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What’s the Flux? Commuter Dispatches

A daily ritual—the commute—shapes our exploration of mobility, access and economic movement from the margins of a city to its center. With broadcast, texts, social media and bus ads, we bring curiosity to hidden, nonstop migration.

With support from the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), producer Mona Yeh examines Seattle metro area commuting to capture first-hand accounts of commuters and allow their stories to illuminate collective movement between work and home.

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  • Unmute the Commute: Walking to School

    April 15, 2019 Unmute the Commute: Walking to SchoolToday on Unmute the Commute, we take a trip to school. Produced by Michelle Waller Martin. Unmute the Commute is supported in part by Just One Trip.  A King County Metro initiative to get you out of your car starting with just one trip.
  • Unmute the Commute: One Bus Away from Love

    April 1, 2019 Unmute the Commute: One Bus Away from LoveA Metro bus can be a lot of things – a way to get to work, a social hub and even a place to find love. On today’s Unmute the Commute, we hear from one rider who is trying to bring passengers together… with mixed success.
  • Unmute the Commute: Super Commuters

    March 25, 2019 Unmute the Commute: Super CommutersA growing number of people in Western Washington are commuting for more than an hour and a half to work. We follow one of these journeys on today’s Unmute the Commute.
  • Unmute the Commute: Biker, Lawyer… Bike Lawyer

    March 18, 2019 Unmute the Commute: Biker, Lawyer... Bike LawyerOver the last four years, deaths of pedestrians and bicyclists in Washington State have doubled. This comes at a time when the state wants to get to zero traffic fatalities by the year 2030. So, how do we get there? We talk to Seattle bike lawyer Bob Anderton to hear one proposal. Produced by Jennie Cecil ...
  • Unmute the Commute: I Believe You Can Do More

    February 25, 2019 Unmute the Commute: I Believe You Can Do MoreEach week, power lifter Mark Bryant puts down his weights and teaches a senior fitness class.
  • Unmute the Commute: Your Driver is Mayor David Baker

    February 18, 2019 Unmute the Commute: Your Driver is Mayor David BakerEveryday we rely on people to get us around – in buses, carpools, rideshares… but who are the people driving us? On this week’s Unmute the Commute, we hear from an Uber driver who also happens to be the mayor of Kenmore.
  • Unmute the Commute: The Ferry Riot

    February 12, 2019 Unmute the Commute: The Ferry RiotIn 1987, a riot on a Washington State ferry resulted in over $30,000 worth of damage to the SV Kitsap. On this week’s Unmute the Commute, we talk to people who were there about what happened, and more importantly, why there was a riot in the first place. Featuring: Chris Looney (Infamous Kitsap Ferry Riot) + JG ...
  • Unmute the Commute: The Water Taxi

    February 4, 2019 Unmute the Commute: The Water TaxiSince the Alaskan Way Viaduct closed, riders on the West Seattle Water Taxi have more than doubled. King County Metro is hoping that some of those new riders will keep using the water taxi even after the tunnel replacing the viaduct opens. On this week’s Unmute the Commute, we take a trip to Elliott Bay ...
  • Unmute the Commute: A Pedicab Ride

    December 17, 2018 Unmute the Commute: A Pedicab RideFor the last Unmute the Commute of the season, we take a ride on a pedicab and explore Seattle’s unique history with the three wheeled transport. Produced by Jennie Cecil Moore.
  • Unmute the Commute: Biking in the Rain

    December 10, 2018 Unmute the Commute: Biking in the RainBiking in the rain – does anything sound more pleasant than that? On today’s show, we meet an avid cyclist who talks about the challenges and joys of riding a bike in the Northwest.
  • Unmute the Commute: This is Home

    November 26, 2018 Unmute the Commute: This is HomeOften in this series, we feature stories about people in dense urban areas taking buses to work or community events. Outside of Seattle and its suburbs, many people rely on public transit as well. But bus service hasn’t always been reliable in rural areas. Today we take a bus ride in Snoqualmie Valley and look ...
  • Unmute the Commute: A Home for Buttercup

    November 19, 2018 Unmute the Commute: A Home for ButtercupWashington has a handful of prisons scattered across the state – so if you’re convicted of a crime in Spokane, you may end up incarcerated in Clallam Bay or Shelton. This can mean a long trip for family members or spouses. Produced by Max Wasserman.
  • Unmute the Commute: Bikes, Bread, and Traffic

