Friday’s Metro PM Commute wrap-up, plus upcoming events that may Impact Service

At 7:00 PM – Metro’s Friday evening commute is quietly winding down with no significant delays or disruptions in transit to report.

Please note information below regarding upcoming events in Metro’s service area.

Sporting Events and Festivals:

Mariners game today, Friday, May 27, 7:10 PM at Safeco Field
Traffic in the SODO, Stadium, Pioneer Square & downtown Seattle areas may be congested on game days.  Ride transit to the game.

Mexico vs. Ecuador at Qwest Field, Saturday, May 28, 1:00 PM
Although no Metro or Metro operated Sound Transit service is rerouted because of this event, expect possible delays due to traffic volumes in the SODO, Stadium, Pioneer Square & downtown Seattle areas.

Nearly all the transit service operated by Metro and its regional partners that travels to downtown Seattle goes to within walking distance of the sports stadiums in SODO.  Much of that service operates on the SODO Busway, along the Link light rail corridor or in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, separate from general purpose traffic congestion, and most of it also serves park and ride lots where fans can park free, or transfer points with other service. Regular fares apply.

All fans are encouraged to ride transit to and from stadium events.

NW Folklife Festival at Seattle Center Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30
Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center

  • Regular service & Northgate Shuttle Seattle Center is served directly by Metro routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 13, 15, 16, 18, 24, 30 and 33.  Routes 5, 17, 26 and 28 also go to within walking distance of Seattle Center.  Regular fares apply.  
  • Additionally, Metro is providing shuttle bus service Saturday through Monday between the Northgate Transit Center and the Folklife Festival. The Folklife shuttle operates between the Northgate Transit Center at Bay 5 and Seattle Center, where the buses stop eastbound on Mercer Street at 3rd Av North.  There are additional limited shuttle stops along Aurora Avenue North at N 105th, N 85th, N 76th and N 46th streets.  Folklife shuttle trips leave from Northgate every 20 minutes starting at 10 a.m. and from Seattle Center starting at 10:32 a.m. each of the three days.
  • The cash-only shuttle fare is $2.50 per person each way, except for children 5 and under who ride free. Metro transfers, passes and ORCA cards are not accepted.

While all traffic could experience delays in event areas, such as Seattle Center and SODO, transit is an excellent option for getting to and from weekend activities. Transit service is often able to take advantage of lanes or travel corridors that are restricted to general purpose traffic.  There is lots of transit service to and from this weekend’s major event areas.

Closures due to Construction:

Ramp Closure – 108th Av NE to westbound SR-520
Overnight on weeknights only, May 24-June 2, 9:00 PM-5:00 AM each night: 

  • Routes 255 & ST 540 are rerouted via Northup Way, Lake Washington Blvd NE to westbound SR-520 by this closure.
  • No stops missed.

SR-99 Alaskan Way Viaduct Project:
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has reduced lanes on the SR-99 Alaskan Way Viaduct in both directions between the West Seattle Bridge and SODO. 

  • Plan extra time when using the Viaduct for travel to and from Summer events.
  • For more information visit WSDOTor call the Alaskan Way Viaduct hotline at 1-888-AWV-LINE.

Please visit Metro Online for complete information about service to events, and service that may be rerouted or delayed due to events or construction.

General Information:

Memorial Day observed Monday, May 30:
In observance of Memorial Day, King County Metro Transit will operate a Sunday schedule on Monday, May 30. 

  • Metro offices – including the Customer Information, pass sales and lost and found offices – will be closed on Monday. 
  • If your bus does not normally operate on Sunday, it will not operate on Monday.

The West Seattle/Downtown Seattle Water Taxi:
The West Seattle Water Taxi will operate a Sunday schedule on Memorial Day, as will DART Shuttle routes 773 and 775; the Vashon Water Taxi will not operate on Monday.

South Lake Union Streetcar and Sound Transit Link ligh rail:
Both the South Lake Union Streetcar and Sound Transit’s Link light rail will operate a Sunday schedule. Sounder trains will not operate on Monday.

Annoucement – Sound Transit Fare change:

Starting June 1, fares on Sound Transit Express buses will change 

  • King County will be one zone on ST service. 
  • Trips that start and end in the same county will have a one-zone fare.  Adult trips that cross a county line will cost $3.50.
  • One-zone youth fares will be $1.25.

Medicare card changes: Starting June 11, 2011

Changes to Link light rail fares:  Starting June 1, 2011

  • Adult Link fares will rise 25 cents.  Link tickets for adults will start with a base fare of $2.00 and add five cents to the base fare for every  mile of your trip  see chart
  • All youth Link fares will become $1.25, for all one-way trips on Link light rail.

Announcement – NEW SoundRunner service will begin sharing Pier 50 on the Seattle Waterfront:
On Tuesday, May 31, the Port of Kingston will begin passenger-only ferry service between Kingston and downtown Seattle - Pier 50.

  • The SoundRunner will operate one round-trip in the morning, arriving at Pier 50 at 7:40 a.m., and one trip in the afternoon, departing Pier 50 at 5:25 p.m.
  • This change will not affect King County Water Taxi service, but you will notice the addition of a passenger waiting area on the south side of Pier 50 for SoundRunner passengers.
  • Information agents at Pier 50 will help coordinate and direct passengers to be sure everyone gets to their intended destination.

Thanks for riding and for using Metro’s services.

We will return Tuesday morning at 7:00 AM to help Keep an Eye on Your Metro Commute. 

Travel safely and have a fun holiday weekend!

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