Metro advises Seahawks fans to plan ahead when riding to season opener

Metro is advsing Seahawks fans and commuters to plan ahead this afternoon as tens of thousands of people are expected to head to downtown Seattle to cheer on our Seahawks at their season opener.

Riders should allow plenty of travel time or revise travel plans if necessary to avoid possibly significant traffic delays and crowded buses.

Delays are possible on any service that travels in or near downtown Seattle, especially near the stadiums and Pioneer Square. Other areas of the transit system might also face delays.

As riders plan how they will travel, they should keep in mind the timing of key events Thursday: The NFL Gameday Village in Pioneer Square opens at 10 a.m.; gates for the free pre-game Soundgarden and Pharrell Williams concert and the stadium open at 2:30 p.m.; after the concert ends, kickoff is at 5:30 p.m.

Commuters need to keep in mind that routes 16, 66 and 99 will be rerouted all day today off of South Jackson Street between Fourth and First avenues South, due to the Seahawks season-opening home game and NFL events. During this event, northbound routes 16, 66 and 99 will travel instead via Fourth Avenue South, Prefontaine Place South, Yesler Way and First Avenue to their regular routes, serving all posted stops along the reroute.

Check out Metro’s Service Advisories page for specific reroute information and use Metro’s online regional Trip Planner to find out how to get to and from events and locations.

For real time updates track Metro’s Tweets and Eye on Your Metro Commute blog, which is active between 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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