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February 4, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Transportation tips for the Seahawks parade

If forecasts are correct, somewhere between 200,000 and 500,000 people will head to downtown Seattle on Wednesday to celebrate the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory under cold, clear skies.

The parade down Fourth Avenue — from Denny Way south to CenturyLink Field — starts at 11 a.m.

Fourth Avenue and all cross streets from Third Avenue to Fifth Avenue will be closed to traffic after the morning commute, starting at 10:30 a.m. Occidental Avenue will be closed started at 8:30 a.m. ST Express regional buses will reroute to avoid Fourth Avenue.

Getting yourself a roadside seat on Fourth Avenue is going to take some doing. Here are some tips for getting it done:

By car:

  • Leave early to avoid the worst traffic.
  • The Seahawks warn that parking will be extremely limited around CenturyLink Field. Real-time information for major parking garages in and around downtown is available online and on e-Park signs approaching the garages.
  • Seattle Center has $12 all-day parking in its 1st Ave. N. Garage at Thomas and Warren streets, and in the Mercer Garage on Mercer Street between Third and Fourth avenues north.

By bus or train:

  • Leave early to avoid the most crowded public transportation. Dress warmly, but remember to wear layers because crowded buses can get warm.
  • Prepare for full park-and-ride lots and Sounder station parking by asking someone to drop you off if you can’t get there early.
  • Bus lines in the parade route will be detoured, or shortened, at around 10 a.m.
  • Metro’s route changes can be found here. For example, certain crosstown buses, such as runs between Queen Anne Hill and First Hill, will be cut off downtown instead of traveling on Third Avenue. Some buses, such as the busy 70 from the University District, will let off passengers at Sixth Avenue and Virginia Street. From the south, routes 36 from Beacon Hill and 7 from Rainier Valley will end near the International District/Chinatown Station, instead of entering downtown.
  • Metro will add buses on key routes in and out of downtown Seattle. Opt for routes that run through the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, which will be more protected from surface-street congestion.
  • From the south, Sound Transit will run six trains from Lakewood to Seattle starting at 4:41 a.m., and  two trains departing Tacoma at 7:25 and 8 a.m. A Seahawks Parade train will leave Tacoma at 8:30 a.m. Afternoon trains will leave King Street Station starting at 2:30 p.m. for Tacoma, followed by regular service leaving Seattle southbound to Pierce County between 3:12 and 6:12 p.m. Sound Transit rail and bus advisories and schedules can be found here.
  • From the north, four morning Sound Transit commuter trains will leave Everett for Seattle at 5:45, 6:15, 6:45  and 7:15 a.m. Trains will leave for Everett at 4:05, 4:33, 5:05 and 5:35. Some trains will have extra cars to accommodate crowds.
  • Light rail will run more-frequent service midday Wednesday, with trains leaving every 7 1/2 minutes. Riders can park at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for $2 an hour and ride the rail downtown.
  • From Seattle Center, the Monorail leaves every 10 minutes to Westlake Center. 

By sea:

  • The West Seattle Water Taxi will add extra mid-day trips between West Seattle and Pier 50 downtown Wednesday at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and returning at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
  • Washington State Ferries will run as usual.

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