Routes 3 & 4
Metro may move routes 3 and 4 from James Street to Yesler Way
What do you think about this change?
Routes 3 and 4 are electric trolley bus routes that serve Queen Anne, downtown Seattle, First Hill, and Madrona (Route 3) or Judkins Park (Route 4). Together, they serve more than 11,000 riders each day—but both routes are often delayed by traffic congestion along James Street near the I-5 on-ramps.
To improve the speed and reliability of these two routes, we’re considering moving them off James Street to Yesler Way, Eighth Avenue, and Ninth Avenue (see map).
Why move the routes?
Moving these routes would provide better connections to Harborview Medical Center and to the Yesler Terrace community that’s being redeveloped to include 5,000 homes and nearly one million square feet of retail and office space.
Faster, more reliable service
Today, routes 3 and 4 are often delayed by traffic congestion along James Street near the I-5 on-ramps. Even though the proposed Yesler Way routing is almost a quarter-mile longer than the current routing, it should result in fewer delays and, in some cases, travel times that are up to four minutes shorter.
We’re collecting input from the public and stakeholders on this proposal. We’ll report back on what we heard later in the summer. If we decide to pursue the project, we’ll update this website with information about how and when it will move forward.
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