Weekend construction: no bus service in Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel Sept. 9-10 and Sept. 23-24; Link light rail operates normal tunnel service

Due to scheduled construction that will close Convention Place Station, buses will not operate in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel the weekends of Sept. 9-10 and Sept. 23-24. Link trains are not affected, and will continue to operate in the tunnel during this work. 

Customers who normally ride bus routes 41, 101, 150, 255 & Sound Transit Express Route 550 in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will instead board or exit buses on surface streets. Rider Alerts are being posted at tunnel stations with instructions to riders about changes to bus service during those upcoming weekends. Buses are scheduled to return to service in the tunnel the Monday mornings following each weekend of construction.

Planned work includes digging a trench for a high-voltage electrical line, which will later power a new mini power station needed for electric trolley bus service in the Capitol Hill area. The trench will cut across the bus travel lanes at Convention Place Station, which is why buses will temporarily operate  on surface streets instead. Contractors also will be working nights at Convention Place Station to prepare for the weekend work.

Weekend construction: no bus service inside the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel July 1-2; Link light rail remains in service

Due to scheduled weekend construction at Convention Place Station, buses will not be operating in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel July 1-2. Customers who normally ride bus routes 41, 101, 150, 255 & Sound Transit Express Route 550 in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will instead board or exit buses on surface streets.

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This Rider Alert is posted at International District Station. Alerts are posted at each tunnel station with instructions to riders about changes to bus service July 1-2; Link trains will continue to operate in the tunnel.

NOTE! Sound Transit Link light rail will continue to operate in the tunnel. Buses are scheduled to return to service in the tunnel Monday morning, July 3.

Tunnel buses will travel the surface street routing they use when the tunnel is closed, as indicated on Rider Alerts posted at tunnel stations and on surface street bus stop signs along Second and Fourth avenues, Fifth Avenue South, Olive Way, Stewart and Virginia streets. Details are in Metro’s Alert Center.

Construction crews are scheduled to install a new traction power substation, which powers area electric trolley buses, as Metro’s Convention Place Station property is prepared for sale.

Nighttime construction continues after 9 p.m. on weekdays at Convention Place Station, during which riders board buses only at Bay letter “Ι.”

UPDATE! WORK COMPLETE! UW buses (no longer) face reroutes on campus June 12-25

EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS WORK CONCLUDED EARLY. BUSES HAVE RETURNED TO REGULAR ROUTING AND ARE SERVING REGULAR CAMPUS STOPS. (Updated 5:55pm Tuesday, June 20)

From Monday, June 12 until about Sunday, June 25, with one 2-day exception, Metro routes 32, 67, 75, 78, 277 and 372, and Sound Transit Express Route 540 will be rerouted off of Grant Lane and Stevens Way, due to construction on the University of Washington campus. We’ve made a handy map to help it all make sense.

During this time, these routes, while traveling in any direction, will travel instead via 15th Avenue Northeast, Northeast Pacific Street and Montlake Boulevard Northeast to and from their regular routes, and depending on the route, destination and direction of travel.

Map depicts bus stops temporarily closed on UW campus June 12-25 and alternate stop locations.

Click map to access PDF of planned bus stop closures on UW Campus June 12-25

The one exception to the approximate two-week UW campus road closure is the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18, during which the UW campus and bus stops will be open and these reroutes will not be in effect.

At times when the campus roads are closed and these reroutes are in effect, transit riders should expect possible delays in service for the affected routes. Use the regularly published timetables, wait at designated stops along the reroute and expect possible delays.  Allow plenty of travel time for trips that use these routes.

 

Starting May 23: Yesler Bridge project to change bus routes up to two years

Rt27ThumbnailThe City of Seattle’s Yesler Bridge project in downtown starts May 23, and Metro will be revising how routes 27, 33, 304, 355 and RapidRide D Line will get around for up to two years. Information about the project is on SDOT’s Yesler Bridge project page.

Several other routes may experience temporary delays as traffic is slowed near the construction area.

