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Seattle Squeeze: 3 different commutes from 3 different neighborhoods

Seattle Squeeze: 3 different commutes from 3 different neighborhoods

Many people are getting one last look at the viaduct during this last commute before it closes. Meanwhile, may others wonder how the closure will affect their commute.

KOMO News checked out different commutes coming from three different neighborhoods.

Let’s say you live right by the Burien Community Center and you want to get to work after the viaduct closes. According to Google Maps, it’s typically a 21-minute drive to get to KOMO News near Seattle Center.

But, with all the added traffic due to the viaduct closure, the plan is to take the bus. Taking the bus, you’d use Bus 120 and then hop on Bus D and then walk for five minutes. On a good day, that commute would take an hour and 5 minutes according to Google Maps.

What’s nice about taking the bus is you can relax, read a book, read your emails and not worry about driving or traffic.

Megan Crom will be making the commute to work in Downtown Seattle from Burien next Monday. She says she would take Bus 120 or Bus 125. The viaduct closure means she needs to budget for more time and plan for possible delays.

“Just increase my commute time for about 2 hours or 3 hours. I’d like to sense how long that (ride) takes me,” said Crom.

Commuting to Seattle Center form Greenlake could mean taking the bus if you live near the PCC.

Using the “One Bus Away” phone app, commuters would be directed to take Bus 26 to Downtown and get off at Aurora and Denny. Then it’s a 5-minute walk to KOMO Plaza.

Some people plan on getting to downtown by bike. That includes Greenlake resident Tracey Lake.

“I’m hoping it’ll be safer with more cyclists,” said Lake. “I go Greenwood, Fremont on the bike lanes, over to Phinney, Phinney to Ballard across the Fremont Bridge. I switch over to Dexter, then I drop down into the South Lake Union and from there I need to go,” Lake said.

From West Seattle to Downtown, you can drive and park at Seacrest Park to catch a King County Water Taxi. Or, you could also use the "Ride 2 Transit" app to to request a van to take you from your home to the same place. You'll pay with cash or your Orca card for the van shuttle.

From Seacrest Park, take the water taxi across Elliott Bay. It’s a ten-minute ride to Downtown Seattle. Then, hop on the free Seattle Waterfront Shuttle. It goes through downtown and heads towards the Seattle Center. Lucky for us, it stops right by KOMO Plaza.

After the viaduct closes Friday night, 12 bus routes will change their path including Bus 120 from Burien. King County Metro says some bus routes may be delayed by an hour. So, plan ahead and take an earlier bus.

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