RapidRide Rainier Line

Downtown Seattle to Mt. Baker to Rainier Beach

The Metro RapidRide Rainier Line will provide fast, frequent, and reliable public transportation from Downtown Seattle to Mt Baker to Rainier Beach. We'll be improving walking and biking to bus stops and make sure people and goods keep moving.

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Updated: June 27, 2018

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University of Washington School of Public Health and College of Built Environments prepared a health assessment of the RapidRide Rainier Project. They examined five topics through a public health and equity lens: health and human services, mobility, infrastructure, community and development and environmental conditions. The report includes expected positive and negative health impacts of the project for each of the focus areas, along with their respective magnitudes of impact and distribution.

As soon as 2021, King County Metro Route 7 will be upgraded to a new RapidRide line! Bringing RapidRide to Downtown Seattle, Chinatown-International District, Mt. Baker, and Rainier Beach will help keep people moving by:

  • Keeping buses frequent and reliable
  • Adding more buses at night and on weekends
  • Upgrading RapidRide bus stops with lighting, real-time arrival info, and more

What we’ll do with your feedback

We’ll share what we heard from the community this fall and continue to progress the design.

You can request a project briefing by emailing RapidRide@seattle.gov or calling 206-684-5189.

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Project Overview

Metro Route 7 is being upgraded with frequent and easy-to-use RapidRide as soon as 2021. The RapidRide Rainier Line will provide fast, frequent, and easy to use public transportation connecting Downtown Seattle, Chinatown-International District, Mt. Baker, and Rainier Beach. We'll be improving walking and biking and make sure people and goods keep moving.

The existing Route 7 is one of the highest-ridership routes in Seattle, serving 11,000 daily riders to a wide variety of schools, homes, and parks. And while Route 7 buses are scheduled to come every 10 minutes or better, during peak street conditions can cause delay.

Not only is Rainier Ave S a designated freight route that requires wider lanes so trucks can serve local businesses, it also has the highest number of crashes of any corridor in the city. Proposed RapidRide Rainier improvements will not only improve reliability and transit travel time, they will also create a safer place for all travelers.

The community around Route 7 and Rainier Ave S is growing, and many of the people who live along the corridor depend on the Route 7 to get to where they're going. A key goal of RapidRide is to keep what people already love about the Route 7, while also providing new and better connections to Link light rail stations and improved connections for people walking and biking.

RapidRide Rainier was included in the 2015 Levy to Move Seattle and evaluated in the 2016 Transit Master Plan Update and the 2017 Metro Connects Long-Range Plan.

Rapid Ride rainier route map

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How can I get involved?

We're always interested in meeting with community and neighborhood groups that want to learn more about the project and make their voices heard. You can request a briefing by emailing RapidRide@seattle.gov or calling (206) 684-5189. More details and opportunities to get involved will be announced as they are scheduled.

Milestones and Schedules

TimelineActivities/Milestones
March 2017 Transportation forum sharing existing conditions
March – September 2017 Complete studies and analysis using community feedback to develop a report on existing conditions
Share options for community feedback
Select a concept for design
2017-2019 Concept moves into design
2019-2020 Construction
2021 Rainier RapidRide Line service begins

Materials

Funding

This project is partially funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015. Additional grant funding has been secured and is being sought by both Seattle and King County.

RapidRide Expansion Program

RapidRide is King County Metro's fast, frequent, and reliable bus service that is easy to use and comes so often you don't need a schedule. RapidRide lines feature faster boarding, fewer stops to keep buses moving, and intelligent transportation systems. By 2040, a total of 26 RapidRide lines will run throughout King County.

RapidRide in Seattle is a partnership between the City of Seattle and King County Metro. Through the implementation of seven new RapidRide corridors, we will provide Seattle's growing population with more fast and frequent bus service that is reliable and easy to use. Through a combination of transit service improvements, capital investments, and design treatments, these corridors will build on the success of existing RapidRide service and help meet local and regional transportation goals. Each neighborhood is unique, and lines will be tailored to meet needs. Improvements may be phased based on funding availability.