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Transit riders: Plan for delays, traffic on 3-game Saturday

Summary

The Huskies, Mariners and Sounders all play at home Saturday, meaning transit riders should prepare for crowds and likely delays as throngs of sports fans head to downtown and the University District.

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The Huskies, Mariners and Sounders all play at home Saturday, meaning transit riders should prepare for crowds and likely delays as throngs of sports fans head to downtown and the University District.

This weekend’s games, along with the Susan G Komen 3-Day Walk and other events, will result in planned transit reroutes or delays, and expected congestion in downtown Seattle, Pioneer Square, SODO, University District, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Redmond, Kirkland, Ballard and Magnolia. People riding Metro on Saturday should plan ahead and be aware of temporary route changes around Husky Stadium. The Huskies kick off at 5 p.m., followed by the Mariners game at Safeco Field at 6:10 p.m. -- delays are expected through downtown and Pioneer Square. The Sounders will play earlier in the day at 1 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.

UW vs. Portland State, 5 p.m.

Fans can ride Husky shuttle buses to Husky Stadium from eight park-and-ride locations, including Eastgate, Houghton, Kingsgate, Federal Way/South 320th Street, Shoreline, South Kirkland, South Renton and Northgate Transit Center.

Pre-game shuttles leave park and ride lots as they fill starting 2½ hours prior to kick-off time, with the last buses from each park-and-ride leaving approximately 40 minutes before kick-off, except for the Federal Way shuttle; this trip can take up to one hour and the shuttles are scheduled accordingly.

A $5 round trip voucher is required for each person age 6 and older to board the shuttle. Purchase vouchers from the vendor located at each park-and-ride lot. No passes or transfers are accepted on the Husky park-and-ride shuttles, including ORCA and UPASS. Game tickets are not accepted as fare on any service.

Post-game shuttles depart from designated locations near UW Husky Stadium. The last park-and-ride shuttle leaves the Husky Stadium area 30 minutes after the game.

Fans also can ride Link light rail from downtown to Safeco Field and to the University of Washington station outside Husky Stadium.

Buses rerouted

With shuttles picking up and dropping off on Montlake Boulevard and NE Pacific Street, riders of regular Metro routes serving the UW light rail station (44, 45, 48, 65, 67, 71, 73, 75, 271 and 372) will be rerouted to 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Campus Parkway before and immediately after the game (see online rider alerts for more info).  Riders headed to or from Husky Stadium can walk or ride a free shuttle the rest of the way.

The shuttle operates about every 7 ½ minutes from a posted shuttle stop southbound on University Avenue Northeast just north of Northeast Pacific Street. It will serve stops along Pacific before turning around at 22nd Avenue East and Montlake to provide westbound service back to the University District.

Sounders vs. Whitecaps, 1 p.m. // Mariners vs. Astros, 6:10 p.m.

Metro offers regular weekend bus service to downtown and Pioneer Square. Fans also can ride Link light rail to the game from stations between Sea-Tac Airport and the University of Washington.

For information about regular transit service to games, or to plan other trips, visit Metro Online or Metro’s online Trip Planner. When planning your trip, check Metro’s Service Advisories page to find out about any known revisions to your routes.

 

 

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