K Line will ensure that riders have access to better service for years to come. For the bus system in Albuquerque, New Mexico, see, Tukwila International Boulevard Link station, "King County posts record transit ridership in year of bus and train expansion", "RapidRide Transit Design and Implementation", "Metro's new RapidRide "A" Line to connect Tukwila and Federal Way launches Oct. 2", "Service Change Information - October 2010", "Service Change Information - October 2011", "Service Change Information - September 2012", "Recent attacks have Metro riders worried about bus safety", "Route 358 Is the Most Dangerous Bus Route In Seattle", "Aurora Avenue North Rapid Ride Improvements", "Launch of RapidRide lines E, F delayed until 2014", King County Metro RapidRide Performance Evaluation Report, "Move Seattle's Rapid Ride Corridor Planning Kicks Off", Transit Master Plan: Final Summary Report, "Oct. 1: Metro's new RapidRide "A" Line to connect Tukwila and Federal Way launches Oct. 2", "What's different about the B Line buses? [13][14] The E Line opened on February 15, 2014 after several months of delays. Open your eyes to the J-Line. [9], The third line to open in Seattle, was the E Line along Aurora Avenue North. RapidRide is designed to be consistently fast, reliable, and frequent while including enhanced stations with more amenities such as real-time arrival information, seating, lighting and shelter. rapidride@kingcounty.gov In June 2015, midday frequencies were improved on the RapidRide C, D, and E Lines, bringing up Monday-Saturday daytime frequency from every 15 minutes to every 10–12 minutes to accommodate increased ridership. The opening of the RapidRide corridor enabled a major restructure of most of the bus routes serving the Eastside. Metro has since deployed the same technology to all buses in the fleet. [5] One of the most notable local contributions was from Seattle, which funded traffic signal and roadway improvements with the city's "Bridging the Gap" property tax levy, passed at the same time as Transit Now in November 2006. Buses will come more often and reliably on-time. The RapidRide system was largely shielded from these cuts because federal and state grant funding helped pay for new buses and infrastructure. By connecting now, Metro will better understand the community’s needs and priorities for future service. The new RapidRide K Line route and station locations Other projects, such as dedicated bus lanes, added crosswalks, and improved roadways that enhance safety for all who travel in the area Additional projects that improve access to transit by making it easier, safer, or more convenient to get to — [5] Also, in many cases, Metro actively restructured its network to shift riders to the new faster, high-capacity RapidRide routes. [24] Fares are enforced through random spot checks by contracted fare inspectors who are assisted by Metro's transit police. « RapidRide Blog", "King County celebrates launch of new RapidRide F Line", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=RapidRide&oldid=992422916, Transportation in King County, Washington, 2010 establishments in Washington (state), Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, High-frequency operation (defined as 10 minutes or less), Improved shelter waiting areas with real-time information at major stops, Low emission hybrid diesel-electric buses, Branded buses and facilities with a unique look and feel, Shoreline/Downtown Seattle via Aurora Avenue North, West Seattle/Downtown Seattle via West Seattle Bridge, Ballard/Seattle Center/south downtown stadium area via 15th Ave Northwest & West Mercer St with service or frequent connections to Ballard High School and the Ballard business district, Federal Way-Tukwila via Pacific Highway South, Bellevue-Redmond via Crossroads and Overlake, This page was last edited on 5 December 2020, at 05:09. For the D Line, the decision was made to serve Ballard High School and the Crown Hill neighborhood and offer frequent connecting service to the Ballard business district via Route 44 on NW Market Street and the new Route 40 on Leary Ave NW. Transit Now called for a network of routes that included these bus rapid transit features: These improvements were to be made on five key travel corridors identified in the initiative:[4]. This interline was finally broken in March 2016 after the passage of Proposition 1 in the City of Seattle, dedicating additional tax revenue to support the Metro system. The creation of the RapidRide network was one of the main elements of King County's "Transit Now" initiative that was proposed in April 2006 and approved by voters in November 2006. Coaches were the first to feature on-board automated announcements and signage that inform riders of the next available stop as the vehicle approaches. Because of the frequent headways, riders do not have to wait as long at stations as they do at normal bus stops. Veterans Day 7. K Line will connect riders to other major transit routes in the area, such as Sound Transit’s Link light rail Blue Line, I-405 Bus Rapid Transit, and RapidRide B Line. Convert the 7 to RapidRide, the time saved for all riders becomes substantial. Better sidewalks, street crossings and pathways will make it easier and safer to get to/from bus stations whether you are walking, rolling or biking. Metro is developing RapidRide K Line service for riders in the fast-growing communities between Totem Lake, downtown Kirkland, downtown Bellevue and Eastgate. I Line is meant to replace current metro route 169. Changes to this project are included in King County's proposed budget and work on the project has paused pending budget approval by King County Council. Fourth of July 5. Communities expressed positive sentiment toward the improvements that will result from the upgrade, including more frequent service, upgrades to bus … The RapidRide B Line has been operating since 2011 connecting Redmond, Overlake and Bellevue. [2] Coaches feature racks for 3 bikes, Wi-Fi,[23] and security cameras. Stops are farther apart than typical Metro service in order to increase speed and reliability,[3] and create "stations"[3] that are akin to what is found on light rail lines. Meanwhile, the Seattle Department of Transportation construction on the project is underway along Delridge Way SW. You can learn more about the effects of construction along the Delridge Way SW portion of the RapidRide H Line project by signing up for updates on the SDOT project page. The opening of the new lines (along with budget cuts forced by the economic downturn) prompted a substantial restructuring of Metro's system in Seattle. [3] RapidRide lines runs no less than every 10 minutes during peak commuting hours and every 15 minutes on weekends and during most off-peak hours. The K Line will serve the fast-growing communities between Totem Lake in Kirkland and Bellevue. [19][20][21] The network will create a grid of frequent bus lines connecting the major population centers in King County. 201 South Jackson St. During this time our outreach team will continue to connect with local organizations and businesses about upcoming work and notify the community with email updates for what work to expect. RapidRide K routing in Bellevue and Kirkland (image: KC Metro) The line is anticipated to open in 2025. The improvements are expected to be funded by federal and state grants. The A Line between Federal Way and Tukwila International Boulevard station was the first to begin service on October 2, 2010, leveraging the pre-existing high-occupancy vehicle lanes on Pacific Highway South and International Boulevard (both part of State Route 99). When RapidRide K Line launches in 2025: Metro is talking with Eastside community members to learn about your needs and priorities for the new RapidRide service and other services to help you get around. [2] RapidRide buses have fewer seats than similar articulated buses in Metro's fleet, allowing for more room for standing riders, which increases the total number of passengers the bus can carry. After several months of outreach by the Seattle Department of Transportation, it was decided that the C Line would serve the Alaska Junction (a major transfer point for buses), the Fauntleroy ferry terminal and Westwood Village. One year later on October 2, 2011, the B Line opened on the Eastside, connecting Redmond, Overlake, and Bellevue. Five new routes were created, dozens were revised, and 15 were deleted (including several routes that dated back to the streetcar-era). Delridge’s RapidRide H Line launch delayed for the third time (once projected for 2019, now 2022) RapidRide uses low-floor, diesel-electric hybrid articulated buses that are equipped three doors and painted with an identifiable look (a red and yellow livery) distinct from the buses used on other Metro routes.