RapidRide has of course been in the works for a long time, but the King County Council last week formally approved the October 2nd Metro service change, which eliminates the venerable route 174 and replaces it with RapidRide A from TIB station to the Federal Way Transit Center.
The BRT-lite features of RapidRide are dependent on both the largesse of host cities (for transit lanes) and the availability of funds in Metro’s budget for stuff like ticket vending machines. What we do know is that the A line will have at least 15 minute headways between 4:15am and 10pm, 7 days a week. There will be longer headways through 1:30am and a couple of night owls.
- extend all-day service on Route 200 to Issaquah Highlands and the Talus Urban Village. This Transit Now “urban partnership” leverages funds from the City of Issaquah and various community organizations. This will begin no earlier than February 2011, pending final agreement. As recently as December this wasn’t going to happen.
- implement revised routing for Route 903, for which there was a public comment earlier, in October 2010.
- new route 910 and revised route 919, serving the Auburn Sounder station, in October 2010.