MEMORANDUM

Date: To: From: cc: Subject:
January 6, 2010 Nuru Tuku, Seattle Department of Transportation Mike Swenson, Transpo Jesse Birchman Mike Boonsripisal, King County Metro Howell Street Transit Lane Alternatives Analysis – Arterial Travel Time Results

TG:

08099.00

This memorandum presents the arterial travel time/speed results for the analysis of BAT/Transit Only lanes along Howell Street in Seattle, WA. At the request of Seattle Department of Transportation Staff (SDOT), the arterial travel time/speed results for the Howell Street and Stewart Street corridors were output from the Synchro models used for the analysis presented in the December 9, 2010 analysis summary memorandum which subsequently were resubmitted via email1 with minor edits made based on comments from SDOT staff. The forecast arterial travel time/speed results are shown in Table 1.
Table 1. Average Arterial Travel Time (m:ss) & Speed (mph)
AM Peak Hour Alternative Existing Alt 1 No Contra & BAT Lane on N Curb Alt 2 With Contra & BAT Lane on 2nd Lane from S Curb Alt 3 No Contra & BAT Lane on 2nd Lane from S Curb EB Howell 7.0 mph 3:49 7.3 mph 3:39 7.6 mph 3:32 WB Howell 6.0 mph 3:23 WB Stewart 6.3 mph 2:58 6.7 mph 2:50 6.7 mph 2:49 EB Howell 5.9 mph 4:31 6.4 mph 4:11 3.6 mph 7:27 6.8 mph 3:57 PM Peak Hour WB Howell 5.3 mph 3:47 6.3 mph 3:13 WB Stewart 5.6 mph 3:21 8.6 mph 2:11 8.6 mph 2:12 8.2 mph 2:17

The arterial operations results presented in Table 1 are similar to the LOS results presented to date. All alternatives improve arterial travel speeds relative to existing conditions except for Alternative 2, and Alternative 3 provides the greatest overall benefit to general purpose traffic. As the results of the LOS analysis indicated, Alternative 3 allows for improved transit travel times and reliability with the smallest impact to general purpose traffic within the study area. Note that due to the limitations of the Synchro/LOS analysis, the direct impact of the recommended alternative on transit travel times and reliability has not been quantified in Table 1. As discussed in the previous memorandum, the existing conditions VISSIM model which models the unique traffic operations along the Howell Street corridor is available should the direct impacts of the selected alternative be necessary to quantify travel time benefits to and transit vehicles.

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Email from M. Swenson to N. Tuku dated December 14, 2010.

NOT TO SCALE

9th Ave

Terry Ave

Boren Ave

Alternative 1 - No Howell Street Contra-Flow Lane & North Curb Bus Only Lane
Howell Street BAT/Transit Only Lane
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Minor Ave

Yale Ave

A1

Boren Ave

NOT TO SCALE

9th Ave

Terry Ave

Boren Ave

Alternative 2 - Maintain Howell Street Contra-Flow Lane & Bus Only Lane in Second Lane from South Curb
Howell Street BAT/Transit Only Lane
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Minor Ave

Yale Ave

A2

Boren Ave

NOT TO SCALE

9th Ave

Terry Ave

Boren Ave

Alternative 3 - No Howell Street Contra-Flow Lane & Bus Only Lane in Second Lane from South Curb
Howell Street BAT/Transit Only Lane
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Minor Ave

Yale Ave

A3

Boren Ave

6

TERRY AVE STEWART ST

5

BOREN AVE STEWART ST
(530) 535 (35) 40

4

MINOR AVE STEWART ST
(25) 40 (35) 25

3

YALE AVE STEWART ST
(185) 380 (35) 60

2

STEWART ST
(425) 555 (0) 5 90 (130)

1

EASTLAKE AVE
(275) 475 (60) 225

(10) 15

55 (55)

25 (10) 110 (175)

30 (10) 105 (175) (20) 30 55 (20) (35) 45 15 (10) 365 (475) (340) 240 705 (415)

(45) 50 50 (20)

(195) 95 570 (455)

135 (205)

7

8TH AVE OLIVE WAY-HOWELL ST

8

9TH AVE HOWELL ST
(115) 260 130 (75)

10

TERRY AVE HOWELL ST

11

BOREN AVE HOWELL ST
(635) 570 115 (30)

12

MINOR AVE HOWELL ST
(105) 110 (10) 5 90 (25)

13

YALE AVE HOWELL ST
(720) 750 (15) 10 30 (5) 5 (10) 95 (390)

(150) 150 (230) 455 (335) 640 (145) 295 120 (40) 210 (70)

(275) 555 (5) 5

(35) 95 (315) 590

15 (20)

(25) 10 (305) 565 (10) 15 610 (590)

5 (5) 15 (5) 130 (280) 370 (215)

(20) 5 (15) 10 (10) 5 20 (15)

20 (15) (35) 70 120 (305) (175) 795 20 (75) (330) 390 170 (25)

25 (25) 70 (50)

NOT TO SCALE

9

9TH AVE OLIVE WAY
(70) 120 160 (50)

14

BOREN AVE OLIVE WAY
(865) 640 60 (45) (15) 10

(390) 695 (45) 85

(5) 5 (315) 780 (50) 170 (25) 30 970 (795)

5 (5) 10 (5) 15 (5) 185 (210)

STEWART ST

6
BOREN AVE TERRY AVE

5

4
MINOR AVE

3
YALE AVE

2
LA ST EA

E AV KE

1

HOWELL ST

15

BOREN AVE PINE ST
(805) 675 115 (85) (40) 35

7 9
8T H AVE AVE

8
OLIV E WA Y

10

11

12

13

14

LEGEND X = PM PEAK HOUR (X) = AM PEAK HOUR

(10) 15 (15) 30 (5) 5 (105) 75

245 (215) 205 (220) 25 (15) 15 (20) 925 (800)

PINE

ST

9T H

15

2010 Existing Study Area Peak Hour Turning Movement Volumes
Howell Street BAT/Transit Only Lane
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B

I-5 EXPRESS

I-5 MAINLINE

AY YW NN DE

NOT TO SCALE

YW NN DE AY

Existing Roadway Link Volumes

STEWART ST

(1,330) 640

(1,265) 640

(1,395) 725

(1,775) 1,005

HOWELL ST
685 (350)

(20) 15 590 (340)

(290) 150 1,040 (525)

(395) 160 1,255 (540)

(400) 100 825 (180)

S EA

E AK TL

AV

E

BOREN AVE

MINOR AVE

TERRY AVE

YALE AVE

8TH A VE

OLIV

E WA

Y

PINE

ST

Roadway Link Volumes Without Howell Contra-Flow

9TH A VE

YW NN DE AY

STEWART ST

(1,350) 655

(1,555) 790

(1,830) 885

(2,175) 1,105

ST EA

LA

A KE

VE

BOREN AVE

MINOR AVE

TERRY AVE

YALE AVE

HOWELL ST
685 (350)

590 (340)

1,040 (525)

8TH A VE

OLIV

1,255 (540)

825 (180)

E WA

Y

PINE

9TH A VE

ST

LEGEND X = PM PEAK HOUR (X) = AM PEAK HOUR

Howell Street BAT/Transit Only Lane
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