    November 5, 2018 Unmute the Commute: Bikes, Bread, and TrafficThe period of maximum constraint – that’s the term city planners are using for the next few years in Seattle, when a series of major construction projects will take place to improve transportation in the city’s core. But before these improvements are finished, there is a lot of construction and some nearby business owners are ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Access

    October 29, 2018 Unmute the Commute: AccessKing County Metro’s Access paratransit service takes around 3,000 trips a day. It carries passengers who would otherwise be excluded from public transit due to a disability. But some who ride paratransit believe that it could be improved and feel now is the time for change. Produced by Rachel Stevens.
  • Unmute the Commute: The Mad Bus Driver

    October 22, 2018 Unmute the Commute: The Mad Bus DriverRiding the bus can, at times, be surprising – it can elicit humor, kindness and gratitude among riders. No one knows this better than Anthony Session. During the day, Session drives King County Metro’s route 7 bus. But on stage, where he calls himself the Mad Bus Driver, Session is a stand up comedian, doing ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Seattle’s Freeway Revolt

    October 15, 2018 Unmute the Commute: Seattle's Freeway RevoltIt has been fifty years since a group of Seattle citizens successfully fought a major freeway planned through their neighborhood. What did the fight look like? And what can it tell us about activism today?
  • Unmute the Commute: Ancient Highways

    October 8, 2018 Unmute the Commute: Ancient HighwaysWe explore our region’s original commutes along the water highways of the Salish Sea and Pacific Coast.
  • Unmute the Commute: South on Seven with Chef T

    October 1, 2018 Unmute the Commute: South on Seven with Chef TA chef makes a meal based on the seven bus in Seattle — partially to pay tribute to the rapidly changing neighborhoods along the line.
  • Unmute the Commute: The Tech Buses

    September 24, 2018 Unmute the Commute: The Tech BusesCorporate run buses shuttling employees to and from tech campuses are ubiquitous in Seattle. What is it like to ride one? And why are some transit advocates worried about them?
  • Unmute the Commute: A Friend and a Stranger

    September 17, 2018 Unmute the Commute: A Friend and a StrangerToday on Unmute the Commute, we’re following the commute of Caleb Gustin to the VA hospital, where they work. In addition to working as nurse at the VA, Gustin dresses in drag and teaches inclusive sex ed. Produced by Rachel Stevens.
  • Unmute the Commute: The Vanpool

    September 10, 2018 Unmute the Commute: The VanpoolToday on Unmute the Commute, we talk with some vanpool riders about the social side of their daily commute. Produced by Gregg Selby.
  • Unmute the Commute: The Bus Roadeo

    August 27, 2018 Unmute the Commute: The Bus RoadeoWhen you think rodeos, bucking broncos or steer wrestling may come to mind, but what about parallel parking and judgement stops? We follow a competitor in a bus roadeo on Unmute the Commute.
  • Unmute the Commute: The Canine Commute

    August 20, 2018 Unmute the Commute: The Canine CommuteThe Puget Sound region has grown quickly over the last 10 years. That means thousands more people are in cars headed to work. But there’s another population also sitting in traffic: dogs. Produced by Jennie Cecil-Moore.
  • Unmute the Commute: Seniors’ Health and Public Transit

    August 13, 2018 Unmute the Commute: Seniors' Health and Public TransitOn today’s Unmute the Commute we look at the relationship between riding public transit and the health of older adults. Produced by Michelle Wallar Martin. 
  • Unmute the Commute: The Access Map

    August 6, 2018 Unmute the Commute: The Access Map Seattle’s steep hills can make traversing the city difficult for those with limited mobility. But, computer scientists at the University of Washington hope to help with a map that routes people through public elevators and lower grade streets. Today’s story: The Access Map. Produced by Casey Martin and Hans Anderson. To test out new versions of ...
  • Unmute the Commute: The Solowheel

    June 11, 2018 Unmute the Commute: The Solowheel“The Future of Commuting” is already here, reads many headlines today. But what does that really look like? Today on Unmute the Commute, we explore one of these futures – that is already a reality in Seattle. Produced by Jennie Cecil-Moore. Unmute the Commute is a weekly series featuring stories that move you.
  • Unmute the Commute: The SODO Busway Murals

