Routes so far

It’s been about 6 months now of trying out different commute options so I thought I’d reflect on all of the different things I’ve tried. I probably missed a few.

King County Metro

  • 212, 217
  • 271
  • F Rapidride
  • 952 (Boeing Special)
  • Ride2
  • Vashon Water Taxi
  • 26x

Sound Transit

  • Sounder South (Using stations Seattle, Tukwila, Kent, Auburn, Puyallup, Tacoma Dome and South Tacoma)
  • 595 (Seattle to Gig Harbor)
  • 590/594
  • 566 Bellevue to SeaTac
  • 550
  • 574
  • 554
  • LINK Light Rail
  • Tacoma LINK

Pierce Transit

  • 102
  • 1
  • 11
  • 100 (for fun not commute)
  • 101 Trolley (for fun not commute)

Kitsap Transit

  • Bremerton Fast Ferry
  • Port Orchard Foot Ferry
  • Annapolis Foot Ferry
  • 81/Annapolis Commuter
  • 1
  • 86
  • Purdy Connector

Washington State Ferry

  • Bremerton
  • Fauntleroy/Southworth
  • Southworth/Vashon
  • Kingston/Edmonds (for a training in Bothell)

Shuttles

  • Seattle to Bellevue (and reverse)
  • Tukwila to Bellevue (and reverse)
  • Connector (HQ to 3305 Satellite office)

Other

  • Run
  • Bike
  • Private driver to P&R
  • Drop off at P&R
  • Carpool
  • LimeBike
  • Lyft
  • Enterprise Carshare
  • Rental Car
  • Uhaul (where I got a warning in the Tacoma Dome P&R for not being a commuter?)
  • Telework
  • SOV (twice round trip)
  • Amtrak back from Oregon

I also attempted a map…

Map of Options

Most interesting event:

  • Being stuck on the Sounder in Georgetown for over an hour due to a suicidal man in the tracks and waiting for the hostage negotiator.

Highlights:

  • Orca watching
  • The fast ferry community,
  • Running across the Tacoma Narrow Bridge after dropping off a Uhaul in Tacoma because buses don’t run late enough back to Gig Harbor.
  • Winning a backpack for being an early Ride2 user.
  • Breaking in LimeBikes in Bellevue and the Eastside Corridor all at once.
  • Making the Ferry in Edmonds by 30 seconds and celebrating with a beer on board after my sprint.
  • Random people I meet – both the ones I see every day and have a running dialog and ones I stumble across like a blind man that I helped get on the right bus.
  • Summer bike riding

Lowlights:

  • Missing the 952 bus at the Newport Hills park and ride and deciding to bus it all the way home sitting in traffic on I-5 the whole way.
  • Missing the foot ferry and fast ferry when I attempted parking at Annapolis.
  • Having to drive all the way when I attempted and couldn’t find parking at Angle Lake.
  • 405
  • Federal Way

All in all I’ve been having fun with it all. I have so many more things to try out but I’ll save that for a future post.

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