We’ve added over 300 trips each week on popular bus routes across the city!

We’re investing in transit.

The Alaskan Way Viaduct (AWV) is permanently closing in January 2019. This once in a lifetime event will forever change how we get around Seattle. We know getting around will become increasingly harder especially during this transition. To help relieve some of the downtown travel pressure, we’ve developed five key pillars of our downtown mobility strategy to help you get around as easily as possible during this challenging period.

 

Starting this Saturday, September 22, King County Metro’s fall service change will happen – this is when you’ll notice our investments coming through for you. We’ve added over 300 trips each week on popular bus routes across the city, including 32 trips during weekday peak periods to help alleviate crowded bus routes.

We’re also proactively adding trips on routes that’ll be impacted when the Viaduct closes in January. As the roadways become more congested, added transit service will be necessary to move people efficiently through the limited roadway space.

 

Thank you, Seattle voters!

We’re funding trips starting this September (and in 2019) through the Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD), approved by Seattle voters in November 2014.

Here’s what you can expect.

This weekend, you’ll see the following bus route improvements:
We’re expanding 10-minute weekday service.
  • Improved routes 41 and 70 to 10-minutes or better service from 6 AM – 7 PM on weekdays

 

We’ve added transit capacity through peak period trips.

  • Added 1 AM trips and 1 PM trips on RapidRide C Line (a joint investment with Amazon)
  • Added 1 AM trips and 1 PM trips on RapidRide D Line (a joint investment with Amazon)
  • Added 3 AM trips and 6 PM trips on RapidRide E Line
  • Added 3 AM trips on Routes 17/18 (a joint investment with King County Metro)
  • Added 1 AM trip on Route 28
  • Added 5 AM trips and 9 PM trips on Route 40 (a joint investment with King County Metro)
  • Added 1 AM trips and 4 PM trips on Route 41
  • Added 2 AM trips and 1 PM trips on Routes 56/57
  • Added 3 AM trips and 4 PM trips on Route 70
  • Added 2 AM trips and 1 PM trips on Route 120

 

Improved service reliability on Route 50 to serve Veterans Affairs Hospital.

 

Added targeted trips on Routes 7, 31, 32, 73, 75, 106, and 372 to improve connections seven days a week (some investments funded by Metro).

 

We’re working around the clock.

We’re working around the clock to help you prepare and navigate around the construction impacts while keeping you informed of what’s happening so that you can plan your commute accordingly.

Read more about what transportation engineers have dubbed this transition as, the Period of Maximum Constraint:

 

Resources:

SDOT’s Traveler’s Map

Know before you go. Use the map controls to see real-time traffic, travel times, camera footage, if a bridge is up or down, and if a railroad crossing is open or closed – select by neighborhood if you choose.

 

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King County’s Get Ready website

There’s no way around it—getting around Seattle is going to be tricky during the SR 99 closure. Expect traffic delays and be prepared for full buses during peak travel times. Check out the travel options below that can help you get around in anticipation of the new SR 99 tunnel opening.

 

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