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Proposed RapidRide C Line Inbound Re-Route Between SW Edmunds and SW Alaska Street

Project Description

In fall 2012, the RapidRide C Line connecting West Seattle and Downtown Seattle began service.  To improve the RapidRide service, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and King County Metro identified a set of improvements to reduce travel time, increase transit reliability and improve passenger facilities.

The proposal would revise the northbound RapidRide C Line route from its current routing on 44th Avenue SW to California Avenue SW between SW Edmunds Street and SW Alaska Street. Instead of turning left onto SW Edmunds Street, inbound RapidRide buses would remain on California Avenue SW before turning right onto SW Alaska Street.  This would reduce morning peak travel times an average of about one minute.  It provides a more direct route through West Seattle and eliminates transit delay time due to vehicle congestion at the existing transit stop on SW Alaska Street at 44th Avenue SW.  Routing for outbound service would not change under this proposal.

Transit riders heading into Downtown Seattle would board the RapidRide C Line east of California Avenue, across the street from the new Junction Plaza park.  Four parking spaces on the southeast corner of SW Alaska Street would be removed to provide enough space for the transit stop.

Proposed Project Elements

  • Revise the northbound RapidRide C Line route: RapidRide buses would travel north on California Avenue between SW Edmunds Street and SW Alaska Street instead of using 44th Avenue SW;
  • Relocate the RapidRide stop serving trips to Downtown Seattle from the southwest corner of SW Alaska Street and California Avenue SW to the southeast corner of SW Alaska Street and California Avenue SW;
  • Remove four parking spaces on SE corner of SW Alaska Street  to accommodate the RapidRide bus stop;
  • Other existing bus stops and the all-way walk would remain unchanged.

Project Status

This project is on hold until further notice.


For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Dong
(206) 233-8564
Email: jonathan.dong@seattle.gov

Historic Bus Shelter Rehabilitation

SDOT rehabilitated two existing historic bus shelters while maintaining their unique historic character. The shelters are located are:

  • Southeast bound Westlake Avenue @ Dexter Avenue
  • Northbound Rainier Avenue @ South Wildwood Lane

Westlake and Dexter Historic Bus Shelter

This shelter is located in northeast Queen Anne at southeast bound Westlake Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North.   The shelter was constructed sometime between the late 1920s and 1935, and served two railways at this time. The Seattle-Everett Interurban Railway ran along Westlake Avenue North from 1910 to 1939. The Seattle Municipal Railway, which was a streetcar system, had two routes that served the stop. The #21 Phinney route ran along Westlake Avenue North, the #6 South Seattle-Nickerson route ran along Dexter Avenue North. It’s unknown exactly when these two routes stopped, but the Seattle Municipal Railway ran from 1914 to 1941. In 1941, the streetcar was replaced by the “trackless trolley” (i.e., trolley bus) and diesel buses.

Today, the bus shelter serves passengers who ride King County Metro Routes 40 and 62. Over 50 passengers board at this location every day.

SDOT has been working with the Queen Anne and Fremont historical societies and members of the public for input on the rehabilitation project.  A public meeting was held on March 6, 2014. SDOT’s rehabilitation plans include repair and repainting of the shelter roof, frame, and benches and other options to improve the passenger waiting experience. Additional amenities may include installation of an historical marker, a trash can, pedestrian-scale lighting, and/or new paving and landscaping.

For more information, check out the article written by Queen Anne Historical Society President Michael Herschensohn on the history of the shelter and SDOT’s rehabilitation project:

http://www.queenannenews.com/Content/Seniors---Boomers/Seniors/Article/HISTORY-IN-PERSPECTIVE---Really-waiting-for-the-Interurban/30/254/35343

For more information, please contact:

Jonathan Dong
(206) 233-8564 
Jonathan.dong@seattle.gov

Historic Photo


Credit: University of Washington Libraries, 1935.

Before Improvements:


Credit: Brian Macik, SDOT, February 11, 2014

After Improvements:


Credit: Brian Macik, SDOT, April 10, 2015

Rainier and Wildwood Historic Bus Shelter Rehabilitation

This shelter is located in the Brighton area of the Rainier Valley neighborhood at northbound Rainier Avenue South and South Wildwood Lane/South Holden Street. The location of this shelter served the Seattle & Renton Southern Electric Railway. The stop provided trolley access for properties to the east in what was then Brighton Beach, now called Seward Park. The Seattle & Renton Southern Electric Railway began in 1891 and ran until 1937. There has been some type of shelter at this location since at least 1910, but the construction date of the current shelter is unclear.

Today, the bus shelter serves passengers who ride Metro Routes 7 and 9.  Nearly 200 passengers board at this location every day.

SDOT worked with the Rainier Valley historical societies and members of the public for input on the rehabilitation project.

For more information, please contact:

Jonathan Dong
(206) 233-8564 
Jonathan.dong@seattle.gov

Historic Photo


Credit: University of Washington Libraries, 1910

Before Improvements:


Credit: Brian Macik, SDOT, January 10, 2014

After Improvements:

 

SW Genesee St and SW Avalon Way Parking Removal

Metro introduced Route 50 in September 2012 as part of a major service change. In order to improve safety for Route 50 some parking was removed on SW Genesee St.  Parking restrictions were needed along SW Genesee St. to provide space for Metro Route 50 which operates every twenty minutes during the peak hour and every thirty minutes during the day.