Fourth Avenue routes that may be affected at times include: 76, 77, 177, 178, 190, 252, 257, 268, 301, 308, 311, 312, 316, ST 522, ST 545, ST 554, Community Transit and Pierce Transit routes.RRDLineThumbnail

Fifth Avenue routes that may be affected at times include: 252, 257, 268, 304, 311, 355 and routes operated by Community Transit and Pierce Transit.

Other routes will face temporary weekend reroutes during the course of the project, which we will post online in our Service Advisories as information is available.

By signing up for transit alerts, riders can receive email or text message notifications when bus service will be rerouted. Click on images or see PDFs here: 27_yesler    304_355X_yesler    Yesler Bridge D line rerouteRt304355Thumbnail

(Scroll down to see what we sent to riders)

Transit Alert – Transit service will be rerouted off of Yesler Way & Terrace Street until fall of 2017 during the Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Starting Monday, May 23, transit service will be rerouted off of Yesler Way and Terrace Street until fall of 2017 during the Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project.

During this time, Metro routes 27, 33, 304 and 355, and the RapidRide D Line will be rerouted off of Yesler Way and Terrace Street between 3rd and 6th avenues.

Route 27 heading toward Colman Park will travel instead via eastbound James St, southbound 6th Av and to its regular routing via eastbound Yesler Way. Use posted stops on 3rd Av north of Marion St, on James St east of 3rd or 5th avenues, or on Yesler Way east of 6th Av.

Heading toward downtown Seattle, routes 27 and 33 will travel via southbound 6th Av S, westbound S Main St, northbound 4th Av S, Prefontaine Pl S, and on to the regular routing via northbound 3rd Av. Use posted stops on westbound Yesler Way east of 7th Av, southbound 6th Av S south of Yesler Way, or northbound on 3rd Av just south of James St.

Routes 304 and 355 heading toward Shoreline or Richmond Beach will travel via eastbound S Washington St to their regular routing on northbound 5th Av. Use posted stops on southbound 3rd Av north of Cherry St, eastbound S Washington St west of 4th Av S or northbound on 5th Av south of James St.

Heading toward downtown Seattle, Routes 304 and 355 will travel via southbound 5th Av, westbound S Main St, northbound 4th Av S and Prefontaine Pl S, to the regular routing on northbound 3rd Av. No stops are missed.  Use all regularly posted stops for these routes.

The RapidRide D Line heading into downtown Seattle will travel via James St to its regular route on southbound 5th Av. Use posted stops on 3rd Av north of James St or on James St east of 3rd Avenue.

Heading toward Ballard, the RapidRide D Line will operate via its normal route and will serve all regularly posted stops.

Visit the Service Advisories page for specific reroute information. Transit reroute start and end times may be subject to change.

Visit Metro’s Online Regional Trip Planner to find out how to get to and from events and locations.

Thank you for riding and for using Metro’s services.

Downtown Seattle tunnel stations closed May 30-31, June 6-7

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Click to see PDF map of surface street bus stops when the downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel is closed.

The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will be closed during the next two weekends (May 30-31 and June 6-7) and transit customers in the downtown area, and other areas served by affected routes, are advised to allow plenty of time for their transit trips on those days.

Bus service that normally operates in the transit tunnel on those two weekends will operate instead via surface streets and stops, and Link light rail will not travel north of Stadium Station, as Sound Transit completes work to prepare for the expansion of Link service in 2016.

During the weekend tunnel closures (May 30-31 and June 6-7):

  • All downtown tunnel stations will be closed.
    The Metro-operated Link Shuttle Route 97 will operate. All bus stops on the SODO Busway will be open, and bus service will operate via normal routes and stops in the SODO area.
  • Metro bus routes 41, 71, 72, 73 & 255 heading toward Northgate, the University District or Kirkland respectively, will travel through downtown Seattle via Fourth Avenue and Olive Way; heading south into downtown Seattle they will travel via Second Avenue.
  • Metro routes 101, 106 and 150 heading to their south end destinations, and Sound Transit Route 550 to Bellevue, will travel through downtown Seattle via Stewart Street and Second Avenue; heading north into town they will travel via Fourth Avenue.

