This morning I read the same article Daimajin did, but I noticed something that I see from our local papers all the time: Ridiculous small ‘errors’ making Sound Transit look bad. It should be clear that I don’t think these are unintentional.
Have a look at part of today’s article:
But it’s a choice between cost and time. Layovers and travel times are far longer, but riders can get from town to town on a bus cheaper than by car or even private coach. The one-way, nonrefundable Greyhound fare from downtown Seattle to downtown Tacoma is $11.50 for a 45-minute trip. The same trip on a Sound Transit bus is 30 minutes longer but costs $3. By car, the trip is about 40 minutes without traffic tie-ups.
Did you notice? Larry Lange claims Sound Transit takes 30 minutes longer than Greyhound from Tacoma to Seattle? I checked the schedule to be absolutely sure – nope, Sound Transit’s buses actually take 46 minutes to get to 4th and Union – and they’re faster than Greyhound if you’re going to get off in south Downtown. Sound Transit pads their schedules up to 58 minutes during peak times to account for congestion, but the fact that Greyhound doesn’t bother doesn’t mean Greyhound is faster – just more inaccurate.
ST’s 590 (and similar) don’t stop between Tacoma and Seattle, and they get to use the HOV lanes the whole way. For downtown to downtown trips, they are almost always faster than driving alone, especially considering you don’t have to park.
But it’s the 30 minute difference thing that gets me. Larry Lange knows perfectly well no such difference exists.