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Metro to host Green Lake meeting to discuss routing options for RapidRide E Line

What do you think? (2 Comments) January 11, 2012 at 5:04PM

King County Metro Transit will be introducing RapidRide service between Shoreline and Downtown Seattle in 2013, and is looking for input to finalize the routing.

According to Metro, the RapidRide E Line will provide “frequent, fast, and reliable service” connecting Shoreline and North Seattle neighborhoods to downtown. It will have 10 to 15-minute frequency most of the day, seven days a week.

Metro is considering two routing options for the Green Lake area, and is hosting an open house meeting to provide information, answer questions, and get feedback on those options and the overall route design and stop locations. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at the Green Lake Presbyterian Church (6318 Linden Ave N).

You can also provide input by visiting the “Have a Say” website, by making comments by email, or by phoning 206-263-9768 (English) or 206-263-9988 (Spanish).

More information about RapidRide, via Metro:

RapidRide is a different type of Metro service that includes newly designed buses, shelters and signs. The distinctive red-and-yellow buses are energy efficient, low-emission hybrid vehicles with low floors and three doors for easier, faster boarding. Metro’s A Line between Tukwila and Federal Way debuted in 2010, and the B Line connecting Bellevue and Redmond rolled out in 2011. The C and D lines – serving Ballard and West Seattle – will begin this coming September.

2 Responses to “Metro to host Green Lake meeting to discuss routing options for RapidRide E Line”

  1. Mike Perry says:

    I’d strongly recommend that those who live in Phinney/Greenwood take the time to look at the plans for this RapidRide E line. There’ll be only one stop that most of us in the neighborhood can catch and they’re considering two options for it.

    One option is on a residential street at 68th and Linden just a few blocks north of the current #358 bus stop. That’s a reasonable option, easily and safely reached. I’d prefer buses continued using the existing stop at 63rd since it’s easy for those going to Green Lake and points east through the under Aurora tunnel, but this option is a reasonable one.

    The other option is a major mistake that will almost certainly well have deadly consequences. It’s probably in consideration because staying on Aurora would make RapidRide E a bit more rapid. It’s on Aurora at one of the most dangerous stretches on the entire street. Traffic coming from the south has had a long run with no lights or traffic stops, so it moves quite fast.

    Those catching the bus to go anywhere from this second option will have to cross Aurora itself either coming or going. The only protection they’ll have from being run over is the existing pedestrian light. Those speeding along in the rain, hurrying to work or home, will find that light all too easy to miss, and I’d hate to be a mother trying to shepherd small kids across it or an elderly person with mobility problems. Further north, where RapidRide has numerous stops on Aurora, that’s less of an issue, since all the traffic lights keep traffic slow and drivers alert.

    The city already has experience with these sorts of stops. Aurora at the foot of Queen Anne has several similar bus stops, all on a stretch where traffic isn’t interrupted by lights and moves fast. But those stops have an underpass or overpass (rather than just a light) to the other side. In spite of that people who’ve gotten in a hurry have still gotten killed crossing the street. We don’t want that in our neighborhood.

    Nothing can be done about those Queen Anne stops. There’s no side street for buses to exit on. But for Greenwood/Phinney, we do have an option. The bus can exit like #358 now does, so it can drop off and pick up passengers at location that’s safe to reach.

    –Michael W. Perry, author of Untangling Tolkien

    • Badbie says:

      If the stops on Aurora going south why would you need to cross Aurora to board southbound? It makes much more sense to route the bus to Aurora with a stop somewhere near 63rd (close to the underpass) rather than keep it on a residential street where there is a bike lane, walkers and people crossing to go to Greenlake. A bus every 10 minutes would seems very unsafe for pedestrians and bikers.