The Alaskan Way Viaduct, a major northbound thoroughfare into downtown Seattle, will be closed from three to six weeks starting on January 11, 2019. This closure — commonly referred to as the impending Seattle Squeeze — is expected to cause heavy congestion, particularly during key commute times.

We know that dependability and punctuality are often top priorities when planning your commute, especially during increased construction. That’s why we’ve partnered with King County Metro and the Seattle Department of Transportation to provide convenient, enjoyable, and reliable carpooling to help get you through the Seattle Squeeze and beyond.

King County Metro

Starting in December, we partnered with King County Metro to take proactive steps encouraging shared transportation during the closure. For a limited time, King County Metro is offering incentives to commuters who choose to carpool rather than driving alone, providing discounts for Riders and higher reimbursements for Drivers. Note that the application of incentives may vary based on your employer’s partnership with Scoop.

Here’s how to participate:

  • Download the Scoop app, available on both iOS and Android
  • Schedule your carpool at the locations and times that work for your commute
  • Get matched with neighbors or co-workers going your way
  • All carpools within King County will be automatically eligible to receive the benefit

Seattle Department of Transportation

The City of Seattle cannot make mobility changes alone, and are asking residents and visitors to help maintain mobility on their streets by reducing daily downtown Seattle trips:

  • If you can, explore alternative commutes like biking, walking, carpooling, vanpooling, or public transit — particularly light rail and King County Water Taxi, if you can access it.
  • Avoid driving by yourself downtown.
  • Talk to your employer about shifting your travel time, if possible.
  • Visit www.seattle.gov/traffic for all your Seattle Squeeze information and resources, subscribe to travel time updates to get fast connections to tips and tools from partners at WSDOT, King County Metro, Sound Transit and Commute Seattle.

The commute can weigh heavily on all of us. Studies have shown it impacts our health and happiness, as well as our productivity at work. For more information and resources to help prepare for the closure, visit King County Metro and the Seattle Department of Transportation.

As always, if you have any feedback, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.


Annie Dreshfield

Annie Dreshfield

Annie Dreshfield is Head of Communications at Scoop, overseeing all external and internal communications, as well as content marketing. In her spare time, you can find her hunting down the best live music, food, and wine San Francisco has to offer, or volunteering for the San Francisco Symphony.

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