3rd Ave Transit Improvements

One key pillar of our plan for dealing with traffic impacts is investing in transit and working to get 3rd Avenue to work as efficiently as possible. In our quickly growing city, adjusting and prioritizing transit is going to be a key way to make sure people can keep moving reliably and affordably. In August 2018, in partnership with King County Metro, we made a number of changes to 3rd Ave to keep pace with the demand for bus service to and through downtown Seattle.

3rd Ave Buses

Optimize bus service on 3rd Ave by extending bus-only hours.

In August, 3rd Ave from Stewart St to just south of Yesler Way was reserved for buses and people biking, from morning to night, 6 AM – 7 PM, seven days a week.

  • Cars are allowed on 3rd Ave from 7 PM to 6 AM seven days a week.
  • No left turns off 3rd Ave, 24/7.
  • You can cross 3rd Ave going east-west, 24/7.
  • Permitted commercial vehicles are allowed to use 3rd Ave, from 9 AM to 3 PM and 7 PM to 6 AM, seven days a week.

Other investments include:

  • Speed up bus boarding by installing ORCA card readers at all stops along 3rd Avenue so people can pay before their bus arrives.
  • Improve bus traffic flow by moving and adding bus stops.
Updated All-Door Boarding Locations 2-26-19

View PDF: Existing and Future All-Door Boarding Locations in Downtown Seattle

Read more about other 3rd Ave transit investments on SDOT’s blog here.