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Seattle’s mega-commuters: We spend more time than ever traveling to work

Colleen Williams rides a light rail train from  the Link Light Rail Othello Station to downtown Seattle, where she will catch a bus to her job in Bellevue three days a week.  Shot Thursday, June 15, 2017.  Williams moved to Seattle from New York City last year. She commutes via Link Light Rail and bus to her job in Bellevue, which takes 90 minutes in the morning, and often longer coming home.

“I had no idea it was this insane,” Seattle newcomer Colleen Williams said about her 90-minute commute from Rainier Valley to Bellevue. The region’s growth of mega-commuters ranks among the top in the nation, writes FYI Guy.

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