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.
Thanks to tipper Oran.