I don’t know who did this video, but it’s a time-lapse of our ride. We started at Othello station and went nearly to Tukwila:
We didn’t go full speed – but through a couple of the corners we were at least close. The ride was amazingly smooth – maybe just because it was new, but Yellow Line on the MAX wasn’t this smooth when it was new. The AC was on most of the time, but a couple of times it clicked off – and the line was silent.
Everyone was there, but what was most amazing to me was finally getting to see Jim Ellis in person. He’s been waiting so long to see this… he was probably the only person on the ride who’d actually ridden an old Seattle streetcar. He wasn’t really there to talk to the media, though, he was there to ride. At 87, I don’t blame him at all. It was fantastic that he finally got to see what he wanted when he tried to do this in 1968.
Patty Murray seemed really excited – all the electeds really seemed to be enjoying themselves. I think this was everyone’s first time on a moving Link train, so the reactions were pretty much universally like kids in a candy store.
The view was wonderful. The windows on the train are big – it’s more open and light than I had expected from being on it in the operations base previously. And it’s great even packed full of people – there’s plenty of space to move around, plenty of space to stand and sit. I hope we have interesting buskers. :)
Sound Transit is doing a great job with this. I can’t wait until there’s an end-to-end at full speed – it seemed fast even at 35, and I saw some 55mph speed limit signs on the elevated section we were on. It’s going to be really nice to take this to the airport – the doors are big, people can empty and board in a matter of seconds, rather than the many minutes it takes for dozens of tourists to fumble for change on the 194.
I can’t wait to ride it again, and see how all the new passengers react!