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Posted 21 June 2012 | Add new comment
In November 2006, King County voters approved the Transit Now Initiative, a measure that sponsors Metro Transit’s plan to keep pace with regional growth and the general public’s increasing support for sustainable transportation alternatives. Under the approved initiative, Metro is increasing RapidRide/BRT (bus rapid transit) service, a provision that builds on Metro’s traditional bus service with modernization and added convenience/efficiency components. The new bright red-and-yellow articulated buses offer enhanced services that include fully implemented and designated corridors for more frequent, fast, and reliable transit service. RapidRide stations will also offer users unique safety and communications elements, including lighting and real-time bus information signage depicting the time remaining until the next bus arrives.
King County Metro will implement RapidRide lines in six corridors across King County. The first RapidRide BRT line, the A Line, between the Tukwila International Boulevard Link Light Rail Station and the Federal Way Transit Center, began service on 2 October 2010.
The B, C, and D Lines are currently operational or nearly operational and include West Seattle, Bellevue-Redmond, and Ballard/Uptown.
The remaining fifth and sixth RapidRide lines, RapidRide E Line, between Shoreline and downtown Seattle via Aurora Avenue North and RapidRide F Line, between Burien and Renton via Tukwila and Southcenter, will be implemented in fall 2013.
For more information about Metro Transit's RapidRide bus service, please click here.