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Question by AmiLily S: What kind of public transportation is available in Seattle and Washington State?
My best friend and I were curious about moving to Seattle/Washington State. We were wondering about the different types of public transportation that is accessible for the public. We are from New York so usually use subways, occasionally taxis and walk to our headed destination. Can anyone tell me if there are subways or any of those types of transportation in Seattle or in Washington State? thanks
Answer by Tori
The Seattle Metropolitan area has historically relied totally on buses for public transportation for the past 60+ years. Buses within a limited “downtown” core are free on weekdays until 7pm making it easy to hop on a bus to quickly travel a few blocks if you don’t want to walk. Instead of a subway, there is a bus/light rail tunnel running under the main core of the city.
A light rail (Central Light Rail) system extending from the airport to downtown was completed in December 2009. Expansion to the system is currently under construction. There is also some use of existing train tracks by commuter trains from the north and south (Sounder Trains). It is a little bit of a patchwork system, but it works fairly well, especially now that there is one pass called an Orca Pass that can be used on all of the different systems in the area.
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