Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in the Womxn’s March and rally Saturday, Jan. 19 starting at Cal Anderson Park and marching to Seattle Center. During this year’s event, traffic is already constrained as a result of the closure of SR 99, so an additional measure of planning and patience is encouraged when taking transit to attend the events.
The Womxn’s March rally is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at Cal Anderson Park. The march is expected to begin at 9:45 a.m. and proceed through downtown to Seattle Center. The region already is experiencing traffic delays as a result of the SR 99 closure. Metro Transit and Sound Transit will provide extra buses and light rail trains to help connect crowds with the events, but riders should prepare for significant delays before, during and after the march.
Sound Transit will have additional Link trains ready to operate as needed. Those planning to take Link to the march can ride light rail from 15 other stations between the University of Washington and Angle Lake. Customers also can ride Metro and Sound Transit to downtown and join the march from there. As on all Saturdays, Metro will operate many frequent service routes to the area of the march.
Metro will operate on a regular Saturday schedule and will have additional buses as needed on routes 8, 41, 44, 101, 150, 255, RapidRide C, D, and E Lines. ST Express Routes 512, 550 and 554 will also operate extra service, and additional buses for Pierce County riders will be available as needed.
Extra Metro buses will be dispatched based on demand, and will not have schedules or appear in Metro’s online Trip Planner or One Bus Away. Riders should use regularly published schedules and prepare for crowded buses. In addition, beginning at noon, Fourth Avenue will close north of Pike Street to all traffic for the duration of the march. Metro and ST Express buses will be rerouted, and ST Express Route 512 will truncate at Westlake Station.
Transit riders should use regularly published timetables, plan ahead, allow plenty of time and prepare for traffic delays. Metro will have extra supervisors to monitor crowds in downtown, the International District, and Pioneer Square, and will adjust to accommodate transit needs when possible.
At the conclusion of the march, Metro will provide shuttles from the east side of Seattle Center, positioned southbound on Fifth Avenue North, to help transport the crowds back to the central downtown area.
Use online timetables or Metro’s online Trip Planner to find bus service to Capitol Hill or University of Washington Link stations. Bus service that travels to or near these areas includes Metro routes 8, 10, 11, 12, 31, 32, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, 60, 65, 67, 71, 73, 75, 271 and 372. Metro Route 255 and Sound Transit Route 545 serve both Montlake Freeway Station and downtown Seattle for connections with other service.
Transit users can also follow these tips:
Plan to arrive early to avoid traffic congestion and full buses.
Prepare for overcrowding on buses.
If possible, ride light rail to Capitol Hill station and walk into the park.
Prepare for significant delays in all traffic as thousands march through downtown. It’s a good idea to know an alternate route.
Have your transit fare or an ORCA card ready, or download a ticket to your phone through the Transit Go mobile ticketing app.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and reduced weekday service
On Monday, Jan. 21, Metro operates a reduced weekday holiday schedule and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March will take place from Garfield High School at 23rd Avenue and Jefferson Street at 12:30 p.m.
Visit the holiday service page to view routes effected. Most routes continue to provide full service.
Routes with designated weekday trips cancelled due to the reduced weekday schedule (Cancelled trips are identified in customer timetables with an "H"): 101, 102, 111, 114, 121, 122, 123, 125, 143, 157, 168, 169, 177, 179, 180, 186, 187, 192, 212, 214, 216, 218, 219, 232, 243, 244, 249, 252, 255, 257, 269, 303, 311, 312, 342, 907, 931
Routes with all weekday trips cancelled due to the reduced weekday schedule: 201, 237, 304, 308, 316, 330, 355, 930
Other service updates:
Metro’s customer information phone line and the lost and found and pass sales office at King Street Center will be closed on Monday.
Sound Transit will operate Link light rail on a Saturday schedule.
The Seattle Streetcar will operate a Sunday schedule.
The West Seattle Water Taxi will operate its increased weekday schedule during the SR 99 closure.
Ride2 Eastgate will not operate.
Ride2 West Seattle will operate.
A regular valid fare will be required on all service. Visit Metro’s website for more transit information, or call the Customer Information Office at 206-553-3000.
More information on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March can be found here.