[UPDATE: What I should have pointed out is that it’s actually the city — through Bridging the Gap funds — that’s deciding where to put these BAT lanes and other road improvements. In classic Puget Sound disconnected decision-making, that may not be where Metro ends up deciding to put the bus line.]
Metro just released the first detailed information on the RapidRide D Line, running from Downtown Seattle to Ballard and scheduled to open in 2012.
They’re looking at both 15th and 24th Avenue routings in Ballard, and are open to suggestions on what to do north of 85th Street. The comment deadline is February 25.
The corridor not chosen will get more 15/15X or 18/18X service, whichever is applicable.
- 10 minute headways before 7 pm, 15 minutes till 10pm, less afterwards.
- Off-board payment to speed stops.
- Road improvements, such as bus bulbs, transit signal priority, and business access and transit (BAT) lanes.
Given that 15th Avenue is slated to have road improvements and 24th isn’t, the former seems like a no-brainer to me.