not much traffic to deal with. But getting back up to Capitol Hill on the 49 is a nightmare during evening rush hour. I'll happily walk down to the station to not have to worry if the bus, once it finally arrives, will take 45 minutes to get to Broadway & Pine, especially since from my office it will take less time to get there than it takes to get to the 49 stop on 15th.
Have you ever had to walk to the "center of campus" from the current 70-series bus stops at Campus & Brooklyn? It's already 10-15 minutes. And unlike the 70-series, which takes a fucking half-hour to get there from downtown, and is always standing-room-only any time that classes are in session, the train makes the trip in 15 min.
So gaining 5 minutes of walking, losing 15 minutes of shoulder-to-shoulder busriding? Seems like a win to me.
Especially for people going to / from the science buildings that are clustered around the duck pond. People going to / from the liberal arts buildings around the quad will have the worst time of it, but if they don't want to make the walk, they can ride the buses on 15th 2 or 3 stops around to the station.
I have a hard time getting worked up about a 15 minute walk from the station to a classroom, when students have to make longer walks than that just going from one class to the next classes. Try strolling from a Chicano Studies lecture in the Communications building to a Chemistry section in Condon hall. The class schedule gives you 10 minutes to do it, good luck!
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