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The RapidRide Roosevelt Project will upgrade Route 70 to provide high-quality service connecting Downtown Seattle with the neighborhoods of Belltown, South Lake Union, Eastlake, University District, and Roosevelt. We’re partnering with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to enhance transit connections and upgrade existing bus routes to Metro RapidRide service.

For more project information visit SDOT’s website or email

RapidRide R Line improvements

The R Line will upgrade the current Route 7 along Rainier Avenue South. When RapidRide launches in 2024:

  • Reliable service: RapidRide buses will be more frequent and stay on-time more often, with added service at night and on weekends.
  • Bus stop upgrades: New stations will include improved lighting, signs with real-time arrival information, and ORCA card readers that allow you to pay before you board.
  • Better access: Metro is working with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to improve sidewalks, street crossings, and other pathways to bus stops to ensure a safe and convenient experience.

Upcoming milestones

  • Community engagement on local needs and priorities:
    Metro reintroduces the R Line and gathers input to inform design concepts.
  • Concept development:
    Metro develops draft concepts based on community input.
  • Feedback on concepts:
    Community members, stakeholders and partners give feedback on draft concepts.
  • Recommendations:
    Metro refines design concepts, gathers community input, and presents final design concepts to King County Council for adoption.
  • Seattle Department of Transportation logo SDOT completes roadway improvements to enhance bus speed and reliability.
  • Construction:
    Metro builds new stations, sidewalks, and paths, and other elements needed to create a safe, comfortable RapidRide experience.
  • Sound Transit logo Judkins Park Link light rail station opens.
  • Service launch:
    RapidRide R Line service begins.

Community involvement

Contact us

Robyn Austin
RapidRide Communications and Engagement Manager
or call 206-263-9768

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