On Friday, May 1, all commuters in the greater Seattle area are advised to expect possible significant delays in transit service due to traffic, crowds and congestion associated with multiple planned May Day events.
It is not possible at this time to know which streets will be affected or when. Metro staff will work throughout the day to advise transit customers of impacts to service as they happen. There are currently no pre-planned reroutes.
Any bus service that travels near or through the downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill areas may be subject to delays during Friday’s events. Bus riders are advised to plan accordingly, stay tuned to media sites for updates, revise travel plans if necessary and allow plenty of travel time.
Visit Metro’s Online Regional Trip Planner to find out how to get to and from events and locations.
Transit customers are advised to expect possibly significant traffic and schedule delays on Wednesday and Thursday during Seahawks and NFL events and activities in the Pioneer Square and Stadium areas, leading up to the Seahawks home opener on Thursday evening.
Expect delays in transit service
While it is expected that most transit service will operate regular routes and serve the usual stops, traffic and congestion related to these events could cause crowding and delays on streets and for all types of transportation in the area.
Transit riders should expect delays on any service that travels in or near downtown Seattle and possible in other areas of the system as these types of events and delays often affect other areas and routes. Metro advises riders to plan ahead, and allow plenty of time or revise travel plans if necessary. Use the regularly published schedule for your service, but expect delays and plan accordingly.
Routes 16, 66 & 99 will be rerouted on Thursday
In addition to likely delays in service, all day on Thursday, September 4, Metro routes 16, 66 & 99 will be rerouted off of S Jackson St between Fourth and First avenues South, due to the Seahawks season-opening home game and NFL events.
During this event, northbound routes 16, 66 and 99 will travel instead via 4th Av S, Prefontaine Pl S, Yesler Way and 1st Av to their regular routes, serving all posted stops along the reroute.
Southbound routes 16 and 66 on their way into downtown Seattle will not be rerouted.
Southbound Route 99 heading toward the International District will travel via Cherry St, 2nd Av, the 2nd Av Ext S and S Jackson St to its regular route, serving all posted bus stops.
Visit Metro’s 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. Be sure to allow plenty of time for transit trips on Wednesday and Thursday.
When: Sunday, June 15, 2014 from 8:30AM to 1PM
Where: Westlake Park
Schedule of Events
8:30AM – Registration/Kick Off Opens
10AM – Ceremony featuring Hydroplane Racing Legend, “The Boat Guy” Chip Hanauer & Unveiling of the 2014 King Neptune & Queen Alcyone followed by a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Kick Off Seafair Festival Season!
10:30AM – Biking Starts for Guinness World Record
11AM – End of Biking & Post-Bike Ceremony
1PM – Kick Off Ends
On Sunday, June 15, from 7:00 to 11:00 AM, transit service will be rerouted off of Pine St west of 9th Av in downtown Seattle during the Seafair Kickoff event at Westlake Park.
During this event, routes 10, 11, 43, 47 & 49 will travel instead via Union St and will serve all posted stops.
There may be transit and traffic delays in the downtown area during this event.
Transit reroute start and end times are subject to change.
For more information, visit: http://www.seafair.com/AnEvent.aspx?ID=27?SecID=1023
A major collision at East Marginal Way S and S Nevada St sent three people to the hospital and shut down State Route -99 through Seattle for hours.
Just before 2 pm on Tuesday afternoon police and firefighters responded to a two vehicle collision in the SODO area. A car traveling north on E Marginal Way South crossed the centerline, colliding with a south-bound car. Three people were transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
The location and seriousness of the collision necessitated the closure of SR-99. The Traffic Collision Investigation Squad responded and is leading the ongoing investigation.
Around 7:30 pm SR-99 was reopened for traffic. The closure in combination with the weekday commute and a baseball game led difficult traffic throughout the city.
From Sunday afternoon, June 1 at 1:00 PM until about 12:00 midnight, Routes 10, 11, 43, 47, 49 & ST 522 will be rerouted off of Pike St between 4th Av and 5th Av, due to construction.
During this time, Routes 10, 11, 43, 47 & ST 522 heading toward destinations away from the downtown area will use the stop eastbound on Pike St just west of 6th Av and to their regular route.
Heading toward downtown Seattle, Routes 10, 11, 43, 47, 49 & ST 522 are not affected.
When: Sunday, May 11, 2014, 7am – 12:30pm
Where: Seattle Center and City Streets
On Sunday, May 11, from 7:30 AM until about 6:00 PM, the lower Queen Anne and Bell Town areas, and along 2nd Av from Denny Way to Seneca St in downtown Seattle, will be affected by street closures and traffic congestion associated with The Color Run.
During this event, Metro and Sound Transit service will be rerouted, and will travel instead via alternate nearby streets, depending on the route, destination and direction of travel.
Metro routes 4, 8, 10, 11, 43 & 47,and Sound Transit routes ST 522 & ST 554 will be affected by the event.
When: Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9 – 11:30am
Where: International District – Hing Hay Park
Assembly at Hing Hay Park, Procession east on King St, north on 12th Ave, east on Jackson St, end at 23rd Ave S
On Saturday, May 10 from approximately 9:00 AM until about 11:30 AM, S Jackson St will be affected by street closures and traffic congestions associated with the Birth of Buddha Parade.
During this event, Metro routes 8 & 14 will be rerouted, and will travel instead via alternate nearby streets, depending on the route, destination and direction of travel.
Routes 7, 36, 60 and 99 will travel their regular routes, but may experience brief delays during the parade.
The 2012 Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk will be held this Saturday, October 20th, from 7:30 through 11am at the Seattle Center.
Metro Routes 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 43, 47, 120, 125, & Sound Transit Routes ST 522, & ST 554 will be rerouted from 8am until 11am near north Downtown Seattle & the Seattle Center area due to street closures and traffic congestion.
Walk will start and finish at the Seattle Center. Portions of streets near the Seattle Center Campus, and 2nd Avenue through Belltown will be closed to vehicles as part of the walk route.
For more information, visit: http://kintera.org/faf/home/ccp.asp?ievent=1001672&ccp=102823
Ride Free Area Ends
This Friday, September 28th is the last day of free rides downtown. A funeral march will be held to commemorate and protest the elimination of the Ride Free Area.
3:00 pm: Rally at Westlake Park
3:30 pm: March down 3rd Avenue sidewalk to the County Courthouse
4:30 pm: Petition delivery and march back up 3rd Avenue
For more information, visit: http://transitriders.org/2012/09/11/funeral-march-for-the-ride-free-area/
Petition to Save the Ride Free Area: http://transitriders.org/rfa_petition/
First Avenue South will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Saturday, June 2 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the Pioneer Square area. The Seattle Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry section will set up traffic control to allow volunteers to safely perform landscaping work in the street median. The lanes will be closed from Cherry Street to Railroad Way South.