Let Someone Else Drive!
Using transit to commute has never made more sense, and it will only get better as our bus and rail systems continue to expand. 3 transit agencies serve Seattle and with the overlapping mix of local and express buses, light rail, streetcar, and commuter rail, we have a complex transit network that is not always easy for new riders to decipher. Commute Seattle is here to help! Here are some Seattle transit basics to get you started:
- King County Metro provides all local service within King County, with a large network of peak-only bus routes serving Downtown Seattle.
- Sound Transit provides regional express bus service on major freeway corridors, Sounder Commuter Rail between Everett-Seattle and Lakewood-Tacoma-Seattle, and Link Light Rail service every 6-15 minutes between the University of Washington and Sea/Tac Airport.
- Community Transit provides local bus service in Snohomish County and many peak express routes into Seattle.
- The Seattle Streetcar network provides streetcar service on 2 lines. The South Lake Union Line travels from Westlake to Fred Hutch in South Lake Union, while the First Hill Line connects the King Street Hub with First Hill’s hospitals and the Broadway Corridor. Within the next few years, these two lines will be joined into a single corridor, the Center City Connector, via 1st Avenue.
- The Seattle Monorail, a Seattle icon ever since the 1962 World’s Fair, whisks locals and tourists alike from Westlake Center to Seattle Center. This privately-operated, cash-only service provides the fastest connection between Downtown and Lower Queen Anne.
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Trip Planning and Real-Time Arrival Information
Want to always know where you’re going and whether your bus is on time? The smartphone revolution has led to amazing innovations in data available to transit riders.
The popular app OneBusAway provides real-time arrival info to let you know if your bus is on time.
The Transit App is an elegant solution for smartphone owners, combining real-time arrival data, trip planning for transit, bikeshare, and more. The app works seamlessly in over 100 cities across the globe!
Sound Transit’s Trip Planner can plan journeys anywhere from Stanwood to Olympia on 7 transit agencies.