Transportation & Housing (Hotels/Hostels/ETC)
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please click on the words that are underlined in blue/purple = links to a web site for more information.
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Traffic and camera advice/help
Bus options http://www.soundtransit.org/
City Transit = metro(Seattle and king County), pierce transit(tacoma area, south of seattle)
Regional Buses = bolt bus, greyhound, also use city buses = cheaper to get you to border of next area(SEATTLE TO TACOMA = $15 greyhound, just $3,50 for city bus(makes a few stops at big stations)
housing - www.airbnb.com (for cheap rooms)
kayak, hotwire, hotels.com, expedia(for hotels)
Green Tortoise is 1/2 block from pikes place market and a good location to walk to many other things including the waterfront, belltown & pioneer square nightlife, etc.
Freeways and Roads - here is a LINK for the states transportation site, which will tell you all you need to know about the roads, ferries, etc. you can find the ferry schedule and prices here, traffic cameras, approximate travel time needed between places, etc.
Toll roads/bridges - as of april 2013 the I-90 bridge which goes from South Seattle to South Bellevue and is the only road access for Mercer Island is free to drive on. However connecting the north sides of the 2 cities is the "520 floating bridge" which has $3-5 toll to cross, depending on time of day(but its a cool view). They send you a bill by mail after they photograph your plate. The "Narrows Bridge" in Tacoma charges about $5 but just in the eastbound direction and there is a booth to pay, westbound is free. Currently the only other "pay as you go" roads are on hwy 167 but only if you use the carpool lane.
********* more when time ******** or feel free to email me if need more info, or may i also suggest the Seattle couchsurfing group for good info and events and people to hangout with.