On Thursday, March 3, the City of Seattle will conduct BAT (Business access and Transit) transit lane enforcement and blocking the blocking the box enforcement on Columbia Street near 2nd Avenue and on 4th Avenue near Spring Street from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Officers from the Seattle Police Department (SPD) supported by Seattle Department of Transportation staff will be issuing warnings and citations to motorists traveling in violation of posted restrictions that the Columbia Street BAT lane should be used a through corridor by buses. Vehicles other than buses can drive in this lane only to access parking or turn right (where permitted).
This is an effort to educate and enforce traffic laws that support transit. 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, and improve safety for all travelers.
SPD will also be issuing warnings and citations to motorists who block intersections. Blocking the intersection enforcement helps address vehicles that illegally stop in the intersection impeding traffic, and safe pedestrian crossing. This effort is a part of Seattle’s Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.
Driving on 2nd Avenue 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.
Norm Mah, SDOT