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Metro Transit shuttles to carry fans to Seafair hydros and air shows this weekend

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Seafair fun takes off this week and Metro Transit has free shuttles to get fans to the hydro races and Patriots Jet Team air shows. Travelers should plan for delays and bus reroutes during these major regional events, which include temporary closures of the Interstate 90 floating bridge Friday through Sunday, Aug. 2-4.

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Seafair fun takes off this week and Metro Transit has free shuttles to get fans to the hydro races and Patriots Jet Team air shows. Travelers should plan for delays and bus reroutes during these major regional events, which include temporary closures of the Interstate 90 floating bridge Friday through Sunday, Aug. 2-4.

Hydro shuttles
Free shuttles to the Albert Lee Cup hydro races operate 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Friday through Sunday, Aug. 2-4. Shuttles run from a new location – the Columbia City Link light rail station (Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and South Edmunds Street) – to Stan Sayres Pit near Genesee Park on Lake Washington. This is the only Metro-operated hydro shuttle this year and no shuttle is planned from Othello Station or other locations.

Bridge closure shuttles
During the I-90 air show closures, Metro also will provide shuttle service between the park-and-ride lots at South Bellevue and Mercer Island on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3. Regular fares are required on the I-90 shuttles. Buses that normally travel via I-90 will be rerouted to State Route 520 during the air show practice and performances.

Details about reroutes and shuttle service are on Metro Online, in the “Alerts Center.” Riders also can use the online Trip Planner or call Metro’s Customer Information Office at 206-553-3000 for assistance.

Shuttle and reroute details
Friday, Aug. 2

  • 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free shuttles operate between Columbia City Link Station and Genesee Park.
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. The I-90 floating bridge closes eastbound and westbound, mainline and express lanes – between Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island for Patriots Jet Team practice flights. Certain I-90 and I-5 ramps will also close 30 minutes to one hour before flight times. During the closure, all I-90 bus service will be rerouted to SR 520. From Mercer Island, bus riders can board a Metro shuttle to the South Bellevue Park-and-Ride to transfer to ST Express routes 550 or 554. A fare is required on the I-90 shuttles.

Saturday, Aug. 3

  • 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free shuttles operate between Columbia City Link Station and Genesee Park.
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. During the Patriots Jet Team performance, the I-90 bridge is closed eastbound and westbound, mainline and express lanes – between I-5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island. All I-90 bus service will be rerouted to SR 520 during the closure, and the Mercer Island shuttle will be in service.

Sunday, Aug. 4

  • 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free shuttles operate between Columbia City Link Station and Genesee Park.
  • 1:15 p.m.– 2:40 p.m. During the Patriots Jet Team performance, the I-90 bridge closed eastbound and westbound, mainline and express lanes – between I-5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island. All I-90 bus service will be rerouted to SR 520 during the closure.
  • There is no Mercer Island shuttle on Sunday during the Patriots Jet Team show.

WSDOT has I-90 bridge closure information and the Seafair website has event information.