This coming Saturday you might notice some changes to your bus route. Metro is changing some routes and bus stops to about two dozen routes, including some from Ballard. “The downtown changes are designed to keep people moving during the long-term construction along the Seattle waterfront and SODO area,” the press release states.
Here are the highlights of the February changes for bus riders in the Ballard area:
• In downtown Seattle, there are bus routes shifting from First Avenue to Third Avenue; from Third Avenue to Second/Fourth avenues; and new bus stop locations on Third Avenue for several routes. This affects local routes traveling into downtown, including the routes 15, 18, and 81;
• Northbound trips on Route 16 will leave downtown Seattle from new bus stops near the Colman Ferry Dock on Alaskan Way;
• There are schedule changes for Route 46; and
• Route 99 will loop to travel north on First Avenue and south on Alaskan Way in Seattle, and buses will no longer be “wrapped” to look like the old waterfront streetcars.