Best Bus Route

Route 48

Want to travel the breadth of the city for $2.25? Route 48 goes everywhere that most people don't really need to go. Other than old Metro Conference high-school rivals (Blanchet, Roosevelt, Garfield, Franklin) without a carpool or skateboard, we're not sure where the commuter demand is for a bus that gets its passengers from Loyal Heights to Mount Baker by way of the University and Central Districts (but not downtown). But that's what makes the 48 special: It's a cultural hodgepodge on wheels, rolling slowly through a random assortment of very different neighborhoods without regard for convenience or speed limits which exceed 30. At a time when Metro's cutting and consolidating routes, that the 48 carries on uninterrupted is as charming as an abandoned fleet of vintage streetcars. MIKE SEELY

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