UPDATE! Weekend reroutes for routes 27, 43, 44, 45, 48, 62, 65, 71, 73, 255 and 271, and ST routes 545 and 554 are posted in our Alerts Center. A transit alert
is in the works was sent to route subscribers , and more updates are coming. Because event shuttles will be staged on Montlake Boulevard, buses that typically serve those locations will be rerouted. Transit customers who usually use those routes and who are transferring to or from Link light rail or heading to events shuttles will be temporarily directed to stops that are farther away, along Stevens Way, 15th Avenue NE or University Way NE. Riders are encouraged to allow additional travel time to travel several blocks to reach event shuttles and navigate expected traffic congestion in the Montlake area. Cross-lake SR 520 buses will be affected for the duration of the weekend closure.
The world’s longest floating bridge is having an epic ribbon cutting this weekend – and Metro is providing shuttles 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 2 for the state’s celebration – and rerouting some buses as a result.
More details about the reroutes are pending soon – including updates to this blog post – and will list temporary service revisions in the Montlake Triangle area near UW Station, where buses will be temporarily serving different stop locations.
Metro shuttle buses will carry people to the floating bridge for the event from southbound Montlake Boulevard, Houghton Park-and-Ride, South Kirkland Park-and-Ride and the Bellevue Transit Center. Details are on the SR 520 celebration page which has a special Saturday event Getting There section. Other bus routes that typically cross SR 520 will travel Interstate 90 instead all weekend while the SR 520 bridge is closed.
As with all big events, it’s a good idea to start planning how you will get there. Metro will carry passengers from shuttle locations as quickly as we can, filling buses and looping back to carry more. Depending on how many people attend the event, there’s a chance that riders should prepare for possibly lengthy wait times to board shuttle buses. Think sunscreen and patience.
No bikes will be allowed on the floating bridge during the Saturday event. WSDOT has arranged for centralized bike corrals in Seattle near the UW Station near Husky Stadium and on the Eastside atop the Evergreen Point Road lid, near the park and ride.