Transit Easter Eggs

Incognito’s Transit Easter Eggs are transit tips, fun facts, and even strategies for getting around town efficiently. Scroll through the gallery, or see my Easter Eggs in the order they last appeared.

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MARCH 23, 2017

Metro's Orion VII coaches are notorious for making the news many times. One almost ended up in a ditch, one has been involved in a head-on crash, and another fatally hit a pedestrian at a transit driveway.

JANUARY 29, 2017

Diesel (including hybrid) buses are supposed to last, at FTA minimum, 12 years. (Trolley buses last 15 years.) Metro, however, has diesel buses that endured at least 20 years of hard service.

JANUARY 24, 2017

On a good day, RapidRide C-Line is just 10-12 minutes away from U. of Washington‘s West Campus dorms via Route 70.

JANUARY 15, 2017

Metro and Community Transit Next Stop displays behave similarly; they'll display the next stop 200 feet away from a previous stop. Pierce Transit only displays as it is approaching the next stop, so keep an eye on that thing—especially if you have earphones on.

JANUARY 7, 2017

Route 7 and Route 49 used to be a unified Route 7. That changed more than a decade ago, although you can still experience one-seaters early in the morning or in the evenings.

DECEMBER 31, 2016

Historically, articulated trolley buses struggled to get around in the snow. New Flyer XT60s are no exception. If it snows on your articulated trolley route, expect a really, really crazy day, and pay attention to your route number.

DECEMBER 24, 2016

RapidRide coaches (with the exception of 6200-6219) behave the same way in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel as all the other buses down there. Careful—you won't get advanced notice of an oncoming mirror.

DECEMBER 17, 2016

You'll most likely see a high-floor Gillig Phantom during peak hours at Downtown, UW and on the Eastside. They're disappearing from Metro's regular fleet though, so act fast.