A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Expect major transit delays and reroutes in Seattle for today’s May Day events

May 1st, 2017 by Doree

Metro Transit is expecting major transit delays and reroutes on 11 bus routes today due to planned May Day marches and protests.

As city streets temporarily close as a result of planned May Day activities, certain Metro Transit buses will be rerouted; others will face delays starting midday and likely well into the evening Monday, May 1.

  • Bus reroutes are planned around the Immigration March (Judkins Park to Seattle Center) about 1 p.m., rerouting 11 Metro routes (7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 36, 43, 47, 49 & 106) and delaying ST Express Routes 522, 545, 554 and all other transit service traveling downtown Seattle streets.
  • Bus rolling slowdowns or temporary short-term reroutes will be implemented as needed for all other expected and unexpected demonstrations, marches and rallies, managed by transit chiefs using information from Seattle Police Department, Seattle Emergency Operations Center and the Metro Transit Control Center.
  • First Hill Streetcar service is expected to be disrupted during the day, and part of the route will not be served while marchers are on the street.
  • South Lake Union Streetcar service might be disrupted by a march expected to occur between11 a.m. and 3 p.m. As a result, streetcar service will be halted at 9 a.m. after the end of the morning peak service, with cars tentatively scheduled to return to the base yard until supervisors determine service can be reliably restored.
  • Link light rail service will operate more three-car trains during the day.

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Metro Transit changes begin Saturday, Routes 5, 28 and RapidRide E Line adding service

March 7th, 2017 by Doree

Metro Transit’s spring schedule begins Saturday, and it’s adding trips to more than 80 bus routes throughout King County, including Routes 5 and 28 Express and the RapidRide E Line in our neighborhood.

Route 5 will add two southbound trips from Shoreline Community College to downtown on weekday mornings, and some route times will change slightly, improving frequency to every 12 minutes between 6:30 and 8 a.m.

Route 28 Express will add two morning trips from 8th Avenue NW and NW 97th Street to downtown, improving frequency to every 7-10 minutes between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.

RapidRide E Line will add one weekday morning trip from Aurora Village Transit Center to downtown, and existing trip times will be adjusted, so that buses will arrive at South Washington Street and 3rd Avenue every four minutes between 8:11 and 8:31 a.m. Also, a northbound afternoon trip will be added, and existing trip times adjusted, so that buses will leave Prefontaine Place South and Yesley Way every four to five minutes between 4:24 and 4:52 p.m.

You can see all the schedule changes here.

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Metro seeks feedback on proposed changes to late-night service

October 5th, 2016 by Doree

Metro is proposing to add late-night trips to many of its routes starting in September 2017. Bus riders can take an online survey about the proposal. It’s available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

Metro has about 40 routes with some level of late-night service throughout King County. Of these, 20 provide trips after 2 a.m., including three Night Owl routes that loop through some Seattle neighborhoods only between 2:15 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. The City of Seattle contributes funding to late-night transit operation and is a partner in this effort. Metro’s draft proposal would replace the three Night Owl routes with late-night service on regular, all-day routes that serve the same areas. The draft proposal also includes new after-hours bus service to Sea-Tac Airport for travelers and workers, for whom there currently are limited options after 1 a.m. It also includes hourly all-night service on the RapidRide C, D, and E Lines, which currently operate all night but with less than hourly frequencies.

While overnight ridership represents a small portion of Metro’s total ridership, it has increased by 20 percent in the last five years. Metro conducted a first round of public outreach last spring and developed the latest proposal after hearing from more than 2,600 transit users. Among their highest priorities were better late-night transit options for:

The proposal would make several changes, including:

  • Replace current Night Owl routes 82, 83, and 84 with two late-night round trips – around 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. — to each of the following routes: 3, 5, 11, 70, 62 and 120.
  • Extend Route 124 all the way to Sea-Tac Airport after 1 a.m.
  • Improve late-night transfer connections between buses in downtown Seattle.

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Metro Transit seasonal changes start Sept. 10, Route 45 between Loyal Heights and U-District affected

August 31st, 2016 by Doree

Metro Transit’s seasonal changes begin on Saturday, Sept. 10. In our neighborhood, Route 45 between Loyal Heights and the UW Link Station will consolidate the 5:21 a.m. and 5:50 a.m. westbound trips into one trip leaving the UW station at 5:35 am.

Weekday late night trips after 10 p.m. and weekend trips after 11:30 p.m. will be adjusted to provide a better connection with Link Light Rail arrivals.

You can see details of all route changes here; or pick up an orange rider alert brochure or timetable on buses and at transit centers.

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Metro buses 5, 26E, 28E and RapidRide E rerouted off southbound Aurora Monday and Tuesday nights

April 25th, 2016 by Doree

Metro routes 5, 26 Express, 28 Express and the RapidRide E Line will be rerouted off of southbound Aurora Avenue North between Dexter Way North and Denny Way overnight Monday and Tuesday due to construction.

The reroutes will happen from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

During this time, heading toward downtown Seattle these routes will travel instead via Dexter Way N, Dexter Av N, 7th Av, Bell St, 6th Av and Wall St, then on to their regular routes.

Heading toward their north end destinations, these routes are not affected and will serve their regular routes and stops.

The lane closures are because Washington State Department of Transportation is installing supports for the overhead signs for the future State Route 99 tunnel. All traffic will be detoured to exit onto Dexter Avenue North, just past the south end of the Aurora Bridge. Local access will be maintained.

Closure details could change, so check WSDOT’s construction page for updates.

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Metro bus routes 5, 26E, 28E and RapidRine E Line southbound rerouted off part of Aurora overnight this week

April 10th, 2016 by Doree

Metro Transit is rerouting four southbound bus routes off Aurora Avenue North between Valley Street and Denny Way overnight this week, due to construction.

