If you know the Seattle area at all, you’ll enjoy this simple yet deeply pleasing animation by King County Metro Transit, showing how transit could improve over the next 25 years, if voters continue to support it.
What kind of video is this? No pictures of diverse, happy people on public transit? No pictures of sexy trains or buses? No network diagrams? (Those are here!)
This image means that in 2040, if you’re in the Fremont district of Seattle (the center of the dark green dot) you’ll be able to get to anywhere in the brown area in 60 minutes. The animation steps you through how small this area is now, and how it grows over time under the plan. It does this for over 70 sample destinations around the region.
If you want to get around on transit and walking, think of this brown area as the wall around your life. Make it bigger, and your life is bigger: more jobs you could hold, more schools you or your kids you could go to, more clubs you can belong to, more people you can meet, befriend, maybe even marry.
At my firm, we almost never do a plan anymore without drawing these, showing how they differ based on various alternatives under study.
Because we think people are tired of arguing about rail vs buses, and about transferring, walking distances, waiting times, dwell times, platform heights, and all the other arcana that make most transit conversations seem maddening and inaccessible. Instead, we want to talk about something everyone cares about: liberty and opportunity.