The New Normal: A bus driver steers Seattle through crisis

As an operator for King County Metro, Clay McClure risks his own health and safety to keep the community moving during the pandemic.

King County Metro operator Clay McClure drives passengers on the 106 route from Seattle's Chinatown-International District to the city of Renton. It's one of the various bus routes McClure operates for King County. (Matt M. McKnight/Crosscut)

King County Metro operator Clay McClure is one of the many essential workers who help transport Seattle's residents to and from destinations during the coronavirus pandemic, risking his own health and safety to help others. While McClure worries about himself and his loved ones, he is also concerned about Metro's ridership as the pandemic continues to affect our communities. We followed McClure on one day of his life, as he navigated being a resident of Seattle and a bus driver operating a line that often carries some of the city's most at-risk population.



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Matt M. McKnight

Matt M. McKnight

Matt McKnight is formerly a visual journalist at Crosscut, where he covered a variety of political, social and environmental issues around the Pacific Northwest.