SDOT’s 5 Tools for the Traveler

WalkandBusGetting around Seattle can be challenging, especially with all the changes and growth happening in the city. To help keep track of it all, SDOT has compiled 5 Tools to help travelers in the Seattle area whenever you’re on the go.

In no particular order, SDOT recommends:

1. Time

All modes of transportation however reliable can be affected by unexpected service interruptions. A bus may be delayed because of congestion from collisions or events happening in the area. Give yourself some extra travel time if possible, so you can to adjust to unexpected situations.

2. Maps  

Regardless of how you’re traveling, plotting out your trip out in advance can allow for alternatives routes if your primary plan gets interrupted. We suggest this SDOT Pedestrian Map that shows the grade of sidewalk so you can exercise as much or as little as you want. For bus routes, the Metro Bus Map shows route lines and where to catch them.

3. Twitter, SDOT’s On the Move Blog and Facebook

For near real-time updates about events, traffic, and road closures, you can follow SDOT on Twitter to help plan your trip. You can also go to SDOT’s On the Move Blog for the latest events advisories and construction updates, you can also visit our Facebook page for all things SDOT.

4. One Bus Away and Transit App

If you have a smartphone, the applications One Bus Away and Transit App are useful for bussing in, around and out of Seattle. One Bus Away is a great resource to see bus arrivals, nearby stops, and maps. Transit App helps users plan trips using bus routes and includes trip times and transfers.

5. Way to Go Program  

Seattle offers many ways to get around—the Way to Go program provides the user tools in one succinct place, whether using trains, biking, and many more. It also includes safety tips and information on transit fares in and around Seattle.

For more information and resources for traveling around the Seattle area, please visit SDOT’s Pedestrian and Bus user pages. Good luck!