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Great Time to Ditch the Car and Try an Alternate Mode of Travel


The October 21 to October 31 closure of the Alaskan Way viaduct marks the beginning of tunnel construction, with the demolition of a one mile section of the viaduct south of downtown. This area will become the staging area for tunnel operations.  During the October closure, drivers can expect nine consecutive days of closure on the Alaskan Way Viaduct between northbound SR 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and South Royal Brougham Way and Southbound SR 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge. Northbound SR 99 between the South Royal Brougham Way on-ramp and the Battery Street Tunnel will open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. When SR 99 reopens there will be decreased speed limits while traveling along the bypass and the remainder of the Alaskan Way Viaduct until construction is finished in 2015.
The construction period is a great time to look into an alternative commute to work. Please consider the following:

West Seattle commuters are encouraged to consider using the West Seattle Water Taxi.

Commuters are encouraged to consider using Sound Transit regional express,

Community Transit and King County Metro Transit buses.

Sounder commuter rail is another travel option. Sounder operates in a corridor separate from the road and is not impacted by congestion.

Bus rides downtown are free from Battery Street to S Jackson Street and 6th Avenue to the waterfront between 6AM and 7PM.

You can get there by bike. Cascade Bicycle Club can help you. Check out the latest road and trail news.

VanPool provides the van and everything else for successful ridesharing: maintenance, insurance, fuel, tires and training. Groups of five to fifteen people are eligible.

VanShare helps get those who need to make a connection to or from bus, train or ferry service.

Minimize the number of cars on the road by carpooling. To find others interested in carpooling and vanpooling near you visit