December 5, 2012
We’re trying to wring every minute we can out of congested commutes to make RapidRide C and D line buses run swiftly and reliably. We’ve added bus trips and updated schedules and driver instructions.
And during the past two weeks, Metro and the city of Seattle activated transit signal priority at eight more intersections along the D Line – bringing the total to 25 locations.
Transit signal priority improvements give RapidRide buses a longer green light to help an approaching bus make it through the intersection before the light turns. When a bus arrives on red, the other green lights are shortened to give the bus its green light sooner.
Read more on the Metro Matters Blog.
June 5, 2012
On Friday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood awarded $37.5 million to Metro for the RapidRide E and F lines, due to be launched in 2013. LaHood called the lines “an excellent investment in Seattle’s future economic growth and sustainability.”
The funds, from the Federal Transit Administration’s Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program, will cover about half the start-up cost of last two lines in Metro’s six-line RapidRide system. The E Line will run between Shoreline and downtown Seattle, and the F Line will connect Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila, and Renton.
Here’s an article that ran in the Seattle Times on Friday: RapidRide bus system receives $37.5 million grant. The grant was also covered on the KOMO Communities blog.
Learn more about the E and F lines on the RapidRide website:
E Line | F Line
June 1, 2012
B Line Pulse, the mobile game/art project created by a team of artists for the RapidRide B Line, has been live for 12 days now. You have to use a mobile device to participate, but you can see the results with any browser. And you don’t have to be riding the B Line to play. In fact, analytics show that people have tried it out from locations around the US — and the world!
Here are some links related to the project:
February 22, 2012
Construction of C Line bus stop improvements is underway at these locations:
|Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose Street (Route 54)
northbound and southbound
|Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Webster Street (Route 54)
northbound and southbound
|Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Myrtle Street (Route 54)
northbound and southbound
|California Avenue SW & SW Findlay Street (routes 54, 22, and 128)
|SW Barton Street & California Avenue NW (Route 54)
northbound and southbound
|SW Roxbury Street & 26th Avenue SW (routes 54 and 560)
|Fauntleroy Way SW & California Avenue SW (routes 54, 116, 118, 119, and 560)
Rider Alerts have been posted at each of these stops with information about where to board the bus during construction (usually the next stop on the route, but sometimes a temporary location will be used).
Construction originally scheduled to be underway this week at the northbound stops at 35th Avenue SW & SW Avalon Way and California Avenue SW & SW Fauntleroy Street has been postponed until March, and these stops remain open for now.
Traffic and parking restrictions may be in effect in work zones, and some pedestrian detours will be set up when work affects sidewalks and bus stop areas.
For more information on this project, please call Metro’s C Line construction hotline: 206-296-4511.
February 21, 2012
If you’ve been wondering how riders like the two RapidRide lines already in service, take a look at Metro’s Reports & Publications web page, which now includes customer satisfaction survey results for the A Line (after one year of service) and the B Line (after two months of service).
Look under either the “Highlights” heading at the top of the page, or the “Customer Research” heading farther down, for the A and B line results—plus lots of other info to feed the transit geek that may be hiding within you.
January 11, 2012
RapidRide service will be coming to two new corridors when the E and F lines start rolling in 2013, and Metro is asking now for public feedback about routing and stops.
The E Line will travel along Aurora Avenue N between Shoreline and Seattle, replacing Route 358. We’re considering two alternative paths in the Green Lake area between N 64th Street and Winona Avenue N, and want to know which option people prefer.
The F Line will serve Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila, and Renton, replacing Route 140. We want to learn what people think about several different routing options between Burien and Renton, and a possible future extension of the line to the Renton Landing.
We’d also like comments about overall route design and proposed stop locations for both lines.
Find details, maps, a link to an online survey, and more ways to comment on Metro’s website: E Line | F Line
November 21, 2011
Last Thursday (Nov. 17), Congress announced $37.5 million in federal funding for the two RapidRide lines that are scheduled to launch in 2013. The appropriation now moves on to President Obama for his signature.
The funds are part of a federal Bus and Bus Facilities grant program, and represent full funding of Metro’s request. King County will share some of the funding with partner cities to help support the street improvements and transit elements inside their jurisdictions that will make these RapidRide lines successful. Funding partners for the E and F lines include Shoreline, Seattle, and Tukwila.
Here’s a news release from the office of King County Executive Dow Constantine.
Metro’s website has maps and info on the E and F lines:
September 30, 2011
Hop aboard this weekend and experience RapidRide for free!
Remember, rides on the B Line will be free on Saturday and Sunday, the first two days of this new service in and between Bellevue and Redmond. If you’ve been curious about Metro’s new service, hop on and check it out!
And the start of the B Line is only one of the changes to Metro service on the Eastside that are taking place this weekend.
Bus service on the Eastside is being restructured to improve the efficiency of the transit network and to integrate with the B Line. Most of these revisions are in Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland. They include the following:
- Three new routes – Route 226 travels through eastern Bellevue between the Eastgate Park-and-Ride and Bellevue Transit Center; Route 235 connects Bellevue Transit Center and Kingsgate Park-and-Ride via Totem Lake, Rose Hill, and Kirkland; and Route 241 serves south and west Bellevue with service from the Eastgate Park-and-Ride to Bellevue Transit Center.
- Revised routing for routes 211, 221, 234, 238, 240, 245, 246 249, 250, 265, and 930 DART.
- Added trips on routes 211, 212, 255, and 271, and Sound Transit Express 522 and 545.
- Elimination of routes 222, 225, 229, 230, 233, 247, 253, 256, 261, 266, 272, and DART 926 to avoid duplication of service.
If you ride a bus on the Eastside, please take the time to review these service changes on Metro’s website or in the Special Rider Alert brochure. You can also learn a little more about the service restructuring project on Metro’s Bellevue-Redmond Connections project website, or call Metro’s Customer Information at 206-553-3000 (but expect longer wait times than usual, because everyone else may be doing the same thing).
Metro employees will be stationed at various transit centers on the Eastside today, Saturday, and early next week to distribute information and help bus riders get where they need to go.
September 29, 2011
King County has posted a video with some of the remarks by speakers at the RapidRide B Line pre-launch event yesterday. Officials from both Redmond and Bellevue arrived at the event by RapidRide buses that were later “tied together” with ribbon to symbolize how the B Line will strengthen transit connections between the two communities.
And here’s a photo showing a few of the Metro employees who’ve been working hard to bring RapidRide to the Eastside (click the image for a larger version):
Launching this new service has involved nearly every work group in Metro's organization.
September 27, 2011
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Eastside elected officials will meet at Crossroads Shopping Center tomorrow to celebrate the new connection between Bellevue and Redmond via the new RapidRide B Line, which starts service on Saturday.
On Wednesday morning, special RapidRide buses will depart from the city halls at Redmond and Bellevue, carrying a delegation from each city. The two buses will meet in the middle at Crossroads Shopping Center, where Constantine will be waiting.
Scheduled to join Constantine are U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, King County Council Vice Chair Jane Hague, King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, Bellevue Mayor Don Davidson, Redmond City Councilmember John Stilin, and Claudia Balducci, the chair of the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Transportation Policy Board.
The event will start at 10:30 a.m. in the west parking lot at Crossroads (in front of Half Price Books) and last about half an hour.