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Metro relocating two bus stops on Third Avenue in Downtown Seattle

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Two bus stops on Third Avenue will be relocated May 4, 2015. The bus island on Pine Street also will be removed as part of upcoming construction.

Riders who travel Third Avenue in Seattle will see Metro’s two busiest bus stops between Pike and Pine streets relocated starting May 4, shifting one block south through July as part of a public safety effort by the City of Seattle.

The move also makes way for construction by the city intended to improve bus capacity along the corridor.

The Pine Street island bus stop also will be removed in coming weeks as part of the work.

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Rendering of a ‘mountable curb’ planned for southbound Third Avenue.

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Stops to close May 4 and upcoming reroute for routes 7, 11 and 84.

The changes will affect riders on more than three dozen routes: Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 13, 15, 21, 29, 55, 56, 57, 66, 70, 82/83/84 Night Owls 116, 118, 119, 120, 124, 125, 131, 132, 304 & 355 and the RapidRide C, D, & E Lines, Access service and other inbound bus routes that serve these stops (5EX, 14, 24, 26, 26EX, 28, 28EX, 36, 49). Metro is posting signs at the existing and future bus stops to let riders know where they need to board and exit buses.

Metro has an agreement with the City of Seattle to redesign the streetscape on Third Avenue to improve the customer experience for riders and for people who shop and work in the city. We support the city’s efforts to improve the customer experience and address safety concerns at these locations. This work also will introduce proposed improvements being considered for implementation along the entire Third Avenue corridor.

Bus reroutes near Aurora Village are changing today

From today (Wednesday, March 25) until sometime in July, eastbound N 200th Street will be closed between Aurora Avenue N and the Aurora Village Transit Center as construction continues in the area (see our earlier post about this project). The westbound lane of N 200th Street will be open during this phase of the project.

Routes 301, 303, 331, 342, 346, and 373, and the RapidRide E Line will continue to serve their stops at the transit center. But when arriving at Aurora Avenue N and N 200th Street, all of the above except Route 346 will be rerouted  eastbound on N 205th Street, southbound on Meridian Avenue N, and westbound on N 200th Street to reach the transit center.

These reroutes and the traffic congestion caused by the construction project will delay most buses arriving at the Aurora Village Transit Center and the Shoreline Park-and-Ride, so it’s probably a good idea to allow extra travel time to and from both places.

See a map showing traffic revisions and learn more about the construction project on the City of Shoreline’s project website. If you have questions or comments about the project, email the City of Shoreline at aurora@shorelinewa.gov or call their 24-hour hotline at 206-801-2485.

Here are some ways to stay up-to-date about bus service changes as the project progresses:

Aurora Village construction project will reroute buses

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 17, six Metro bus routes will be rerouted for two months because of a construction project near the Aurora Village Transit Center. The City of Shoreline is closing the westbound lane of N 200th Street between the transit center and Aurora Avenue N for construction to install a joint utility trench. Learn more »

The routes listed below will continue to serve the transit center, but what they do after they leave the transit center will change as follows:

  • Route 301 to downtown Seattle will take Ashworth Avenue N, N 185th Street, and northbound Aurora Avenue N to the Shoreline Park-and-Ride, where it will resume its regular routing.
  • Route 303X to Richmond Beach will take Meridian Avenue N to N 205th Street, resuming its regular routing weStreet of Aurora Avenue N.
  • Route 331 to Shoreline College will take Meridian Avenue N, N 205th Street, and southbound Aurora Avenue N to westbound N 200th Street, where it will resume its regular routing.
  • Route 342 to the Shoreline Park-and-Ride will take Meridian Avenue N, N 185th Street, and northbound Aurora Avenue N to the park-and-ride.
  • Route 373 to the University District will take Meridian Avenue N, N 185th Street, and northbound Aurora Avenue N to the Shoreline Park-and-Ride, where it will resume its regular routing.
  • RapidRide E Line to downtown Seattle will take Meridian Avenue N and N 185th Street to southbound Aurora Avenue N, where it will resume its regular routing.

