Madison Street Corridor Bus Rapid Transit
Updated July 20, 2015
In May, SDOT conducted a significant round of public outreach on design alternatives for the Madison BRT corridor and expected to release a proposed preferred alternative in July. Given the level of additional analysis and close consideration of community input, we have extended that timeline until September. Thank you for patience and continued interest in the Madison Corridor BRT project.
In the meantime, an outreach summary report is available here, or continue reading for a high-level review of what we’re up to.
SDOT staff hosted four events and attended a number of community meetings to provide presentations on the project and discuss the project opportunities and concerns with stakeholders. We hosted an open house, attended by over 80 people, that included a series of boards providing technical information about the project and a live polling exercise to seek initial feedback about design alternatives and community priorities.
We asked the same questions in an online survey (over 414 responses); the results are summarized here. Key results from the survey included:
Overall, we heard these key themes:
We’re now in the process of considering this community input and the technical analysis to develop a proposed preferred design concept for the Madison Corridor BRT project. Specifically, we are taking another close look at a number of key project elements, including:
If you have any questions and comments, please contact Maria Koengeter, Transit Strategic Advisor, at MadisonBRT@seattle.gov or (206) 733-9865.
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
May Online Survey Results
In May, the Madison Corridor BRT project hosted an online survey to seek input on:
The results of the survey can be found here.
May 6 Open House
January 2015 Online Survey
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.