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Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Bus Stop Pilot Program Arrives on Aurora Avenue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
12/1/2009  1:20:00 PM
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Bus Stop Pilot Program Arrives on Aurora Avenue
N 84th Street project a step towards RapidRide corridor

SEATTLE – The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) begins work this week on a bus stop pilot project that will help prepare Aurora Avenue for future RapidRide service. The significant upgrade of bus facilities at North 84th Street allows the department to test new design concepts for RapidRide stops while also better supporting current bus users and pedestrians.

“This pilot program will ensure Aurora Avenue is ready for Metro’s RapidRide deployment as well as improve service now for approximately 300 passengers boarding daily at North 84th Street,” said SDOT Director Grace Crunican. “The work supports the city’s goal of providing transit riders with service every 15 minutes or better, 18 hours a day, seven days a week.”

The Aurora Avenue pilot project will extend the length of the bus zone; build a new shelter foundation complete with wiring for future RapidRide improvements such as real-time bus information; add pedestrian lighting, new ADA curb ramps, landscaping and a bicycle rack; and install a bronze compass in the sidewalk with a sun image to symbolize the community phrase “Aurora means dawn.” Once these improvements are complete King County Metro Transit will relocate the bus shelter to the plaza and install new benches at the existing zone. To facilitate this, the project partially closes N 84th St and implements new right turn restrictions at N 84th St from Aurora Ave.

Throughout the summer SDOT analyzed closure options at four bus stop locations along Aurora. Following discussions with businesses and residents, the right-out-only modification at N 84th St was determined to be the best alternative due to limited business access impacts, ease of construction and high transit ridership. Similar improvements at other future RapidRide locations along Aurora will be considered based on the outcome and review of this pilot project. These transit improvements are made possible by the city’s Bridging the Gap levy and Metro's Transit Now funding measure.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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