Route 44 - Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor

Updated: June 24, 2022

Improving transit travel times and safety

What’s happening now?

Weekend work is planned for this Saturday, June 25, at the Linden Ave N and N 46th St intersection. Crews will be demolishing existing pavement and pouring new concrete. Please follow posted detours.

Work at Linden

Construction continues on the Route 44 Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor project at the below locations:

NW Market St, NW 49th St & 2nd Ave NW 

Work at NW Market and NW 49th St

NW Market St, NW 50th St & Baker Ave NW 

NW Market St, NW 50th St & Baker Ave NW 

NW Market St & 11th Ave NW

Map of work at Market and NW 11th

Sidewalk Work on NW Market St

Crews will continue curb ramp and sidewalk work on Market between 6th and 7th avenues NW. Next week this work will move east to NW 52nd St and 1st Ave NW. Click here to see a map of sidewalk improvement locations along with project corridor.

Construction activities include:

  • Sawcutting and demolishing existing pavement in the roadway
  • Demolishing existing sidewalks and curb ramps
  • Pouring new concrete
  • Signal upgrades to both traffic and pedestrian signals
  • Utility upgrades

Work in these areas is expected to take 2 to 3 months to complete. Travel through these areas will be impacted during construction. Traffic mitigation plans will be in effect. Please follow posted signs and markings when traveling through these areas.

As we continue into construction, please expect:

  • Typical construction weekday work hours of 7 AM to 5 PM
  • Occasional night work at specific locations along the corridor, such as striping
  • Temporary disruptions to on-street parking and sidewalks
  • Noise, dust, and vibrations during work hours

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The Route 44 project area extends from Ballard through the U-District with improvements being made along the route at key intersections and road stretches. You can click the links below to see where we will be completing the outstanding parts of the project in 2022.

    Project overview

    Partnering with King County Metro, we'll improve transit reliability, reduce transit travel times, and enhance pedestrian safety and access along the Route 44 corridor. Since 2019, we've been working to identify the improvement projects that will move forward into design. We began by studying a variety of possible improvements, and we held neighborhood drop-in sessions in fall 2019 to better understand community priorities along the corridor. Last year, we also received more than 800 responses to our community survey. (See our Fall 2019 Outreach Summary for more information.) In September 2020, we conducted a survey and hosted an online presentation to get feedback on the design of these improvement concepts at the 30% design milestone. (See our 30% Design Outreach Report for more information.) 

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

    • Dedicated bus lanes: Bus-only lanes that separate buses from traffic and improve transit travel times and reliability
    • Signal upgrades or optimization: Transit signal priority extends or activates green lights to reduce waiting times for buses at signals 
    • Channelization changes or turn restrictions: Changes to roadway channelization and limiting certain turns that can allow buses to move faster, avoid conflicts, and improve safety
    • Safety improvements: Improvements to crossings and transit connections to help people get to bus stops more easily and safely
    • Sidewalk upgrades: Repaving sidewalks and upgrading ADA-accessible curb ramps in key locations  

    The Route 44 corridor was identified in the 2012 Seattle Transit Master Plan (TMP) as a Priority Bus Corridor and in the 2016 TMP Update as a RapidRide corridor. King County Metro identifies the Route 44 corridor as a future RapidRide corridor in METRO CONNECTS, the King County Metro long-range plan adopted in January 2017. Metro is currently defining funding, timeline and phasing for delivery of the countywide METRO CONNECTS RapidRide Program. SDOT and Metro anticipate implementing transit speed and reliability upgrades in this corridor in 2023, prior to Metro's future delivery of RapidRide.

    Route 44 background

    Route 44 is one of the highest-ridership routes in Seattle, serving over 9,300 daily weekday riders. It is a 10.7 mile east-west trolley route in North Seattle that serves the Ballard, Wallingford, and University District neighborhoods, including the University of Washington and University of Washington Medical Center. It also provides important connections to several current and future major north-south transit routes. Over 35,000 people live within a quarter mile of the corridor and over 32,000 people work within a quarter mile of the corridor.

    While the Route 44 is scheduled to arrive every 10 minutes or better, buses on this route can be slow and unreliable. This project will identify and implement improvements that provide faster, more reliable transit service for the Route 44.

    Key transit connections

    Route 44 connects with two RapidRide routes: the E Line at Aurora Ave/SR 99 and N 46th St and the D Line at 15th Ave NW and NW Market St. These RapidRide routes are the top 2 King County Metro routes by ridership. Additionally, Route 44 connects to the current terminus of the Sound Transit's University of Washington Station serving Link light rail. Once the Northgate Link light rail extension is completed, Route 44 will also connect with the U District Station. 

    See more on the RapidRide program update.

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

    Project map

    Project Map

    Sidewalk work 

    As a part of this project, we'll repair more than 4,500 linear feet of sidewalk near bus stops and upgrade more than 50 curb ramps to meet current ADA standards to improve access and mobility along the transit corridor. The sections of the corridor where we will make these sidewalk upgrades are shown on the map above.

    Community outreach

    Date Event
    October 2019 Community Engagement Survey
    November 2019 Open Houses: November 19, 20, and 21
    May 2020 Release 30% Design Concepts
    September 2020 Online presentation: September 10, 2020
    September 2020 Community Engagement Survey

    The three stages of our projects

    Timeline

    1. Planning

    What we do: Collect traffic and transit data, review previously completed studies, develop concepts and gather community experiences to define options.

    2. Design
    What we do: We work with the community and produce a more detailed project design.

    3. Construction
    What we do: We construct the project and keep the community informed on the latest construction updates, schedule, and expected impacts.

    Project materials

    To view a PDF of project-related materials, please click on the links provided below. 

    Construction Phase

    Design Phase

     Planning Phase

    Funding

    This project is being funded by a combination of Local and State funds.  The source of the local funding is  the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015, and the source of the state funding is a Washington State Regional Mobility Grant.

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