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Ah, the joys of commuting...
 
Ah, the joys of commuting...
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== By foot ==
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There are a lot of pedestrian paths around Seattle. In order to get the additions started I've added this entry.
   
 
== By car ==
 
== By car ==
* [http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle/ Current traffic conditions] - real-time data on bridges and highways in the Puget Sound area; also has information on express lanes, carpooling, closures, etc.
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* [http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle/ WSDOT Seattle-area current traffic conditions] offers real-time data on bridges and highways in the Puget Sound area; also has information on express lanes, carpooling, closures, etc.
   
* [http://transit.metrokc.gov/tops/parknride/parknride.html Park & Ride] - Like many other metropolitan areas, King County offers a comprehensive Seattle commute/event park-and-ride bus service.
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* [http://transit.metrokc.gov/tops/parknride/parknride.html King County Park & Ride] offers a comprehensive Seattle commute/event park-and-ride bus service.
   
* For the occasional car user (for example, someone who usually takes a bus), one option (besides the normal car rental) is [http://www.flexcar.com/seattle/default.asp Flexcar], which has more than 100 vehicles in more than a dozen neighborhoods in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, West Seattle, and Kitsap County.
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* For the occasional car user (for example, someone who usually takes a bus), one option besides normal car rental is [http://www.flexcar.com/seattle/default.asp Flexcar], which has more than 100 vehicles in more than a dozen neighborhoods in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Kitsap County.
   
 
== By bus ==
 
== By bus ==
* [http://transit.metrokc.gov/ Metro Transit] - bus timetables, [http://tripplanner.metrokc.gov/cgi-bin/itin_page.pl trip planner,] and more. Take a good book with you and your trip will be done in no time!
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* [http://transit.metrokc.gov/ Metro Transit] - bus timetables, [http://tripplanner.metrokc.gov/cgi-bin/itin_page.pl trip planner, and more. Take a good book with you and your trip will be done in no time!
   
* [http://busview.org/busview_launch.jsp Busview] is a handy tool for Metro riders that allows one to see a near-real time map of buses in Seattle, with the ability to filter by one or more bus numbers (separate bus numbers with commas in the ''Enter Routes'' textbox). [http://busview.org/busview_launch.jsp Busview] requires Java.
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* [http://busview.org/busview_launch.jsp Busview] is a handy Java application that shows the positions of buses on a map of Seattle in near real-time. You can filter the tool by one or more bus-route numbers.
   
* [http://www.busmonster.com/ Bus Monster] delivers information from Metro Transit and Busview in a slick Google Maps package.
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* [http://www.busmonster.com/ Bus Monster] delivers information from Metro Transit and Busview in a slick Google Maps package.
   
 
* [http://www.soundtransit.org/ Sound Transit], for travel around the greater Puget Sound area.
 
* [http://www.soundtransit.org/ Sound Transit], for travel around the greater Puget Sound area.
   
 
== By bike ==
 
== By bike ==
* The [http://cascade.org/ Cascade bicycle club] has lots of info on commuting, biker education, current events, etc.
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* The [http://cascade.org/ Cascade Bicycle Club] has lots of info on commuting, biker education, current events, etc. Also features a commuter message board that you can use to get (and give) advice on routes, equipment, etc.
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* You can get lots of PDF maps (or instructions on where to pick up a free bike map) from the [http://apps01.metrokc.gov/www/kcdot/roads/bikemap.cfm King County Bicycling guide] website.
 
* You can get lots of PDF maps (or instructions on where to pick up a free bike map) from the [http://apps01.metrokc.gov/www/kcdot/roads/bikemap.cfm King County Bicycling guide] website.
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* You can download and/or order (free!) a Seattle Bike map from this page on the [http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/transportation/bikemaps.htm City of Seattle's] website
 
* You can download and/or order (free!) a Seattle Bike map from this page on the [http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/transportation/bikemaps.htm City of Seattle's] website
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* At [http://veloroutes.org veloroutes.org] you can map out your commute and build an elevation profile of it. Total distance is calculated as you click. Live weather for Seattle, and webcams on the to show you live shots of the city streets.
   
 
== By train ==
 
== By train ==
* [http://www.soundtransit.org/sounder/sounder.htm Sounder commuter trains] - from Tacoma to Seattle, currently three departures in the a.m. (with stops in Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, and Tukwilla), and from Everett to Seattle, currently one departure in the a.m. (with a stop in Edmonds). As for the future? Here's the official (i.e., optimistic) word: "Once in full operation, 18 trains (nine in the morning and nine in the evening) will serve the Lakewood-Tacoma-Seattle segment, and 8 trains (four in the morning and four in the evening) will serve the Everett-Seattle segment. Headways (the time between trains) will be approximately 30 minutes. Some trains will run in the off-peak direction."
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* [http://www.soundtransit.org/sounder/sounder.htm Sounder commuter trains] from [[Tacoma]] to Seattle, currently five departures in the morning (stops in [[Puyallup]], [[Sumner]], [[Auburn]], [[Kent]], and [[Tukwila]]), and from [[Everett]] to Seattle, currently three departures in the morning (stops in [[Edmonds]]). As for the future? Here's the official (i.e., optimistic) word: "Once in full operation, 18 trains (nine in the morning and nine in the evening) will serve the Lakewood-Tacoma-Seattle segment, and 8 trains (four in the morning and four in the evening) will serve the Everett-Seattle segment. Headways (the time between trains) will be approximately 30 minutes. Some trains will run in the off-peak direction."
   
