In the Bus Bag
Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Tag Archives: bus stops
Metro is testing prototypes of a new bus-sign design. They’re on display in front of King Street Center for about another week. (After that they’ll be at Third & Union, at the Benaroya stop.) I went to check them out yesterday.
Here’s the prototype for a sign at a major stop:
And here’s the prototype for the smaller stops:
Note that the numbers are bigger and now read left-to-right instead of top-to-bottom. They are also …
For better: The 48, where everybody knows your name
On Friday, Chicklet and I traveled to the Eastside (48 + 545) to meet Bus Nerd for lunch. My parental leave is quickly dwindling, and we’re trying to get in all the family bonding time we can. I digress.
The 48 ride was one of those cool trips where it feels like you know everyone on the bus. We ran into my friend Paulette, whom I met several years ago (through Bus Nerd) on the 3. Actually, I originally met Paulette many years earlier, when I was still a child, …
This is what happens when they put “lean bars” in shelters.
Here’s a closer view:
By the time the 48 was 15 minutes late, I was wishing for a TV (or something) to sit on, too.
Recently, Metro removed the trash can from Good Shepherd’s adopted stop without even attempting to contact the church’s members. (I found out when I showed up for garbage duty a few weeks ago.) Now, I know why. Sometime between my attempted garbage duty and today, a shelter was added to that stop. Bus stops with shelters can’t be adopted (and, apparently, can be “un-adopted” retroactively) because they have large, free-standing trash cans that are emptied by Metro. The addition of the shelter is, of course, a good thing, but what’s with the covert operation? A little communication would …
In the process of excavating my inbox (which I ignored for most of the month of January), I found a gem: a series of photographs of Soviet-era roadside bus stops–in Russia, I think–sent to me about three weeks ago by Sound Transit Andrew.
While many of us are aware of the elaborate splendor of the Moscow underground, it is easy to overlook the phenomenon of the common roadside bus stop as an example of soviet art and design letting loose and becoming a little weird and crazy.
They “let loose” alright. The stops are all …
Yesterday, April from Northgate e-mailed to tell me about a new development at her stop at 15th & Northgate Way.
Over the weekend, someone placed what looks like a handmade wooden bench [there]. I take the 73 or 373 to the UW almost every day–but this morning was the first morning I could sit while I waited.
She also sent a picture of the bench:
I love it when people surprise me with evidence of creativity and kindness (and resourcefulness, and generosity…). Thanks, April! As …