Four of us went up to Lynnwood for the Swift opening ceremony yesterday. You can see some of the results in the Flickr Pool.
The festivities were very well put together. First of all, the marketing machine was effective enough to draw perhaps 500 people out. There were booths offering free hot drinks, cupcakes, and kettle corn. There were other booths with information and games to distract the kids. In all, it was a very festive atmosphere.
The speeches didn’t take too long, and the ribbon cutting, including a bizarre synchronized dance, was appropriately lighthearted. It was nice to board a bus and check out the amenities. Broadly, the reduced seating makes the bus seem a lot more open.
The frustrating item, however, was that the talking ended around 3pm but the system wasn’t to start running regularly until about 4:30pm. Three of us had places to be and disappeared before getting a chance to ride. Luckily, Oran and some Flickr contributors stuck around long enough to ride and get some good photos. As for the ride itself, I’m sure Oran would stand by his media ride observations from last week. Select photos by Oran after the jump.
The new-style bike racks were a hit. Oran took video of the loading process.
The Swift stations are distinctive, even at night.
This kind of thing is nice to see on a bus.