On Tuesday, November 17, the City of Seattle will conduct transit lane enforcement on Pike Street from 3rd Avenue to 8th Avenue, and blocking the box enforcement on Mercer Street at Dexter Avenue N. Officers from the Seattle Police Department supported by Seattle Department of Transportation staff will enforce posted transit and blocking the box restrictions from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
With 45 percent of downtown commuters using transit, the enforcement work will help ensure the reliable and efficient movement of transit riders along Seattle’s important bus corridors. Blocking the intersection enforcement helps address vehicles that illegally stop in the intersection impeding traffic.
The Pike Street bus lanes have posted signs and pavement markings indicating they should be used as a through corridor by buses only 24/7. Vehicles other than buses can drive in this lane only to access parking or turn right (where permitted).
Driving on Pike Street in violation of posted restrictions is a violation of SMC 11.53.230 (traveling in a bus only or BAT lane). Blocking an intersection is a violation of SMC 11.50.070 (Obstructing traffic at traffic-control signals). These individual violations can result in a fine of $136.