Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Seattle/Strep Throat/Signs

Last weekend I went to Seattle via Amtrak to catch a show. The show was great and the train trip was relaxing, but I ended up catching strep throat somehow. Anyway, since I’m home on antibiotics (and probiotics paid for with the help of the Climate Change Buyout), I thought I’d review some of the pictures from my trip.


Stephen Rees’ comment on his blog about alleged union issues that would prevent a bus from a.) running directly from Langley to Abbotsford, or b.) sharing the same bus stops. I’m not sure why this would be an issue as this is done in many American regions. For example, this Seattle bus stop services three different agencies.

Each county in the Seattle area is responsible for its own transit system. There is also a regional transit agency, Sound Transit, which provides rail, light rail, and regional express bus service. Even Amtrak provides some services. There are more than five transit agencies in the region, and you can transfer with the same ticket between all the major systems. Also, you can buy a regional “PugetPass” that works on all the system. Imagine this kind of service between Abbotsford, Langley, and even Chilliwack.


Of course all bus stops in Seattle have useful information like these stops (I’ve been outside of the downtown core just to make sure).

Apparently Translink has identified that they have deficient bus stop signs because their Transport 2040 plan includes improvement of wayfinding and signage.

Anyway, I always enjoy visiting cities on the West Coast. Lots of good transit. Well, back to bed I go. :-)

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