Despite traffic congestion, pedestrians and drivers tend to obey the road rules with a minimum of fuss. Pedestrians have right of way on street corners, whether it's a marked crosswalk or not. You might notice there is not much jaywalking. This is perhaps because it is actively policed, and also more difficult as cars are permitted to turn right on a red light. Drivers who want to do like the locals will not push in at ferry lines or misuse the car pool lanes.
City streets are on a quasi-grid system, as best as could be squeezed onto the odd-shaped land area. Streets run east-west and avenues run north-south. The avenue numbering system begins at the waterfront and ends near the Cascade Mountains. The changeover from named to numbered streets is at the Lake Washington Ship Canal.
Metro Transit. King Street Center, 201 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA. Phone 206-553-3060.
Metro Online is the web site for Metro Transit, a division of the King County Department of Transportation. Provides information on bus schedules, traffic conditions, and other travel information. An underground bus tunnel operates through downtown Seattle from the Chinatown District to the Convention Center. The downtown area is a free ride zone.
Puget Sound Dispatch, LLC. Yellow & Graytop Cabs. 74 S. Hudson Street, Seattle, WA 98134. Phone: 206-343-4360; Fax: 206-378-3511.
Washington State Ferries
Official web site has schedules, fares, route maps, fleet guide, news, tourist and travel info, wait times, events, and photos. Seattle's ferry terminal is located at Colman Dock (Pier 52).
Kenmore Air Seaplanes. 6321 NE 175th Street, P.O. Box 82064, Seattle, WA 98028-0064. Phone: 425-486-1257; Toll-free: 1-800-543-9595.
Provides daily scheduled flights from Seattle to Washington's San Juan Islands, British Columbia's Gulf Islands and to Victoria, British Columbia. Also offers private charters for waterside lunch, exploring remote islands, quick access to golf and other recreation, and weekend getaways to a variety of Northwest destinations reached by seaplane.
860 W. Perimeter Road, Renton, WA 98055. Toll-free: 1-800-690-0086.
Offers daily scheduled flights to the San Juan Islands and chartered flights to Vancouver Island and the Inside Passage.
Prime Air, Inc. 7777 Perimeter Road, Boeing Field, Seattle, WA 98108. Phone: 604-803-3238; Fax: 604-684-7211.
Prime Air is the Pacific Northwest's newest destination resort airline that plans to commence air service between Seattle and Whistler, BC in fall of 2003.
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Frommer's Seattle, 10th Edition (Frommer's Color Complete) by Karl Samson. Updated information in this user friendly guide enables you to find everything from what to do and see to daytrips and weekend excursions to the gorgeous national parks, Puget Sound islands, and the nearby wine country. Full color map is also included. Order now...
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