Downtown Seattle bus route changes to save time for commuters

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Seattle-Woodinville route moving for faster I-5 access, other routes change stops

Sound Transit Regional Express bus riders heading north from downtown Seattle will see route and stop changes beginning Monday, Nov. 5 to help speed evening rush hour trips.

ST Regional Express Route 522 will now turn right onto Pike Street from Fourth Avenue and use the Pike Street entrance to the I-5 express lanes in the afternoon. Its last stop downtown will be on Pike Street just west of Sixth Avenue.

Transit planners estimate the change will save several minutes getting out of downtown Seattle during the evening rush hours.

To help keep Fourth Avenue moving the change requires closing the bus stop at Fourth Avenue and Union Street. All buses that currently serve that zone will now stop on Fourth Avenue just north of Pike Street adjacent to Westlake Park.

These Sound Transit Express routes will now use the stop at Westlake - 510, 511, 512, 513, 554, 590, 592, 594, 595.