Ed Murray, Mayor
1/14/2014 3:30:00 PM
Marybeth Turner (206) 684-8548
New transit information kiosks make their debut in Crown Hill, Interbay and Queen Anne
Boarding a bus in Seattle’s Crown Hill, Interbay and Queen Anne neighborhoods just got easier and more convenient.
Five new transit information kiosks were recently installed at the following locations:
Southbound @ 15th Avenue Northwest/Northwest 80th Street
Southbound @ 15th Avenue Northwest/Northwest 75th Street
Southbound @ 15th Avenue West/West Emerson Street
Southbound @15th Avenue West/West Armory Street
Westbound @ West Mercer Street/Third Avenue West
The electronic kiosks will display the real-time arrival and destination of all buses with scheduled stops at kiosk locations.
The kiosks are a welcome addition for the thousands of riders who use Metro’s RapidRide D Line. After swiping their ORCA card at any RapidRide kiosk, those riders will be able to board through the back doors of their RapidRide coach – and that will help speed up boarding.
The wider availability of off-board ORCA readers is yet another attractive element of Metro’s RapidRide service, which has experienced significant ridership growth during its first 15 months of operation. The D lines handle more than 11,000 boardings each weekday – and that number will grow with increasing population and employment.
The kiosks are part of a partnership between King County Metro Transit and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to improve travel and access though Crown Hill, Ballard, Interbay and Queen Anne.
“These transit kiosks are another important investment Metro and the City of Seattle are jointly making to improve RapidRide. By installing these kiosks, SDOT and Metro are providing over 11,000 daily bus riders better information and speeding their trips,” said SDOT Interim Director Goran Sparrman. “Critical investments like this will help make transit a more attractive option for current and future bus riders.”
For more information on the RapidRide D Line project, please visit the project website at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/travel-options/bus/rapidride/.
For more information about SDOT transit programs, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/transit.htm
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