Construction Reroute By Oran

Due to demolition and utility work for the Alaskan Way Viaduct (AWV) Metro is rerouting some southbound buses off 1st Ave for the next month. In February Metro will completely reroute buses off 1st for the next few years to avoid construction delays and confusion related to the AWV project.

Metro’s press release after the jump.

Two construction projects begin next Monday, Jan. 3 that will create temporary reroutes for several King County Metro Transit bus routes that normally travel on First Avenue South through Pioneer Square and the SODO area of Seattle. Then in February, those buses – and others – will have new long-term routing.

The reroutes starting Monday will affect Metro routes: 21, 22, 56, 57, 85, 99, 116, 118, and 119. They will not serve any southbound stops on First Avenue South between Cherry/Washington streets and South Atlantic Street. Northbound bus service will not be affected.

Details for each route can be found at: under the “construction and events” heading.

Starting Feb. 5, Metro will make long-term street and/or stop changes for about two dozen bus routes serving downtown Seattle to keep people moving during the multi-year construction in downtown Seattle and the SODO area. The February changes affect routes: 15, 15X, 16, 18, 18X, 21, 21X, 22, 23, 26, 26X, 27, 28, 28X, 37, 56, 56X, 57, 66X, 81, 85, 99, 111, 114, 116X, 118X, 119X, 124, 143, 157, and 161.

Construction work for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement and Seawall Program and other projects on Seattle streets have the potential to slow down bus travel and make schedules less reliable. The projects downtown and in the SODO area are expected to be lengthy and disruptive to traffic. 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 with the transit service change on Feb. 5, Metro will divert much of its First Avenue service away from that street between Edgar Martinez Drive and Broad Street. Most relocated bus routes will move to Third Avenue. There will also be 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.

Buses, trains, vanpools and carpools will be good options for people who must travel to and through these areas – along with telecommuting, biking, and walking.

More about the Feb. 5 bus routing changes can be found on Metro Online at:, and with the service change brochure and online information that will be available later in January.

15 Replies to “Metro Reroutes: Off 1st Ave”

  1. How come not the 10/12? Is is an ETB routing issue or do they want to maintain some service to 1st Ave?

    1. As far as I can tell, all of these routes travel on or are through-routed along souther 1st Ave. and 1st Ave. S. The 10 and 12 do are not included because they have little to do with the area of 1st Ave. that is impacted.

  2. The February change will be interesting with all of the 3rd Ave stop changes. My assumption is that the 15/18 will be sharing the stops with the ETBs while the 16/26/28/66 move to the other stop pattern. Can anyone confirm this? I know that Metro can’t easily divide routes between the stops, so there’s really no elegant solution to balancing the stops.

    The changes appear to primarily affect a few small groups of riders:

    1) Eastlake riders who could use the 66 or the 70, which would apparently no longer share stops.

    2) Seattle Center East riders, since the 16 would not share stops with the 3/4.

    And, for those in the 15/28 catchment area, this really doesn’t change things too much – although now you can see your alternate bus drive past.

    1. Okay let me try to explain this……

      Rt: 111,114,143,157,161 leave 3rd for 2nd/4th as well as 101,102,106,150(when tunnel closed or late night service)
      Rt: 15,18,21,22,56,57 move to 3rd ave and are assigned a RED stop pattern
      Rt: 16,23,26,28,66,124 change from current yellow pattern to new GREEN skip stop

      Now if you don’t know the current stop pattern here it is and will help you understand this better. Between S Jackson-Virginia(N/B), Virginia-S Main(S/B) buses skip stop on 3rd Ave Each route is assigned a colored stop pattern. Yellow(N/B): Prefontaine, Cherry, Seneca, Pike….(S/B): Pine, Unoin, Marion, James. Blue Zones(N/B): James, Marion, Union, Pine…..(S/B): Pike, Seneca, Cherry. The new Green & Red zones will be paired depending on direction. So Red will be paired with the current blue zone going south and north will stop at the current yellow zone. Green pattern coaches will stops at blue zones northbound and at yellow zones southbound.

      I believe this change was made so the 15/18’s will serve the same zones as 1/2/13’s to Lower QA and 17 to Ballard and in the opposite direction the 21/22/56/57 will serve the same zones as the rest of the W Seattle service.

      Hope this makes sense, if not ask me. Below is a list of buses assigned to the new stop patterns.

      1. Northbound 3rd Ave:
        Stopping at Blue(Green) Zones: 5, 16, 23, 26, 28, 54, 55, 66, 79, 116, 118, 119, 120, 123, 124, 304, 306, 308, 312, 355, 358, 522 Southbound
        Stopping at Yellow(Red) Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 25, 27, 34, 35, 36, 49, 56, 57, 70

        Southbound 3rd Ave:
        Blue(Red): 5, 11, 15, 18, 21, 22, 54, 55, 56, 56, 79, 84, 113, 116, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 125, 304, 355, 358.
        Stopping at Yellow(Green) Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 13, 14, 16, 17, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 33(s/b), 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 66, 70, 82, 124.

        Tunnel Routes 41, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76, 77 will use the Blue zones when tunnel closed and 301, 316 will use Yellow zones. And again: 101, 102, 106, 150 will move to 2nd/4th for tunnel closed routing. All other tunnel routes stay the same.

      2. Do you know if they’re going to put up new two-color markers at the skip-stop stations?

        Also, isn’t red (and white) already used for 2nd/4th Ave? Is that going away, or is red going to have two meanings?

      3. I thought Metro already put up the two-color markers on 3rd Ave. And this feature isn’t well advertised (save for when they went to that system during the tunnel closure and published a guide).

      4. Sorry, when I said two-color, I meant that each stop would be labeled with two different colors. Last time I was on 3rd Ave, there were lots of blue and yellow signs, but no red or green.

      5. Yes, the colors on top of the bus stops may have already or will change by the shakeup. They also started putting little signs one block before the stop, hanging from the trolley overhead, so the drivers can get used to the new system.

        And yes, 2nd/4th have red and white stops, these will change to orange and white.

  3. Any news on what they’re going to do with Route 99?

    It drives past my window — almost always empty — several times an hour. It makes me want to throw rocks at it.

    1. Yeah, they’re going to replace it with historic streetcars as soon as the ‘temporary disruption’ to the waterfront is complete.
      Patience, my friend.

    2. As someone who rides the 99 every day (bus in from Burien to 4th and Jackson and then take 99 to work) I would be very pissed off at you throwing rocks at it.

      It is a viable route and serves many people daily.

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