The wait ends this Saturday. At long last, Husky football is accessible to the masses by means other than buses crawling through a sea of cars and then a wall of people.
The 2016 edition of Husky football kicks off Saturday at 11 am, against the Scartlet Knights of Rutgers.
This will be the first-ever Husky football game served by Link Light Rail.
King County Metro will once again be running park & ride shuttles (the 700 series in the above map) from Eastgate Park & Ride, South 320th P&R in Federal Way, Houghton P&R, Kingsgate P&R, westbound on 100th NE by Northgate Transit Center, Shoreline P&R, S Kirkland P&R, and S Renton P&R, departing as buses fill up from 2 hours before kickoff to 1 hour before kickoff. Fare is $5 cash, round trip, or presentation of a UW Athletics season pass.
Most routes that regularly go through campus will be re-routed during game-day traffic (44, 45, 65/67, 71, 73, 75 & 271). These routes will still serve NE Campus Pkwy, from which free shuttles depart every 7-8 minutes to do a loop between the U-District and the stadium vicinity.
There will be a limited number of neighborhood shuttles on routes 44, 65, and 75, serving select stops. The stops for these routes shown on the map above are just for these shuttle trips. These will accept ORCA and charge regular Metro fare. There will no longer be a shuttle from downtown, but the light rail train is much faster anyway, getting you from Westlake Station to Husky Stadium in 6 minutes.
The regular local bus service to UW has grown significantly since last year, thanks in part to Seattle Proposition 1 from 2014, but mostly due to putting service hours cleared off of the I-5 traffic jam back into neighborhood service. Route 372, in particular, has gone from not running on weekends to running every 15 minutes on Saturdays. Route 65/67 has gone from half-hourly all week to running every 15 minutes on Saturdays. The same has happened with route 75. Route 48 has jumped from running every 15 minutes to running every 10 minutes on Saturdays.
Whether by bus or train getting to Husky football has just gotten a whole lot easier.