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Summer Update: Impacts in Pioneer Square

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If you’re spending time in Pioneer Square this summer, stay informed about construction and other impacts. We’ve got details on projects and tips to make your time in this neighborhood as easy as possible. Also, check out one of these free events sponsored by the City.

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Adding ORCA Readers to Bus Stops 

King County Metro is adding new ORCA card readers at 10 bus stops on 3rd Ave. between Yesler Way and Denny Way. This will allow you to tap your ORCA card before the bus arrives and board through any door. During construction, bus stops may be closed or relocated.

Madison St Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) /RapidRide G Line 

Outreach is occurring to finalize designs for the high-capacity transit corridor connecting Madison Valley to the Waterfront on Madison St and Spring St. Share your thoughts until August 5. 

Alaskan Way Viaduct Demolition 

The Alaskan Way Viaduct is being demolished with the remaining structure on schedule to be removed this summer. You will continue to experience construction and detours while traveling around the waterfront, and to and from the south end of the SR 99 tunnel.   


Areaways are spaces that exist under sidewalks and between the street and the adjacent building.  Pioneer Square areaways need repairs. Throughout 2019 and 2020, Seattle Department of Transportation will conduct an assessment of the areaways to determine a long-term plan of action to repair necessary areas. During this time, be aware of changes to parking, loading, and traffic patterns. 

New Protected Bike Lanes 

The south end connection of the Center City Bike Network will be built in September to connect people biking to the C/ID and make a connection between 2nd Ave and S Dearborn St. Expect a new protected bicycle lane on 2nd Ave Ext S, S Main St, and 5th Ave S north of S King St. 

Pedestrian Improvements 

Pioneer Square East West Pedestrian Improvements, with community partner Alliance for Pioneer Square, is designing pedestrian improvements on portions of Main, Washington, King, and Yesler streets between 2nd Avenue and Alaskan Way as part of the Waterfront Seattle program.  

Smoke Season 

Due to wildfires, we are expecting a smoky summer. Find out how to be safe and look out for folks who are sensitive to poor air quality.  

Shop the Squeeze  

Every week in 2019, we’re giving away $100 Visa and ORCA cards to shoppers who support small business! Enter the #ShoptheSqueeze contest in three simple steps: 1. Visit a small business in Belltown, Chinatown-ID, Little Saigon, Pioneer Square or Downtown Commercial Core using any transportation that isn’t driving by yourself. 2. Post on social media using #ShoptheSqueeze. 3. In the caption, tell us how you got there. To get involved and promote the contest to your customers, visit, follow @seattleeconomy on social media, or contact

Expanded Transit Services

In September, King County Metro and the City of Seattle, through the voter-approved Seattle Transportation Benefit District, will add over 650 new weekly bus trips to provide more frequent all-day transit service, improved connections on nights and weekends, increased capacity on popular commute routes, and transit network improvements throughout Seattle. 

New Alaskan Way Construction

In 2019, Waterfront Seattle will begin construction of the new Alaskan Way, Elliott Way, and Columbia Street Transit pathway in the footprint of the demolished viaduct.  

Sounder South Capacity Expansion 

Sound Transit is evaluating options to expand capacity on the popular Sounder South commuter rail line, which connects Lakewood and King Street Station in Seattle. Options include longer trains and additional weekday service. Learn more and provide your input during the online open house, September 10-24. 

SR 99 Tunnel Tolling 

Tolling the SR 99 tunnel begins this fall. Toll rates will range from $1 to $2.25 with a Good To Go! pass. WSDOT is giving away free Good To Go! passes at Plan ahead for when tolling starts and expect changes in downtown traffic patterns. 

Connect 2020 

Heads up, Link light rail riders! For 10 weeks beginning January 2020, expect system-wide delays and platform changes at International District/Chinatown and Pioneer Square stations through March so crews can build light rail connections to the Eastside. Riders traveling  through  Pioneer Square station will transfer between trains on a new, temporary center platform.

Seattle Squeeze

Over the next 5 years, Seattle’s downtown is in a state of transition to meet the needs of our growing city, and we call this the Seattle Squeeze. Visit to stay up to date on tools and info that will help you get to and from downtown.

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