The next stage of the Seattle Squeeze is coming, this time for your downtown buses

After everything, the viaduct switch-over went relatively smoothly, and now (toll-free) the tunnel has been moving thousands of trips every day.

With any luck, some of that ease will extend for the next chapter of “Seattle Squeeze” in what officials have called “the period of maximum constraint”: evicting buses from the bus tunnel.

Starting March 23, 830 bus trips will be shifted from their routes through the downtown transit tunnel to surface streets downtown. After that, only light rail trains will travel underground, a permanent change that will make room for more major changes coming to the Seattle’s downtown.