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Open houses ahead as Metro and Seattle seek feedback on upgrading Route 120 into future RapidRide H Line

Summary

King County Metro is working with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the City of Burien, and unincorporated King County to expand the frequent, reliable RapidRide network to Burien, White Center, and Delridge. Public meetings are scheduled for Jan. 10 in Burien, Jan. 11 in White Center, and Jan. 17 in Seattle, with an online open house from Jan. 5-15.

Story

Community feedback will help decide the preferred alignment options in Burien and White Center, all proposed H Line station locations, and “access to transit” improvements along the entire route that would make getting to the bus by foot or by bicycle easier. Riders can share their views and priorities with Metro and learn how SDOT is incorporating feedback on redesigning Delridge Avenue Southwest at upcoming open house meetings and via an online open house.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 10: 5-8 p.m. at the Burien Community Center, Shorewood Room, 14700 Sixth Ave. SW

  • Thursday, Jan. 11: 5-8 p.m. in White Center at Mount View Elementary School, Cafeteria/Multi-purpose Room, 10811 12th Ave. SW, Seattle.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 17: 5-6:30 p.m. at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW. Give input on a NEW option for improving Delridge Way SW and share stories with the artists hired to create project art.

  • Online Open house: From Jan. 5-15, to be available at Metro’s RapidRide page or online at www.kingcounty.gov/metro/hlinefeedback

  • Community interviews: Metro will be working in the community in coming weeks to interview people in person, and will have translated survey materials available in Vietnamese, Somali, Spanish and Khmer.

BACKGROUND

Upgrading route 120 achieves goals in the Metro Connects long-range plan and voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle. RapidRide H Line service is scheduled to launch in 2020.

 

Today, Metro Route 120 is tied for ninth-busiest bus route in King County and carries approximately 8,800 customers each weekday along the corridor between Burien, White Center, Delridge, and Downtown Seattle.

 

To upgrade the route to RapidRide levels of speed, frequency and reliability, improvements are envisioned along the corridor that include transit priority treatments – such as bus lanes and more green lights for buses – and RapidRide amenities including unique stations, off-board ORCA fare payment kiosks, and real-time information signs. Metro operates six RapidRide lines across King County with these standard amenities.

 

This project is funded by King County Metro, the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle and additional grant funding, which has in part been secured and is also being sought by both Seattle and King County.

Metro and SDOT are working collaboratively to develop a preferred alternative in coming months.

 

How do I get involved?

 

About King County Metro RapidRide

King County Metro began RapidRide planning in 2006 and launched the RapidRide A Line in 2010. Today, Metro operates six lines across King County, offering the best of Metro with frequent and reliable service, efficient off-board ORCA fare payment, fast all-door boarding and on-board wifi for riders. RapidRide routes carry more than 67,000 rides each weekday.

 

Metro Connects, Metro’s long-range plan, envisions 26 RapidRide lines by 2040. This includes 13 new lines in King County by 2025 – of which seven are in partnership with the City of Seattle. The future RapidRide G Line in Seattle’s Madison neighborhood is scheduled to begin service in 2020.

 

RELEVANT LINKS

RapidRide H Line online survey

Metro Connects long-range plan

Metro RapidRide Expansion

Metro RapidRide H Line home page

RapidRide Expansion in Seattle