Riders traveling between Queen Anne and Downtown Seattle on Metro Routes 1, 2 and 13 will notice a faster, more direct route beginning Saturday, Aug. 2.

Using new electric trolley poles and wires, Routes 1, 2 and 13 heading inbound toward Belltown and downtown will now travel east on Denny Way between First and Third avenues, instead of traveling south on First and east on Broad Street to Third. The new, direct routing will reduce bus travel times by up to two minutes, depending on the time of day and traffic.

Routes 1, 2, and 13 are part of Metro’s clean, quiet electric trolley bus system. To enable Metro to operate electric-bus service along the new time-saving route, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) constructed trolley-wire support poles and related infrastructure on eastbound Denny Way between First and Third avenues and on a short segment of Third Avenue between Denny and Broad. 

In addition to speeding up transit, the improvements will put trolley buses on the same pathways and at the same bus stops as Metro’s diesel-bus routes in the area. SDOT and King County Metro will relocate the existing bus stop on Denny at Warren Place to Third and Denny. The new bus stop will feature lighting, new shelters, a bicycle rack and, in 2015, a real time schedule sign.

This project is a partnership between SDOT and King County Metro. SDOT funded the design and installation of the poles to support the trolley wires, while King County Metro funded the installation of the wires. The total cost of the project is $1.5 million.