Walking past Third and Pine this morning, I noticed a crew of Seattle Department of Transportation workers putting up signs announcing a new display that will give bus riders real-time information about when their buses are arriving---a kind of low-tech OneBusAway service for people who don't have smartphones.

SDOT estimates that about 2,500 riders use the stop at Third and Pine daily.

Those aren't the only changes that are coming to Third and Pine.

Next year, the city and King County will extend the bus stop north past the loading docks for Macy's, widen the sidewalk six and a half feet, and add new railings, trees, and lighting, which could help mitigate crime in the area---a notorious crime hot spot.

In the last 48 hours alone, for example, 911 callers at the intersection reported two suspicious persons, one person with a gun, three thefts, one shoplifter, five liquor violations, one narcotics violation, one incident of harassment, and one jaywalker.

SDOT transit program manager Bill Bryant says, “The package of improvements, including new lighting and a larger, more open and visible waiting area, is consistent with good street design and is expected to be less conducive to illegal activity.”
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