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Aurora Corridor Improvement Project

Aurora Avenue North is among the most heavily used transportation corridors in King County.  It connects neighborhoods and serves as a major thoroughfare for commuters traveling daily to and from work.

As part of King County Metro’s RapidRide E Line project, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will implement traffic signal timing improvements for all lanes and peak period Business Access and Transit (BAT) lanes between N. 38th Street and N. 115th Street.

SDOT Recommendations

  • Retime traffic signals for all lanes to keep vehicles moving.
  • Allow traffic signals to detect approaching transit and extend a green light or end the red light early.
  • Implement Peak Period BAT Lanes: AM (6-9 a.m.) and PM (3-7 p.m.)

Location

Direction

Time

N. 38th St. to N. 115th St.

Northbound

AM/PM PEAK

*N. 115th St. to N. 38th St.

Southbound

AM/PM PEAK

*  Southbound BAT lanes between N. 77th Street and N. 72nd Street will be activated only during the AM peak commute period until further parking evaluation is conducted.

Aurora Corridor Improvement Benefits

  • Reduce travel times for all users
  • Manage traffic growth within constrained space
  • Keep buses moving, even in heavy traffic

Schedule

  • Fall 2013 – Retime traffic signals. Add signage and lane striping to create northbound and southbound AM and PM peak period BAT lanes.  Evaluate benefits of southbound PM BAT lane between N. 77th St. and N. 72nd St., where parking options are limited.
  • February 2014 – Start RapidRide E Line service, with possible addition of southbound PM peak period BAT lane between N. 77th St. and N. 72nd St. 

Cost and Funding

  • Cost to implement BAT lanes is estimated at $600,000, funded by a federal grant.
  • Funding for transit service provided by King County Metro through a mix of local and federal funds. 

More Information:

Web: www.seattle.gov/transportation/aurora.htm
Email: 684-Road@seattle.gov
Phone:  (206) 684-ROAD

What is a Business Access and Transit (BAT) lane?

Aurora BAT lanes are well established in Shoreline, where the outside lanes are reserved for buses and right-turning vehicles only. They improve access to businesses and residences and save time for transit riders.  BAT lanes also enhance the capacity of the remaining travel lanes by removing buses from general traffic.

 

How will BAT lanes look?

How will travel times (bus, car and freight) be improved on Aurora?

Northbound Travel Time Summary – N 38th/Bridge Way to N 145th
All times rounded to the nearest minute

 

Time

Existing
Travel Time

Estimated
Recommendation
Travel Time

Travel Time
Improvement (Percentage)

BUS

AM

23 min

21 min

10%

BUS

PM

23 min

20 min

11%

CAR/TRUCK

AM

14 min

13 min

7%

CAR /TRUCK

PM

17 min

13 min

24%

 

Southbound Travel Time Summary - N 145th to N 38th/Bridge Way
All times rounded to the nearest minute

 

Time

Existing
Travel Time

Estimated
Recommendation
Travel Time

Travel Time
Improvements (Percentage)

BUS

AM

27 min

23 min

16%

BUS

PM

26 min

22 min

17%

CAR/TRUCK

AM

13 min

13 min

0%

CAR/TRUCK

PM

15 min

13 min

9%

 

Additional Resources:

RapidRide: http://www.kingcounty.gov/rapidride

 

   
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