Weekend construction: no bus service in Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel Oct. 7-8; 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 weekend of Oct. 7-8. 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 Monday morning following the weekend construction.

Planned work includes the final steps needed to connect 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 power line trench cuts across the bus travel lanes at Convention Place Station, which is why buses will temporarily operate on surface streets instead.

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.

Photo of rider alert sign posted at International District Station

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.