Although details will have to wait until staff are done with the October 2 service change, Metro is going to change service in Sodo and downtown for several years, until the viaduct sorts itself out, and various other construction projects happen:
Desmond said the construction projects are expected to be disruptive for all traffic, including buses. Although the road closures and construction projects will be phased over many years, Metro thinks it is best for bus riders if their routes change as few times as possible.
With that in mind, starting next February Metro will divert much of its downtown service away from First Avenue between Edgar Martinez Drive and Broad Street. Most of these bus routes will move to Third Avenue. It will also result in some changes for bus travel on Second and Fourth avenues, as some routes are moved there to accommodate the bus changes on First and Third.