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February 5, 2014 at 5:33 PM

‘Gridhawk’ clears after a crowded evening commute

Seattle's transit tunnel is packed with people trying to get out of downtown. (King County Metro Transit photo)

Seattle’s transit tunnel was packed with people trying to get out of downtown. (King County Metro Transit photo)

 

UPDATE, 8:24 P.M. | There is no longer an extended wait time for passengers departing the Seattle terminal for Bainbridge Island and Bremerton, according to WSDOT.

UPDATE, 8 P.M. | Traffic on Interstate 5 has eased, but ferry and bus passengers should anticipate delays as operations return to normal.

UPDATE, 6:46 P.M. | Northbound bus routes 301 and 308 have resumed normal service on Aurora Avenue North.

As of 6:40 p.m., Washington State Ferries to Bremerton were running 20 minutes late or longer, because of delays while loading high numbers of passengers.

ORIGINAL POST |

Trying to get out of Seattle right now? It might be a better idea to stay for awhile, the Washington Department of Transportation says.

The “Gridhawk” after the Seahawks victory parade is causing stop-and-go traffic in both directions of Interstate 5. WSDOT is reporting a nine-mile backup from Northgate to Alderwood and an hourlong commute from Seattle to Federal Way and 77 minutes from Seattle to Everett.

Ferries from Seattle to Bainbridge Island and Bremerton are running behind schedule to accommodate the expected 19,000 people leaving Colman Dock, WSDOT said. For Bremerton ferries, the Chelan is scheduled to depart Seattle at 6:45 p.m. and 9:05 p.m. and can carry 1,100 passengers, including passengers in vehicles. The Kaleetan’s departures are scheduled for 5:35 p.m., 7:55 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 12:50 a.m., and can carry 1, 868 passengers. Passengers may have to wait for return trips to Bainbridge Island, because the vessels will fill quickly.

Many King County Metro buses are delayed, but running regular routes, except for Pine Street buses, which are operating on a modified reroute into downtown via 7th Avenue to Union Street. Passengers should prepare for lengthy waits and crowded buses, according to King County Metro Transit.

Sound Transit Express bus service in downtown Seattle is experiencing extremely high ridership and has added an additional train leaving the King Street Station in 6:30 p.m. Link trains will be coming every six minutes, with extra four-car trains operating between Stadium Station and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The Sounder NorthLine train that departed from Seattle at 5:05 p.m. is delayed 45 minutes en route to Everett because of mechanical issues. The 5:35 p.m. train from Seattle to Everett will be 20 minutes late.

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