Dave Schleis's Mass Transit Advice
Jun 17, 2014 by
Let me start by stating that I am not a frequent user of mass transit, so it was with a hint oftrepidation that I decided to take the train from Sea-Tac Airport to the downtown Seattle Sheraton hotel.
After collecting one's bags, you simply follow the signs leading you toward “Link Light Rail.”
The signs first lead you through a parking garage, but do not worry; you are on the right path. You then proceed outside along a covered walkway, and finally a bridge.
The walk is a bit longer than I assumed and ended up taking about five minutes.
At the end of your walk, youfind two ticket vending machines.
To get your ticket, you first select your destination on the touch screen. You will want to choose Westlake Station.
You also need to select whether you would like a one-way ticket or an all-day pass. I chose one-way.
You then select the number of tickets that you would like to purchase. Once this is done, the total amount owed is displayed. One one-way ticket from the Sea-Tac Airport to the downtown Westlake Station is $2.75. Payment can be made with either US currency or a credit card. If you do nothave the exact amount, your change can be found in the bin along with your ticket. Just as an aside, change for larger bills is given in dollar coins (a bonus in my book).
Once you have secured a ticket, you proceed up the escalator to the boarding platform.
The train to downtown/Westlake is clearly marked. Trains depart every seven to ten minutes throughout most of the day: http://www.soundtransit.org/schedules/central-link-light-rail. Hop on board and find a seat.
The trip takes about thirty minutes and travels past the football (not soccer) and baseball stadiums. All stops are clearly announced by a pleasant disembodied female voice.
The last stop is Westlake Station, where you will want to leave the train. Follow the signs up to the street level. You will want to exit via the Nordstrom/5th and Pine exit.
Once you are outside, you will want to get from 5th and Pine to 6th and Pike by whichever route you choose. However you go, the Sheraton is as close as two blocks away.
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