Commuting Options For West Seattle Employees
The West Seattle High-Rise Bridge closed to all traffic on March 23, 2020 and a timeline for reopening is still to be determined. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) determined the safest option was to close the bridge after regular monitoring indicated a sudden change in the growth rate of cracks in the structure’s concrete. Traffic and connectivity to and from West Seattle and nearby Duwamish Valley communities are severely impacted, with 21 total travel lanes over the Duwamish now reduced to 12 lanes for personal vehicles. SDOT is implementing a suite of project and programs coordinated with its partners to help maintain mobility to and from the peninsula.
Our team of transportation professionals is available to help provide free assistance to businesses citywide who are impacted by the closure.
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Solutions For Your Employees
Do you have employees or a business located in West Seattle? It’s time to think about how your employees get around as we move through COVID-19 reopening phases. Plan ahead and prepare a holistic suite of options for your employees. We are here to assist you with planning and encouraging travel options. We have resources and expertise to implement workplace programs to ensure better employee commutes. Those options for your employees can include:
- Telework: allows employees to skip a commute trip and work remotely, either from home or another location. SDOT’s Reconnect West Seattle survey indicated high rates of telework in West Seattle and a strong desire to continue using this option.
- Flexible Scheduling: shift commute trips out of peak commuting hours (6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.) to avoid congestion on roads or transit.
- Compressed Work Week: allows an employee to work a traditional 35-40 hour workweek in less than the traditional number of workdays.
- Satellite Office: establishes a work location that is physically separate from an employer’s main office, shortening or simplifying commute trips for a nearby concentration of employees.
- Carpool/Vanpool: Providing formal or informal ways for your staff to commute together. King County Metro offers vanpool options that work with ORCA Business programs.
- Transit Pass Programs: Public transportation will have priority lanes to travel to and from West Seattle. Providing ORCA transit passes to your employees allows for many options to choose from when commuting to your work site. Learn more about ORCA for Business.
- Active Commuting: Bikes, e-bikes, and walking are increasingly becoming the most efficient way to move through the city. Find route-specific resources and community information here.
How We Can Help
Free Consulting Services
Do you have questions about how to get around now that the West Seattle bridge is closed? We can help your business craft customized commute solutions. We offer free consulting services to any business in Downtown Seattle. Services include but are not limited to employee surveys, policy crafting, implementation, management tools and educational seminars.
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