The Seattle Department of Transportation is seeking public feedback on its proposal to add peak-period,
peak-direction bidirectional Business Access and Transit lanes to Aurora Avenue, between 38th St and 115th St. These BAT lanes will connect with the existing full-time BAT lanes on Aurora, in both directions between 115th St and 145th St (and extending north throughout Shoreline), and southbound between Roy St and the Aurora Bridge.
The proposal is part of a package of minor improvements for Aurora, that includes a few blocks of new sidewalk, bus stop upgrades, transit signal priority, and signal retiming, which together will improve safety for pedestrians and travel times for all vehicles. If this proposal is implemented, Metro’s forthcoming RapidRide E service will, in the peak, enjoy an almost continuous transit lane from its northern terminal at Aurora Village, to the north edge of downtown Seattle.
Readers who’ve previously taken a ride in the Seattle Transit Lane Rodeo may have have an attack of Luna Park Café deja vu when reading the fine print of this proposal: the southbound BAT lane between 77th and 72nd is “pending evaluation of implementation options”. Businesses elsewhere on Aurora mostly have their own off-street surface parking, but on this older strip (which notably includes Beth’s Cafe), businesses are quite dependent on public parking, and it’s not clear whether parking or transit will be prioritized here.
If you’re a person who uses Aurora Avenue, you should submit feedback on this proposal through this survey.