Seattle RapidRide Expansion
RapidRide is a great way to travel when visiting friends, shopping in Seattle’s great neighborhood business districts, going out at night and commuting to work. We’re delivering 7 new RapidRide corridors by 2024 to advance the Levy to Move Seattle’s promise of 72% of residents having 10-minute or better transit service within a 10-minute walk from their home. We’re partnering with King County Metro to build on the success of their RapidRide program and expanding bus rapid transit features throughout the corridors. At the same time, we’ll consider how to make walking and biking more comfortable and improve access to new RapidRide stations.
Every neighborhood and street is unique. We’ll use a combination of transit performance data, traffic and safety data, and public input to figure out the best tools to make traveling these corridors safer and more reliable for all users. RapidRide improvements could include a combination of dedicated bus-only lanes, shared lanes, transit signal priority, off-board fare collection, low floor buses for easy loading and more. We’ll also use the Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Freight Master Plans to guide safety and multimodal improvements and look for coordination opportunities with nearby projects such as neighborhood greenways.
When complete you can expect:
*Subject to change based on funding availability, grant and partnership opportunities and coordination with other nearby projects and developments.
This project is partially funded by the Levy to Move Seattle. Approved by voters in 2015, the 9-year, $930 million Levy to Move Seattle provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city. Expanding RapidRide helps us make the most of public investments by connecting to light rail, streetcar, other bus lines and bike share. We’ll prioritize implementation to leverage grants and partnership opportunities to make the most of your tax payer dollars.