As the price of gas continues to fly higher than a bald eagle on LSD, more and more people are looking for ways to cut commuting costs.
With access to one of the world’s best mass transit systems, Seattle residents are in a great position to kick the disgusting habit of driving once and for all.
If you’re new to mass transit in Seattle, don’t fret! Just follow these easy tips and you’ll be clearing your environmental conscience and fattening your wallet in no time.
The best thing about mass transit in Seattle is all the choices. We’ve got bus, light rail, monorail, commuter rail, trolley, ferry, and much, much, more! Of course, all these choices can be intimidating to someone who is used to the boring one-trick-train systems in lesser cities such as Chicago or New York.
Here’s an example to show you how easy it is to select the right choice for your trip. Say you want to go from Northgate Mall to Pacific Place Mall. Piece of cake! Just get on the 75 to Ballard, then transfer on Market street to the 44, then transfer again on Stone Way to the 16, get off at 3rd and Pine, walk four blocks, and you’re there!
Thanks to the miracle of technology and internet, King County Metro has a great website that makes finding the right information super easy. Like say for instance you want to see if you can take a bus to get from Alki to downtown Seattle. All you have to do is pull up transit.metrokc.gov, click on “Travel Options,” then “Bus,” then “Regional and area maps,” then “Seattle,” then “Alki,” then “37,” then “Route Map.” Bam, that was easy!
If you really want to go crazy, the Metro website also has a handy “Trip Planner” that can do all the thinking for you. You just tell it where you want to go, where you’re starting, the precise time of your trip, how far you want to walk, and whether or not you want to get there fast, and click “Plan Trip.” The best part about the Trip Planner is how if you tell it you’re willing to walk up to a mile, it knows that you are lying, and plans your trip to include a transfer half a mile from your destination to a new bus.
If you don’t have access to the internet, don’t fret. Easy-to-read route maps and schedules are readily available at probably like three or four locations hidden throughout the county. You can also just walk to the nearest transit stop and ask the next driver that arrives to help you figure out your route. They are always cheerful and happy to assist you in any way possible.
Don’t be afraid to get familiar with mass transit in Seattle. Our world-class bus-rail-rail-boat-rail system is certain to meet all your needs.