Help create the future RapidRide H Line – give feedback on Delridge improvements by Mar. 31

Have-a-Say-Spanish-500pwideIn 2020, Route 120 will become the RapidRide H Line. King County Metro is collaborating with the City of Seattle to improve riding transit, walking, and biking in the Delridge area. This month, we are sharing the latest on these improvements and seeking input on how best to balance the needs of everyone who uses the corridor, whether they’re in a bus, a car, walking, or riding a bike.

King County Metro will be bringing RapidRide amenities and improving service between the Seattle City limits and Burien.

Converting Route 120 into the RapidRide H Line will keep people moving by:

  • Keeping buses frequent and on-time
  • Adding more buses at night and on weekends
  • Upgrading RapidRide bus stops with lighting, real-time arrival info, and more
  • Improving sidewalks and paths for people walking and people riding bikes

What types of improvements is Seattle considering?

  • Option 1 would add bus-only lanes, both all day and at peak times along sections of Delridge Way SW. A widened sidewalk would accommodate people who bike and walk from 23rd Ave SW to SW Holden St. People who bike would be encouraged to use the existing neighborhood greenways, which run parallel to Delridge Way SW.
  • Option 2 would add bus-only lanes between the West Seattle Bridge and SW Alaska St. It would also add about 3 miles of southbound protected bike lane from SW Andover St to SW Kenyon St.

Learn more and comment by March 31

Excellent event weekend ahead, but plan for traffic, bus delays and reroutes

This weekend has fantastic fun in store between the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and the Fremont Solstice Parade and fair. Transit is always a great and inexpensive way to get around, but first do some homework because more than 30 bus routes will face reroutes and delays as a result of event street closures.

RocknRollMarathonlogoRock ‘n’ Roll Marathon: From the start of service until the marathon clears and streets are reopened, bus routes in Seattle will face reroutes and delays.

  • Routes will be affected in the East Queen Anne, South Lake Union, Downtown Seattle, Columbia City, I-90, Rainier Valley, Leschi and Seward Park areas.
  • Reroutes and delays will affect routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28, 36, 38, 40, 48, 50, 62, 120, 124, 125, 131, 132, RapidRide C, D and E lines.
  • Service on the First Hill Streetcar also will be affected by the marathon, and will not serve stops south of South Washington Street on Saturday from the start of service until about 2:30 p.m.
  • A temporary free Saturday morning Rainier Valley area shuttle will help riders connect to transit service from 5:30-10:30 a.m. during the marathon. Event information is on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon website.

FremontSolsticeFremont Solstice Parade: Routes 31, 32, 40 and 62 will be rerouted from about 2:15-6 p.m., off of North 35th Street and Fremont Avenue North, traveling instead on nearby streets.

Metro will operate a shuttle between downtown Seattle and the south end of the Fremont Bridge via Westlake Avenue North every 15 minutes from noon until 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Event information is on the Fremont Solstice Parade website and Fremont Solstice Festival website.

FremontArtsCouncilParadeMetro’s Service Advisories page has specific reroute details and times. Transit reroute start and end times may be subject to change.

Starting May 23: Yesler Bridge project to change bus routes up to two years

Rt27ThumbnailThe City of Seattle’s Yesler Bridge project in downtown starts May 23, and Metro will be revising how routes 27, 33, 304, 355 and RapidRide D Line will get around for up to two years. Information about the project is on SDOT’s Yesler Bridge project page.

Several other routes may experience temporary delays as traffic is slowed near the construction area.

Fourth Avenue routes that may be affected at times include: 76, 77, 177, 178, 190, 252, 257, 268, 301, 308, 311, 312, 316, ST 522, ST 545, ST 554, Community Transit and Pierce Transit routes.RRDLineThumbnail

Fifth Avenue routes that may be affected at times include: 252, 257, 268, 304, 311, 355 and routes operated by Community Transit and Pierce Transit.

Other routes will face temporary weekend reroutes during the course of the project, which we will post online in our Service Advisories as information is available.

