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May 1, 2012

May Day activities disrupting transit service in downtown Seattle

(2 p.m.) Tuesday's May Day activities in and around downtown Seattle are changing rapidly and expected to cause traffic and transit service disruptions and delays until after the evening rush hour.

During this event, it is expected that all traffic – including transit service – could be affected by minor to possibly significant delays and disruptions on local surface streets, as well as in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, nearby freeways, and areas outside of the downtown core.

At this point, there are no pre-planned bus reroutes, however bus riders are encouraged to be aware of conditions and use caution when traveling to bus stops. You can monitor downtown conditions through media reports or social media. You may also want to board or exit buses south of Jackson Street or north of Pike and Pine streets, use transit service in the transit tunnel, or change travel plans to avoid the affected area.

It is not possible to predict specific schedule, route or bus stop impacts, when conditions are changing so rapidly. During this afternoon's peak travel time, Metro will provide updates via its "Eye on Your Metro Commute" blog and kcmetrobus Twitter account. Transit Alerts may be sent, depending on the nature of a significant impact, but may not be used for frequent updates.

Schedule or service disruptions in one area can cause delays in other areas. Metro’s primary  concern is to operate safely at all times. As long as it is safe to do, Metro makes every effort to operate service according to regular routes and schedules. Routes and schedules may change based on situations beyond Metro’s control.

Your patience is appreciated during events that disrupt service.

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