Though there are bus lanes around Seattle to keep busses on schedule, they can get caught in traffic, too! How do you know when your bus or train will be late? OneBusAway! The free OneBusAway app is an open-source project created by students at the University of Washington. It was designed to provide Seattle transit riders real-time information regarding arrival times of busses and trains (this includes the Link light rail). If your bus is running late (or early!), OneBusAway will let you know how many minutes until arrival. Trust us when we say this comes extremely handy in the morning. You’ll have a wave of relief knowing you bought yourself a couple of extra minutes before scurrying to your stop/station.
You can search the OneBusAway app by transit routes, stops, and addresses. This gives you the opportunity to plan your route before you go. Do you need directions? OneBusAway guide you from your current location to your bus stop or rail station. Overall, the app is user-friendly and very popular among commuters here in the Puget Sound – and beyond! The OneBusAway app is so popular, they’ve expanded to other markets including Atlanta, Tampa, and New York City!
This concludes our mini-series revolving around Seattle’s many public transit opportunities. We hope this has been helpful for those of you that are new to the area or considering making the move to Seattle. If you like what you read, be sure to stay tuned for our complete guide around Seattle transit opportunities, helping you find the smoothest work commute possible!
In the mean time, if you have questions about Seattle public transit, visit the King County Metro or Sound Transit websites. Who knows? Maybe your first adventure on Seattle public transit will be a trip to see us at Parker! We’re in walk-able and bike-able distance from many bus lines, the South Lake Union Trolley, and the Water Taxi, too.