    May 21, 2018 Unmute the Commute: The SODO Busway MuralsThere’s an art gallery in Seattle only accessible by public transit. Today on Unmute the Commute, the SODO Busway Murals. Produced by Ann Kane.  Unmute the Commute is a weekly series featuring stories that move you.
  • Unmute the Commute: Angel Flight West

    May 8, 2018 Unmute the Commute: Angel Flight WestHave you ever wondered how some of our neighbours in outlying islands make it to medical centers quickly when needed? Today on Unmute the Commute, here’s one solution. Produced by Jennie Cecil-Moore. Unmute the Commute is a weekly series featuring stories that move you.
  • Unmute the Commute: Cutting the Ferry Line

    April 30, 2018 Unmute the Commute: Cutting the Ferry LineToday on Unmute the Commute, we’re speaking with some regular ferry commuters who… all have the same thing on their minds. Produced by Ann Kane.  Unmute the Commute is a weekly series featuring stories that move you.
  • Unmute the Commute: Get on the Bus! Transit Training

    April 2, 2018 Unmute the Commute: Get on the Bus! Transit TrainingRemember the first time you rode public transit? Think of what your learning curve was like. You may not have known that here in King County, Metro offers training to help flatten that learning curve. Today on Unmute the Commute, Transit Training. Produced by Jennie Cecil-Moore. Unmute the Commute is supported in part by Just One ...
  • The Undocumented Commute

    March 26, 2018 The Undocumented CommuteToday on Unmute the Commute, we bring you an undocumented story. Produced by Michelle Wallar Martin. Immigration resources: City’s Immigrant Rights Office: http://www.seattle.gov/iandraffairs/resources Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: https://www.nwirp.org/
  • Unmute the Commute: Three Blocks from Home

    March 13, 2018 Unmute the Commute: Three Blocks from HomeThis Unmute the Commute is about pedestrian safety in two chapters. Produced by Hebah Fisher. Additional Resources: Vision Zero Seattle Unmute the Commute is a weekly series featuring stories that move you.
  • Unmute the Commute: The Commute Challenge

    March 7, 2018 Unmute the Commute: The Commute Challenge20 days, 20 different commutes. Today’s Unmute the Commute is brought to us by producer Jennie Cecil Moore. For more details about Bruce’s commute challenge, check out his blog. Unmute the Commute is a weekly series sponsored in part by Just One Trip, a King County Metro campaign to get you out of your car, starting with ...
  • Unmute the Commute: the Kent Food Desert

    February 26, 2018 Unmute the Commute: the Kent Food DesertKicking off Season III of Unmute the Commute with a ride along to the Kent Food desert. Unmute the Commute is a weekly series featuring stories that move you. Produced by Casey Martin
  • #SEAHomeless: Night Owl Bus Rider – Sleeping on the Bus

    June 28, 2017 #SEAHomeless: Night Owl Bus Rider - Sleeping on the BusWhat is it like to ride the bus every night to stay warm and sleep. This story comes from our Unmute the Commute series. Photo by Zack Heistand
  • Unmute the Commute: Rainier Ave, 1.5 Accidents a Day. No More.

    June 19, 2017 Unmute the Commute: Rainier Ave, 1.5 Accidents a Day. No More.Do you know what the most dangerous street in all of Seattle is? Chances are you’re thinking of Aurora, or maybe Lake City Way. But you may be surprised to learn that it’s Rainier Ave S. And, you may be even more surprised to learn how extensive the problem is – on average, there are ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Ramadan Stories

    June 12, 2017 Unmute the Commute: Ramadan StoriesRamadan, the month where Muslims fast, is May-June this year. For this week’s Unmute the Commute, we tagged along with some fasting Muslims for their daily commute to the mosque for dinner and prayers. Produced by Hebah Fisher. Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting commuter stories, supported in part by King County Metro’s Just ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Apples and Oranges

    June 5, 2017 Unmute the Commute: Apples and OrangesFor today’s Unmute the Commute, the story behind the lady passing out apples and oranges on Seattle buses. From KBCS’s Yuko Kodama.   Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting commuter stories, supported in part by King County Metro’s Just One Trip.
  • Unmute the Commute: The Night Owls

