Seattle is Set to Make Riding Transit More Convenient

Seattle is set to make riding a bus and using transit a lot more convenient over the next nine years.

Approved by voters in November 2015, the $930 million Levy to Move Seattle provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options.

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These investments come at a crucial time. Seattle is growing rapidly and people are asking for more affordable, reliable ways to get around.

The levy dedicates $303 million towards congestion relief projects that enhance transportation choices throughout our entire network. A big portion of this will go towards completing seven new multimodal transit corridors throughout our city – adding to the three we currently have (RapidRide C, D and E lines).

RapidRide levels of enhancements will be made to the following seven corridors by the end of 2024:

  • 23rd Ave
  • Delridge Way SW
  • Madison St
  • Market to N 45th St
  • Northgate / Ballard / Downtown (Route 40)
  • Rainier Ave / Jackson
  • Roosevelt Way / Eastlake Ave

Each of these routes will have a different look and feel. To get an idea for what one of them will look like, check out this video highlighting the Madison St Bus Rapid Transit project:

These improvements – along with the passage of the Seattle Transit Benefit District in 2014 – will result in 72% of Seattle households living within a 10-minute walk of a frequent transit route running every 10 minutes or better when the corridors are completed. At that level of service, riders can throw away their schedules and walk to their nearest stop knowing a bus will be coming to pick them up soon.

Moving around and experiencing our city is about to become a whole lot better over the next nine years thanks to the Levy to Move Seattle. Get on board!