As we get closer to conference-time (yay!), your Seattle-area Boots-on-the-Ground wanted to provide some more detailed transportation information in addition to what's listed on the FAR-West site. For folk arriving at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, the taxi, Shuttle Express, and Sound Transit bus options (#560) listed at the bottom of www.far-west.org/hotel2016.
If you're coming in Wednesday (10/12) for the Pre-Conference Open-Stage at Dusty Strings in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, you can taxi, Shuttle Express, or take the Link Light Rail to downtown Seattle (~45 min) and then bus/cab/Uber/etc. to the Fremont neighborhood: 3406 Fremont Ave. N (98103). For bussing, hop a #40 or #62 route heading north on 3rd Ave. (the transit tunnel through which Link Light Rail passes goes under 3rd Ave. - University Street Station is a good one to make the transfer). If you're a car2go user (and traveling light), that's another option, either from downtown or the airport itself: www.car2go.com/US/en/seattle/
Those taking Amtrak and arriving at King Street Station in Seattle can bus/cab/Uber/etc. as well (car2go does not serve Bellevue). If heading to the hotel (900 Bellevue Way; 98004) via bus, walk a short distance to the International District Metro Station and take a #550 bus, which will drop you just a short distance from the Hyatt. If heading to Dusty Strings via bus, find your way to 3rd Ave. anywhere north of Yesler St. (not far) and follow instructions in the preceding paragraph.
Both King Country Metro (bus) and Sound Transit (light rail/bus) have useful Trip Planner functions on their websites if you want to enter addresses and map it for yourself: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.
We encourage folk looking to transportation-share to post their arrival itineraries. Shuttle Express (vans) in particular is a good, budget-conscious way to pile in - less expensive than a taxi, less time than the bus. There may be a limited number of carpool options provided by locals (particularly going from the hotel to the Seattle event and returning Wednesday evening), but we're still working out details there. (Fremont is a neat neighborhood, so arriving early Wed. would offer some fun exploring; we may even put a walking tour together if there's interest.)
If you're arriving Wednesday for the Open-Stage and *not* planning to stay at the Hyatt, we may also be able to line up a small number of area home-stays: contact Bill Lippe to inquire about possibilities here, firstname.lastname@example.org. Let Bill know whether or not you have your own transportation and if there are any particular allergies/concerns of note. And if you're local and available to host, contact Bill with that news as well.
Looking forward to seeing everyone! Safe travels -