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I-5 access varies greatly across the Downtown Seattle core

Driving continues to be one of the most frustrating forms of transportation for evening commuters traveling from Downtown Seattle.

October 09, 2019
  • Driving continues to be one of the most frustrating forms of transportation for evening commuters traveling from Downtown Seattle. With the advent of new bus only lanes seemingly daily, construction constantly jamming up roads, and what seems like new waves of office openings each week; our drivers are certainly feeling the squeeze. 
  • The highest impact events are highly localized and as such the impact on commuters is not equal across the entire market. Anyone that has moved office locations within the core Seattle market can attest to the fact that commute times vary drastically from one location to the next. 
  • Interstate 5 represents the main arterial by which commuters begin their commute and access varies greatly across the city. Looking at each 1/10 of a mile block from Pioneer Square to Lake Union/Queen Anne shows just how quickly travel times can increase as you move farther to the Northwest. 
  • With Expedia’s impending move and the further densification of the Seattle Core (most notably South Lake Union), this dynamic will only be accelerated into the future.

Source: JLL Research, Google

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