For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Dong
(206) 233-8564 
Email: jonathan.dong@seattle.gov.

 

Bell Street Traffic Revisions

Project Description

In response to community concerns about traffic on Bell Street, the Seattle Department of Transportation made revisions to reduce the speed and volume of traffic. With the recent revisions to a single lane of travel on Bell Street, buses and all other traffic experience significant delays, particularly during the afternoon commute period. King County Metro currently operates three all day, seven days a week bus routes that serve Belltown via Bell Street. Metro also operates several weekday-only commuter routes serving South and East King County which begin on Bell Street between the hours of 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm. 

To maintain efficient bus and traffic operations, SDOT restricted non-transit vehicles on Bell Street between 2nd and 5th Avenues. Beginning fall 2014, Bell Street was restricted to local access only. Transit riders and bicyclists continue to have access through Bell Street. 

For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Dong
(206) 233-8564 
Email:  jonathan.dong@seattle.gov.

After Improvements:


Credit: Domenico Martinucci, SDOT, August 4, 2015

 

Whitman Ave N Safety Improvement

Project Description

To reduce illegal maneuvers and improve traffic flow and safety, SDOT has installed a traffic island at the southern end of Whitman Ave N where it intersects Green Lake Way N and N 46th St. Southbound traffic on Whitman Ave N is now physically prevented from turning onto Green Lake Way N and the N 46th St lower roadway. In addition, traffic on Green Lake Way N and N 46th St cannot travel north onto Whitman Ave N. Pedestrian safety improvements are being installed in this area through a separate project.

Collectively, these projects help improve pedestrian, motorist, and transit safety at this intersection.

For more information, please contact:
Jeff Bender
(206) 684-8837
Jeff.Bender@seattle.gov

After Improvements:

 

Broad Street Bus Lane

Project Description

To help move people quickly and reliably on Metro's RapidRide C/D Line and other transit routes, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) converted one westbound lane on Broad Street between First and Third Avenues from a general purpose traffic lane into a "Business Access and Transit" (BAT) lane. The BAT lane will serve ten Metro Routes (routes 1, 2, 13, 19, 24, 33, 15E, 17E, 18E and RapidRide D), which carry a total of about 8,000 riders per average weekday.

For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Dong
(206) 233-8564 
Email: jonathan.dong@seattle.gov

After Improvements:

 

Fremont Avenue North Bus Stop Expansion

Project Description

Click for larger mapTo improve general traffic and transit operations, SDOT has expanded the bus stop on Fremont Avenue North, between 34th and 35th Streets. The demand for these revisions was driven by an increase in transit service and ridership in the area as well as interest in improving general traffic flow along the block. Since September 2012, transit service to these bus stops has increased from about 8 buses an hour to 15 buses per hour during the peak hours. Over 1,000 riders use these bus stops each day; these revisions will provide great benefit to them as well as general purpose traffic. A diagram of all revisions is shown below.

For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Dong
(206) 233-8564 
Email: jonathan.dong@seattle.gov

 

Aurora Avenue North and North 65th Street Pedestrian and Bus Stop Improvements

Project Description

RapidRide E Line service opened in 2014.  To better connect pedestrians to the new station at Aurora Ave N and N 65th St, SDOT designed a set of pedestrian improvements and a Business Access and Transit lane, which include:

  • New bus shelter, bicycle rack and real time information kiosk
  • New sidewalk connections, curb extension and curb ramps on the west and north side of Woodland Place North and North 65th Street.
  • Intersection revision and new all-way stop at Woodland Place North and North 65th Street.
  • New curb extension and curb ramps on Aurora Avenue North and North 66th Street
  • New Business Access and Transit Lane on the west side of Aurora Avenue between North 115th Street to North 38th Street

The project was completed in fall 2013. 

For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Dong
(206) 233-8564 
Email: jonathan.dong@seattle.gov

After Improvements:


Credit: Domenico Martinucci, SDOT, August 4, 2015

 

15th Ave E and E Galer Safety Improvement

Project Description

SDOT improved safety on 15th Avenue E just north of the intersection at E Galer Street. SDOT has identified a significant traffic safety issue on 15th Avenue E that needs to be addressed.

15th Avenue East between E Galer Street and E Garfield Street consisted of an 8-ft wide southbound bus layover lane, an 8-foot wide southbound travel lane, a 9-foot northbound travel lane, and an 8-foot wide northbound parking lane. With this configuration, the southbound travel and layover lanes were too narrow and southbound vehicles crossed the centerline when buses were in the layover lane, creating an unsafe condition. Between January 1, 2008 and August 11, 2013, there were three motor vehicle collisions on 15th Avenue E between E Galer Street and E Garfield Street.

To prevent future collisions from vehicles crossing the centerline, SDOT widened the lanes by removing 10 parking spaces (eight general parking and two load zones) on 15th Avenue East immediately north of East Galer Street.

For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Dong
(206) 233-8564 
Email: jonathan.dong@seattle.gov

After Improvements:

 

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