For April Fools’ Day, the Seattle Times arts critic rode the 25 and wrote a review:

The real action starts with the appearance of the first passenger. Last Thursday it was a knapsacked, woolly-capped, iPodded gal on the corner of Sand Point Way Northeast who brought an admirable sense of understatement to her role. More passengers joined the drama at University Village and along the fringes of the University of Washington campus, their silence rivaling Harold Pinter’s famous pauses in creating a sense of mystery and tension.

It goes on like that for a while. How would you review your bus route?

6 Replies to “A Review of Route 25”

  1. I would have to say that my route (CT’s 885/855/810) usually carries older suburbanites when I ride it. It’s quiet, with most people either listening to music, reading, or sleeping, with sleeping being very common as the freeway can be exhausting.

    Although a number of college students to ride to Lynnwood, I don’t seem them too often for some reason. It’s odd.

  2. A long time ago my route (101) was very personal and fun. We had birthday parties in the back of the bus and kept up on people’s lives. Then… we got more frequent service and the regulars stopped riding the same bus everyday, some 10 minutes early, some 10 minutes later and the camaraderie dropped off a cliff. Now it’s mostly quiet in the morning, people reading and napping. It’s usually crowded in the evening with standing room only until the 4th or 5th stop. Although if it’s crowded the guys usually will give up their seats to the women and always the kids and their mothers get seats no matter how many are on the bus.

  3. Awesome. I often ride the 25 around Portage Bay — did this morning (the bus driver was singing to himself! That doesn’t normally happen.) I’d ride it more often if it came more often. The nicest things about the bus — plenty of space to yourself, and you can memorize the schedule.

  4. On the rare occasion I take the bus (I bike to work) either the 21 or the 54, I always love the view from the West Seattle bridge and the soon to be defunct viaduct. Everyone is also pretty nice even if the bus is crowded.

  5. I’ve thought that Metro should have radio, TV, or internet ads where they have people proudly list the routes they took that day. I’ve further thought that Metro could do a little “Bus Bingo” promotion where you have a card that somehow gets stamped or crossed off or something, and you can win prizes the more routes you ride.

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