There’s a big section of Ballard that isn’t served by city buses, but a group of Ballardites are trying to change that.
Residents along Seaview Ave NW and Sunset Hill working with King County Metro and King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles have created a survey to determine transportation needs of those who live in western Ballard. There’s currently no bus service to Golden Gardens or Shilshole Marina area, so the survey should help identify whether that should change.
Sunset Hill resident Sylvia Vikingstad lives in Sunset West condos on Seaview Ave, and says it’s been six years since they’ve had a regular bus service.
“We feel at a loss as to bus service down here,” Vikingstad told My Ballard. “A lot of us are seniors here, and we like to be able to ride a bus to get downtown.” Right now, the closest bus to downtown is at 32nd, which is quite a long walk for residents on Seaview Ave.
Vikingstad says it would be ideal to have a bus running two to three times daily — weekends included.
“Buses on the weekends would allow us to go to the Ballard Farmer’s Market, Nordic Museum and the Locks. All these places are not accessible [by bus] from where we are.” She added that the live-aboard community at Shilshole Marina would also greatly benefit from having a regular bus line.
The survey will be live for another two to three weeks, after which King County Metro will compile the results.
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