Madison Street Corridor Bus Rapid Transit
Updated January 21, 2014
Recent Community Events:
Thursday, November 20th: The second Madison Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Study Open House. SDOT hosted three design workshops for each section of the corridor (Downtown, First Hill, and Capitol Hill/Central Area) prior to the Open House. The feedback SDOT received at the design workshops was presented at the Open House.
Madison Street BRT service will be fast, reliable and frequent. It will serve densely developed neighborhoods in First Hill, the Central Area, and downtown Seattle, connecting dozens of bus routes, the First Hill Streetcar, and ferry service at the Colman Dock Ferry Terminal.
Madison Street BRT will use new state-of-the-art electric trolley buses (ETBs) that produce zero emissions and are extremely quiet. Surface rail transit is not an option for this corridor due to the steep east-west street grades.
Project Definition Study
The Madison Street corridor is an opportunity for Seattle to design and implement, in phases, state-of-the-art bus rapid transit (BRT) improvements. The 2.1-mile corridor runs from Colman Dock to 23rd Avenue and will improve access to ferries, Third Avenue transit, First Hill medical institutions and housing, Seattle University, the Central district, Link light rail, and the First Hill Streetcar.
In June 2014, the City will begin studying this BRT corridor. The study will evaluate roadway channelization options, station locations and features, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and streetscape improvements for the Madison corridor. The study will engage transit agencies, stakeholder, and the broader community to discuss options and tradeoffs. It will also evaluate implementation options, such as phased speed and reliability improvements and funding opportunities.
The Seattle Transit Master Plan identifies a planning-level total capital cost estimate of $87 million. The Seattle City Council identified $1 million in the City’s 2013/2014 budget for a project definition study of the Madison Street corridor. This effort will result in a refined project cost estimate.
The table below outlines the study’s key milestones and basic schedule.
Madison Corridor BRT Library
November 20, 2014 Open House
September 30, 2014 Open House
September 2014 - Stakeholder Outreach
More details and opportunities for public involvement will be announced as they are scheduled. Information will be added soon on future open houses and meetings.
Questions and comments can be directed to Maria Koengeter, Transit Strategic Advisor, at MadisonBRT@seattle.gov or (206) 733-9865.