 
== By ferry ==
 
== By ferry ==
 
* [http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/ Washington State Ferries] can take you to several of the islands in the [[Puget Sound]], as well as the [[San Juan Islands]] and [[Victoria, BC]].
 
* [http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/ Washington State Ferries] can take you to several of the islands in the [[Puget Sound]], as well as the [[San Juan Islands]] and [[Victoria, BC]].
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* [http://transit.metrokc.gov/tops/oto/water_taxi.html The Elliott Bay Water Taxi] takes you from California Ave and Harbor Ave in West Seattle to Pier 55 at Spring and Alaskan Way in Seattle. Currently runs from late Spring to early Fall.
   
 
== By monorail ==
 
== By monorail ==
* [http://www.seattlemonorail.com/ Seattle Center Monorail] offers trips between [[Seattle Center]] and [[Westlake Center]] every 10 minutes or less.
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* [http://www.seattlemonorail.com/ Seattle Center Monorail] offers trips between [[Seattle Center]] and [[Westlake Center]] every 10 minutes or less. The Monorail is currently under repair after the November 2005 crash.
   
* [http://www.elevated.org/ Seattle Monorail Project] is currently in its planning phases. The first line, named the [[Green Line]] is slated to run from [[West Seattle]] to [[Ballard]] and hit many neighborhoods in between.
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* [http://www.elevated.org/ Seattle Monorail Project] is currently moribund due to a ballot initiative pass by voters on November 8, 2005. There are no current plans for reviving the project.
   
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
* [http://lostinseattle.com Lost in Seattle] - project to map the city.
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* [http://lostinseattle.com Lost in Seattle]: A project to map the city down to the individual structures on each block.
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* Personal Rapid Transit: An efficient transportation system technology that promises to provide great benefits. See [http://www.gettherefast.org/] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_rapid_transit]
   
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== See also ==
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* [[Metro Transit]]
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* [[Car Free]]
   
 
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Latest revision as of 18:20, July 2, 2008

Ah, the joys of commuting...

By foot Edit

There are a lot of pedestrian paths around Seattle. In order to get the additions started I've added this entry.

By car Edit

  • For the occasional car user (for example, someone who usually takes a bus), one option besides normal car rental is Flexcar, which has more than 100 vehicles in more than a dozen neighborhoods in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Kitsap County.

By bus Edit

  • Busview is a handy Java application that shows the positions of buses on a map of Seattle in near real-time. You can filter the tool by one or more bus-route numbers.
  • Bus Monster delivers information from Metro Transit and Busview in a slick Google Maps package.

By bike Edit

  • The Cascade Bicycle Club has lots of info on commuting, biker education, current events, etc. Also features a commuter message board that you can use to get (and give) advice on routes, equipment, etc.
  • You can download and/or order (free!) a Seattle Bike map from this page on the City of Seattle's website
  • At veloroutes.org you can map out your commute and build an elevation profile of it. Total distance is calculated as you click. Live weather for Seattle, and webcams on the to show you live shots of the city streets.

By train Edit

  • Sounder commuter trains from Tacoma to Seattle, currently five departures in the morning (stops in Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, and Tukwila), and from Everett to Seattle, currently three departures in the morning (stops in Edmonds). As for the future? Here's the official (i.e., optimistic) word: "Once in full operation, 18 trains (nine in the morning and nine in the evening) will serve the Lakewood-Tacoma-Seattle segment, and 8 trains (four in the morning and four in the evening) will serve the Everett-Seattle segment. Headways (the time between trains) will be approximately 30 minutes. Some trains will run in the off-peak direction."

By ferry Edit

  • The Elliott Bay Water Taxi takes you from California Ave and Harbor Ave in West Seattle to Pier 55 at Spring and Alaskan Way in Seattle. Currently runs from late Spring to early Fall.

By monorail Edit

  • Seattle Monorail Project is currently moribund due to a ballot initiative pass by voters on November 8, 2005. There are no current plans for reviving the project.

External links Edit

  • Lost in Seattle: A project to map the city down to the individual structures on each block.
  • Personal Rapid Transit: An efficient transportation system technology that promises to provide great benefits. See [1] and [2]

See also Edit

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