By signing up for transit alerts, riders can receive email or text message notifications when bus service will be rerouted. Click on images or see PDFs here: 27_yesler    304_355X_yesler    Yesler Bridge D line rerouteRt304355Thumbnail

(Scroll down to see what we sent to riders)

Transit Alert – Transit service will be rerouted off of Yesler Way & Terrace Street until fall of 2017 during the Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Starting Monday, May 23, transit service will be rerouted off of Yesler Way and Terrace Street until fall of 2017 during the Yesler Bridge Rehabilitation Project.

During this time, Metro routes 27, 33, 304 and 355, and the RapidRide D Line will be rerouted off of Yesler Way and Terrace Street between 3rd and 6th avenues.

Route 27 heading toward Colman Park will travel instead via eastbound James St, southbound 6th Av and to its regular routing via eastbound Yesler Way. Use posted stops on 3rd Av north of Marion St, on James St east of 3rd or 5th avenues, or on Yesler Way east of 6th Av.

Heading toward downtown Seattle, routes 27 and 33 will travel via southbound 6th Av S, westbound S Main St, northbound 4th Av S, Prefontaine Pl S, and on to the regular routing via northbound 3rd Av. Use posted stops on westbound Yesler Way east of 7th Av, southbound 6th Av S south of Yesler Way, or northbound on 3rd Av just south of James St.

Routes 304 and 355 heading toward Shoreline or Richmond Beach will travel via eastbound S Washington St to their regular routing on northbound 5th Av. Use posted stops on southbound 3rd Av north of Cherry St, eastbound S Washington St west of 4th Av S or northbound on 5th Av south of James St.

Heading toward downtown Seattle, Routes 304 and 355 will travel via southbound 5th Av, westbound S Main St, northbound 4th Av S and Prefontaine Pl S, to the regular routing on northbound 3rd Av. No stops are missed.  Use all regularly posted stops for these routes.

The RapidRide D Line heading into downtown Seattle will travel via James St to its regular route on southbound 5th Av. Use posted stops on 3rd Av north of James St or on James St east of 3rd Avenue.

Heading toward Ballard, the RapidRide D Line will operate via its normal route and will serve all regularly posted stops.

Visit the Service Advisories page for specific reroute information. Transit reroute start and end times may be subject to change.

Visit Metro’s Online Regional Trip Planner to find out how to get to and from events and locations.

Thank you for riding and for using Metro’s services.

RapidRide begins 24/7 all door boarding Saturday, May 14

In response to feedback from operators and customers, RapidRide service will begin full-time, 24/7, all door boarding on Saturday, May 14. Beginning that day, drivers can use all doors to board customers during all service hours on RapidRide bus service. RapidRide C

An extensive operator survey at all RapidRide bases asked if all-door boarding hours should remain the same, be slightly expanded or be changed to 24/7. A strong majority of operators said 24/7 all-door boarding would reduce RapidRide security incidents and increase service efficiency. Many operators noted that consistently allowing all door boarding would be less confusing for customers and reduce operator-customer conflict.
This change is only for RapidRide service. Other service that is not RapidRide still requires front door entry at all times.

Signage at the RapidRide stations will be changed over the next few months. Timetable and schedule information will be updated for the September service change.

Spring service change provides additional ridership boost on Metro’s RapidRide C and D lines

It’s not your imagination – Metro’s RapidRide C and D lines are more popular than ever.

Just a month out from our largest service change ever, it’s clear the adjustments we’ve made to provide better service are paying off for thousands who ride our buses.

Even before the service change took effect, ridership on the two lines was climbing. The C Line connecting West Seattle to downtown Seattle showed an impressive 12 percent annual jump with the D Line serving downtown to Ballard up 9 percent from a year earlier.

But what a difference a month makes. Since extending the C Line to South Lake Union and the D Line to Pioneer Square on March 26, ridership has jumped again –26 percent and 21 percent respectively compared to the same period last year.

While it will take a bit longer to confirm formal ridership trends, so far we like what we see. We think these growth numbers show our riders are, in fact, experiencing better connections, service reliability and better alternatives to driving.

And of course, this data reinforces what we and our riders have known for quite a while – RapidRide remains popular across the board. Ridership has been on an upward swing since we introduced the A Line back in 2010.

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And there’s more to come. We think RapidRide will continue to play a pivotal role in our future mix of transit services. Our long-range plan, Metro Connects, calls for 20 additional rapid transit lines. You can find out more about our long-range thinking by visiting www.kcmetrovision.org.

