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Seattle RapidRide Expansion

Delivering improved bus service and creating streets that move people and goods better.


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.

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Program Description

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:

  • 7 new RapidRide routes added to the existing 3
  • 53,000 average daily riders by 2035
  • 57+ mile network
  • Service every 10 minutes or better
  • 20-hour daily service
  • Better stations with features like off-board fare payment and real-time information
  • Pedestrian and bicycle improvements to improve access to stations

Learn more about projects underway:

RapidRide Line Status Opening Year*
Madison Street Design 2019
Delridge Way SW Plan 2019
Rainier/Jackson Not active yet 2020
Roosevelt to Downtown Plan 2021
NW Market/45th St Not active yet 2021
Northgate/Fremont Not active yet 2022
23rd AveNot active yet 2024

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

Project Funding

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.

Program Library

July 2016 Seattle RapidRide Expansion Program Fact Sheet
February 2016 Amended Seattle Transit Master Plan

Program Contact

Maria Koengeter
Program Manager
(206) 733-9865

Dawn Schellenberg
Community Engagement Liaison
(206) 684-5189

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