Riding the LINK Light Rail to and from SeaTac
It was interesting riding the LINK light rail to and from SeaTac this weekend. On the way out, I was dropped off at Westlake and rode in from there. On the way home, I rode the entire way - hopping on the 358 from Westlake. It took me about 90 - 100 minutes to get home. Most of that was travel time. I didn't have to wait long for the shuttle or the 358.
Anyway, I think the trip will be a bit faster once the final SeaTac stop is in place. Riding the LINK shuttle right now requires an extra 20 minutes planning time.
I wish the LINK was a bit faster - and wish that it was closer to my home in North Seattle ... Having a friend pick me up and get me home in 20 minutes vs. 100 minutes is quite a significant difference (of course it's 40 minutes for them + wastes gas).
The ride from Rainier Beach to SeaTac is quite different as the train speeds up significantly and parallels I5.
While the LINK was a pleasant, air conditioned, quiet, peaceful ride - the 358 was a noisy, congested, smelly (post-hempfest) typical bus journey w/o space for luggage.
I'm not sure I would routinely want to spend 100 minutes traveling home from the airport after a long flight, but I am eager to see how the trip changes qualitatively after the SeaTac stop opens.
The eco-savings of riding public transit makes this all just about worth the extra time and lack of comfort.