Thursday’s presidential visit will affect bus service

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Convention Place Station in downtown transit tunnel will be closed to pedestrians

President Barack Obama will visit Seattle on Thursday, May 10, and increased security in the downtown area will affect bus service for both King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit.

From about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Convention Place Station (CPS) in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will be closed to all pedestrian access. Buses will continue to travel through CPS, but will not stop there. No passengers will be allowed to board or exit buses in the station, or access the tunnel from the CPS entrance at 9th Avenue and Pine Street.

During this time please board or exit all tunnel buses at the other four tunnel stations, or at their regularly posted surface street stops before they enter or after they leave CPS. Sound Transit Link light rail service is expected to operate normally in the tunnel during this time.

Additionally, from about 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m. on Thursday, Pine Street will be closed west of Interstate 5. During this closure, there will be no bus service on Pine Street between I-5 and 5th Avenue.

Because of street closures and traffic congestion, bus passengers should expect delays throughout the day on Thursday. This could affect bus service in other parts of the county as well. Please allow extra travel time on Thursday and to be prepared for traffic conditions to change.