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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Improvements Come to Third Avenue and Pine Street Bus Stop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
9/29/2011  12:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548


Improvements Come to Third Avenue and Pine Street Bus Stop
Real time bus arrival times now available, more changes on the way

SEATTLE—Wait times for buses serving the northbound stop at Third Avenue and Pine Street are now available to bus riders via a large T.V. screen located in the northwest window of Macy’s.  Installed by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the T.V. means passengers no longer need a smart phone to access “OneBusAway” real time bus arrival information. The improvement is just one of many coming to this popular stop where over 2,500 passengers get on and off buses every weekday. This first feature was installed early as an added amenity that shoppers and others will find particularly useful during the upcoming holiday season.

Next year, SDOT and King County Metro Transit (Metro) will extend the bus stop north, past Macy’s loading docks, making room for the increasing number of buses serving this stop in the future. The sidewalk will also be widened by six and a half feet creating more room for pedestrians and passengers and new lighting, trees and railings will be installed. Delivery trucks will continue to have easy access to Macy’s loading dock. Loading dock access is restricted during peak travel times.

“OneBusAway” was developed by UW Computer Science and Civil Engineering graduate students and is now being maintained by Metro.  Buses rerouted unexpectedly due to weather, traffic, road or other conditions can cause inaccurate results in bus tracking applications. If you have questions about the status of transit service in Seattle, please call King County Metro Transit at (206) 553-3000.
Find more information on SDOT efforts to improve transit at www.seattle.gov/transportation/transit.htm.

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