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Transportation is all about getting to one place to another, from here to there and there to here again. Seattle and the surrounding area is truly blessed with an abundance of easy to use private and public transportation, whether you are traveling around the downtown Seattle area or to and from or within adjacent areas. When not using your own private transportation, ie., personal vehicle, bike, skateboard, or on foot, there are at least three other choices of legal ways to get there and back: car pooling, private and public transportation.

Elliott Bay Water Taxi

Pier 55
1101 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
206 205 3866
For schedule/fare information go to www.transit.metrokc.gov

Water Taxi service across Seattle's Elliott Bay operates seven days a week during the summer, between Pier 55 at the foot of Spring St. on the downtown Seattle waterfront and Seacrest dock in West Seattle. The crossing time is approximately 12 minutes. Check sailing schedules as weekends are different than weekdays. Marvel at the best view of the downtown seattle skyline. Bring your gear and fish from Seacrest Park or walk, run, bike or skate out to the monument where the first white settlers arrived in 1851.

Private Transportation

There are numerous providers of private transportation for those who have special transportation needs. There are always taxis readily available or by appointment to whisk you to and from your destination.

Your out of town client, guest or special person will appreciate you booking a town car for their convenience during their visit. Limousine services offer a wide variety of vehicles for all of those special occasions. They offer a smörgåsbord of luxury amenities for your traveling enjoyment.

Airplanes and float planes are always at the ready to whisk you quickly and conveniently to that out of the way destination.

Public Transportation

With the price of gas and parking, what is a person to do? Just check the connecting web-sites below to find out how inexpensive and convenient our public transit system is compared to taking your auto. These web-sites have the latest information on routes, schedules, and fares.

A family outing can become an adventure for both children and adults on any of our public transportation systems. Do consider the combination of bike and bus, or bike and ferry, even more fun and good for you, too.

Pack a picnic lunch and go visit family or friends in Everett, Tacoma, Bellevue, Issaquah, Vashon Island, Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, or any place in between. Take a bus, take a trolley, take a train, or a ferry and enjoy the day.

Seattle Light Rail Is Here

Sound Transit Light Rail Ready for the Puget Sound

Over at least the last one-hundred years there have been efforts to address the traffic situation in our area. During these years there have been a variety of solutions advanced, but in every instance, the failure of money, politics and time coming together have stopped the advance of these ideas.

Now, on Saturday, July 18, 2009, history will be made as the central portion of the Sound Transit Light Rail System is finally ready to carry passengers. There are twelve stations located between Westlake Center and the Tukwila International Boulevard station. Of particular interest will be the SODO station for sports fans and concertgoers who have battled traffic congestion, parking costs and woes for years. Now, they will be able to ride to the SODO station, which is located just three blocks east of Safeco Field, leaving behind traffic and parking problems of the past.

As you ride the Light Rail, be sure to enjoy the 35 artwork dedicated to the neighborhoods through which you pass.

Later this year the SeaTac International Airport section will be put into service. Plans are on the drawing board to expand the Light Rail system as ridership increases. The Light Rail service is integrated with the existing Sound Transit system to provide even greater transportation options for our residents.

As with any new project of this magnitude, there are bound to be wrinkles that will need to be ironed out. If you have an issue that impacts you or need information contact Sound Transit:

Sound Transit Website

Seattle Metro Bus Service

For schedule and fare information go to http://transit.metrokc.gov/

Much of Downtown Seattle falls within the free bus service area. The boundaries are as follows: Battery St. on the north, Jackson st. to the south, The Waterfront on the west, and to the east side of I-5. There is also a special free Metro Waterfront bus serving the Urban Waterfront. Try out the Tunnel, it's the fastest way to get across town and it's free. There are five conveniently located stations: Convention Place Station, Westlake Station, University Street Station, Pioneer Square Station, and International District Station. The tunnel, 1.3 miles, is part of Downtown Seattle's Ride Free Area.

Sound Transit

The Seattle Metro Bus Service links with the Sound Transit Bus Service. This bus service allows you to travel to and from the further most reaches of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. This transit service provides for travel between Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville, and Issaquah to the east; Tukwila, Renton, Kent, Auburn, SeaTac, Tacoma, and Puyallup to the south; and Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Marysville, and Everett to the north. Go to www.soundtransit.org
for schedule and fare information.

South Lake Union Trolley

For schedule/fare information go to http://seattlestreetcar.org/

The South Lake Union Trolley is a 1.3 mile streetcar line connecting the South Lake Union neighborhood to Downtown Seattle. This is a fun way to get from Downtown (Pacific Place - Seattle's Vertical Shopping Mall) to South Lake Union for lunch or a stroll along the lake. Or, maybe you're staying at one of the fine hotels adjacent to Lake Union and feel like doing a little shopping - leave your car and take the trolley.

The Amtrak Cascades

303 South Jackson Street
King Street Station
Seattle, WA 98104
www.amtrak.com

The Amtrak Cascades serves the west coast from Vancouver BC Canada to Eugene, Oregon - - with twenty stops along the way. The Amtrak Coast Starlight serves the West Coast from Seattle to Los Angeles with twenty-nine intermediate stops along the way. Should you be traveling from the east or southwest, check out the Amtrak Sunset Limited, the Empire Builder, the California Zephyr, or the Southwest Chief, as these wonderful rides will all bring you to Seattle. Why drive when you can sit back and enjoy the scenery, read a book, take a nap, or enjoy a nice lunch or dinner?

The Seattle Monorail

The Seattle Monorail trains operate daily 9:am to 11:pm, departing every ten minutes from the station at Seattle Center (across from the Space Needle) and from Westlake Mall, at Fifth Ave. and Pine St. Each trip takes two minutes to cover the one mile route. Each train can carry up to 200 passengers per trip. The Monorail provides two-train service during special events and activities, with departures every five minutes or less. Round trip fares are $4 and under.

The Sounder Commuter Train

Hop on the Sounder and leave that gas-guzzling SUV at home. The Sounder Commuter Train travels between Seattle and Tacoma, with stops along the way at Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent and Tukwila; From Everett to Seattle with a stop at Edmonds. The Sounder is a quick clean ride and you don't have to hunt for a place to park when you get there. Whether you are going to work or catching a Mariners game, the Sounder is a good way to get there, and a good value for your dollar. It's great for a family outing, so, gather up the kids and catch the Sounder -- the kids will love it. Go to www.soundtransit.org
for schedule and fare information.

Washington State Ferries

Piers 50 & 52
801 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98104
www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries

Fares are based on the routes and vary, so check the website for schedules and crossing times. Washington State Ferries is the largest ferry system in the United States, serving eight counties within Washington state and the Province of British Columbia in Canada. Cross the water for a day trip to Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, and Vashon Island, or just walk on and take a ride over and back. see seattle from the water at dusk; don't forget to bring your camera.


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