Due to scheduled construction that will close Convention Place Station, buses will not operate in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel the weekend of May 12-13. Link trains are not affected, and will continue to operate in the tunnel during this time.
Transit customers who normally ride Metro 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 will be posted at tunnel stations with instructions to riders about where tunnel buses stop. Buses are scheduled to return to service in the tunnel the Monday morning.
Why is Convention Place Station closing?
This is the latest in work to prepare the site for the sale and transfer of the property for construction of an expansion to the Washington State Convention Center. Planned work includes demolition of curbs, sidewalks and bollards. The work will allow buses to travel a new path within Convention Place Station in coming months while a new bus access ramp is built to serve the facility. The temporary ramp will allow buses to serve the tunnel until March or September 2019 in anticipation of the start of convention center expansion construction, at which time the station will close to transit permanently.
In coming months tunnel bus riders can expect seven consecutive weekend closures of Convention Place Station for construction of the temporary bus access ramp. Rider alert signs, email and text transit alerts and Twitter and blog updates will be shared each time service is affected.