[By Gail Wong in Seattle, WA, USA]Seattle is a city that deliberates for years before getting anything passed by the voters. For years we've had discussions, studies, votes on how to deal with our transportation issues in the metropolitan area and how it links to nearby outlying neighborhoods and towns. Traffic is very bad here because people have had to drive in and buses are not very reliable. You may wait at a stop for a half an hour with no buses in sight, then two or three buses come all at once. It has been pretty infuriating.
The Sound Transit Light Rail here is fairly new. We have been able to take the light rail from downtown Seattle to the Airport for a few years. The construction of the line is still on going and it recently reached the University of Washington. On March 19th, it just opened travel to Capitol Hill and University of Washington Stations. This should make a huge difference in getting around Seattle (at least in the North South direction)! Riding the light rail takes 4 minutes to get from University of Washington to Capitol Hill and another 4 minutes to downtown Seatttle (Westlake Station). By bus it would probably take 15-20 minutes just to get to Capitol Hill. Let's hear it for Seattle growing up! For the full set of sketches and stories from opening day check out. Seattle Urban Sketchers blog.
|Interior of Capitol Hill Station|
|University of Washington Sound Transit station|