    May 30, 2017 Unmute the Commute: The Night OwlsWashington state has the fifth largest homeless population in the country, at about 20,000 individuals as estimated in 2016. When night comes, there are few places where housing insecure individuals can go to keep warm. Especially in the colder months, buses often provide warmth and dry shelter for a few hours. Today on Unmute the ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Ride Along to the VA

    May 22, 2017 Unmute the Commute: Ride Along to the VAHave you ever wondered what it’s like for veterans to get around town? For this week’s Unmute the Commute, ride along with us to the VA center in Seattle. Produced by Casey Martin. Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting commuter stories, supported in part by King County Metro’s Just One Trip.
  • Unmute the Commute: My Family and My Bus

    May 16, 2017 Unmute the Commute: My Family and My BusMay 15 is the International Day of Families as recognised by the United Nations. Today we celebrate all caregivers in families – parents, grandparents, siblings… all parental figures! For this week’s Unmute the Commute story, here is a parent who believes in raising her family on the bus. Produced by Hebah Fisher. Unmute the Commute is ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Walking Around Issaquah 

    May 10, 2017 Unmute the Commute: Walking Around Issaquah As the weather warms up, you may be considering walking around town more. And yet, some of our neighbours, like Angie Aldrich in Issaquah, walk all year ’round as their means of transportation. For this week’s Unmute the Commute, join us for a walk around Issaquah. Produced by Hans Anderson.  Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Building a House with a Bike

    May 1, 2017 Unmute the Commute: Building a House with a BikeWhat if you biked everywhere? On today’s Unmute the Commute, meet Fred Miller. Produced by Hebah Fisher. Story discovered through King County Metro’s Just One Trip campaign. Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting commuter stories, supported in part by King County Metro’s Just One Trip.
  • Unmute the Commute: Poetry on Buses

    April 24, 2017 Unmute the Commute: Poetry on BusesRemember seeing poetry on King County and Sound Transit buses a few years ago? After a brief hiatus, Poetry on Buses coordinated by 4Culture returns this Monday 24 April to the Puget Sound. KBCS’s Casey Martin brings us this week’s Unmute the Commute story. For more details about the Poetry on Buses project, including the launch ...
  • Unmute the Commute: A Methadone Ride

    April 17, 2017 Unmute the Commute: A Methadone RidePublic health officials have called the opiate epidemic the worst drug crisis in American history – with overdose deaths nearly tripling since 1999. About 50 years ago, clinics starting treating opiate addiction with methadone, or controlled doses of an opiate to slowly wean patients off of their addiction. On today’s Unmute the Commute, we ride ...
  • Unmute the Commute: A Ferry Ride Between Two Worlds

    April 11, 2017 Unmute the Commute: A Ferry Ride Between Two WorldsOn today’s Unmute the Commute, join us for a ferry ride between two worlds – the busy, bustling streets of Seattle’s Downtown, to the peaceful, idyllic farmlands of Kitsap County. Bob Fisher’s daily commute is over 2 hours each way to shuffle between both. Produced by Jennie Cecil-Moore. Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Freedom Rides

    April 3, 2017 Unmute the Commute: Freedom RidesWe ride buses so easily today that we may forget our nation’s history just 60 years ago. Today on Unmute the Commute, join us on a Freedom Ride. Produced by former KBCS News Director Sonya Green and Winona Hollins Hauge of Project Pilgrimage. Former Freedom Rider Dr. Bernard Lafayette will be in Seattle on April ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Bus to Snoqualmie Falls

    March 27, 2017 Unmute the Commute: Bus to Snoqualmie FallsWashington has many places to visit, and for today’s Unmute the Commute, we’re taking you to one of the unlikely places you can get to by bus. Transit Riders Union Pauline VenSenus takes us to Snoqualmie Falls. Produced by Whitney Henry Lester. Photo: Snoqualmie Falls, Kelly Clark Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting commuter stories, supported ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Ancient Highways

