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Roosevelt RapidRide

Last updated: August 9, 2017

Project update
Roosevelt to Downtown HCT is now Roosevelt RapidRide!

We’ve identified a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the Roosevelt RapidRide Project. The LPA builds on a 2-year planning process informed by community and stakeholder outreach. We presented the LPA to the City Council Transportation Committee on July 18.

Read the LPA Summary and Report for more information, or view our July 18 presentation.

Project Overview

The Roosevelt RapidRide Project will provide a high-quality service connecting Downtown Seattle with the neighborhoods of South Lake Union, Eastlake, University District, and Roosevelt. It is one of seven new corridors where we’re partnering with King County Metro (KCM) to enhance transit connections and upgrade existing bus routes to Metro RapidRide service. Upgrading service will keep people moving by:

  • Keeping buses frequent and on-time
  • Adding more buses at night and on weekends
  • Upgrading to Metro RapidRide bus stops with lighting, real-time arrival info, and more
  • Improving sidewalks and paths for people walking and people riding bikes

We’re working to balance the needs of everyone who uses the corridor, whether they’re in a bus, a car, walking or riding a bike.

Map of Roosevelt Corridor

Project purpose and need

The purpose of the Roosevelt RapidRide Project is to improve transit capacity, travel time, reliability, connectivity, comfort, visibility, and legibility in the corridor, while also improving pedestrian and bicycle access to and along the corridor and to RapidRide stations. In doing so, the project will improve overall mobility in a dense and rapidly developing corridor that serves several major destinations.

The Roosevelt RapidRide Project addresses the following transportation and community needs:

  • Housing and employment growth. The corridor connects the dense, rapidly growing urban centers of South Lake Union and Downtown with the University District Urban Center and the Northgate Urban Center (later phase), as well as the residential urban villages of Eastlake and Roosevelt. This corridor is forecast to grow by over 16,000 residents and 84,000 employees by 2035. Seattle’s Urban Village Strategy calls for this growth to incorporate mixed land uses and create a pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented environment.
  • Network Connectivity. Critical connections to existing and future LINK stations, existing and future RapidRide lines, and regional and local bus routes are provided more frequently and reliably by the Roosevelt RapidRide Project.
  • Travel time improvements. Transit travel time in the corridor during peak periods is up to 20-30% slower than off-peak hours. Transit travel times with the Project are expected to improve by 20% during the peak period.
  • Reliability. Over 30% of transit trips in corridor run late during morning and evening peak periods. RapidRide’s enhanced bus stops, off-board fare collection, transit signal priority, and other features will deliver increased reliability.
  • Overcrowding. Overcrowding occurs on many trips throughout the day and during the morning peak period. Passenger loads exceed seated capacity along this route on 32% of the daily trips and 63% during the morning hours. Increased service frequency delivered by the Project will also increase passenger carrying capacity in the corridor.
  • Development support. The Roosevelt corridor connects a number of Seattle’s most dense residential and employment centers, which are also areas of high growth. High-capacity transit solutions, such as RapidRide, are essential to supporting dense development.
  • Greenhouse Gas emission reductions. Seattle’s Climate Action Plan relies on high-capacity transit in major corridors, including Roosevelt, to meet targets.
  • Greenhouse Gas emission reductions. Seattle’s Climate Action Plan relies on high-capacity transit in major corridors, including Roosevelt, to meet targets.

Project Schedule

Timeline Activities/Milestones
November 2014 Identify existing conditions in the corridor and conduct mode analysis
July 2015 Identify transit line characteristics
June 2016 Present a Recommended Corridor Concept
June 2017 Publish Locally Preferred Alternative
2017-2019 Develop final design
2020-2021 Construct improvements
2021 Roosevelt Rapid Ride Line service begins

Project Funding

This project is partially funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015. Additional funding is being sought through regional partnerships and grants, and Federal Transit Agency Small Starts Grant.

Roosevelt RapidRide Library

July 2017

June 2017

June 2016 Open Houses

December 2015 Open Houses

May 2015 Open Houses


How can I get involved?

We're always interested in meeting with community and neighborhood groups that want to learn more about the project and make their voices heard. You can request a briefing by emailing or calling (206) 684-5189.


For questions or more information please contact Garth Merrill, Project Manager, at or (206) 684-5184.

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