Service changes coming to Metro buses

If you commute by bus from Ballard to downtown, there are changes coming to some routes.

Starting Saturday, March 23, seven bus routes will be shifting from the downtown Seattle transit tunnel to surface streets in order to accommodate the Washington State Convention Center construction and future Link light rail expansion. The Westlake Customer Service Office in the transit tunnel is permanently closing on Wednesday, March 6.

Here are the changes coming to routes that serve Ballard, which Metro says will help with overcrowding:

  • Route 15: One new southbound trip will be added in the morning to help address overcrowding and trips between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. will be adjusted to accommodate the new trip.
  • Route 40: On weekdays, several new trips will be added between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to improve frequency and schedules will be adjusted to accommodate the new trips.

As part of an effort to keep things moving along, Fifth and Sixth Avenues will be opened up for transit, and Metro plans to add an all-door boarding along the Third Avenue corridor and at stops along Westlake Ave N.

To learn more or to check into changes to other routes, click here.

Photo of Westlake Metro customer service office from Metro Matters blog

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Much needed. Hope this is enough.