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Frequent Service By 2040, 70 percent of King County residents will have access to frequent service. We want to transform our transit system so you can walk out the door knowing that a bus will come soon and get you where you want to go. METRO CONNECTS proposes a major expansion of frequent service. We would finish the RapidRide alphabet by adding 20 new lines, and would upgrade all 26 lines to make service faster, more comfortable, and even easier to use. Fig. 10: RapidRide

RapidRide has earned high marks Compared to the bus routes they replaced, the RapidRide A to F lines combined carry about:

65%

= 63,000

more riders

passenger trips per weekday

Travel is as much as: WITH MOST LINES SAVING

20% faster

1-5

What would frequent service look like? An extensive network of nearly 600 miles of frequent service would let riders travel farther, faster, and more conveniently than they can today to major county destinations. Frequent service includes Metro’s BRT, RapidRide, and routes that use regular buses and have some capital improvements to boost speed and reliability. METRO CONNECTS defines frequent service as any route that comes at least every 10 minutes most of the day and at least every 15 minutes when demand is lower. Stops would be every half mile, though some non-RapidRide frequent service may stop as often as every quarter mile. RapidRide would continue to provide top-quality service. Today, RapidRide buses arrive every 5 to 15 minutes from early morning until late in the evening. Stations at the busiest stops have broad shelters, real-time bus arrival signs, and ORCA readers that let card holders pay on the sidewalk and get on at any of the buses’ three doors. Riders benefit from wellspaced stops, roadway improvements, on-board WiFi, and “intelligent transportation systems“ that help the buses keep moving quickly. The next generation of RapidRide would continually expand and improve on these features. METRO CONNECTS envisions RapidRide service with much more investment in speed and reliability improvements to achieve more-robust BRT. We would target operating 50 percent of RapidRide service in transitonly lanes, and would make additional improvements to reduce delays caused by major bottlenecks, traffic signals, boarding, and other sources. We would work closely with partner agencies to make the most of these investments.

min per trip

SERVICE IS MORE RELIABLE CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IS HIGH

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SERVICE NETWORK

For more information See Appendix G, RapidRide Expansion Report, for information about how the RapidRide lines in METRO CONNECTS were selected.

Profile for King County Metro Transit

METRO CONNECTS Long-Range Plan  

King County Metro Transit’s vision for bringing you more service, more choices, and one easy-to-use system over the next 25 years.

METRO CONNECTS Long-Range Plan  

King County Metro Transit’s vision for bringing you more service, more choices, and one easy-to-use system over the next 25 years.