Hello dear readers! I’ve moved back to Seattle, or more specifically the Seattle area. The specific location will be in Redmond Town Center. I’ll have a lot more on that in the near future, as I fully intend to get blogging again. There’s a LOT of activity happening in relation to biking, transit, and transportation work in Seattle. Additionally, I’ve got some projects that involve code, apps, and more – that may be interesting to more than merely the techies out there.
As for now, here’s my routes of use at this point. Thanks to Sound Transit for providing a great service (albeit my dilemma with the bike racks that require steroid usage, which I’m slowly figuring out the appropriate dosage!)
- 545 – This is the backbone of my trips so far. Traveling from Redmond to Seattle, near the King Street Station area, it’s easily the most common trip I take in addition to being the most useful trip. It also connects at Montlake Interstate (freeway they call em, such a stupid name) Stop that enables me to jump off and ride over the waterway and onto the Burke Gilman Trail without any serious motorist interaction at all.
- LINK Light Rail – Even though the LINK Light Rail generally goes places south of the city I never need to travel to, it has been extremely useful with it’s new northern segment to University District. This makes it easy to also exit the Burke Gilman Trail, or the 542 or 541 and ride the LINK to Capital Hill or downtown Seattle. Considering how much easier it is to rack a bike or just carry a bike on light rail, this is actually huge. I’ve used it multiple times even though I’ve barely been back in the area for a full 2 weeks yet. The LINK in Seattle is also, for much of the day so frequent I don’t even really need to look at a tracker or schedule. This is something rare in the US, which I’ve only ever found myself doing in New York City.
- 541 & 542 – I haven’t taken these yet, but they follow an almost identical route across the 520 Bridge that connects to the Burke Gilman on the west side. Both buses go through the U District area which makes that connection also motorist free. One of the routes, the 542, also starts in Redmond, providing additional service if needed between Redmond and the University District. It’s always nice to have some routes that are redundant for various segments of the trip. The planning is always easier that way.
- B-line – This is one of the faux BRT routes that was put in about 5 years ago (not sure specific opening date) and it has been super useful. I write faux, as with most BRT implementations in the US it doesn’t follow actual known good design practice, it’s a half ass implementation. But it does get some priority, dedicated stops, and overall higher quality of service than other routes. So far, it’s been useful during the time of using the interim housing in the Redmond & Bellevue Suburbs (which are dehumanizing and horrible). More on all this suburban nonsense and the B-line later.
Everything else besides these core routes has been and continues to a bike trip everywhere. I still haven’t actually been able to use the streetcar in South Lake Union (Local moniker being SLUT – South Lake Union Trolley) or the Cap/First Hill Streetcar because they’re both either not frequent enough, completely packed at rush hour, or slower than me walking. American streetcars are such absurdist nonsense, but I digress. They do however act as an effective catalyst, and provide useful transportation for many people, so I really can’t complain much.
More biking, streetcars, light rail, buses, and related things in the future. Cheers!