For posterity’s sake, we went to Westwood Village to record the start of the first-ever RapidRide C Line trip. The online Trip Planner said 4:58 for the station on SW Barton west of 26th; driver Arthur told us his schedule said 4:57. His bus was parked in the Metro holding area a block west alongside Roxhill Park when we went over to say hi.
“Brand-new bus,” he told us. “Smells new.” Indeed, it did.
Arthur says this is his first RapidRide route; previously, he drove the articulated buses on routes including West Seattle’s 21 and 22.
P.S. No passengers at the first stop for the first run, but then again, it’s Saturday. Our coverage of the RapidRide debut and other local route changes continues later today; as noted in our final reminder story last night, Metro plans an informational event at Westwood Village – by Barnes and Noble – later today, with a RapidRide bus and even RapidRide Man (whom we photographed at countless community events in recent months), 11 am-4 pm.