Metro first put its RapidRide bus on display at Westlake during Earth Day and announced October 2 as the launch date for the A Line. Last month, the King County Council approved the final station locations and service levels. Today, with 100 days left before launch, Metro has announced the dates when staff will be available for information on the new service, along with a RapidRide bus on display for people to check out. Metro will be at these public events, beginning this weekend:
- June 26—Safety Fair (Federal Way Commons), 12-3 p.m.
- June 27—Pride Parade (Seattle)
- July 4—Fourth of July Parade (Burien), 3-4 p.m.
- July 14—Tukwila International Blvd. Station, 7-9 a.m.
- July 21—Federal Way Transit Center, 7-9 a.m.
- July 31—Seafair Parade (Seattle)
- August 11—Federal Way Park-and-Ride, 7-9 a.m.
According to Metro, the process of installing new station shelters has begun and they are finishing work on the fiber optic communications system along Pacific Highway. The system, dubbed IntelliDrive, enables transit signal priority and real-time bus information. RapidRide A is expected to be 30% faster than the 174 and attract 2.5 million riders annually within the next 5 years, a 50% increase over the 174’s ridership. We also learn that RapidRide buses will have onboard Wi-Fi service.