On Tuesday, May 1, from early afternoon until possibly late evening, transit
service will be significantly affected by multiple May Day events in and around
downtown Seattle, including both planned and unplanned rallies and marches.
Expect some planned transit reroutes as well as possible significant service
delays due to traffic, crowds and congestion associated with these events.
Event and transit reroute start and end times and other details may be subject to
While Metro can plan some bus reroutes in advance, other transit service may
also be rerouted either briefly or intermittently as conditions warrant. It is not
possible to know where or when all the impacts of various events will occur.
Regular transit riders not taking part in Tuesday’s events are advised to revise
their travel plans or routes; know what their alternatives may be; check Metro’s
online Service Advisories page before traveling for planned reroutes; sign up for
Transit Alerts for major updates, and be prepared for delays or other
unpredictable service disruptions.
During major service disruptions real time apps and information signs may not be able to accurately predict when buses will arrive at stops. All transit riders should be prepared for delays and allow plenty of extra time for travel on Tuesday.
Planned May Day events
May Day March for Workers & Immigrant Rights
This planned march will begin at Judkins Park at approximately 3:30 PM and will conclude with a rally on Second Avenue at Spring Street. The march is expected to travel via S Jackson St, to Fourth Av S to Madison St and on to Second Avenue, where traffic will likely be blocked for a while.
March and rally start and end times are subject to change.
Transit service that normally travel on S Jackson St, Fourth and Second avenues,
as well as other transit service traveling along downtown Seattle streets will be
rerouted. Reroutes will be posted online in the coming days and Transit Alerts
sent to customers.
Other May Day events
There are other planned and possibly ad hoc events on May Day with less
specific information available. All event and reroute times are only approximate
and are subject to change. Other transit service in the Seattle area may be
delayed or temporarily rerouted by these events. Delayed service in one area
may create delays in other areas.
The Seattle Mariners are home at Safeco Field on Tuesday with a 7:10 PM start
time. Game crowds combined with May Day event crowds may cause additional
delays in transit service in and around the SODO area, Safeco Field and the
south end of downtown Seattle.
Seattle Streetcar service on May Day
Both the First Hill and South Lake Union streetcars may experience service
delays along portions of their routes due to May Day events. Streetcars will not
operate on streets that are blocked by event participants. Check for Rider Alerts
and updates on the signs posted at streetcar stations.
Transit service during unexpected or civic events
In areas where there are transit service disruptions due to crowds, traffic,
weather or civic events, transit riders are advised to
– Be aware of conditions in their immediate vicinity, such as street closures,
detours, police directions, etc.
– Be prepared for delays or to make revisions to travel plans, such as traveling at
a different time or using a different bus stop or route, depending on specific
– Be prepared for unexpectedly revised traffic or routing, and for delays in
– Know the alternate stops or routes that may be in the vicinity of their starting
points and destinations.
Such events may be scheduled or unexpected, and may disrupt normal travel
patterns or activities.
While every effort will be made to keep riders informed of Metro’s service status,
depending on the time and the nature of such events, Metro may not be able to
provide real-time information or service updates via email or text.
Metro will also be following police direction or other applicable protocols, with
safety as the first concern, and will work to maintain or restore service as soon as
Event start and end times and other details may be unknown or subject to
Riders’ patience during these types of events is appreciated.
Visit Metro’s website for complete information about Metro and regional
See Metro’s Service Advisories page for information about revised Metro bus
service, routing and stops for planned events.
Use Metro’s online or mobile regional Puget Sound Trip Planner to plan your
travel, and for information about bus stops, schedules, predicted times at stops
and other information.
Visit the King County Water Taxi site for information about regular and holiday
Water Taxi operation.
Thank you for riding and for using Metro’s services.
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- Tuesday-Friday, 5/1-4 at 7:10 PM,
- Saturday, 5/5 at 6:10 PM,
- Sunday, 5/6 at 1:10 PM;
- There is no premium or special transit service to or from games.
- Ride regularly scheduled transit service to & from games.
- Lots of transit service goes near Safeco Field.
- Route 21 will operate via a post-game reroute.
- There is no transit service on 1st Av S north of S Lander St.
Sounders FC match
- Saturday, 5/5 at 1:00 PM;
- Ride regularly scheduled transit service to or near CenturyLink Field;
- Regular fares apply.
- Expect traffic & possible Transit delays before and after games on routes that serve SODO, Stadium, Pioneer Square & downtown Seattle area.
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