Seattle, the fastest-growing city in the country, has achieved something of a commuting miracle—as the city’s population grew, the number of downtown commuters driving private vehicles declined. What made that possible isn’t that much of a secret: The city respects the power of the bus. By making these public coaches the choice ride of new arrivals, Seattle has even bucked the national trend of bus ridership decline.
From dedicated road space and funding to frequent and prioritized service, transportation leaders in the Emerald City have been able to show that championing the bus isn’t political; it’s practical. CityLab’s Laura Bliss rolled through Seattle to see how the city built a bus system that works—and in return built goodwill with riders. Read her story How to Build a Bus Renaissance in the latest installment of our Bus to the Future series.
Hold the bus! If you’ve missed any of our Bus to the Future coverage this week, here’s your one-stop spot to catch up.
- Love the Bus, Save Your City
- The Stark (and Hopeful) Facts About Bus Ridership
- How China Took Charge of the Electric Bus Revolution
- How Riders Won the Fight for Better Buses in New York City
- Five Breakthroughs That Could Make You Love the Bus