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Juan Hood – Westlake Station

 

How do you bring humanity to your workday? Juan Hood, a 26 year King County Metro employee brought this spirit into his job when he worked as shop 2 custodian assigned to downtown Seattle’s Westlake Station at the time of this interview in 2020.  He describes the connection he makes with the commuters at the station.

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Party on Wheels Bus Stories

We 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.

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#UnmuteTheCommute

We 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.
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Bus Rides, Laughing Yoga and Senior Citizens

Taking 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. (more…)

Four Buses, Five Hours, Two Destinations

Seattle 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.

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Gia’s Bike & Bus Commute

Housing 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 her new home and her bike and bus commute. Reporter Whitney Henry-Lester has Gia’s dispatch.

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Life lessons learned on the bus

Our 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.

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My America

In 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.

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Dorian Wants Transit Policy Towards Disabled Persons to Change, Part 2

We 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.
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Transit Access for the DeafBlind Community, Part 2

We 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.

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