Chat GPT Has Some Answers for Transit Riders

I asked a few things, and Chat GPT had some interesting answers.

QuestionWhat are some good foods to bring on the bus when commuting?

GPT Answer “When choosing foods to bring on the bus while commuting, it’s important to consider how the food will hold up during your trip. Here are some good options:

  • Portable, non-perishable snacks like trail mix, granola bars, or dried fruit
  • A sandwich or wrap made with hearty bread or a tortilla to prevent it from getting soggy
  • Fresh fruits or vegetables that are easy to eat and won’t make a mess, such as apples, carrots, or cherry tomatoes
  • Single-serving packages of crackers or chips
  • Bottled water or a reusable water bottle

It’s also a good idea to avoid foods that are messy, smelly, or likely to spoil quickly, as they may not be well-received by your fellow passengers.”

QuestionOn cold weather days, with ice and snow, what are considerations to take into account when taking the bus?

GPT Answer “When taking the bus in cold weather, there are a few important things to consider to stay safe and comfortable:

  • Dress in layers to stay warm. Wear a base layer of moisture-wicking fabric to keep your skin dry, a middle layer for insulation, and a outer layer that is wind- and water-resistant.
  • Wear warm socks, gloves, and a hat to protect your extremities from the cold.
  • Keep your phone, keys, and other important items in a bag or pocket that is easy to access while wearing gloves.
  • Watch for ice and snow on the ground, and take extra care when walking to and from the bus stop.
  • Be prepared for delays, as inclement weather can sometimes cause buses to run behind schedule.
  • If you’re feeling cold on the bus, try to move to a seat near the front where the heat may be stronger.”

QuestionWhy are light rail transit options superior to bus transit options?

GPT Answers “Light rail transit (LRT) is generally considered to be superior to bus transit for a few reasons. First, LRT vehicles are larger and can carry more passengers, which can make them more efficient for transporting large numbers of people. Second, LRT systems are typically more reliable and have a fixed route, which can make them more convenient for passengers. Third, LRT systems are often more energy-efficient and have lower operating costs than bus systems. Finally, LRT systems can have a positive impact on the surrounding community, as they can encourage transit-oriented development and help to reduce traffic congestion.”

QuestionWhy are bus transit options superior to light rail transit options?

GPT Answer “While light rail transit (LRT) has many benefits, there are also some situations where bus transit may be superior. One advantage of buses is that they are more flexible and can easily be rerouted to serve changing travel patterns or unexpected events. Buses are also generally less expensive to implement and operate than LRT systems, which can make them a more cost-effective option for some communities. Additionally, buses can access areas that may be difficult for LRT vehicles to reach, such as narrow streets or steep hills. Finally, buses are often more accessible than LRT systems, as they can be equipped with ramps or lifts for passengers who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids.”

Our entire transit questions and arguments will be replaced by the machines in the very near future!

King County Metro (KC Metro) System Maps as of 2022

The following are PDFs of the various areas. There is, as of 2022 a map viewer here.

Everett Transit Maps as of 2022

Systems map page is here. Images of the maps are below, click for larger image. For even larger images, check out the PDF document below the images.

Sound Transit Maps as of 2022, with expansion plans until 2024

The following are the maps in png format, click each for a larger view. For even further detailed views, click any of the PDF links below.

Everett’s Transit Shed

i.e. shed as in “walking shed”, “watershed”, or related concept. Meaning the area that can be traveled within X amount of time. In this particular case I made the starting point the downtown Everett Station, and set the trip time to 25 minutes to see where one could get to or arrive from.

That gave a number of areas, including the majority of Everett and some areas to the south, like Mill Creek, and as far out west as Mukilteo.

Further to the east accessible areas include the western side of Lake Stevens and much of Snohomish.

I was just trying to check out the dry til’ you qualify area in Seattle, which nothing in Seattle is affordable by any means when it comes to a singel family home – everything is well over $600k and the median is closer to a $900k than it is the lower starting range. That lower range generally tends to mean the house would need significant repair or is unlivable.

Further south, the prices become much more reasonable, ableit still vastly higher than the median US price for a house. The added negative south of Seattle is that crime tends to dramatically increase, the necessity to drive more in areas where most of the driving fatalities occur, etc all increase in the souther drive til’ you qualify areas. These include, by name, Tukwila, Auburn, Kent, and even Tacoma.

All of those areas have 25 minute transit sheds, and a 40-60 minute trips from the central transit shed into the city of Seattle.

Opening up Google Maps, which appears a bit clearer and has the landmarks draws an interesting map around Everett and Lake Stevens.

Anyway, that’s my quick survey of the area and a few mentions of housing pricing. Cheerio.