Which pathway should buses use once the SR-99 tunnel is done?

Construction of the Seattle central waterfront project (2016-2018) will continue affecting bus service for several more years. If you ride one of the routes listed below, we’d like your feedback on ways we can keep transit moving during that time:

15, 15 Express, 18, 18 Express, 21 Express, 54, 54 Express, 55,
56 Express, 113, 120, 121, 122, 125

The construction project will close the Columbia and Seneca street ramps in 2016. Metro is looking at ways to connect transit from areas to the south of downtown to Third Avenue via Alaskan Way, both during and after the construction.

Right now, we’re looking at two potential pathways. One would use Columbia Street for both directions of travel; the other would use Main and Washington streets. Both would include bus stops in both directions at S Dearborn Street and Alaskan Way for access to and from the stadiums.

The Columbia Street option

  • Buses would travel in both directions on Columbia Street from Alaskan Way to Third Avenue, probably using bus-only lanes.
  • A bus stop near Columbia Street and Western Avenue would be the southernmost stop in downtown Seattle for riders from Ballard, Interbay, Uptown, and Queen Anne.
  • Riders in West Seattle, Burien, and southwest King County would get to destinations such as Pioneer Square and the International District via a stop near Columbia Street and Western Avenue (much like the stops that are there today).

The S Main and S Washington streets option

  • Buses would either travel into downtown on S Main Street and out of downtown on S Washington Street, or in both directions on S Main Street, probably using bus-only lanes from Alaskan Way to Third Avenue.
  • Buses would stop near S Main and S Washington streets at Occidental Avenue S.

How you can participate

One thought on “Which pathway should buses use once the SR-99 tunnel is done?

  1. I suppose I am beating a dead horse here but why are you cancelling the 133 which goes direct to UW from SW seattle? The remaining option is to put more people onto downtown buses just at a time when you are struggling with how to avoid traffic woes due to tunnel construction.

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