Rapid Ride

Seattle is one of the nation's fastest-growing cities with ever-increasing demands on our transportation system. SDOT is working with King Country Metro to improve the RapidRide transit network throughout our city, planning seven new lines to help better connect people, places, and products.

Learn more by reading the June 2017 RapidRide Expansion Program Summary Report.

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Program Description

The RapidRide Expansion Program is a partnership between the City of Seattle and King County Metro to deliver convenient, high-quality mobility options to Seattle's growing population through the implementation of seven new RapidRide corridors.

Through a combination of service improvements, capital investment, and design treatments, these corridors build on the success of existing Metro RapidRide service and help meet the goals and vision of local and regional planning efforts. RapidRide design considers the unique needs and context of each location. In addition to the transportation plans that inform it (like the King County METRO CONNECTS and City of Seattle PedestrianBicycle, and Freight Master Plans), development is shaped by transit performance data, agency partnerships, and public input.

Metro RapidRide will connect major destinations and link diverse and growing neighborhoods with employment, shopping, and transit hubs. The network will serve areas of the city where large numbers of people work and live. By 2035, approximately 1.5 million jobs and almost 650,000 residents will be located within half a mile of a new RapidRide corridor. With such convenient, comprehensive service, over 50,000 additional daily trips are expected on the RapidRide network in Seattle by 2035.

RapidRide Projects in Seattle

Timeline map of RapidRide Projects, listed on table below.

Project Timeline

RapidRide LineStatusOpening Year*

RapidRide G Line
Downtown Seattle to First Hill to Madison Valley

Design

2020

RapidRide H Line
Downtown Seattle to Delridge to Burien

Planning

2020

Rainier RapidRide Line
Downtown Seattle to Mt Baker to Rainier Beach

Pre-concept

2021

Roosevelt RapidRide Line
Downtown Seattle to Eastlake to Roosevelt

Planning

2021

Market RapidRide Line
Ballard to Wallingford to U-District

Pre-concept

2022

Fremont RapidRide Line
Downtown Seattle to Fremont/Ballard to Northgate

Not active yet

2023

23rd RapidRide Line
Mt Baker to Central Area to U-District

Not active yet

2024

*Subject to change based on funding availability, grant and partnership opportunities and coordination with other nearby projects and developments.

Metro RapidRide key features and benefits

  1. Dedicated Bus Lanes

    Bus-only lanes separate buses from traffic, increasing speed and reliability.
  2. Enhanced Bus Stops

    RapidRide stations include real-time arrival information, larger shelters, lighting, and other amenities.
  3. Off-Board Fare Collection

    Off-board fare collection helps buses move faster as riders can pay fares without waiting in line.
  4. Specialized Buses

    RapidRide buses offer more capacity and lower floors for easier loading and unloading.
  5. Smart Signals

    Transit signal priority extends or activates green lights to reduce waiting times for buses at signals.
  6. Bike and Pedestrian Connections to Transit

    Improvements to crossings, neighborhood greenways, and bike lanes will help people access new RapidRide lines.

RapidRide Key Benefits: Dedicated Bus Lanes, enhanced bus stops, off-board fare collection, specialized buses, smart signals, and bike and pedestrian connections to transit

RapidRide Performance Goals: Frequent Service, 10-min all day or better, 15-30 min or better naight and weekend; 10-15% faster bus travel times; 85% on-time scheduled bus arrival

Project Funding

The nine-year, $930 million Levy to Move Seattle provides partial funding for the RapidRide Expansion Program, along with funds for other projects to improve safety for all travelers, maintain streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city.

SDOT will work with King County Metro to pursue grant funding programs and other partnership opportunities to stretch taxpayer dollars to cover the full cost of the program.

Program Library

June 2017 RapidRide Expansion Program Fact Sheet
June 2017 RapidRide Expansion Program Summary Report
March 2017 RapidRide Expansion Program Fact Sheet
January 2017 Metro Connects Long Range Vision
February 2016 Amended Seattle Transit Master Plan

How can I get involved?

We’ll be working with communities during the planning, design, and construction phases of each new RapidRide line. For each new line, we’ll share data, ask for your feedback, and show how community input has been incorporated into the design.

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