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 Extended bus (and bike) only hours on Third Avenue began Monday, Aug. 20.

Metro and the Seattle Department of Transportation are making three transit upgrades to Third Avenue in fall 2018 and spring 2019. These changes are designed to provide easy transit connections, keep buses running on time, and improve safety by separating cars and buses during the busiest hours. Learn more about…

Third Avenue, Seattle’s most heavily-used transit corridor, is traveled by more than 2,500 buses—moving 100,000 riders—each day. Keeping buses moving on Third Avenue helps connect people to jobs, cultural events, shopping, and homes throughout the region.

By 2035, planners expect Seattle’s downtown area, or Center City, to absorb 25,000 new households and 56,000 new jobs. To prepare for this growth, Metro and the city are making a number of transportation investments, including these transit upgrades to Third Avenue.

Extended bus/bike-only hours (August 2018) Updated

As of Monday, Aug. 20, the Third Avenue corridor is reserved for only buses and bicyclists from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week. This includes Prefontaine Place in Pioneer Square (between Fourth Avenue and Yesler Way) and Third Avenue between Yesler Way and Stewart Street (see map).

Cars, including taxis & rideshares
  • Allowed on Third Avenue 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. ONLY, 7 days a week
  • No left turns from Third Avenue (24/7)
  • OK to cross Third Avenue going east or west (24/7)
  • No parking on Prefontaine Place 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week
Deliveries & commercial vehicles
  • Permitted commercial vehicles allowed on Third Avenue 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. ONLY, 7 days a week
  • No left turns from Third Avenue (24/7)
  • OK to cross Third Avenue going east or west (24/7)

New ORCA readers (March 2019)

Starting in March 2019, every stop on Third Avenue between Yesler Way and Denny Way will have an ORCA card reader, allowing all riders to pay before boarding and then board the bus at any door. The stops will also have real-time bus arrival information signs.

New and moved bus stops (March 2019)

Metro will move one bus stop and add one bus stop to improve the flow of buses on Third Avenue.

  • The southbound stop between Jefferson and James streets will be moved one block north, to between James and Cherry streets.
  • A new northbound stop will be added between Columbia and Marion streets.

See map

Looking ahead…

Transit-only signal coming to Third Avenue and Denny Way in March 2020

A new transit-only signal will allow buses to turn left from Third Avenue to Denny Way, in order to improve speed and reliability for northbound routes.


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