Connecting Your West Seattle Employees
West Seattle Bridge Closure
Traffic and connectivity to and from West Seattle and nearby Duwamish Valley communities continues to be severely impacted, with travel lanes over the Duwamish reduced to 12 lanes for personal vehicles (compared to 21 before).
Below, you will find updates, programs, and projects to help residents get to and from the peninsula.
Commuting Options For West Seattle Staff
Flip Your Trip
SDOT’s “Flip Your Trip West Seattle” campaign is live! West Seattle residents that replace car trips to/from West Seattle with biking, scooting, transit, and staying local can earn points by downloading the Transit Go Rewards App. This campaign will provide education, events, trip planning support, and incentives.
The new Transit Go Rewards app encourages participants to earn rewards points by taking qualifying trips on transit or micromobility, which they can use toward future free trips. Questions? reach out to Sarah Spicer.
SDOT has a growing hub of information on different ways to travel to, from, and throughout the West Seattle peninsula.
Help your staff walk, roll, bike, scoot, ride transit/rideshare, or travel at off-peak times. These options help minimize impacts to communities located along major detour routes.
1 Month of Free Vanpool
Start a new Metro Vanpool with 2 or more commuters and get the first month FREE! Promotion runs until mid-2022 when high bridge reopens or while supplies last.
View the promo eligibility and Steps to Get Started, a map of Vanpools in Seattle, and email Vanpool at King County Metro with questions.
Low Bridge Restrictions
Please do not drive on the Low Bridge (“don’t go low”) if you’re not authorized to use the Low Bridge during restricted hours. You will get a $75 citation for every unauthorized trip across.
Read the full Low Bridge Access Policy.
Groups Eligible for Access to Low Bridge
Certain groups can submit a Low Bridge access request form to SDOT to gain access to the Low Bridge. Check the eligibility requirements before applying.
If you have questions about this policy, contact the SDOT team at email@example.com
West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force (CTF)
The West Seattle Bridge CTF ensures the many voices and concerns of the community are not only heard, but consistently advocated for. Meetings are recorded – view upcoming and past meetings here.
Employer Resource Group
This group meets monthly to discuss employer and commuter-specific issues and opportunities around the closure with SDOT and partners; reach out to Sarah Spicer at SDOT for more information.
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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Tools in Your Toolbox
- Telework: Allow employees to skip a commute trip altogether and work remotely, either from home or another location.
- Public Transit: The quickest way to downtown and other destinations! Transit is given priority access on the low bridge. Provide ORCA passes to your employees so they can get to work smoothly. Learn more about ORCA for Business.
- HOV (high occupancy vehicle) options: Certain groups such as vanpool, rideshare, and shuttles can get access to the Low Bridge. These groups must submit a Low Bridge access request form to SDOT to gain access to the Low Bridge. Check the eligibility requirements before applying.
- Active Commuting: People walking, riding bikes, and riding e-bikes are able to cross the low bridge. Join the bike boom! It’s one of the most efficient ways to move through the city (and have fun while you’re at it).
- Micromobility: We mean scooters and bike share. These are amazing options to connect to transit and the water taxi. Click here to see what services are available!