[3]. The F Line connects several major South King County transportation hubs including the Burien Transit Center, the Tukwila International Boulevard Link station (also served by the A Line), the transit center at Southcenter Mall, the Tukwila Sounder station, and the Renton Transit Center. Help us plan future RapidRide service in Bellevue and Kirkland. King County Metro to Pause Work on RapidRide R Line Expansion Indefinitely Due to COVID-19-Related Budget Shortfalls Tel: (702) 345-2248, Fax: (702) 934-3979, E-mail: info@rapid-ride.com [17][18] The city of Seattle plans to pay for seven of the routes located primarily within its borders, while King County will locate the funding for the six routes in suburban areas outside of Seattle. It is scheduled to open in 2023. Delridge Way SW - RapidRide H Line Project Los beneficios de RapidRide La línea H de RapidRide reemplazará la ruta 120 existente, que es una de las rutas más concurridas de King County Metro. RapidRide does not provide service on the following holidays: 1. It is scheduled to open in 2021. Tel: (702) 345-2248, Fax: (702) 934-3979, E-mail: info@rapid-ride.com. [6] The line replaced Route 174, that mainly operated along the same corridor and complements the nearby Central Link light rail line that opened just months before the A Line. The new RapidRide K Line route and station locations. Robyn Austin Most King County offices will be closed on December 25, for Christmas Day. In 2025, Metro plans for RapidRide K Line service to connect eastside riders between communities and to Sound Transit’s Link light rail Blue Line, I-405 Bus Rapid Transit, and the RapidRide B Line. The C Line began service on September 29, 2012, running between downtown Seattle, West Seattle, Fauntleroy and the Westwood Village Shopping Center in the Westwood neighborhood. To combat the loss of income Metro underwent a series of efficiency measures, including restructuring routes to reduce operating costs. Originally slated to begin service in 2025, RapidRide K Line will serve the fast-growing communities between Totem Lake Transit Center in Kirkland, downtown Bellevue, and Eastgate Park & Ride in Bellevue. Upon reaching downtown, northbound C Line buses would change signs to continue north as the D Line and southbound D Line buses would change signs to continue south as the C Line. The move allowed King County Metro to purchase fewer buses and save on operations expenses. In many cases, the opening of the routes is timed to coincide with the expansion of Sound Transit's Link light rail system. Along each of the corridors, fiber-optic cable was utilized to enable a Transit Signal Priority system (to synchronize traffic signals with buses), an automated vehicle location system and the features on "tech pylons" to be installed at certain locations. King Street Center RapidRide is a network of limited-stop bus routes with some bus rapid transit features in King County, Washington, operated by King County Metro. An additional $2.2 million in state mobility grants has been secured and another $43 million will be sought from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through a Small Start funding application, due for submission around August 2021. RapidRide Communications and Engagement Manager Take our survey before November 26. [23], In 2010, New Flyer discontinued the "Advanced BRT" styling (DE60LFA) that was purchased for the coaches running the A Line. Public transit is an important part of how we will meet the diverse needs and priorities of our rapidly growing region. The D Line was extended to its original planned terminus in Pioneer Square, connecting riders better to South Downtown employment sites and visitors attractions. The stations look different from normal bus stops and have "tech pylons" that feature ORCA card readers for off-board fare payment, real time information signs[3][23] and automated voice announcements to communicate estimated arrival times of RapidRide buses. Convert the 239 to RapidRide (as Metro proposes to do with the K-line), nobody will notice the difference. The RapidRide B-Line has been operating since 2011 connecting Redmond, Overlake and Bellevue. Ayúdenos a planificar el futuro servicio del RapidRide en Bellevue y Kirkland. All stops were enhanced with new concrete, RapidRide signage, and a new bus stop flag featuring route information, a solar-powered area light, and a stop request strobe light, to signal to drivers that a passenger is waiting. Overall, the community is supportive of the upgrade of the Route 120 to the RapidRide H Line. RapidRide K Line Lead (206) 263-0939 vstover@kingcounty.gov. RapidRide K Line improvements. The F Line was initially slated to replace Route 140, but an extension to the Boeing Renton Factory and the Renton Landing also allowed Metro to eliminate Route 110. RapidRide