Preparation for Seattle’s first RapidRide bus line
In partnership with King County Metro, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is making transit improvements in West Seattle to prepare for Metro’s RapidRide C-Line. Construction is scheduled to begin the week of February 13, 2012 and to be complete in May 2012, weather permitting.
The West Seattle C-Line will be Seattle’s first RapidRide line, and will employ a host of tools to speed up buses and increase capacity. Key features will include:
-The installation of a Business Access and Transit (BAT) lane to allow buses to bypass traffic congestion
– Signal queue jumps to give buses a head start at intersections
-Curb bulbs to help buses stop in lane, rather than pulling over to pick up passengers
-Real time bus arrival information at all stations to inform passengers when the next bus is coming
-Increased distances between stops for faster, smoother rides
– Off-board ORCA card readers to allow faster boarding through all doors for faster loading times
– Hybrid, low-flow buses with wireless internet, and three doors for faster loading times
Short headway (time between buses).
– The C-Line will have 10 minute headways at peak hours, 15 minutes at all other times between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m., and 30 minute headways from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Construction for this project will occur on Fauntleroy Way SW, California Avenue SW, SW Alaska Street, 35th Avenue SW and SW Avalon Way. Phase One of the project will include bus zone work at the following sites in the northbound direction starting next week:
Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose Street
Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Webster Street
Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Myrtle Street
During construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction leading up to and through the work zone. Loading and parking restrictions will be in place in work zones and pedestrian detours will be provided when construction impacts sidewalks and bus zone areas. Work areas will be active from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during weekdays, with occasional night and weekend work.
For more information on this project please contact Paul Elliott of SDOT at (206) 684-5321 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may sign up for regular project updates on SDOTs project website which also features up to date information: www.seattle.gov/transportation/tpci_west_seattle.htm
For information on changes to bus service during construction, please look for Rider Alert notices at bus stops, visit Metro online at www.kingcounty.gov/metro, or call (206) 553-3000.
Funding for the project comes from the Federal Transit Administration, as well as from the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.
Contact: Peg Nielsen, 206-684-8114