    March 20, 2017 Unmute the Commute: Ancient HighwaysWe explore our region’s original commutes along the water highways of the Salish Sea and Pacific Coast. Listen in on interviews with the late Quileute Canoe Leader, Sunny Woodruff, and United Nations for All Tribes Foundation Board Chair and Makah tribal member, Jeff Smith . Today’s story is brought to you by KBCS’s Yuko Kodama. Unmute ...
  • Unmute the Commute: Transit Driver Appreciation Day

    March 17, 2017 Unmute the Commute: Transit Driver Appreciation DayThey help us start our day off, guide us with directions and offer a final ‘Have a good Day’ on our way home. March 18th is Transit Driver Appreciation day. KBCS’s Hebah Fisher brings us this special story from our new series Unmute the Commute. Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting commuter stories, supported in ...
  • Finding Love on the Bus

    February 14, 2017 Finding Love on the BusLove is in the air. And maybe at your bus stop. Our WTFlux team went in search of love stories. They met Troy who met his future wife on the bus. They also met Alper and Amanda who’s shared bus route led to their romance. Robbin Block, Yuko Kodama and Mona Yeh produced this segment, ...
  • Who Is My Neighbor? – A Bus Ride Through Seattle’s Central District

    December 15, 2016 Who Is My Neighbor? - A Bus Ride Through Seattle's Central DistrictRide along on bus 48 through Seattle’s Central District. It’s a historically black community that Carla Saulter and Gabriel Teodros know well. They identify some of the symptoms that mark the gentrification of the neighborhood. The piece produced by KBCS’s Mona Yeh and Yuko Kodama, is part of Unmute the Commute, our series on stories from ...
  • A Day At The Bus Stop

    August 4, 2016 A Day At The Bus StopWhat happens at a bus stop throughout the day? In this special edition of What’s the Flux: Commuter dispatches, lead Producer, Mona Yeh and Producer, Yuko Kodama sent reporters out to visit some of our region’s busiest bus stops over a 24 hour period. You’ll listen to the rhythm at popular transit centers in our ...
  • Party on Wheels Bus Stories

    July 22, 2016 Party on Wheels Bus StoriesWe invited the community to a Party on Wheels. Parents, kids, senior citizens and the like all enjoyed talking about their bus experiences. Correspondent Nathan Miller has the dispatch. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches.
  • #UnmuteTheCommute

    June 30, 2016 #UnmuteTheCommuteWe missed you at our #PartyonWheels. But we didn’t want you to miss out on the fun. You can check out what you missed here. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches.
  • Bus Rides, Laughing Yoga and Senior Citizens

    June 9, 2016 Bus Rides, Laughing Yoga and Senior CitizensTaking the bus is no laughing matter for senior citizen couple, Sashi and Ravi. They live in Bellevue and rely heavily on public transportation to connect with their community through the Indian Association of Western Washington. It’s how they get to laughing chair yoga and share precious laughs with other senior citizens. Here’s the ...
  • Four Buses, Five Hours, Two Destinations

    June 2, 2016 Four Buses, Five Hours, Two DestinationsSeattle is not the only place where housing affordability is a concern. On the eastside, housing prices forced high school student, Coen Lavar’s family to relocate to Renton. For Coen, this meant a longer commute to his school in Sammamish. Much longer. Mona Yeh has his dispatch. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches.
  • Gia’s Bike & Bus Commute

    May 26, 2016 Gia's Bike & Bus CommuteHousing affordability is an ongoing issue in Seattle. For bike and bus commuter, Gia Mugford, housing prices are one part of the equation. For Gia congestion, parking availability and constant crowds on Capitol Hill were other factors that led her to make a move. Gia left Seattle and moved to Tacoma where she’s happy with ...
  • Life lessons learned on the bus

    May 12, 2016 Life lessons learned on the busOur WTFlux team learned at our April event that when you “unmute the commute”, you can learn a lot. From having conversations to strangers to people watching that inspires art, there are many life lessons that can be learned. In this excerpt from the event, you hear Seattle bus chick, Carla Saulter, artist, Lynn DiNino ...
  • My America

    May 5, 2016 My AmericaIn April, the What’s the Flux team held a listening party in Seattle. It featured many voices including sisters Dr. Georgia McDade and Mary Stewart. They both gave a description of the America they live in. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatch stories.
  • Dorian Wants Transit Policy Towards Disabled Persons to Change, Part 2