More frequent, reliable bus service will soon connect more riders to congestion-free light rail

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You’ve heard that this is a huge month for Metro and Sound Transit and the City of Seattle. Not only is University Link light rail opening (March 19), Metro is restructuring service (March 26) to make better, more frequent connections for riders. Also, Metro is implementing the extension of the RapidRide C Line to South Lake Union as part of voter approved Prop 1.

Purple timetables will soon be on the street, but our online resources are king. You can see route changes that might affect you on our service change website. Customer service folks also are available (206-553-3000) to help with trip planning and any questions you might have. Also, there are maps showing the network of service near the University of Washington and Capitol Hill stations, and Sound Transit’s ULink info page is chock-a-block full of info for the launch of train service to Capitol Hill and UW.

Key to all of this is helping people make sure they are informed and ready for the changes in service, as well as understanding that using an ORCA card allows for free and easy transferring between buses and trains.

Overall, tens of thousands of people across Seattle and King County will soon benefit from better integration of Metro and Sound Transit service that connects more riders to expanded light-rail service. An estimated 80,000 daily bus riders will see buses coming more often at more times of the day on designated corridors in Northeast Seattle and Capitol Hill, with better local service connecting neighborhoods with the new light rail stations. Metro’s bus changes will deliver more reliability and frequency, helping more people commute or make spontaneous trips without needing a car.

As part of restructuring service, three dozen routes will see changes in Northeast Seattle and Capitol Hill. The more frequent grid of bus service will triple the number of households in Northeast Seattle neighborhoods near 15-minute service. The changes will double the number of Capitol Hill households near 12-minute service. This launches a new era of transit options that will help people reduce driving and meet our climate goals. Continue reading

New bus stop coming to Third Avenue, between Union and Pike

Starting November 23, several routes that currently serve northbound and southbound stops on Third Avenue between Pine and Pike will begin serving two new stops one block south, between Pike and Union streets.

The Seattle Department of Transportation and King County Metro will install two new bus stops along Third Avenue between Pike and Union Streets. These stops will split routes that currently serve the stops at Third and Pike into two pairs: Rapid Ride routes and their companions will continue to serve the stops between Pike and Pine, while other routes now serving Pike-Pine will move on block south beginning Monday, November 23. (see routes listed on map below).

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Adding these new stops will help improve transit capacity and rider’s access on Seattle’s most heavily used transit corridor. It also supports the goals of the Third Avenue Transit Corridor project to make Third Avenue a place where people feel safe and comfortable while waiting for transit or walking along the street.

The construction will:

  • Establish new transit stops, one in each direction, along Third Avenue between Pike and Union Streets including a shelter with trash cans in the northbound direction
  • Fill in the existing load zones along Third Avenue between Pike and Union Streets
  • Establish a new loading zone on Union Street east of Third Avenue

Construction impacts during the next two weekends:

  • Construction is scheduled the weekends of November 13-15 and 20-22
  • Work hours from 9 AM to 3 PM weekdays, and 6 AM to 3 PM weekends
  • Temporary sidewalk narrowing along Third Avenue to accommodate construction activities
  • Noise, dust, and vibration associated with concrete work activities
  • Delivery loading zones along Third Avenue between Pike and Union Streets will be closed. A new loading zone along Union Street east of Third Avenue will continue accommodating business deliveries

Project Information and Contact:

Metro relocating two bus stops on Third Avenue in Downtown Seattle

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Two bus stops on Third Avenue will be relocated May 4, 2015. The bus island on Pine Street also will be removed as part of upcoming construction.

Riders who travel Third Avenue in Seattle will see Metro’s two busiest bus stops between Pike and Pine streets relocated starting May 4, shifting one block south through July as part of a public safety effort by the City of Seattle.

The move also makes way for construction by the city intended to improve bus capacity along the corridor.

The Pine Street island bus stop also will be removed in coming weeks as part of the work.

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Rendering of a ‘mountable curb’ planned for southbound Third Avenue.

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Stops to close May 4 and upcoming reroute for routes 7, 11 and 84.

