RapidRide G Line - Downtown Seattle to First Hill to Madison Valley (Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit)

Updated: March 5, 2019

What’s happening now?

We’ve been working with King County Metro to procure a bus fleet for the project. Metro and SDOT carefully reviewed fleet options including electric trolley bus, battery electric bus, and diesel hybrid bus. This review examined the different vehicle types’ ability to meet project needs and the team’s ability to procure the bus type without impacting the project timeline. Based on this review, we determined a diesel-hybrid coach would best meet the project requirements.

RapidRide G will operate with diesel-hybrid buses in order to provide service in 2022. This change to diesel-hybrid buses removes the need to expand the overhead contact system on the corridor. We will keep the existing overhead contact system to support the current trolley buses. More details will be available once we complete final design. We’re looking forward to sharing the updated design and talking about RapidRide G Line (Madison BRT) with the community in 2019!

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Note: The RapidRide G (Madison St BRT) project is contingent on FTA Small Starts grant funding, as well as funding opportunities from other partner agencies.

Overview design image


Overview map image The Madison Street BRT Route has been shaped by public input.

The Seattle Transit Master Plan (2012) identified Madison St between the Colman Dock Ferry Terminal in downtown Seattle and 23rd Ave E as a future high-capacity, bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor.

Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will provide fast, frequent, reliable, and safe public transportation between 1st Ave in downtown Seattle and Martin Luther King Jr Way. The route will serve densely developed neighborhoods in downtown Seattle, First Hill, Capitol Hill, the Central Area, and Madison Valley. It will connect to dozens of bus routes, the First Hill Streetcar, and ferry service at the Colman Dock Ferry Terminal.

Madison Street BRT is a partnership between the City of Seattle and King County Metro. King County Metro will operate service on Madison Street as RapidRide G Line.

SDOT and King County Metro are currently working to make RapidRide investments to multiple corridors as part of SDOT’s Levy to Move Seattle Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor Program and King County Metro’s RapidRide program.

Check out this video for an overview of the Madison Street BRT project!


The table below outlines the project's key milestones and basic schedule.

Jan 2013 - May 2014 Project scope defined
June 2014 - April 2015 Developed and analyzed concept design alternatives, began community engagement
May 2015 - October 2015 Refined concept design with community engagement
November 2015 Finalized and shared draft concept design
February 2016 City Council approved concept design to move forward (also called Locally Preferred Alternative)
February - May 2016 Validated cost assumptions from concept design before beginning early design
Spring/Summer 2016 Community engagement on early design, including individual meetings, community briefings, and a series of open houses in August
January - February 2017 Met with property and business owners to discuss construction options and parking and loading needs
March 2017 2 public meetings (March 9 and 15) and an online open house to share latest project design and get public feedback
Spring/Summer/Fall 2017 Continue design process; continue working with property owners, businesses, and residents to complete construction phasing plan; environmental review
February/March 2018 SEPA Determination of Non-Significance comment period (February 25 through March 1); SEPA Appeal Period (March 1 through March 8)
2019 Anticipated completion of final design
2020 -2022 Anticipated construction in phases along the corridor
2022 Anticipated Madison Street BRT service begins (as RapidRide G line)


Levy to Move Seattle
Madison Street BRT is partially funded by the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle and the voter-approved Sound Transit 3 (ST3) package. We are pursuing other funding sources for final design and construction, particularly Federal Transit Administration funding. Estimated project cost is $120 million.

Contact information  

Emily Reardon, Community Outreach Lead

Phone line
: 206-484-2780
Email: MadisonBRT@seattle.gov

Está información es acerca del sistema de autobuses rapid transit de la calle Madison (Madison Street BRT). Para más información acerca del proyecto o para solicitar servicios de intérpretes, por favor llamar al teléfono del proyecto al 206-484-2780 o por correo electrónico MadisonBRT@seattle.gov

此信息是有關麥迪遜街的快速交通系統(麥迪遜街BRT) 想了解有關此工程的更多信息,或需要翻譯服務,請聯繫206-484-2780或電郵MadisonBRT@seattle.gov

이것은 매디슨 가의 급행 버스 체계 (Madison Street BRT) 에 대한 정보 입니다. 이프로젝트에관한 정보를 더 원하거나 통역 서비스를 요청하려면206-484-2780 이나 MadisonBRT@seattle.gov. 로 연락해 주세요.

Warbixintani waxay ku saabsan tahay Baska Deg-dega ee Waddada Madison (BRT Waddada Madison). Warar intaa ka badan oo ku saabsan mashruuca ama inaad weydiisato adeeg turjubaan, fadlan soo wac telefoonka mashruuca  oo ah 206-484-2780 ama email  MadisonBRT@seattle.gov.

यह जानकारी मैडिसन स्ट्रीट बस रैपिड ट्रांजिट (मैडिसन स्ट्रीट BRT) के बारे में है। परियोजना के बारे में अधिक जानकारी के लिए, या भाषांतर सेवा का अनुरोध करने के लिए, कृपया प्रोजेक्ट फोन 206-484-2780 पर कॉल करें, या MadisonBRT@seattle.gov पर ईमेल करें।

Đây là thông tin về Xe Buýt Vận Chuyển Nhanh Đường Madison (Madison Street BRT). Để biết thêm thông tin về dự án hoặc để yêu cầu thông dịch, xin gọi điện thoại của dự án ở số 206-484-2780, hoặc gửi thư điện tử đến MadisonBRT@seattle.gov.

How can I get involved?

We are always interested in meeting with community and neighborhood groups that want to learn more about the project and make their voices heard.

More details and opportunities to get involved will be announced as they are scheduled.

Materials library

March 2019

July 2018

February 2018

January 2018

Fall 2017

Summer 2017

Spring 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

November 2016

August 2016

July 2016

January 22, 2016 City Council Meeting

November 16, 2015 Open House

October 2015

July 2015

May 2015 Online Survey Results In May, the Madison Street BRT project hosted an online survey to seek input on:

  • BRT design options, routing, terminals, and station locations
  • Priorities for transit service and capital investments
  • Design concepts for a Central Area protected bike lane

The results of the survey can be found here.

May 2015 Open House


January 2015 Online Survey

November 20, 2014 Open House

September 30, 2014 Open House

September 2014 - Stakeholder Outreach