The new shelters are in place. The buses have been driving the route without passengers, to make sure everything is working as it should. Fare enforcement officers have been out on Route 174, telling customers how they’ll be checking for proof of payment once RapidRide service begins on Saturday. (Show them your paper transfer, or let them check your ORCA card with their portable card reader.)

Expect to read more about RapidRide in the news. Here’s a piece that appeared in the Highline Times earlier this week, penned by King County Executive Dow Constantine and County Councilmember Julia Patterson.

Dignitaries will gather tomorrow to mark the launch, but the actual start of RapidRide may be witnessed by only a lucky few as the first RapidRide buses roll into service on Saturday morning—at 4:47 a.m. at the Federal Way Transit Center and 4:45 a.m. at the Tukwila International Blvd. Station.

Will you be there?

photo: bus shelter on street corner
The shelters are all in place…
photo: red and yellow bus at station
The buses are out on the street…
photo: bus with "no passengers" sign
…but you can’t hop on until Saturday morning!