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.
Link light rail service will operate as usual in both directions between Sea Tac Airport and Stadium Station.
To connect with Link light rail at Stadium or SODO stations from downtown Seattle, ride Metro routes 101, 106 or 150 southbound on Second Avenue, or the Link Shuttle Route 97 about every ten minutes westbound on Pine Street at Fifth Avenue, southbound on Third Avenue at Union or James streets, or southbound on Fifth Avenue South just south of South Jackson Street.
To get in to downtown Seattle from SODO or Stadium stations, board any bus northbound on the SODO Busway at South Lander Street or South Royal Brougham Way.
Tunnel buses on their surface street routing and the Link Shuttle Route 97 serve designated stops. Visit Metro’s DSTT or Service Advisories pages to find out the routing and stops for specific routes.
In addition to delays that are likely to result from the tunnel closure itself, weekend Mariners games, Sunday’s Sounders FC match, construction projects along downtown streets and other events are expected to cause intermittent congestion and delays. All riders should allow plenty of time for transit trips on these weekends.