If Metro bus routes traded passengers like players in Major League Baseball, then the 48 has lost a Gold Glove winning shortstop. Carla Saulter (AKA Bus Chick) wrote a reflective post about how, over the past couple years, her allegiance has shifted to the 8:
Not too many years ago, the bus I took most often was the 48, also known as “Forty-late,” “Dr. 48” and “the Tiger Woods* of the system.” I rode it south to Judkins Park (NAAM), Columbia City (dentist/homegirl), and Rainier Beach (friend visits), north to 23rd & Union (church, beauty shop), Montlake (545 transfer), the U District (pseudo-intellectual/artistic coffee joints, various readings and events), and Green Lake (Friday play dates).
They don’t call it Metro’s heavyweight for nothin’.
Of course, a few things have changed since then. The two biggest: the 48 stopped running south of Mount Baker Transit Center when Link opened, and I stopped commuting to the Eastside–or at all. (I now do contract and freelance work from home.) A few other minor (but relevant changes): my beautician moved to a shop near 15th & John, and we changed health insurance providers.
And then there’s the fact that the route I’ve had a crush on for years, the amazing 8, (finally!) started running on evenings and weekends in my neighborhood. I am not exaggerating when I say that this seemingly minor service addition has changed my life.
Learning new bus routes, even if it means walking a few extra blocks, opens up whole new parts of the city. It’s also a good way to mix things up if your typical routes are feeling stale. Anyone else notice their lives change just by switching buses? What CD bus route is your favorite?