I received a Transit Alert text message late this afternoon. University Street Station was closed. Link light rail would be serving the other tunnel stations.
Then came another alert. Expect transit delays Downtown, due to “a police action”.
There was a police standoff of some sort that closed a block of 3th Avenue, right in the centet of Downtown.
I thought about catching the streetcar home, avoiding the tunnel and Downtown. The streets would be jammed, and Link would be crowded with people. Getting to the streetcar, even heading south to the International District, would be a challenge. Link seemed the best option. Besides, I was a little curious how they’d announce that the train would be bypassing the next stop.
I got to Pioneer Square Station just as a Link train arrived. The train was no more crowded than usual. There was no announcement about a station closure. The train stopped at University Street Station. Apparently, the police action was over.
I walked from Capitol Hill Station to the library. I returned one book and checked out another. Then I walked home.
A commute by light rail is often dull, but that’s a good thing.