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King County Metro debuts on-demand service ahead of three-week SR 99 closure in Seattle

Ride2 was made available to residents of West Seattle Monday as the city prepares for the viaduct closure.

As Seattle and surrounding communities prepare for a three-week closure of State Route 99 through the city, King County Metro is giving some residents another option to get around. 

Beginning Monday, residents in West Seattle have access to on-demand service to and from Alaska Junction and the water taxi at the Seacrest Park dock. 

Residents within a defined service area can use the Ride2 app or call 855-233-1880 to book a ride to and from the Junction or waterfront. The service is available Monday through Friday, 5-9:30 a.m. and 2:30-7 p.m. 

The added service comes less than a month before the state permanently shuts down the Alaskan Way Viaduct for three weeks as crews re-align State Route 99 to the new tunnel under Seattle. The state will begin the process on Jan. 4 when it closes on- and off-ramps near the stadiums in SODO. The viaduct will close Jan. 11. 

The tunnel is expected to open shortly after the grand opening celebration Feb. 2-3.