New bus stops opened on Seattle Waterfront, serving southwest Seattle and King County neighborhoods

New bus stops opened on Seattle Waterfront, serving southwest Seattle and King County neighborhoods

Last weekend (February 19-20), King County Metro opened two new bus stops, one northbound and one southbound, on Alaskan Way S near S Jackson St.

These stops serve bus routes 55, 56, 57, 113, 120, 121, 125, and the RapidRide C Line. Each of these routes serve neighborhoods in West Seattle and nearby Duwamish Valley communities. New bus shelters will be added to the new bus stops this summer.

Map of new bus stops along Alaskan Way S, near S Jackson St, along Seattle’s waterfront. The two new bus stops’ locations can be seen in the large green circular bus icons. Graphic credit: King County Metro

The Waterfront Seattle Program construction has contributed to building the foundations (including concrete and electrical infrastructure) needed for these new bus stops and transit lanes on Alaskan Way S, between S King and Columbia streets.

In November 2021, Waterfront Seattle project construction accomplished an exciting milestone – opening new southbound lanes on the west side of Alaskan Way, including the southbound transit lane. More recently, earlier this month (February 2022), Waterfront Seattle completed installing new roadway markings on the east side of Alaskan Way, allowing King County Metro buses to begin using the new northbound transit lane.

An aerial view of the northbound and southbound transit lanes on Alaskan Way S between S Jackson and S King streets. In the upper the right, south of S King St, a northbound bus can be seen in a transit lane. Photo credit: Seattle Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects.

Improving transit connections on the waterfront has been and remains one of the Waterfront Seattle Program’s major priorities. Construction to rebuild Alaskan Way began at Columbia St in 2019 to allow the new two-way transit corridor to open early during construction, providing a key transit connection to 3rd Ave. The Columbia St improvements opened almost exactly two years ago, on February 22, 2020.

The opening of these new bus stops on Alaskan Way is the latest set of transit improvements made possible by the ongoing partnership between the Waterfront Seattle Program and King County Metro over the past three years of construction.
These new bus stops will improve transit between southwest King County and downtown Seattle, and provide better connections for everyday travel, major sports events, and more.

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