News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood


Seattle Public Schools releases transportation plan

March 24th, 2011 by master

Seattle Public Schools has released its transportation zone plan for bus and walk zones for the 2011-12 school year.

From the SPS website:

In the new transportation plan, transportation eligibility for attendance area elementary and K-8 students will be based on transportation zones.

Students within the transportation zone and outside the walk zone for a school will be eligible for District-provided transportation.

Students outside their immediate transportation zone, but within their extended intermediary boundary, can walk to an attendance area school for bus pick-up if they live within a safe walk zone (up to one mile). Otherwise, they walk up to a 1/2 mile to a regular neighborhood stop. This is a temporary option to extend transportation for two (2) years (2011-12 & 2012-13).

  • Transportation Zones will include the entire attendance area of a school
  • Transportation Zones will extend to areas within a 1.25 mile radius from the school and within the middle school service area
  • Walk zones to schools will still apply.

Here are transportation maps for schools with boundaries in the Wallingford area.

John Stanford International School

B.F. Day

McDonald (Map is guidance for after McDonald moves to its permanent site at N. 54th/Latona. SPS Director of Transportation Tom Bishop told us that the 2011-12 transportation plan will allow for bus service for almost all students who live within the red line on the map. Please see the McDonald PTA page for more information.)

Salmon Bay (Students who live in Wallingford and attend this option school will be eligible for bus transportation.)

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Change to 16 bus route coming Feb. 5

January 28th, 2011 by master

Starting next Saturday, Feb. 5, King County Metro Transit is making changes to about two dozen bus routes that pass through downtown Seattle. The changes, Metro says, are designed to keep people moving during the long-term construction along the Seattle waterfront and SODO area.

Riders of the 16 bus, which runs through Wallingford, will leave downtown Seattle from a new bus stop at the Colman Ferry Dock on Alaskan Way south of Marion Street.

Metro is also introducing color coding for the myriad routes that travel along 3rd Avenue downtown. See more about this here; click on “Major changes to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Avenue bus service in downtown Seattle,” then click “Third Avenue.” The route will serve the blue/green northbound bus stops on 3rd Ave north of Pine St and south of James, Madison and Union streets.

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Scenes and news from the season's first snow day

November 22nd, 2010 by master

9:00 p.m.: More people out tonight than we might have expected. The bars are doing good business and people inside seem cheerful. We saw people “skating” on the icy streets and children on sleds. The main streets (N. 45th, Meridian Ave., Wallingford Ave.) are sheets of ice (see pictures below), and every gust of wind whips snow off the roofs and onto the street.

An icy Wallingford street tonight. Note the bicyclist in the background.

Panorama of Wallingford Ave. and N. 45th St. tonight. Click for larger version.

8:20 p.m.: From Seattle Public Schools:

Due to weather conditions, all Seattle Public Schools and facilities will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 23. This means there is no school for students or staff and all activities will be canceled. The central office at John Stanford Center will also be closed.

5:45 p.m.: Roads have stayed fairly clear in Wallingford today (if slow on N. 45th), but downtown and the highways are another story. Click on the SDOT cameras to see why you should just stay home if you’re there already.

We’ve added some pictures of snowy fun in Wallingford parks.

Here’s a panorama of Wallingford from UW Tower that Jeffrey Linn created. Click for larger version.

11:45 a.m.: Woodland Park Zoo will close at 3:00 p.m. today. That earlier accident on the Aurora Bridge has been cleared.

9:30 a.m.: All southbound lane and two northbound lanes blocked on Aurora Bridge.

9:15 a.m.: Looking for a couple snow essentials? Stone Way Hardware has snow shovels, Tweedy and Popp has four snow shovels and some saucers available. Bartell’s has snow shovels and sleds available, but not in large quantities.

The Wallingford Boys & Girls Club is closed today. Boys and girls around the neighborhood are enjoying a snow day, though. Angele sent this picture of her kids and their “snow baby”:

8:20 a.m.: Snow’s coming down harder now and starting to turn icy where it’s packed down on the streets and sidewalks. Drive and walk carefully.

N. 50th and Meridian at 8:00 a.m.:

7:30 a.m.: The morning has begun with a dusting of snow on the ground and light but steady flakes falling.

Buses are on snow routes. We saw a 26 (with tire chains) running down N. 45th St. this morning. Check for your route here. If you use the app One Bus Away, it will not have accurate information for snow routes.

Here’s the corner of N. 45th and Wallingford Ave. this morning:

Middle schools and high schools will dismiss at 12:35 p.m. today, based on forecasts for heavier snow this afternoon and falling temperatures.

We’ll continue to update this page throughout the day.

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