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Getting Around the Puget Sound

The Washington State Department of Transportation provides many web-based services to ease your travel through our region. We've selected some information of special interest to our North Seattle neighbors, but there's a lot more at the DOT site.
Current Traffic Flow Map. Click map at right to view this excellent traffic resource, which is updated throughout the day from cameras, reports, automatic sensors and actual human beings.

Traffic Cameras. Click the adjacent photo for additional direct links to North Seattle cameras.

Current No. Seattle traffic conditions from WSDOT. Interstate 5 at 45th St NE. Click picture for larger image.

Ferries, Buses and Trains

Norhwest Ferries

Washington State and British Columbia Ferries can give you some of the world's greatest scenery with your trip.
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Washington State Ferry crossing Puget Sound.

Puget Sound Buses

These regional agencies want to take you for a ride.
King County/Metro - Sound Transit serving King County and parts of Snohomish and Pierce Counties.
Community Transit serving North King and Snohomish County.
Pierce Transit in Tacoma and Pierce County.
KC Metro bus, presumably in motion.
Not in a hurry? Ride a Metro Bus.

Sounder Trains

Sound Transit also offers the Sounder service from Seattle, north to Everett and South to Lakewood (south of Tacoma). Reviews of the service are mixed; apparently if you like delays based on landslides you'll love the Everett run; if you prefer delays based on traffic and equipment failure, go with the Lakewood service. Whether future extensions to Olympia and Arlington will be an improvement, stay tuned. Apologies to the two hardworking employees at ST; they know who they are.
Photo of Sounder train at King Street Station, Seattle.
Sounder train at King Street Station, Seattle.

Amtrak, Regional and Continental

Amtrak offers the Cascade service from British Columbia to Oregon and connections Southern California plus continental service eastward from Seattle and Everett.
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Amtrak's Cascades train.


These links are working as of September 4, 2017. If you find broken links or missing graphics, please let us know, and we will repair them yet again. (Insert audible sigh here.)

Note: After maintaining this page since 1998 we have concluded that all the respective government agencies linked from this page are part of a cabalistic conspiracy to make work for government employees whose sole mission is to constantly reorganize their file structure, making it impossible to keep referral pages accurate. Coupled with the various search engines' propensity to maintain obsolete links until the end of time, you are very likely to wait forever to be served by these transportation agencies. This website is not responsible for the inconvenience, illness, injury or death that may result from such practices.
Images by Washington State Department of Transportation, King Co. Metro, BC Ferries, or as otherwise indicated.