New bus lanes open on Columbia in Downtown Seattle

New bus lanes open on Columbia in Downtown Seattle
Columbia Street bus lanes in Downtown Seattle. (KIRO 7 News)

SEATTLE — There could be some delays during Monday morning's commute into Downtown Seattle.

Saturday was the first day the new bus lanes opened on Columbia Street. Now, commuters will be getting used to them.

Since the Alaskan Way Viaduct closed, 12 bus routes had to use other surface streets while crews rebuilt the Columbia Street extension.

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The new lane is expected to ease the commute between West Seattle and Downtown.

“With this new path, the commutes of 26,000 people every day will be smoother and more reliable, whether they're traveling to and from Ballard or Burien, West Seattle, White Center or more,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.

The route includes new bus stops on Columbia Street just east of Alaskan Way.