metro faces the harsh light of day

Starting in June, Metro will start preparing us for the eventual (temporary) shut down of the bus tunnel to accommodate the construction for Sound Transit’s Light Rail project. The underground passageways will no longer be used for Saturday bus traffic:

The closures should give riders, as well as officials with Metro Transit and Sound Transit, an early glimpse of how public transit downtown will be impacted. The June closure will allow tunnel contractors to do early work sawing concrete before the roadway is lowered for installation of the rail . . . could affect fans headed to Mariner games at Safeco Field.[seattletimes]

We’re just sad to think about the classiest part of Seattle’s mass transit system being shut down for two full years. The article includes a list of suggested coping mechanisms to alleviate the increase in street-traffic, but people looking to get their below street level fix will probably need to resort to repeat visits to the underground tour.

(via Joe [lj])

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