Thanks to some money troubles (and the intricacies of converting their biodiesel bus to run on leftover fryer grease) Shared Route, the uber-groovy transport that runs between Seattle and Portland, has suspended operations for the month of August. One would-be rider found this out the hard way when her ticket for next weekend was suddenly canceled. The accompanying email from Shared Route co-founder Jacob Rosenblum said simply that he had “sad news.” “We have run out of funds and are unable to continue operation,” wrote Rosenblum, a former Evergreen student.
The bus, which made the trip down I-5 once daily, also made a stop in Olympia. When I spoke with Rosenblum last spring, he was celebrating the line’s first sold-out ride and talking about adding additional runs in the future.
Now, he says they’re taking the month off to finish converting the bus to run on veggie oil and trying to dig up some additional cash. “We incurred some unexpected costs,” he says. “We should be back up and running around Sept. 10.”