King County Metro Transit‘s fleet of buses really keeps the city moving! Its newest innovation, one that seems so obvious but has been sadly lacking for years, has just started appearing on routes serving central Seattle: the LED sign and voice-over announcement for every stop!
I’m sure visitors must have noticed the absence of reliable stop information when you are trying to find your way from the International District to Ballard (try Route 17!), but now you won’t have to ask the busy bus driver to tell you when you get to the intersection of Ballard Ave & Market St – it will be right there on the sign and filling your ears with the dulcet tones of an electronic woman’s voice!
This is not fake enthusiasm here, folks. We Localists know that the bus system can be tricky to navigate and yet it’s the most reliable mode of transportation in a city where cabs can be hard to come by outside of downtown and often run up a pretty high charge. For an improved taxi experience we recommend towncar services: Uber – reserve via smartphone app! – or Aces for Hire – flat rates all over town that are remarkably low!).
And to really make the most of your Metro Transit experience, be sure to download the One Bus Away app for your smartphone. Started in 2008 by Brian Ferris, a former Ph.D. student at the University of Washington, this app will tell you where to find a bus stop, when your next bus should actually arrive (sometimes we have to be flexible with our schedules), and provides links to additional route information.
Finally, remember that the Ride Free Area in the downtown core will begin to disappear in October of this year. This should also eliminate a fair bit of confusion for folks wondering when to pay, which door to use, and so on.
In the meantime, if you need advice for how to get from Point A to Point B and what to do when you get there, you know who to contact…
P.S. Today is the last day to register for Tap into Georgetown: Beer, Art and History on the Banks of the Duwamish, and we only have a couple of spaces left! Tell your friends who are in Seattle this weekend to sign up now! You might even want to take Metro Transit Route 106 from Downtown to Georgetown…