Communications and Engagement Manager King County Metro 206-263-9768 | rapidride@kingcounty.gov www.kingcounty.gov/metro/iline Your input will help us make decisions about: As the Eastside continues to grow, Metro’s service in Kirkland and Bellevue will serve both existing and future communities. RapidRide H Line. [1], RapidRide lines are faster than a typical local bus routes because they service fewer stops (on average, 40% less than the routes they replaced),[2] make extensive use of transit signal priority to preempt traffic lights, and on some lines, use special lanes to bypass traffic. Next up were the RapidRide corridors in Seattle, but the nationwide economic downturn forced Metro to create a lower cost routing than was proposed in the Transit Now measure. In 2025 Metro plans for RapidRide K-Line service to connect Eastside riders between communities and to Sound Transit’s Link light rail Blue Line, I-405 Bus Rapid Transit and the RapidRide B Line. Construction started in June 2020 and will last through 2022. Shortly after the approval of Transit Now, Metro's revenues sales tax revenues saw a steep and prolonged decline. RapidRide expansion - coming in 2025 Bellevue/ Kirkland From Seattle’s downtown center, this route lives on the other side of the water. Both segments – B1 and B2 – become valuable corridors for transit to connect riders to high-speed, high-capacity light rail into Seattle – either at UW Station or to East Link at Bellevue Transit Center.” RapidRide K Line Bus Rapid Transit Project PD Profile. The project will also make it safer for people of all abilities to access stations. 26 new-generation RapidRide lines around the county, featuring state-of-the-art innovations and roadway improvements to keep buses on time. After all, it is heavily-ridden routes where minimizing the number of seconds necessary to get passengers on and off the bus has the greatest travel-time impact. RapidRide B Line DRAFT Trip Duration, Revised (6026589311).gif 1,239 × 900; 18 KB RapidRide B Line Travel Times (6144669158).gif 1,550 × 2,146; 49 KB RapidRide basic stop (5038170824).jpg 3,456 × 5,184; 5.06 MB The table below details the routing, project status, and expected opening of each RapidRide line expected to open before 2025.[22]. The planning process for the K-Line will include … or call 206-263-9768. Additionally, the improvements in the city of Seattle will be partially funded by the "Move Seattle" property tax levy passed in November 2015. The C Line is one of six RapidRide lines operated by King County Metro in King County, Washington. In the years since the change, both Route 40 and 44 have become so popular that they are now scheduled to be converted into RapidRide corridors. R Line Rainier Cooridor. Planning and construction began shortly after approval of the measure. According to Metro, the total budget for the RapidRide K Line program is pegged at $90.5 million, of which $45 million will come from local funds (King County). It replaced one of the busiest and most infamous routes in Metro's system, the 358 Express. The planning process for the K Line will include integration with the new East Link Light Rail Blue Line currently under construction. We will upgrade stations with lighting and real-time arrival signs. King County also plans to add a further seven RapidRide routes between 2025 and 2040. Seattle, WA 98104. We’re working to bring new RapidRide service to the Eastside, to provide better, more reliable bus service to communities in Kirkland and Bellevue. All-Day Service. The King County Executive had initially dropped the line from the Transit Now initiative, but higher than expected tax revenue and lower than expected costs from the five initial lines, allowed the line to be funded. Introduce RapidRide K Line Ensure stakeholders understand how K Line will benefit their communities Build relationships and include communities in decision making Lead with equity Meet the community where they're at, including Stakeholder engagement and briefings Community survey Tabling events RapidRide K Line by the numbers RapidRide K Line Speed and Reliability Improvements Planned opening 2024 J Line Roosevelt Cooridor. Planned opening 2024 K Line Kirkland-Bellevue-Eastgate Route New Year's Day 2. [10][11][12] While the implementation of the E Line did not trigger another major restructuring of routes, it did require a major improvement project along Aurora Avenue. Construction has started for the Delridge Way SW - RapidRide H Line project. 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