    April 28, 2016 Dorian Wants Transit Policy Towards Disabled Persons to Change, Part 2We introduced you to Dorian Taylor, a wheelchair user and regular bus-rider who’s experienced challenges with nearly every single ride. Dorian wants to change transit policy to better address the needs of the wheelchair user community. After their story aired, King County Metro contacted Dorian to hold a meeting with their ADA Compliance Officer. The What’s ...
  • Transit Access for the DeafBlind Community, Part 2

    April 21, 2016 Transit Access for the DeafBlind Community, Part 2We continue our exploration of issues around access and mobility for people in the DeafBlind community with Chris Loomis. Producer, Mona Yeh and correspondent Yuko Kodama spent time at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. in Seattle to learn more. Here’s the dispatch. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatch stories.
  • Transit Access for the DeafBlind Community, Part 1

    April 14, 2016 Transit Access for the DeafBlind Community, Part 1Daily commuting activities such as crossing the street, boarding a bus, and knowing where to get off – become part of a completely different world for those in the deaf-blind community. Seattle has perhaps one of the largest and most active DeafBlind communities in the country. Producer, Mona Yeh and correspondent, Yuko Kodama spent time ...
  • Emily’s Bike & Bus Commute

    April 12, 2016 Emily's Bike & Bus CommuteEmily Campbell enjoys her bike to bus commute just the way it is. Driving a car is not an option she likes or thinks about. In fact, Emily says even if she won the lottery, she’d buy a car but still take the bus. Correspondent Whitney Henry Lester rode along with Emily and brings you ...
  • A View From the Bus Driver’s Seat

    March 31, 2016 A View From the Bus Driver's SeatWaking up before the sun rises and driving a big machine are two things Janice Rapier likes to do. After 30 years of perfecting this routine as a part-time transit operator for King County Metro Transit, Janice appreciates the perks of driving a bus. And she especially likes the fact that it’s one profession where ...
  • Dorian Wants Transit Policy Towards Disabled Persons to Change, Part 1

    March 24, 2016 Dorian Wants Transit Policy Towards Disabled Persons to Change, Part 1When Dorian has a smooth bus ride, it’s an experience to cherish. What’s the Flux producer, Mona Yeh, took a ride with Dorian to get a first-hand account of their experience. Here’s the dispatch. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatch stories.
  • Homeless but not Hopeless; Riding the Bus to a Better Future

    March 3, 2016 Homeless but not Hopeless; Riding the Bus to a Better FutureThe bus is a means to a better life for Al Brown. Brown is homeless but not hopeless. He has been homeless for years but that has not determined his outlook on life. Brown is a college student who depends on the bus to move him towards a better future. Whitney Henry-Lester brings us Al’s ...
  • Route 48 Ride Along

    March 2, 2016 Route 48 Ride AlongA campaign got route 48 for the Central District and continued advocacy keeps the bus route in business. The Transit Riders Union is very active in ensuring transit justice for all. Yuko Kodama spoke with Transit Riders union General Secretary and Organizer, Katie Wilson. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches stories. Additional Seattle Times ...
  • The Campaign for Seattle’s Bus Route 48

    February 25, 2016 The Campaign for Seattle's Bus Route 48What many in Seattle know as bus route 48 didn’t always exist. Thanks to the hard work of community organizers and advocates in 1966, Seattle’s Central Area got much needed north-south transportation. Among the leaders who worked on the Crosstown Bus Campaign was Maid Adams of Seattle Congress of Racial Equality or CORE. Adams reflected ...
  • Seattle Central District Mini-Tran Project

    February 23, 2016 Seattle Central District Mini-Tran ProjectIn 1966, the U.S. Congress passed legislation to initiate the Model Cities Program. The program was developed to address social and economic disadvantages among other things. In 1971, Seattle became a Model City. One of the programs funded was the Mini-Tran Project, a neighborhood bus system that served Seattle’s Central District residential neighborhoods. The bus ...
  • What’s the Flux: An Orca Card Makes a Difference for Students

    February 21, 2016 What's the Flux: An Orca Card Makes a Difference for StudentsToday we unmute the commute with Mariam Bayo. Mariam Bayo was one of 50 students who received an ORCA card in the fall. But Bayo didn’t stop fighting for other students to have ORCA cards. Mariam is a testament to what can happen when students are giving all of the necessary resources they need to succeed. Correspondent Yuko ...
  • Bus Boycotts and Segregation

