The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and King County Metro Transit are working together to improve the Third Avenue transit corridor in downtown Seattle, the most heavily used transit corridor in the city. During the next few months crews will focus on relocating bus stops and loading zones on Third between Pike and Union streets to make room for more transit and enhance the area for passengers and pedestrians.
Metro and SDOT will close a bus stop on each side of Third Avenue between Pike and Pine streets from May 4 through July 2015. The bus stops will be relocated one block south on Third between Pike and Union streets.
During the next three months SDOT will:
- Install a new flexible loading zone on the southbound side of Third Avenue that will support transit unloading during peak travel times, and business deliveries and temporary parking during off-peak hours.
- Relocate the northbound loading zone to a new location around the corner on westbound Pike Street.
- Remove the bus island currently on Pine Street to accommodate a new loading zone and permanent Seattle Police Department parking.
These improvements will be evaluated for possible implementation along the entire corridor as part of the Third Avenue Transit Corridor Improvement Project to create more room for buses and to provide an inviting environment for transit users and pedestrians. Implementation of the larger plan is scheduled for 2016.