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Seattle Metro has begun a new shuttle service for the upcoming football season, offering service from local park-and-rides to stadiums for Husky and Seahawk games all season.  A round-trip ride is free upon showing a ticket or ticket stub.  The shuttles begin up to 2 hours before kick-off and up to 50 minutes before.  So avoid the traffic and hassle of parking and check out the shuttle.  See the full article here, or visit the Metro website for more information.

This Saturday, September 3rd two southbound lanes of the viaduct will be closed for repairs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The closure will be near S. Hanford Street. If you’re planning on driving on the viaduct then and there, check alternate routes to avoid long traffic delays and detours. For more information on the replacement project and closures, including the 9-day closure beginning October 21st, please visit the official WSDOT website.

Beginning October 1st, the Washington State Ferries service will be increasing fares by 2.5% and up to 3% by May of next year. However, fares will be reduced for vehicles that are less than 14 feet long. Another change will be for bicycle riders as they will no longer be required to have an annual permit to bring bicycles on board. See a full list of proposals here or visit the Washington State Ferries website for more information.

Construction of the new tunnel replacement project is expected to begin mid-2013. It’s a $1.4 billion project that will affect 158 buildings on the Seattle waterfront. The Washington State Department of Transportation determined that only 7 buildings will need extra protection when tunneling actually starts to avoid vibrations and/or movement. Some of these will receive new grouting that strengthens the soil beneath the buildings. Others who are less at-risk will have micro pile walls to create barriers for settlement. Moreover, each of the 158 buildings will have precautionary vibration monitors installed to avoid problems during construction. The contractor, Seattle Tunnel Partners, is awaiting a decision on the environmental impact statement. Please refer to this article from Seattle Pi for more information on the project.