TRAFFIC/TRANSIT/WATER TAXI TODAY: ‘Getting to the Seahawks Celebration Parade from West Seattle’ edition

February 5, 2014 at 6:35 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 27 Comments

(SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATES – we’ll keep this going until switching to official parade edition)

6:35 AM: Good morning! We’re here to help you get to the 11 am parade downtown as well as the usual commute info. You can see more cameras, and other info, on the WSB Traffic page. Links for starters:

(Photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand, substituted later Wednesday)
-WATER TAXI: Go here to see the special schedule for today only, shuttle buses included.
-METRO: Route alerts that kick in before the parade; general advice
-SOUND TRANSIT BUSES/LIGHT RAIL: One WSBer texted at 6:30 that the Tukwila parking lot was 90% full.
-WEATHER: Very cold – the wind chill could make it feel like the teens, forecasters say; Special Weather Statement still in effect.
-IF YOU HAVE TICKETS TO SAFECO SPILLOVER EVENT, here’s the FAQ

People are already staked out along the route, KIRO’s live helicopter view shows. From SDOT, here’s how roads will be affected:

The parade begins at Fourth Avenue and Denny Way, and heads south on Fourth Avenue to S Washington Street. From there it will proceed west to Second Avenue S, turn south on Second and then move into the North Lot at CenturyLink Field. Fourth Avenue and all cross streets from Third Avenue to Fifth Avenue will be closed to traffic starting at 10:30 a.m. and reopen after the parade passes, and Occidental Avenue will be closed at 8:30 a.m. “No parking” signs for the event are in place and prohibit parking along the route from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

7:33 AM UPDATE: We went to The Junction to see how buses were looking. Saw an empty C Line. Don’t wait too long to go – via Twitter, we’re seeing numerous photos of the streets downtown filling up.

7:50 AM UPDATE: The 7:45 am Water Taxi was reported to be “full and boisterous,” per Tim; Lise also said it’s full, and both mention parking in the area is busier than usual. We’re heading off to survey the scene. Remember there is a gap between the 8:45 am run from Seacrest and the added 9:30 am run.

8:05 AM UPDATE: Now the C Line is full, Mac reports. Remember that downtown reroutes kick in BEFORE the parade – see the link above.

8:30 AM UPDATE: 8:15 Water Taxi was at capacity with ~50 left at dock, our crew reports. No street parking left in area. (Note: The Salty’s lot appeared to have a few spaces left on the unpaved side.) Next run is 8:45, then 9:30. Line for 8:45 stretches to the street. Meantime, if you are DRIVING in, 4th Avenue northbound off the bridges is not a good bet – see the backup on the city’s camera.

8:59 AM UPDATE: Can’t stress it enough, if you are going, LEAVE ASAP. (Here’s a photo Metro posted to Facebook showing the 2nd/Jackson crowd close to end of parade route:)

We are watching traffic, transit, Water Taxi, and everything is jammed. Here’s a Water Taxi line pic from about 15 mins ago:

Thanks to Brian Presser from TouchTech Systems for that pic. Meantime, Cheryl, also at the dock, says it looks like the Vashon boat might have been added to the run too. We haven’t confirmed that but will try to. Buses are jammed – the 21s were full by the time they got to Morgan, Jeff reports via Twitter.

9:13 AM UPDATE: Water Taxi line past Marination ma kai (WSB sponsor) and down the block, tweets Micah. Meantime, Josh confirms that the 8:45 Water Taxi captain “shouted (to those in line)” that they were adding the Vashon boat to come pick up more people. And we’ve just received a photo from Sean showing a crowd packing onto a RapidRide C Line bus:

Thanks to everyone sharing photos – we are staying at HQ to keep track of all the info you need going there AND getting back (and other news), so we’d love a parade photo or two once it’s all under way – text to 206-293-6302, e-mail to editor@westseattleblog.com, or share at facebook.com/westseattleblog.

Traffic alert: Scanner says there’s a crash at Delridge/Thistle.

9:40 AM UPDATE: Micah says the extra boat is helping the Water Taxi line move fast.

(Added: Photo from HJ)
Meantime, buses are still very busy. Just in from Kindree: “Been at C line stop on Alaska at Fauntleroy for a while now. Last 5 or 6 buses ( C and 50 ) have been full and passed us by.”

9:50 AM UPDATE: Meantime, from downtown, a preview from the start of the parade route, just tweeted by a State Patrol public-information officer – note the Ducks (which the team apparently will ride in):

10:03 AM UPDATE: Water Taxi continues to move along well – aerial perspective from Sunny Kobe Cook:

While downtown is full of fans, no major problems are reported – we’re monitoring all scanner channels as well as Twitter. But one transportation route is VERY backed up south of here, texts Amy – she says thousands are in line for light rail from Sea-Tac.

10:25 AM UPDATE: Winding down this edition of traffic coverage since we sure hope everyone who’s going is there. We’re hoping to feature a streaming window once the parade begins, separate story page. Meantime, if you ARE there, there’s one big request from SPD and the rest of the city: “With record crowds lining downtown streets for today’s Seahawks victory parade, police and fire are asking people to please stay on the sidewalks and leave the streets clear for emergency vehicles.”

10:39 AM UPDATE: Still people awaiting the Water Taxi, but David Christensen says, “It’s moving fast.” And Spenser tweeted this after getting onboard:

POST-PARADE NOTE: We have afternoon going-back-to-West-Seattle coverage here.

