As we ramp up more transportation projects for 2016, so do our efforts to increase safety, mobility and quality of life for everyone traveling around Seattle. The recent opening of the street car, which now connects Capitol Hill to Pioneer Square, has been a great addition to our transportation network, and even more connections will be generated with the upcoming opening of the University Link Extension on March 19. Not only will this project increase safety and mobility, but also convenience for people wishing to access Downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and the University of Washington while bypassing I-5 altogether.
In order for these connections to be safer and more convenient near the UW, SDOT crews recently begun a project to improve the way people will access transit services around Husky Stadium and the UW Medical Center. This project will improve access and safety for pedestrians moving to and from the light rail station and bus stops, in addition to shortening walking distances outside Husky Stadium. Over the next couple of months, you’ll see construction activities mostly along NE Pacific ST and Montlake Blvd NE, as most of these bus stops will be upgraded with real-time arrival information signs and shelters. Upgrades to the bus stops will also allow for more frequent Metro transit service at each location and improved service to Bus Routes 44, 45 and 48, which was funded by Seattle’s Transportation Proposition 1 approved by voters in 2014.
By the time these transit and safety improvements are completed the weekend of March 26, people will enjoy more reliable access to transit services around Husky Stadium and the UW Medical Center. They’ll also experience easier and safer access by walking shorter distances between bus stops and the new light rail station.
This SDOT project is funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015. For more information about it or about Metro bus routes or Sound Transit’s University Link project, visit our website.