RapidRide E Line
Coming to Shoreline and Seattle in 2014
Metro’s new bus rapid transit service will come to Aurora Avenue North in February 2014, when the RapidRide E Line replaces Route 358. The E Line will operate between Shoreline’s Aurora Village Transit Center and downtown Seattle.
RapidRide service is being designed to keep people moving throughout the day in this heavily used transit corridor. Learn more about RapidRide
Public hearing on April 30
The King County Council’s Transportation Economy and Environment Committee will take public testimony on new dates for the start of E Line service:
Open house—3:30 p.m.
King County Council Chambers, 10th Floor
516 Third Avenue, Seattle
Testimony may also be submitted via an online form.
The RapidRide E Line will give riders streamlined service to destinations along the route, including major employers, stores, medical and other services, and residential areas.
Destinations near the E Line include:
- Shoreline City Hall
- Woodland Park Zoo
- East Queen Anne
- Downtown Seattle
The E Line also will stop at the Aurora Village Transit Center and Shoreline Park-and-Ride.
Routing and stop locations
Between the Aurora Village Transit Center and downtown Seattle, the preferred E Line alignment will primarily follow the path of current Route 358. The one exception is southbound between Winona Avenue N and N 63rd Street, where the E Line will stay on Aurora Avenue N instead of serving Linden Avenue N as Route 358 currently does.
Metro is in discussions with the City of Seattle to site a RapidRide stop on Aurora Avenue N near N 66th Street. If the city does not allow us to put southbound RapidRide stop on Aurora Avenue N, the southbound E Line will use the same route as current Route 358, with a single southbound stop on Linden Avenue N (see map at top right).
There will be nearly 30 stations and stops along the E Line, spaced an average of 2,100 feet apart (not including stops in downtown Seattle). Stops are spaced closer together along parts of the route where land use suggests higher passenger turnover, and farther apart along parts with few transit attractions.
General public outreach for this service change will begin in fall 2012 and continue through spring 2013. To stay informed, please sign up for email updates or follow our Facebook page.
Partners help buses go faster
Metro and the cities of Shoreline and Seattle are working together to help buses go faster through this corridor. Improvements made through these partnerships will include:
- Business access and transit (BAT) lanes—business access, transit, and right turns only.
- Transit signal priority—Additional green time at traffic signals to help buses get through intersections quickly.
- Initial planning and design
- Public outreach for routing and stop spacing (Jan.-March 2012)
- King County Council adoption of final routing and stop locations (April or May 2012)
- Construction to begin in spring 2013
- Service begins February 2014