Third Avenue Transit Corridor Improvements
Third Avenue is downtown Seattle’s most heavily used transit corridor. More than 2,500 buses travel the corridor every weekday, and about 42,000 people board at bus stops on the corridor each week. Thousands of visitors, workers, shoppers and area residents also use Third Avenue daily.
To help create a positive and inviting environment for transit users and pedestrians, the City of Seattle and King County Metro Transit are working together to make the corridor an inviting, accommodating, safe and attractive place where people want to be. Our Third Avenue Transit Corridor Improvements Project will complement and be coordinated with the many other improvement projects underway in the downtown area.
The Third Avenue Transit Corridor Improvements Project is part of a larger plan to create a vibrant, safe and thriving Third Avenue. It will improve transit function and create a more welcoming urban environment along the corridor between Denny and Jackson streets. The project will extend transit priority measures approximately .75 miles north through the Belltown neighborhood.
The initial phase of the project was focused on the blocks between University Street and Stewart Street. Beginning this summer, the project team will refine initial design details that were developed for those blocks and expand this conceptual design through the entire corridor.
Potential corridor-wide concept design details could include these features:
SDOT and Metro are committed to working with area residents, businesses, commuters and other stakeholders throughout the project to ensure that designs consider the needs of a variety of users.
This work is supported by federal and local funds and jointly sponsored by the City of Seattle and King County Metro. Both agencies allocated local funds to match federal grants that provide about $9.6 million for design and construction of physical improvements.
Stay tuned for more information on upcoming fall 2014 events coming to Third Avenue!
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