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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

Category: Public transportation

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Riding buses, streetcars, trains and ferries

October 3, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Countdown to bike share


Sketched Oct. 2, 2014

Gabi_1003_bikeshare_03Rows of bulky bike racks and towering solar-powered kiosks just started popping up around Seattle.

It’s all for the new Pronto Bike Share system, which is scheduled to launch Oct. 13 with a fleet of 500 bright green, seven-speed bicycles. Fifty stations will be strategically located in residential and employment hubs like the University District, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union and downtown. To access the bikes for unlimited, 30-minute rides, you may sign up for an annual $85 membership online or purchase one- or three-day passes at the bike kiosks.


Comments | More in Bicycles, Public transportation | Topics: Sodo, South Lake Union

March 15, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Can old waterfront streetcars get back on track?

Sketched Feb. 27 and March 5, 2013 I’ve yet to talk to a person in Seattle who didn’t love the George Benson waterfront streetcars. Since 2005, they’ve been stored at a facility in Sodo where Metro kindly let this newspaper artist roam around. As I was sizing up the cavernous room, I stumbled upon a “RIDER ALERT”…


Comments | More in Public transportation, Transportation | Topics: Downtown, Downtown waterfront

September 27, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Downtown buses free no more

Maybe it’s because I grew up in Barcelona, but I prefer public transportation over driving. In all the cities I’ve lived since, I always had to pay to ride the bus or subway. When I moved here six years ago and learned that bus trips within downtown were free, I thought it was quite a…



June 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Tuesday evening commute

Sketched June 26, 9:03 p.m. [Click to enlarge] Fifteen-minutes pencil sketch while riding the bus home last night. Drawing fellow bus commuters is what got me hooked on urban sketching when I moved to Seattle in 2006. Staedler Mars-780 leadholder with HB graphite lead on 8″ by 6″ pocket sketchbook spread.


Comments | More in Pencil, Public transportation, Sketchbook

March 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Seattle’s streetcar drawing riders

Sketched, March 13, 2012 When the South Lake Union streetcar opened in late 2007, I wondered who would ride those brightly colored cars.The dormant neighborhood of warehouses and light industry didn’t strike me as a destination. But since Amazon opened its campus here, I’ve seen more people riding the 1.3-mile line. Amazon employee Guhan Venkatesan, who lives…


Comments | More in Public transportation | Topics: South Lake Union, Streetcar

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