Updates on Regional Impacts

Approximately 250,000 people commute to and through downtown each day. With the new SR 99 tunnel now open, we’ve been analyzing the data from the closure to understand what went well, how we could have done better, and how we can keep the good changes going during the next chapter of the #SeattleSqueeze. Our entire […]

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We’re excited to announce Shop the Squeeze: a campaign to encourage travelers to visit small businesses Downtown during the Seattle Squeeze. Driven primarily by weekly social media photo contests, we’re partnering with the Office of Economic Development to encourage shoppers to visit their favorite small businesses in Pioneer Square, Belltown, Chinatown-International District and the Downtown Retail Core via alternative […]

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Our crews have been working hard to install new striping and remove old markings quickly and safely in time for the next phase of the Seattle Squeeze on March 23, when all buses that use the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will permanently move to surface streets. To keep transit moving reliably, we installed a new pathway on […]

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View our Downtown Street & Transit Changes Map to see new lane channelization on downtown streets, new PM peak bus volumes on downtown streets, and other impacts to downtown streets that will continue to change how we get around. These changes are a result of the March 23 service change, when all buses that use the Downtown […]

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Despite transit use decreasing in other metropolitan cities, this hasn’t been the case for Seattle. In fact, ridership has climbed in the last seven years with upwards of 50 percent of downtown commuters taking transit. That’s pretty amazing. So, what’s a region to do to move more people through our ever-growing city? We invest in the […]

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Here’s a snapshot of this week’s events moving Seattle that may affect how you get around. Plan your trip! See our trip planning tools section of this post.   T H U R S. M A R 7   GeekWire Bash 2019: The annual GeekWire Bash features virtual reality, video games, robotics, epic dodgeball, foosball, ping pong, and Catan […]

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New bus lane in downtown Seattle will help keep transit moving during the next chapter of the #SeattleSqueeze. We made it through the longest highway closure in the Puget Sound Region! But the Seattle Squeeze is far from over. Our next chapter of the Seattle Squeeze begins on March 23, 2019, when all buses that […]

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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 […]

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New 5th/6th Transit Pathway

A new transit pathway on 5th Ave and 6th Ave from Cherry St to Olive Way will provide more transit capacity and improve travel time and reliability for northbound buses. The King County Metro routes that will use the new transit pathway to access I-5 northbound include: 74, 76, 77, 252, 255, 257, 301, 308, 311, 316. […]

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On March 23, 2019, seven bus routes will shift from the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel (DSTT) to surface streets to accommodate the Washington State Convention Center construction and future Link light rail expansion. In all, 15 bus routes will be changing which streets they use. To keep buses and riders moving, the City of Seattle […]

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#SeattleSqueeze Alert:  Now that the new northbound SR 99 off-ramp is open near the stadiums, providing a route to downtown streets, our crews installed this bus-only lane to provide a quick path to 3rd Ave. This provides reliable service for transit and is an important way that we’re keeping transit moving during the #SeattleSqueeze. Beginning at 9 AM […]

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