How We Get Around

Coordinating population growth and transit service is fundamental to comprehensive planning. As a result, people in Seattle are increasingly walking, biking, and taking transit to travel in the city. Based on 2012 estimates, just over half commuted to work by means other than driving alone.

How Seattle Residents Commute to Work

Our background report looks at Seattle commuting trends, including how many cars we own, transportation options, and how our commute is influenced by where we live.

How do you commute to work? Has this changed since you started working in Seattle? Tell us your experiences.

5 comments
JamesCooper4
JamesCooper4

I would like to know why parking maximums haven't been considered for new construction in the central neighborhoods of Seattle. Each year on Capitol Hill the congestion is worse and the drivers are more aggressive. The growth in Seattle isn't a matter of locals who already understand the city multiplying, it's people moving in from the auto dependent not Seattle parts of the country, to Seattle, cars in tow. Considering the nature of our growth and lack of affordability, why do we allow developers to roll out the welcome mat for gentrifiers by providing space for their cars in a city that's plenty walkable? The rule is simple- if you want people to not drive, don't give them a place to put their cars. Packed buses are no excuse to let the number of auto trips rise annually as they have. 

bill bradburd
bill bradburd

as a percentage of drivers this split is interesting.  but i would also like to see how many actual people these represent.  if we are decreasing the percentage of SOV drivers, but the actual number of drivers continues to grow, this is a misleading chart.

Jeffrey Cook
Jeffrey Cook

I used to take the bus more often, but it is so expensive and so crowded with the new techie boom, and routes are being cut to make matters worse. I have gone back to driving and carpooling. The chart above shows 49% of drivers commute alone in a car, which is not ideal, but many people come from outside of the city and must drive. The notion that everyone wants to live in Seattle is a myth. People want space and a yard and a garage, so they would rather live outside the city and suffer the drive in. We need transportation to all areas of the community.

Judith Hance
Judith Hance

I am retired. I take a bus when I can, but need to drive for my errands ( can't carry enough groceries on the bus.) I need to drive to church, library, bank, friends' homes,, etc. I don't drive downtown, since I can take a bus there, but can't get to other parts of town easily. Seattle's transportation is geared to working folks - very important, but then there are the rest of us, who need to get to a variety of places in the city. There really should be smaller buses that permit me to get to places like South Lake Union, Capitol HIll, Fremont, etc., and find parking when I get there. At 78 years of age, I cann't walk as far or stand as long at a bus stop without using up all my energy. I used to visit other neighborhoods often to shop and eat out, but don't do that much now, because traffic and parking are so difficult. Parking is awful at Seattle Center, but it takes a long bus ride with a transfer to get me there. Seattle is becoming more and more "compartmentalized." It's a shame.

Mike
Mike

I wish I could ride the bus more often to work, but the connection is just not good and I don't want to spend 30 minutes waiting in downtown, particularly at night.

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