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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: City to Conduct Transit Lane Enforcement on Third Avenue

10/23/2015  3:30:00 PM

City to Conduct Transit Lane Enforcement on Third Avenue
Will help ensure speed and reliability for 47,500 daily transit riders

SEATTLE – On Thursday, October 29, the City of Seattle will conduct transit lane enforcement on the critical Third Avenue transit corridor. Officers from the Seattle Police Department supported by Seattle Department of Transportation staff will enforce posted transit restrictions from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM between Union and Stewart streets.

Third Avenue is one of the busiest bus streets in the United States with approximately 2,500 buses carrying 47,500 people on it every weekday. With 45 percent of downtown commuters using transit, the enforcement work will help ensure the reliable and efficient movement of transit riders along Seattle's most critical bus corridor.

Third Avenue in downtown has posted signs and signals indicating it should be used as a through corridor by bus and bicycles only Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM. During those times, vehicles other than buses or bikes can only drive one block and then must turn in accordance with posted signs.

Driving on Third Avenue in contravention of posted restrictions is a violation of SMC 11.53.230 (traveling in a bus only or BAT lane) and can result in a fine of $136.


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