By: KIRO 7 News Staff
The Downtown Seattle Association is proposing a new vision for the future of Third Avenue in Seattle – a space where 50,000 people catch buses on weekdays.
The downtown Third Avenue blocks are also notorious for drug dealing. Neighbors describe it as chaotic.
Jon Scholes, who leads the Downtown Seattle Association, believes that when the next round of light rail service opens in 2021, fewer buses will be needed downtown.
“It really gives us an opportunity to rethink the buses downtown, how many need to be on Third Avenue, how we can more evenly distribute them on other streets in downtown,” he said.
Scholes said Third Avenue needs to be wider and have more welcoming sidewalks so pedestrians can get by people waiting for buses.