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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Bus Lane Hours on Northbound Elliott and 15th Avenues W Extended One Hour Starting September 29

9/12/2012  1:00:00 PM
Richard Sheridan  (206) 684-8540

Bus Lane Hours on Northbound Elliott and 15th Avenues W Extended One Hour Starting September 29

On September 29, King County Metro Transit’s RapidRide begins operating in Seattle with the RapidRide C Line serving West Seattle and the RapidRide D Line serving Ballard. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is implementing a number of traffic signal, street and sidewalk improvements to help keep RapidRide buses reliable and frequent. 

One change is to extend, by one hour, the hours of operation for the northbound Business Access and Transit (BAT) lane on Elliott and 15th avenues W between Fourth Avenue W and W Barrett Street. The lane restriction will be in effect from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. instead of the previous 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The change will take effect September 29. On-street parking will continue to be restricted during this time.

Signs are being updated during the week of September 24 and a variable message sign will be placed along the corridor to alert travelers to the change. Extending the BAT lane hours to 7:00 p.m. makes them consistent with evening peak bus lane restrictions along other major Seattle streets such as First Avenue and 15th Avenue NE. 

Making transit the efficient and affordable choice for a variety of trips is part of SDOT’s 2012 Action Agenda with the ultimate goal of increasing citywide bus ridership (average weekday boardings) from 282,000 to 303,000 by 2014. For more information on the Action Agenda visit To learn more about RapidRide, please visit

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