Peak period bus lane coming to Ninth Avenue North

The Seattle Department of Transportation will make changes this month to roughly one block of Ninth Avenue North, between Westlake Avenue North and Roy Street, to relieve South Lake Union traffic choke points for Metro Route 40 and to improve transit reliability for all Route 40 passengers. SDOT crews will:

  • Install a new southbound bus lane on Ninth Avenue North between Westlake Avenue North and Roy Street to be active during peak travel periods, on weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Restrict on-street parking on the west side of Ninth Avenue North between Westlake Avenue North and Roy Street during these same hours.
  • Remove on-street parking restrictions on the east side of Ninth Avenue North between Westlake Avenue North and Roy Street.

General purpose traffic currently stacks up during both peak periods, creating several minutes of delays to Metro Route 40, the primary bus line between Fremont, Ballard, and South Lake union.

These changes on Ninth Avenue North will be installed as early as next week, weather permitting.

Transit improvements on Ninth Avenue North are part of SDOT’s effort to build a better public transportation infrastructure through projects that improve corridors and connections. The goals are to help transit run faster and more reliably, improve the overall capacity to move people around the region, and to improve transit connections and rider experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marybeth Turner

Public Relations Supervisor

City of Seattle Department of Transportation

O: 206.684.8548 | Media Line: 206.684-3151| F: 206.684.3238 |marybeth.turner@seattle.gov