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King County Metro RapidRide C and D Lines Launch Event

Sen. Patty Murray, FTA Admin. Peter Rogoff, and King County Exec. Dow Constantine cut the ribbon at the RapidRide station.

On 28 September 2012, public officials, consultants, and citizens gathered to celebrate the launch of King County Metro Transit’s (Metro) new C and D RapidRide lines. The latest RapidRide routes bring a whole new world of public transportation to the West Seattle, Ballard, and Crown Hill neighborhoods in Seattle, Washington. There was definitely a lot of excitement in the air with the launch of Metro’s fastest and easiest way to travel—with service so frequent that one doesn’t need a schedule!

Metro knows that everyone’s time is more valuable than ever, and they designed the new RapidRide routes with that in mind. Everything about the C and D routes and their buses are streamlined—the time spent on the bus, the time waiting for the bus, and even the time to make connections to other routes have been minimized. Metro says that bus riders should experience unprecedented levels of reliability, comfort, and speed that add up to a great way to get around.

Bus rapid transit (BRT), known as RapidRide in King County, has gained a lot of support from government officials across the United States over the last several years. Peter Rogoff, administrator of the Federal Transit Administration; Senator Patty Murray; King County Executive Dow Constantine; Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn; and King County council members, Joe McDermott and Larry Phillips, were all on hand for the ribbon cutting. They have been strong advocates of the need for BRT in King County and were instrumental in the launch of RapidRide. King County now has four operational RapidRide lines across the Seattle, Bellevue, and Federal Way metropolitan areas (A, B, C, and D Lines), with plans to open two more (E and F Lines) in September 2013.

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