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Routing alternatives north of Ballard Bridge

Metro, a community advisory group and the City of Seattle are considering two alternatives for routing the RapidRide D Line north of the Ballard Bridge: 15th Avenue NW through Ballard or 24th Avenue NW via Leary Avenue NW. Features of these alternatives are listed below. When the D Line begins, Metro will modify the network of bus routes serving Ballard, Interbay, and Uptown. Changes will be made to give riders better connections and improve efficiency. Twelve to 18 months before the D Line starts, Metro will work with the community to develop proposed route changes. These will be presented to the County Executive and then to the King County Council for a final decision. No decision will be made until then about specific route changes; the descriptions below are based on Metro’s current ideas.

15th Avenue NW alternative

This alternative would do the following:

  • Replace routes 15 and 15 Express with the D Line.
  • Provide the fastest route for riders travelling to or from Crown Hill.
  • Stop at NW Leary Way, NW Market Street and NW 85th Street, where riders could transfer to other frequent bus routes serving the Ballard commercial district and the 24th Avenue NW and 32nd Avenue NW corridors.

If the 15th Avenue NW option is chosen, Metro would make the following changes to the bus network:

  • Add more Route 18 Express trips to downtown Seattle during commute hours. The 18 Express would continue to serve the North Beach loop.
  • Improve all-day service along 24th Avenue NW, with connections to the D Line and other frequent routes in Ballard. Riders who now use Route 18 to travel to Interbay or Uptown would transfer to the D Line in Ballard.
  • Change other routes serving Ballard after a public process in 2011 to improve connections between the D Line, the Ballard commercial area, and other Seattle neighborhoods. These include routes 17, 18, 28, 44, 46, 48, and 75.

15th Avenue NW will have signal and roadway improvements to speed buses

Buses traveling on 15th Avenue NW carry more passengers than those on 24th Avenue NW, and the City of Seattle has designated 15th Avenue NW a transit priority corridor. The city is using Bridging the Gap funding to make traffic signal and roadway improvements that will help buses on 15th Avenue NW move faster and be more reliable. The RapidRide D Line would take advantage of these improvements if the 15th Avenue NW routing alternative is chosen.

The 24th Avenue NW routing alternative is largely residential and has a single lane plus a bicycle lane in each direction. There are no plans to add new transit priority features on 24th Avenue NW.

24th Avenue NW alternative

This alternative would do the following:

  • Replace routes 18 and 18 Express with the D Line. Replace the current North Beach loop of the Route 18 with a less frequent route.
  • Add about three minutes in travel time between Crown Hill and the Ballard Bridge, compared to the 15th Avenue NW option, increasing travel time on this portion of the route by about 40 percent.
  • Stop at NW Leary Way, NW Market Street, and NW 85th Street, where riders could reach 15th Avenue NW or neighborhoods to the west by transferring to frequent bus routes or by walking.

If the 24th Avenue NW option is chosen, Metro would make the following changes to the bus network:

  • Add more Route 15 Express trips to downtown Seattle during commute hours.
  • Improve all-day service along 15th Avenue NW, with connections to RapidRide and other frequent routes in Ballard. