The commute from Capitol Hill Station to University of Washington Station this morning was simultaneously exciting and boring.
I didn’t notice what time I got to the Capitol Hill Station platform this morning. A 2-car train arrived a couple of minutes later. The train was crowded, but I found a seat. (I don’t know what logistics are involved in running 3-car trains more often, but I do think someone should look into it.)
I remembered to look at my phone as we left the station. It was 7:10. I looked at my phone again as we arrived at University of Washington Station. It was 7:14. It was three miles in four minutes. That’s exciting.
Just for my own curiosity, I later went to Google Maps and asked for directions from Capitol Hill Station to University of Washington Station. It told me: 3 minutes by Link light rail, 11 minutes by car, via 24th Avenue (“10 minutes without traffic”), and 13 minutes by car, via I-5 and SR-520 (“9 minutes without traffic”).
Unfortunately, the trip was entirely underground, with no stops and no scenery whatsoever. That’s boring. If this was my daily commute, I’d open a book as soon as I got to the platform at Capitol Hill, and I’d keep reading all the way to Husky Stadium. I was too alert to the new experience to read this morning, however.
It took me longer than four minutes to get from University of Washington Station to the U District office. I made the mistake of thinking the overpass would quicker than crossing Montlake Blvd and Pacific Street, and then cutting through the medical center. I wasn’t familiar with this area’s redesign at all. It seems that overpass is designed to get people to the main UW campus. I had to circle back a bit to get to Pacific Street, and then cut through the medical center. The crosswalks would have been quicker.
Then I went to the Downtown office. The train left University of Washington Station at 9:51. I stepped into Pioneer Square Station at 10:01. I am impressed. (I did read on the way to Downtown.)