    February 16, 2016 Bus Boycotts and SegregationWe explore buses and transportation as centers of movement-building and activism. Segregated bus systems were deemed unconstitutional in 1961, only after very persistent efforts by hundreds of freedom fighters who put their life on the line as they demanded for desegregated bus facilities. South Seattle resident and educator, Georgia McDade, grew up in Munroe, Louisiana. ...
  • Finding Love on the Bus

    February 14, 2016 Finding Love on the BusLove is in the air. And maybe at your bus stop. Our WTFlux team went in search of love stories. They met Troy who met his future wife on the bus. They also met Alper and Amanda who’s shared bus route led to their romance. Robbin Block, Yuko Kodama and Mona Yeh produced this segment. Troy ...
  • A Student Led Movement for Transit Justice Pays Off

    February 4, 2016 A Student Led Movement for Transit Justice Pays OffSeattle city council members made a unanimous decision to pass the Orca card passport program for low-income students on Wednesday. The pilot program offered 50 cards to students. The approved plan will allow more Orca cards to be distributed to high school and middle school students on free and reduced lunch and who live beyond ...
  • Holly Eckert’s dispatch: Riding with a Disability

    January 28, 2016 Holly Eckert's dispatch: Riding with a DisabilityWe unmute the commute with Holly Eckert.  Holly gives her dispatch to Mona Yeh. She also writes about it for the Seattle Times Opinion page. Eckert’s life was dramatically and forever changed at 34 years of age when she learned she had epilepsy. Her first seizure caused a car accident. It was after this, she decided ...
  • Tacoma artist, Lynn DiNino creates bus-themed art

    January 26, 2016 Tacoma artist, Lynn DiNino creates bus-themed artPeople-watching and gazing out the window are common ways to pass time on the bus. Tacoma artist Lynn Di Nino took this to the next level by creating an art exhibit inspired by her 35 mile long Tacoma-Seattle commute consisting of 3-dimensional portraits of bus riders sitting next to photographs, which are real window scenes ...
  • Why My Family Lives Car-free

    January 21, 2016 Why My Family Lives Car-freeActivist and Bus Chick blogger, Carla Saulter made a choice many years ago to live without a car. It’s a choice she’s happy about. It’s a choice she wishes more people could make. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches stories.
  • Bus talk with bus chick, Carla Saulter

    January 19, 2016 Bus talk with bus chick, Carla SaulterWe unmute the commute with activist and Bus chick blogger, Carla Saulter. Saulter has been living car free since 2003 along with her husband and two children. Carla’s bus chick blog chronicles the ups and downs of public transit. Correspondent Yuko Kodama rode along with Carla, here’s her dispatch. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter ...
  • Public transit trends

    January 15, 2016 Public transit trendsWhat’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches is a series of stories from our region’s heaviest transit mode, the bus. Senior Producer for the project, Mona Yeh is joined Sonya Green in the KBCS studios to discuss more about the project. She was joined by Mary Jo Porter, partner of the Underhill Company.  For the past 40 years, ...
  • My commute is ________ – Fill in the blank.

    January 12, 2016 My commute is ________ - Fill in the blank.WTFlux is on a journey to tell your stories about the joys and struggles of public transportation. Here’s what we’ve learned so far. Click here for more What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches stories.
  • A Bus Rider’s Life

    January 7, 2016 A Bus Rider's LifeWhat’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches explores the commute through the eyes of bus riders. How would you describe your commute? So far we’ve heard boring, frustrating and long to name a few. Does that sound familiar? Share your commute story with us. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @kbcs #wtflux #findingamerica. Text WTFlux at 206-693-4840 to ...
  • How would you describe your commute?

    December 29, 2015 How would you describe your commute?Our What’s the Flux? team has been talking to commuters around town. Here’s how some Bellevue College students described their commute to our own, David Joseph. How would you describe your commute? We want to hear from you too! Text or Instagram: @kbcs #wtflux #findingamerica. Text to take a brief survey: Text ‘WTFlux” to 206-693-4840. Email: ...
  • WTFlux wants your stories

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