05 Jul '11, 9pm

Why Seattle's transport experience is No 2

I was standing at a bus stop at 8.25am on a rare sunny Tuesday morning in Seattle in June, waiting to see if the bus would actually show up at the scheduled time of 8.28am posted on the bus stop. Sure enough, it did, and took me on my way to meet with Metro Transit, which runs the buses in Seattle. While not every bus arrives so punctually, nearly 80 per cent of buses in Seattle are on time. The trip that day resulted from wanting to know why research company Frost & Sullivan ranked Seattle No 2, after Copenhagen, in a recent global survey of 23 cities on public and private transport journey experiences. Singapore ranked 18th. And a conversation with City of Seattle officials, King County staff and the region's Metro Transit service did provide insights into its innovative public transport practices. EMPLOYERS SUBSIDISE BUS TRIPS A key factor in making public transit succe...

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