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Real Time Transit signs coming to Ballard, Wallingford and U-District

SDOT in partnership with King County Metro is installing 11 new Real Time Information System (RTIS) signs at bus stops along the NW Market Street/45th Street corridor through Ballard, Wallingford and the University District. These pole-mounted LED signs will let bus commuters know if their bus is on time or running late.  These new tracking tools will add to SDOT's similar signs that were installed on the Jackson/Rainier corridor back in 2013, and several others being installed around the city this summer.

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SDOT's RTIS signs use up-to-the-minute data to deliver predicted bus arrival times for the stop where the sign is located. Knowing when your next bus is scheduled to arrive may seem like a simple piece of information, but these signs provide a number of other benefits to passengers, such as an increased sense of security that comes with knowing how long you'll have to wait and whether you have time to run a quick errand or grab a snack. Additionally, RTIS signs have proven to be a cost-effective strategy for increasing transit ridership and transit users' satisfaction with service, which reflects SDOT's long-running efforts to improve transit reliability and rider experience.

RTIS installation started in March and is on schedule to be complete by October. The sidewalk and bus stop impacts should now be complete; the remaining work is mostly connecting wires and testing the equipment. As part of this work, crews have completed a number of other pedestrian improvements, including new curb ramps and accessible pedestrian push buttons at select locations.




For more information, please contact Paul Elliott, SDOT Community Relations at (206)684-5321 or

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