Seattle Taylor Swift concert: Traffic concerns, public transit

Here’s everything the Swifties need to know about traffic, closed roads and public transit ahead of sold-out concerts at Lumen Field this weekend.

SEATTLE — The Seattle Swifties know “All Too Well” how difficult it is to navigate downtown during a weekend of heavy traffic.

Fans plan to attend one of .’s two sold-out shows Taylor Swift’s Era Tour at Lumen Field on July 22nd and 23rd should begin “Mastermind” how they will get to SODO and back amid road closures and anticipated traffic congestion due to a very busy weekend in Pearl City Emerald.

Luckily, King County Metro and Sound Transit have announced the addition of bus, train and water taxi services to help fans get to the shows.

Here’s everything the Swifties need to know about traffic, road closures and public transit this weekend.

Roads closed in Seattle on 22nd and 23rd

As Taylor Swift once said, “I asked the traffic lights if it was okay, and they said ‘I don’t know'”.

If you’re traveling through the Montlake neighborhood this weekend, you’ll need to navigate the closure Montlake Avenue and the whole State Route 520 BridgeD. Both roads will be closed until early Monday morning.

Drivers in the east should also be aware of the closures Highway 18 between Issaquah Hobart Road/Southeast 267 Avenue and the I-90 interchange for annual maintenance from 9 p.m. Friday, July 21 to noon Sunday, July 23. During the closure, people Drivers may follow detours marked using State Route 169, I-405, and I-90, or vice versa.

Added transit services to get Swifties to and from the show

King Dow County CEO Constantine is urging Swifties to leave “Runaway Cars” at home and use public transportation this weekend.

Sound Transit Link 1 will run trains after midnight for both programs. Trains run every 15 minutes from 22:00 to 1:40 a.m. on both 22 and 23. Swifties can be easily boarded at either Stadium Station or SODO Station north or south.

King County Metro and Sound Transit bus lines 545, 550, 554 as well as RapidRide Lines C, D and H will have additional trips to accommodate post-concert passenger demand.

Sounder Train will also operate on Saturdays for the concert. Here is the schedule for trains going north and south, according to Sound Transit:

  • From the south, the Sounder S Line event train departs Lakewood at 3:11pm The train will stop at all Sounder S Line stations and arrive at King Street Station at 4:27pm
  • From the north, the N Line event train from Snohomish County departs Everett at 3:45pm with stops at Mukilteo and Edmonds, arriving at King Street Station at 4:44pm
  • Both return trains depart 35 minutes after the end of the concert.

The water taxi will also run late between Pier 50 and West Seattle after the concert to take the Swifties home. The taxi is scheduled to depart from Seattle at 11:45 p.m. and again at 12:15 a.m. after the Saturday and Sunday concert. Metro’s post-concert central shuttle will take passengers directly to the Water Taxi terminal at Pier 50.

These events can bring even more crowds to Downtown Seattle – so plan ahead!

The Eras Tour is just one of many events happening in downtown Seattle this weekend.

The Capital Hill Block Party will run from Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23. Taste of Seattle will take place at the Seattle Center around the same time. These events also coincide with a week of Mariners . home matchincludes games on July 21, 22 and 23 starting at 7:10pm, 1:10pm and 1:10pm respectively.

The Washington State Department of Transportation, Seattle Department of Transportation, and King County Metro are encouraging Swifties to plan for congestion and make time to get to the show.

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Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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