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Downtown Seattle Accessible Map and Transit Guide

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The map

Download the Accessible Downtown Seattle map. [.PDF 126KB] (revised 12/16/09) To read the map detail, increase the magnification. Tip: the map is too large to print on most printers. If you need only a portion of the map, change the magnification until the section you want will fill a standard sheet of legal or letter paper. Use the snapshot tool in Adobe Reader to take a "picture" of the section. Paste the picture into a word processing or graphics/photo software. Then, you can print it and save it for future reference.

Metro Transit has the "Accessible Downtown Seattle Map" available in printed form. You may pick one up at timetable kiosks or, send an e-mail to - please give your postal mailing address including ZIP code.

If your web browser does not have a viewer defined for PDF formatted files, please download the appropriate reader [external link], courtesy of Adobe.

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Getting Around Downtown

Seattle is a city of hills. Using public transportation and a variety of building elevators and escalators, you can plan trips to a number of downtown Seattle destinations that avoid the hills. When downtown office buildings are closed, Metro bus routes offer service up and down the hills.

North of University Street, travel in all directions is fairly easy because its relatively flat. South of University Street, streets and sidewalks become steep and hilly.

Most downtown sidewalks have curb ramps at the corners. In Pioneer Square, curb cuts are not as common. Also, this historic district, which dates from the turn of the century, has a variety of paving materials.

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Link Light Rail

Getting on and off Link is easy. The trains stop at all stations, and the doors open and close automatically. Link cars are level with the platforms. There is no need to use a lift or ramp when using mobility devices. Riders using wheelchairs or scooters can roll directly into the wheelchair area without assistance. There is no personal restraint system on Link trains. There are priority seating areas for seniors and people with disabilities immediately inside each door.

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Updated: Dec. 16, 2009