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Roosevelt to Downtown High Capacity Transit (HCT)

September 15, 2016

We Welcome Your Input!

We are nearing the end of the conceptual design process for the Roosevelt to Downton HCT Corridor. We have taken the input from our last public open houses in June and our making our final edits to our corridor concept. More information about this corridor will be available in 2017 as part of Seattle's RapidRide Expansion Plan. 


mapThe Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is exploring options for high capacity transit along the Roosevelt to Downtown Corridor, which connects Downtown, South Lake Union, Eastlake, U District, Roosevelt, Maple Leaf and Northgate.

The Roosevelt to Downtown Corridor was identified as a top priority in the 2012 Seattle Transit Master Plan. After looking at multiple options, including rail and bus, we're moving forward with plans for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) that can operate in its own lane or in mixed traffic. BRT will provide faster, more reliable service for more people through a series of targeted investments along the corridor greater than previously implemented in other parts of Seattle through the RapidRide program. The corridor is one of seven new RapidRide corridors in Seattle included and funded through the recently voter-approved 9-year Levy to Move Seattle.

During this phase of the project, called the project definition phase, we will determine how best to provide high-quality transit service to the corridor. At the end of this phase, we'll identify a preferred corridor concept and pursue federal funding to complete design and construction. We will also identify early projects to improve the reliability of existing transit service in the corridor.

We will use a coordinated approach to improve safety and access for all travelers. In addition to improving speed and reliability for people riding transit, we'll incorporate improvements for people walking and biking, and supporting neighborhood uses.


Project Purpose

  • Improve transit service: Provide high capacity transit service that is fast, reliable, comfortable, and easy to use to replace existing crowded, unreliable, and slow service along the Roosevelt to Downtown corridor.
  • Improve conditions for people biking and walking: Develop streetscape enhancements to existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities, including smooth sidewalks, ADA-compliant curb ramps, and protected bicycle lanes, to improve access, circulation, and safety.
  • Meet transit mode share goals: Provide high capacity transit service to support the transit mode share goals defined in the Seattle Comprehensive Plan.
  • Strengthen the north-south connection: Improve connections to the regional transit system, including future Link stations, to improve livability and support growth in the Northgate, Maple Leaf, Roosevelt, University District, Eastlake, South Lake Union, and Downtown neighborhoods and connect two of the fastest growing employment centers.
  • Serve growing population and employment centers: Connect residential developments, especially moderate income housing in the Maple Leaf, Roosevelt, University District, and Eastlake neighborhoods, to new major technology, employment and medical service centers, mainly in South Lake Union, University District, and Downtown Seattle neighborhoods.

Project Schedule

Public and stakeholder outreach will continue through the end of this phase of work in June 2016.

November 2014 – June 2015: Identify existing conditions in the corridor and conduct mode analysis

July 2015 – October 2015: Identify BRT Characteristics

November 2015 – March 2016: Review BRT Characteristics and obtain public input

June 2016: Present a Recommended Corridor Concept

July -November 2016:  Complete preliminary design of the Recommended Corridor Concept and documentation

Roosevelt HCT Library

June 2016 Open Houses

December 2015 Open Houses

May 2015 Open Houses



For questions or more information please contact Alison Townsend, Transit Strategic Advisor, or (206) 233-3780.


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