The changes will affect riders on more than three dozen routes: Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 13, 15, 21, 29, 55, 56, 57, 66, 70, 82/83/84 Night Owls 116, 118, 119, 120, 124, 125, 131, 132, 304 & 355 and the RapidRide C, D, & E Lines, Access service and other inbound bus routes that serve these stops (5EX, 14, 24, 26, 26EX, 28, 28EX, 36, 49). Metro is posting signs at the existing and future bus stops to let riders know where they need to board and exit buses.

Metro has an agreement with the City of Seattle to redesign the streetscape on Third Avenue to improve the customer experience for riders and for people who shop and work in the city. We support the city’s efforts to improve the customer experience and address safety concerns at these locations. This work also will introduce proposed improvements being considered for implementation along the entire Third Avenue corridor.

Bus reroutes near Aurora Village are changing today

From today (Wednesday, March 25) until sometime in July, eastbound N 200th Street will be closed between Aurora Avenue N and the Aurora Village Transit Center as construction continues in the area (see our earlier post about this project). The westbound lane of N 200th Street will be open during this phase of the project.

Routes 301, 303, 331, 342, 346, and 373, and the RapidRide E Line will continue to serve their stops at the transit center. But when arriving at Aurora Avenue N and N 200th Street, all of the above except Route 346 will be rerouted  eastbound on N 205th Street, southbound on Meridian Avenue N, and westbound on N 200th Street to reach the transit center.

These reroutes and the traffic congestion caused by the construction project will delay most buses arriving at the Aurora Village Transit Center and the Shoreline Park-and-Ride, so it’s probably a good idea to allow extra travel time to and from both places.

See a map showing traffic revisions and learn more about the construction project on the City of Shoreline’s project website. If you have questions or comments about the project, email the City of Shoreline at aurora@shorelinewa.gov or call their 24-hour hotline at 206-801-2485.

Here are some ways to stay up-to-date about bus service changes as the project progresses:

Metro launches RapidRide F Line

Riders traveling between Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila and Renton will have more frequent all-day bus service starting Saturday, June 7, as King County Metro Transit launches the RapidRide F Line.

 Photo credit Ned Ahrens, King County: (Left to Right) Renton City Councilmember Marcie Palmer, King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, King County Department of Transportation Director Harold Taniguchi, Metro Transit Service Development Manager Victor Obeso, King County Executive Dow Constantine, RapidRide Man, Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton, Federal Transit Administration Deputy Regional Administrator Ken Feldman and Renton Mayor Denis Law.


Photo credit Ned Ahrens, King County: (Left to Right) Renton City Councilmember Marcie Palmer, King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, King County Department of Transportation Director Harold Taniguchi, Metro Transit Service Development Manager Victor Obeso, King County Executive Dow Constantine, RapidRide Man, Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton, Federal Transit Administration Deputy Regional Administrator Ken Feldman and Renton Mayor Denis Law.

This will be the sixth line in the RapidRide program – which is supported by state and federal funding – and will replace routes 110 and 140. The 12-mile-long route will better link communities and riders to Westfield Southcenter Mall, Boeing, The Landing and downtown Renton, and major transit hubs including Sound Transit’s Link light rail and Sounder rail stations.

Details about RapidRide F Line

RapidRide F Line replaces routes 110 and 140 with frequent all-day weekday service 4:45 a.m. to midnight and weekend service 6 a.m. to midnight. Service is most frequent – every 10 minutes – during peak commutes. The corridor will see an overall 69 percent increase in service when the F Line is introduced compared to Route 140 service prior to extending to The Landing. Details also in our news release.

  • 12 mile corridor (See map, PDF.)
  • 56 stations and stops
  • 42 intersections with transit priority
  • 12 locations with next bus arrival signs
  • 17 buses dedicated to serving this corridor.

RapidRide across King County

RapidRide travels several of the busiest transit corridors in the county and Metro set the goal of seeing a 50 percent increase in ridership within five years of launching each line.

RapidRide average weekday ridership (April 2014)

  • A Line: 9,810 riders, +76 percent
  • B Line: 6,500, +28 percent
  • C Line: 7,890, +70 percent
  • D Line: 10,570, +39 percent
  • E Line: 13,180, +12 percent since February 2014
  • Route 140 (New F line): 3,500