There will be no routing changes for Route 303 to First Hill, Route 342 to Renton, or Route 346 to Haller Lake.

Riders, please note that these reroutes and the construction itself are likely to delay buses arriving at the Aurora Village Transit Center and the Shoreline Park-and-Ride. It’s probably a good idea to allow extra travel time when going to and from these places during the project.

After the westbound lane of N 200th Street is reopened, Shoreline will still be working in the area for another four months, and Metro will revise the reroutes as needed. Here are some ways to stay up-to-date:

If you have questions or comments about the construction project, email the City of Shoreline at aurora@shorelinewa.gov or call their 24-hour hotline: 206-801-2485.

Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel to close for upgrades on Nov. 15

Transit customers should prepare for delays and longer travel times in downtown Seattle Saturday, Nov. 15, as the downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel temporarily closes for system upgrades.BusTunnel

Central Link light rail will not operate passenger service while Sound Transit implements system upgrades related to the planned 2016 implementation of University Link service.

All regular bus service that normally operates in the DSTT will operate instead via designated surface street routing and stops, and alternate shuttle bus service will be provided to serve Link stations and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
During the closure:

  • All downtown tunnel stations and all other Link stations will be closed.
  • Metro-operated Link Shuttle Route 97 will serve surface stops near Link stations in downtown Seattle, SODO and along Martin Luther King Jr. Way South.
  • Direct, non-stop service between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport on Nov. 15, ride the Pierce Transit-operated Route 97A:
    • From downtown Seattle: Westbound on Pine Street between Fourth and Third avenues at Macy’s.
    • From Sea-Tac Airport: Northbound on International Boulevard South just north of South 176th Street.
  • Metro bus routes 41, 71, 72, 73 & 255 heading toward Northgate, the University District or Kirkland respectively, will travel through downtown Seattle via Fourth Avenue and Olive Way; heading south into downtown Seattle they will travel via Second Avenue.
  • Metro routes 101, 106 and 150 heading to their south end destinations, and Sound Transit Route 550 to Bellevue, will travel through downtown Seattle via Stewart Street and Second Avenue; heading north into town they will travel via Fourth Avenue.
  • All SODO Busway service will operate via normal routes and stops.

Tunnel routes and the Link Shuttle Route 97 do not make all posted bus stops along their surface street routing. Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page to find out the routing and stops for specific routes.

For information about this project and Link light rail visit Sound Transit’s website.
Thank you for your patience during this temporary closure.

UPDATE: Weeklong traffic snarl ahead

The state DOT estimates commute times could double, triple or worse for bus riders and drivers on westbound I-90 with major construction that will stretch around the clock July 18-25.

The cause: all traffic will be funneled into just one westbound lane near Bellevue and Mercer Island 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 18 until 5 a.m. Friday, July 25.

Delays also are expected on I-405 and SR 520 – for buses and cars – as traffic tries to find another way around the construction zone.

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If most people don’t travel, peak morning travel times will only quadruple instead of worse. (WSDOT graphic)

Even if more than half of the typical 85,000 westbound cars avoid the area, travel times that usually are just 15 minutes could still stretch to an hour, according to state estimates.

On I-90, there are 13 bus routes that will be affected: Metro 111, 114, 210, 211, 212, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218 & 219, and Sound Transit 550 & 554. But as traffic goes elsewhere (I-405 and SR 520) routes that travel those highways also could face delays.

Start planning ahead now and decide if you might instead bike, ride the bus to work earlier, telecommute, take vacation time, join a vanpool or find a carpool.

If a person wants to try one of Metro’s nearly 1,400 vanpools across the region, they can help the group earn a one-time $50 gift card  — a way to take a car off the road and give this travel option a try. The van decides how to spend the gift card — could be ice cream and iced lattes, depending on the weather.

Metro will be working to keep buses leaving on time from the Eastside heading into Seattle, but once the bus is on the road, delays are expected to be long. There won’t be any missed stops or reroutes as a result of this project. The best times to travel are estimated to be before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

It will take patience and planning to commute while the state completes this project– described as critical expansion joint replacement needed to keep the highway safe and open for buses and cars.