Metro seeks feedback on upgrading Route 120 into future RapidRide H Line

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Do you ride Route 120? King County Metro is working with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to expand the frequent, reliable RapidRide network to new parts of Seattle and King County. A public survey released today asks riders to prioritize their transportation needs and to identify opportunities for upgrading Metro Route 120 to the future RapidRide H Line. The survey builds on input the community shared in Seattle in spring 2017 and helps the agencies evaluate the performance of future improvements.

Upgrading route 120 achieves goals in the Metro Connects long-range plan and voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle. RapidRide H Line service is scheduled to launch in 2020.

Route 120 map showing future RapidRide corridor from Downtown Seattle through Delridge/West Seattle, to White Center and Burien.Today, Metro Route 120 is tied for ninth-busiest bus route in King County and carries approximately 8,800 customers each weekday along the corridor between Burien, White Center, West Seattle and Downtown Seattle.

To upgrade the route to RapidRide levels of speed, frequency and reliability, improvements are envisioned along the corridor that include transit priority treatments and RapidRide amenities like unique stations, off-board ORCA fare payment kiosks, and real-time information signs. Metro operates six RapidRide lines across King County with these standard amenities.

This project is funded by King County Metro, the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle and additional grant funding, which has in part been secured and is also being sought by both Seattle and King County.

Metro and SDOT are working collaboratively to develop a preferred alternative in coming months. Metro is planning community meetings in Burien and White Center during the second week of December. Details will be announced once confirmed.

How do I get involved?
• Take Metro’s RapidRide H Line online survey
• Follow the Metro Matters blog to receive stories and updates
• Learn more about improvements planned for Delridge Way SW in Seattle

About King County Metro RapidRide
King County Metro began RapidRide planning in 2006 and launched the RapidRide A Line in 2010. Today, Metro operates six lines across King County, offering the best of Metro with frequent and reliable service, efficient off-board ORCA fare payment, fast all-door boarding and on-board wifi for riders. RapidRide routes carry more than 67,000 rides each weekday.

Metro Connects, our long-range plan, envisions 26 RapidRide lines by 2040. This includes 19 in King County by 2025 – of which seven are in partnership with the City of Seattle. The future RapidRide G Line in Seattle’s Madison neighborhood is scheduled to begin service in 2020.

 

Riding to Magnuson Park? Good news for riders! Changes are coming for Route 62 starting Sept. 23

If you’ve been wanting to ride the bus to Magnuson Park at night and weekends, maybe run the dog a little, Route 62 will see key changes that will make it MUCH easier, and also faster and more direct getting through downtown. (Maps below)

Route 62 is shifting to Northeast 65th Street seven days a week, eliminating the longer, temporary winding path through Hawthorne Hills that buses have been traveling evenings and weekends for the past year or so. The bus will still enter the NOAA campus (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) when NOAA is open; when the NOAA campus is closed evenings and weekends, the bus will instead stop at Sand Point Way Northeast and Northeast 74th Street (not too far form a restroom for bus drivers).

THIS IS RIGHT AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE PARK!

The bus then will turn a small temporary loop before it heads back out and downtown. This loop will change in the near future once the City of Seattle completes some finishing touches to curbs inside Magnuson Park. At that time, buses will enter the park (see map) and instead turn south on 62nd Avenue Northeast, serving a new bus stop before heading back to downtown Seattle.Map of Route 62 routing changes near Magnuson Park

Thanks to SDOT for the work they’re doing to finalize this new pathway through Magnuson Park to better connect riders to their wonderful facility!

What’s changing downtown? Due to the start of Seattle’s “Center City Connector” project on First Avenue this fall, Route 62 will be revised to operate via Third Avenue instead of First Avenue in both directions. The change will give riders a faster and more direct path through downtown Seattle, expected to provide better reliability.Map of Route 62 changes in downtown Seattle

Weekend construction: no bus service inside the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel July 1-2; Link light rail remains in service

Due to scheduled weekend construction at Convention Place Station, buses will not be operating in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel July 1-2. Customers who normally ride bus routes 41, 101, 150, 255 & Sound Transit Express Route 550 in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will instead board or exit buses on surface streets.

Photo of rider alert sign posted at International District Station

This Rider Alert is posted at International District Station. Alerts are posted at each tunnel station with instructions to riders about changes to bus service July 1-2; Link trains will continue to operate in the tunnel.

NOTE! Sound Transit Link light rail will continue to operate in the tunnel. Buses are scheduled to return to service in the tunnel Monday morning, July 3.

Tunnel buses will travel the surface street routing they use when the tunnel is closed, as indicated on Rider Alerts posted at tunnel stations and on surface street bus stop signs along Second and Fourth avenues, Fifth Avenue South, Olive Way, Stewart and Virginia streets. Details are in Metro’s Alert Center.

Construction crews are scheduled to install a new traction power substation, which powers area electric trolley buses, as Metro’s Convention Place Station property is prepared for sale.

Nighttime construction continues after 9 p.m. on weekdays at Convention Place Station, during which riders board buses only at Bay letter “Ι.”

Come to a Third Ave. Neighborhood Session, share the transit and pedestrian improvements you think matter most

Last fall, we collected public input to help us create a list of potential improvements to Third Avenue in downtown Seattle. Next week, we invite you to meet us on the street to hear about design updates and share your thoughts:

Metro Transit and the Seattle Department of Transportation want to get your thoughts on what improPicture1vements are most important as they work to enhance the Third Avenue corridor for transit users, pedestrians, business and visitors. During August 31-September 3, they will host three Neighborhood Sessions along Third Avenue to hear from you. The goal of the project is to make the corridor an inviting, accommodating, safe and attractive place where people want to be.

You’ll be able to talk with the project team and learn how community input collected last fall has been incorporated into the design, what the team sees as the critical improvements to make, and share your priorities for improving Third Avenue for pedestrians, transit users, visitors, business, and downtown residents alike.

The sessions will take place outside on the sidewalk (rain or shine) along Third Avenue on the following dates:

Belltown
Monday, August 31

3:00 – 6:00 PM
Between Battery and Bell Streets

Business District
Wednesday, September 2

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Between Pike and Union Streets

Pioneer Square
Thursday, Septe
mber 3
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Between Yesler Way and S Washington Street

Third Avenue is downtown Seattle’s most heavily used transit corridor. More than 2,500 buses travel the corridor every weekday, serving an estimated 42,000 riders each day. Thousands of visitors, workers, shoppers and area residents also use Third Avenue daily.

The project will complement the many other improvements currently underway in the downtown area.

For more information about the project visit the project webpage.