It’s hard to believe that Route 40, now the most obvious way to move between Ballard, Fremont, and South Lake Union, didn’t exist only a few years ago. It’s younger than STB, and yet it’s hard to imagine transit travel in that corner of the city without it. It draws 13,000 riders a day while being late on 20% of trips across the entire day.
Well now, it’s the 40’s turn to get the Move Seattle treatment. The objective is to cut peak travel time by 5 to 10% with priority treatments, which would make the route take about the same amount of time all day. The project is supposed to complete in 2024.
There are no details on specific projects, except that they’re focusing on pretty obvious chokepoints: SLU, Fremont, Ballard, etc. (see below) For now, Metro is asking you to take the survey and/or drop in at one of their open houses:
Tuesday, March 17: 12 – 1:30 PM
Y at the Cascade People’s Center
309 Pontius Ave N
Wednesday, March 18: 5 – 6:30 PM
Leif Erikson Hall
2245 NW 57th St
Thursday, March 19: 5 – 6:30 PM
Loyal Heights Community Center
2101 NW 77th St
Conversion to RapidRide is not part of the project. Read the fact sheet here.