Department of Transportation Scott Kubly, Director
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Third Avenue Bus Zone Improvement Project – ITS Kiosks
The Seattle Department of Transportation and King County Metro Transit are building better public transportation infrastructure through projects that improve corridors and connections, including this project to improve the Third Avenue Transit Corridor - a major downtown transit corridor that carries Metro’s traditional bus options and its RapidRide C Line. In partnership with King County Metro and Seattle City Light, SDOT installed Transit Information kiosks with ORCA card readers at RapidRide stops along Third Avenue in downtown Seattle. The improvements will:
The installations are between Pike and Pine streets; Spring and Seneca streets; Cherry and Columbia streets; and just south of Yesler Way, as shown on the map.
Scope of work
The installation of Transit Information kiosks and ORCA card readers required the demolition of nearby sidewalks, the installation of wires and power conduits, and the restoration of sidewalks after the kiosks and card readers were installed.
Transit Information kiosks are electronic information boards that will allow bus riders users to visually track the projected arrival times of their buses in real time through the kiosk’s digital display.
ORCA card readers allow RapidRide passengers to pay for their rides before the bus arrives, thereby reducing the time required for boarding.
Construction was divided into three phases, taking place on weekdays between peak commute times, to minimize impacts. Each phase took approximately two weeks to complete, with occasional weekend work. The phases and initial construction schedule were as follows:
This Third Avenue Transit Corridor improvements project is funded in part by Bridging the Gap, as well as Federal Transit Administration dollars.
If you have comments or questions about the 3rd Avenue Bus Zone Improvement Project – Transit Information Kiosks please contact us at:
Raffaela Oeler, Community Communications Officer