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 day. 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 Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and King County Metro Transit are working together to make the corridor an inviting, accommodating, safe and attractive place where people want to be.
The 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 focused on the blocks between University Street and Stewart Street. This phase included both draft 10% concept design for this four-block area as well as a rebuild of the sidewalk and bus stop on the east side of Third Avenue between Pine and Stewart streets, otherwise known as the “Macy’s Block.” This new block showcases and tests improvements similar to those planned at bus stops along Third Avenue over the next few years. The construction in this particular block included a number of features, some new to Seattle:
The project team is currently developing a 10% design that updates and expands this conceptual design through the entire corridor. Potential corridor-wide concept design details could include features such as:
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.
Fall 2014 – 10 % Concept Design | Denny Way to Jackson Street
Fall 2013 – Draft 10% Concept Design | University to Stewart
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