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big city finally

July 19th, 2009 at 03:42 am

Saving log - $0 tip box
Spending log - $12 breakfast
Found money - $0.10 (on the floor of Metro bus behind the driver's cage)

Actual, actual light rail came to Seattle. Finally. DH and I took a free ride on it today. I'm sending pictures because light rail to Seattle has been so long in coming, its like saying I went to the moon - who would believe me unless I produced evidence?

We started from home by taking the 48 (aka the 40-late) to the Rainier Beach stop, then went south to Tukwila (the SeaTac airport stop will be done in December), got off at Tukwila, and then came back into the bus (now bus/light rail) tunnel at Westlake - heart of downtown Seattle. We live in north Seattle; we had to take the bus home. In a few years, hopefully that will change.

Rainier Beach stop at ground level.

Tukwila station - free rides produced a lot of interest, but the trains ran every 7.5 minutes so the lines moved pretty quickly.

Inside a light rail car.

The end at Westlake

Oh yes, the fares will be between $1.75 - $2.50. My bus pass that I get at work covers it. Free for me, unless I'm laid off.

3 Responses to “big city finally”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    No! I can't believe my city was actually several years ahead of Seattle on something. But did your city have mounds of graft and overpayments connected with the project? We probably surpassed you on that, too.

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Very nice!

  3. baselle Says:

    joan - maybe. Definitely mounds of cost overruns - about 40% as I recall. Substitute incompetence (in accounting) with graft. But you never know - there could be graft that we discover in the next few years.
    The big deal with Seattle is how many times a voter has to vote "yes" before something like this maybe gets done - at least four times here.

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