Transit Now Website Updated

Metro has vastly improved and updated the information on their Transit Now website, which specifies what they’ve delivered under the program.  It also provides target dates for each of the BRT RapidRide lines:

  • A Line—Tukwila to Federal Way on Pacific Highway S (State Route 99) (scheduled to launch in 2010)
  • B Line—Bellevue to Redmond on NE Eighth Street and 156th Avenue NE via Crossroads and Overlake (2011)
  • C Line—West Seattle to downtown Seattle using Fauntleroy Way SW, California Avenue SW, and State Route 99 (2011)
  • D Line—Ballard to Uptown and downtown Seattle along 15th Avenue NW (possible alternate routing along 24th Avenue NW) (2012)
  • E Line—Aurora Avenue N (State Route 99) between Shoreline and downtown Seattle (2013)

“Transit Now” is, of course, not to be confused with “Mass Transit Now,” the Yes-on-Prop-1 campaign.

Apparently, the King County Council gives final approval to the A line’s routing in 2009.  Given that the proposed routing exactly tracks where Sound Transit 2 light rail will go, I hope it’s not too late to make intelligent changes in the event Proposition 1 passes next month.

It’s odd to me that they would go with the “A” line first given the uncertainty around light rail.  I tend to interpret this as some sort of passive-aggressive move by Ron Sims, but perhaps that’s too paranoid.

We’ve talked about RapidRide extensively here, here, here, here, and here.

Thanks to tipper Oran.

About Martin H. Duke

Martin joined the blog in Fall 2007 and became Editor-in-Chief in 2009. He is originally from suburban DC, but has lived in the Greater Seattle area since 1997. He resides with his family in Columbia City and works as a software engineer in Lower Queen Anne.




Comments

  1. When Prop 1 passes they should scrap the Federal Way route and extend the West Seattle route through Burien-Tukwilla(South Center)-Renton

  2. alexjonlin says:

    Well remember that if Prop. 1 passes, it’s not like we’ll have light rail overnight. It won’t get to Redondo/Star Lake until 2023, so I think RapidRide Line A will be pretty useful in the interim.

  3. what kind of BRT would these be? dedicated lane BRT with stations, or just a set of buses branded as something special and otherwise just like any other bus operating in the region on regular streets?

  4. i prefer a reality based commute says:

    Rapid Ride is BRT-lite. Low-floor buses that pull up to curb bulbs for easy loading of disabled, some signal priority, real time bus info at major stations, less stops, 10 minute frequencies at least most of the day. Rapid Ride is somewhat misleading, I would call it Often Ride. It is designed to work in areas where the cities it travel through help with street design to improve speed and reliability. The A line is indeed supposed to fill in the gap on light rail to the south and also link to rail at the airport.

    Nobody wants to build real BRT with dedicated lanes because you approach the cost of building rail with a less attractive system, more uncomfortable drive, and higher operating costs due to more labor and diesel fuel.

    • It may be like “RAPID” in Phoenix– jerky, sometimes unreliable and a real let-down.

    • John Jensen says:

      I am really looking forward to RapidRide. Frequency is very important to making transit work. I would say even more so than being faster than general traffic. We should definitely push for ticket vending machines and transit/BAT lanes, though.

    • I really want RapidRide to succeed simply for it to be a stepping stone to rail. Up in Vancouver, the Canada Line is opening next year, replacing the 98 B-Line which is one of TransLink’s highest ridership routes. Does Metro have any projections of ridership on any of the RapidRide routes?

  5. I feel like they’re really raising expectations by bumping these projects out a few years. If the Ballard “D Line” isn’t coming for another FIVE years, for example, then it better be a lot more impressive than just a fresh coat of paint on the No. 15 bus.

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