David Rosen
Crime and security issues near the the transit hub on S.W Barton Street across from Westwood Village have prompted the Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights Neighborhood Council to get Metro and SDOT involved.

Metro will make changes near Westwood Transit hub on Barton Street

Responding to neighborhood council concerns

The Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights Community Council has been in the forefront of pressing for improvements around Roxhill Park and the Westwood transit hub on Barton Street. In a letter sent to Mayor Ed Murray, the Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights Community Council (WRAHCC) expressed concerns about crime in the area, transit issues and offered suggestions for how they might be addressed. That led to a walk through of the area on Dec. 30. Now Metro's Service Planner Doug Johnson has responded, noting shifts to routes planned and other changes.

Johnson wrote:

"We’re planning to shift the Route 60 starting this coming Saturday, moving the terminal on 25th Ave SW at S.W. Henderson by the Bank, up to the north end of the block by Staples. SDOT is updating the curb striping along here this week, so there will be room for the extra bus. SDOT will also extend the layover zone south of Henderson, used by the Route 560, so that there will be more clearance and better visibility at the Westwood Driveway when there are two buses parked here.

SDOT is able to work around the Metro coaches so there shouldn’t be any need for detours and there also shouldn’t be much impact to riders with this change other than when the 60 arrives at Westwood they would get off at Stables instead of the Bank. We will continue to use the stop by the Bank as a boarding zone for riders but it will no longer have any buses parking there."

Amanda Kay Helmick of the WWRAH Council added:

"In regards to the 70' no parking area west of the crosswalk at the Rapid Ride, Metro was asking SDOT today about the time frame."

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