Route 40 - Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor

July 22, 2020

Making bus trips faster, more reliable, and improving safety

What's happening now?

Thank you to those who completed our online survey in March of this year! We compiled your feedback with Metro drivers' experiences to evaluate how best to improve Route 40 and continue to have events planned to hear from you.

Graphic showing priorities shared by Route 40 riders from our online survey

We originally planned Route 40 drop-in sessions for March 17, 18, and 19, and hosted a virtual meeting on Tuesday, June 30th at 5 PM. Thank you to the approximately 40 people who were able to attend, especially Councilmember Dan Strauss for providing opening remarks! You can view our presentation video or look at our PowerPoint slides. We also compiled frequently asked questions and our answers to questions from our virtual meeting, which you can access here. We're now using community and operator feedback to decide which project ideas to continue pursuing. 

Project Overview

Partnering with King County Metro, we plan to make improvements to this vital corridor.

Improvements made as part of the Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor may include:

  • Reduce peak transit travel times during peak hours by 5% to 10%
  • Improve service reliability by:
    • Making the time between buses more consistent
    • Helping ensure that no matter the time of day, trips take about the same amount of time

Route 40 corridor improvements were first identified as part of the Levy to Move Seattle and King County Metro's METRO CONNECTS program. Based on results of the 2018 Levy Workplan Report, Route 40 will not be transitioned to RapidRide during this project. However, improvements will be designed to align with potential future RapidRide expansion.

Route 40 Background

With 3 million annual rides, King County Metro's Route 40 has the third-highest ridership of all their bus lines. Running north to south, Route 40 is 13.5 miles long and passes through the neighborhoods of Northgate, Crown Hill, Loyal Heights, Ballard, Fremont, South Lake Union, Downtown Seattle, and Pioneer Square.

Project Map

Map of project area of Route 40

See more on the RapidRide program update.

See more on the comprehensive assessment of the Levy to Move Seattle.

Other Projects Along This Route

SDOT and Metro are focusing many investments along the Route 40. Our project team is in close coordination with the following projects: 

Project Materials

Project fact sheet (June 2020)

Project fact sheet (June 2020 - Arabic)

Project fact sheet (June 2020 - Spanish)

Funding

This project is being funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015 to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city.

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