27 Comments

  1. Leave early, I was passed by the first rapid ride bus at 715.

    Comment by Mack — 7:26 am February 5, 2014 #

  2. Man, its already crazy downtown! I can hear hooping and hollering from the 36th floor of my building on 5th and Marion!! Sidewalks are pretty full already. Go Hawks!

    Comment by workdowntown — 7:28 am February 5, 2014 #

  3. Fourth Ave at Union is already lined with camp chairs and Popsicles…I mean people in Seahawks gear. I hope the fans drain out of downtown before the commute home. The team is not due for another 6 hours–and there are plenty of families with small kids out there…

    Comment by JayDee — 7:28 am February 5, 2014 #

  4. So far so good. About to arrive downtown on 55. Slight backup on bridge eastbound, but only slight so far.

    Comment by Chris W — 7:31 am February 5, 2014 #

  5. Coming downtown as pee usual on 21X – traffic seems about same as yesterday. Bus is on schedule for arrival dwntwn. (Monday was quicker cuz traffic was lighter on post-SB Monday!) But don’t wait folks – get on a bus!

    Comment by Ann W.Wood — 7:58 am February 5, 2014 #

  6. The 116 I’m on just crossed the high bridge. Traffic on the bridge looks similar to typical commute at this hour, but 1st Ave S into downtown is more backed up than usual. Guessing it will intensify.

    Comment by Ben — 8:04 am February 5, 2014 #

  7. Thanks, Ben, good point – we’ll keep an eye on the 1st/4th cameras too, since SDOT has a few.

    Comment by WSB — 8:06 am February 5, 2014 #

  8. Yeah, cams are a good resource. Fourth Ave S is also pretty heavy traffic – the 116 is trying to make it through. Surface streets will be a morass. Lots of SoDo game-day parking lots look to be already full, with merry-makers streaming toward downtown.

    Comment by Ben — 8:13 am February 5, 2014 #

  9. Bridge much worse than usual. Fyi

    Comment by E.nough — 8:21 am February 5, 2014 #

  10. WS bridge is at a crawl – less than 5 mph.

    Comment by Meredith — 8:33 am February 5, 2014 #

  11. C line is full headed to downtown from junction!

    Comment by Seaview — 8:42 am February 5, 2014 #

  12. Saw two #131′s heading DT about 7:30 with bundled up blue/green folks standing already.

    Ya’. Big Day.

    Comment by westseattledood — 8:44 am February 5, 2014 #

  13. passed dozens of Hawks fans waiting for the bus on my way in. I feel like I am the only person in Seattle still at my desk. Go Hawks Fans…I am there in spirit with you if not in super-cold flesh. :D

    Comment by HelperMonkey — 8:46 am February 5, 2014 #

  14. If anyone is at the water taxi with updates please let us know. We were going to attempt the 11:30 boat but wondering if it’s even possible!

    Comment by Jack — 8:55 am February 5, 2014 #

  15. Anyone up for walking down?

    Comment by sgs — 8:55 am February 5, 2014 #

  16. In the interest of safety, just a suggestion, to the “boisterous” crowd on the Water Taxi:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBDIAIk7pJA

    .

    ;-)

    .

    Mike

    Comment by miws — 8:56 am February 5, 2014 #

  17. At 7:45am on the 120 from Delridge library, passed by one bus and then got on second (passing by people on the street because of overcrowding). Waited in tunnel for the 550 eastbound an extra 20 or so minutes. Commute looks to have an extra 45-60 min today

    Comment by Thomas — 9:03 am February 5, 2014 #

  18. Jack, we’re posting WT updates. Still big line. Will be checking after the 9:30 boat leaves. One tweeter says it looks like the county might have added an extra boat now that Vashon commute is done but we have NOT confirmed that – yet.

    Comment by WSB — 9:04 am February 5, 2014 #

  19. I wont be there but I hope everyone who wants to go makes it in time and has a safe trip to and from the parade.
    .
    I passed some kids all decked out in Hawks gear as I drove by a bus stop and they were waving to each car that drove by.

    Comment by enough — 9:38 am February 5, 2014 #

  20. For those that want to watch there is a stream from 3rd and Pike (or Pine, not sure which).

    http://video.copacino.com/

    Comment by Sean — 10:38 am February 5, 2014 #

  21. I love to see the water taxi so packed! One of my favorite things in WS.

    Comment by D — 10:53 am February 5, 2014 #

  22. Anybody have updates about catching the C Line back from downtown? My kids and I are warming up at my office and want to head back to WS when getting on a bus is no longer an if but a when.

    Comment by Kathleen — 2:12 pm February 5, 2014 #

  23. C lines are all packed by Macys heading back west (if anyone is wondering). About the same for 120

    Comment by Thomas — 3:34 pm February 5, 2014 #

  24. Does anyone know about the wait for the water taxi from downtown back to Alki?

    Comment by Emily — 4:23 pm February 5, 2014 #

  25. Via Twitter, riders have described the line as “long but moving,” since 2 boats have been running. However, the Vashon run starts up again right about now so we’ll have to rely on someone in line to say if that’s continuing…

    Comment by WSB — 4:28 pm February 5, 2014 #

  26. Just noticed – your comment is on the morning traffic coverage – today we have an afternoon edition too: http://westseattleblog.com/?p=264061

    Comment by WSB — 4:31 pm February 5, 2014 #

  27. So glad I was on the 7:45 ferry, looks like the line really picked up..we had to wait for three ferries on the way home.

    Comment by Julie — 4:47 pm February 6, 2014 #

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