Note: This archival information is about a project that has been completed.
Metro and Seattle install bus lanes on Battery, Wall streets
In April 2011, Metro worked with the City of Seattle to make bus service faster and more reliable along Battery and Wall streets, which are used by some of Metro’s busiest routes, including routes 5, 26, 28, and 358.
Improvements included new bus lanes on Battery Street between Third Avenue and Sixth Avenue, and on Wall Street between Denny Way and Fifth Avenue, as well as a bus queue jump signal at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Wall Street.
The purpose was to provide a reliable connection for buses between Aurora Avenue N and Third Avenue in downtown Seattle, with consistent reliability during construction of the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s north portal.
Bus lanes help move bus riders and others more efficiently by reserving outside curb lanes for right-turning vehicles and buses. This project maintained or improved access to businesses and residences.
Bus queue jump signals allow buses to bypass traffic lined up at the intersection.
- A new 24/7 center bus-only lane on Battery Street between Third Avenue and Sixth Avenue, leaving one general-purpose traffic lane for vehicles headed to Denny Way and State Route 99. Three on-street parking spaces were removed along the south curb.
- A new 24/7 bus lane on Wall Street between Denny Way and Fifth Avenue, on the north side of the street, leaving two general-purpose traffic lanes. Five parking spaces were eliminated along the south curb.
- Vehicle access to business driveways, alleys, and parking was maintained.
Metro was responsible for design work on the project and signed an agreement with the City of Seattle to install the improvements with Metro funding.