Between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night from Monday through Friday, southbound routes 5, 26E, 28E and RapidRide E Line will be rerouted via Valley Street, 5th Avenue North, Cedar Street, 3rd Avenue, then back to their regular routes.

Northbound routes are not affected.

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Metro Transit adding trips to ease overcrowding on Route 28 Express

April 8th, 2016 by Doree

Metro Transit will add trips to several bus routes, including Route 28 Express, beginning Monday to help ease overcrowding at peak commute times after spring service revisions went into effect on March 26.

Route 28X, adding two morning trips, one afternoon trip on weekdays

Since the service change, Metro heard the most customer comments regarding weekday crowding on Route 28X. Route 28 and 28X were combined, and Route 28X now provides two-way, all day service via Aurora Avenue and North 39th Street in Fremont. Though it was scheduled with 10-minute service from 7-8 a.m. on weekdays, transitioning to 15-minute service at 8 a.m., rider demand shows it needs additional trips to serve riders trying to arrive in downtown Seattle in the weekday morning rush hours. New morning trips will be targeted between 7 and 9 a.m. to serve the portion of the route south of Holman Road.

Due to high weekday rider demand in the 5 p.m. travel window, when trips were scheduled 10 minutes apart, Metro is moving to add one trip and group together three trips to leave about 6 to 7 minutes apart.

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Metro Route 5 Express routed off eastbound NW 85th Street at 3rd Avenue NW today through Sept. 9

March 28th, 2016 by Doree

Beginning today through Sept. 9, Metro Route 5 Express will be rerouted off of eastbound NW 85th Street at 3rd Avenue NW, due to construction that will restrict traffic turning right from NW 85th Street onto Greenwood Avenue.

Southbound Route 5 Express to downtown Seattle will instead travel via 3rd Avenue NW to NW 80th Street, to Greenwood Avenue and then back to its regular route toward downtown. The northbound route will not be affected.

That means the bus will miss stops eastbound on North 85th Street at 1st Avenue NW and southbound on Greenwood Avenue North at North 85th Street. Bus riders should use the stops southbound on 3rd Avenue NW at NW 89th Street and southbound on Greenwood Avenue North at North 80th Street.

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Metro bus changes coming this weekend to neighborhood routes 5, 28 and 48

March 24th, 2016 by Doree

Metro’s spring service revisions begin Saturday on dozens of routes, including the 5, 28 and 48 in our neighborhood. Route 48 is changing to help buses work better with Sound Transit’s new Link light rail service to Capitol Hill and the University of Washington. That route will be broken into two separate routes, with buses coming more often on both.

The north part of Route 48, between the University District and Loyal Heights, will become new Route 45….The south part of Route 48, between the University District and the Mount Baker Transit Center, will remain as is, except that it will serve two new bus stops in each direction on NE Pacific St just west of Montlake Blvd NE (near the University of Washington Link station). Riders can transfer to and from Route 45 at the bus stops on NE Pacific St between Montlake Blvd NE and 15th Ave NE. Buses will come more often on weekdays and weekends.

Watch a video about how to transfer between Route 48 and Link light rail at University of Washington Station.

Route 45 (NEW)
The north part of Route 48, between the University District and Loyal Heights, will become new Route 45. On weekdays and Sunday, Route 45 will run northbound on University Way NE, NE Ravenna Blvd and 12th Ave NE between NE Pacific St and NE 65th St. Routing to and from NE 65th St and Loyal Heights will remain the same as current Route 48. Southbound, Route 45 will run between NE 65th St and NE Pacific St on Roosevelt Way NE, NE Ravenna Blvd and University Way NE. It will not serve 15th Ave NE in either direction on weekdays or Sunday. On Saturday only, because of the closure of University Way NE between NE 50th and NE 52nd streets for the University District Farmers Market, northbound Route 45 will use 15th Ave NE in both directions between NE 50th St and NE Ravenna Blvd, with stops at NE 52nd St and NE Ravenna Blvd. On weekdays, buses for routes 45, 71, 73 and 373 will come every 7-8 minutes to and from University Way NE and the new University of Washington Link station. When the University of Washington is not in session, fewer trips will be canceled than with current Route 48.

Route 28 will be combined with Route 28X.

The combined route, Route 28X, will follow a revised express pathway to downtown Seattle via N 39th Street and Aurora Avenue N.

It will operate all day on weekdays and weekends.

It will continue to provide service between Broadview and downtown Seattle via Carkeek Park during peak periods only.

Riders who currently board on NW Market Street will board on 8th Avenue NW.

Between Fremont and downtown Seattle, use new Route 62 (formerly Route 16) via Dexter Avenue N or Route 40 via Westlake Avenue.

To get to and from downtown Seattle, use routes 28X, 40 or 62. Route 28X will serve N 39th St, Leary Way NW and 8th Ave NW and will not serve the eastbound stop on NW Market St at 8th Ave NW. New southbound stops to downtown Seattle will be added at NW Leary Way & NW 43rd St, on N 39th St at Greenwood Ave N and Dayton Ave N, on the Aurora Ave N on-ramp at N 38th St and on Aurora Ave N at Galer St. New northbound stops to Carkeek Park and/or Broadview will be added at Aurora Ave N & Galer St, Aurora Ave N off-ramp at N 38th St, N 39th St & Evanston Ave N, N 39th St & Phinney Ave N, Leary Way NW & 6th Ave NW, 8th Ave NW & NW 45th St and 8th Ave NW & NW 50th St.

Route 5 Express is adding one northbound trip to Greenwood that will leave 4th Avenue South and South Jackson Street at 4 p.m.

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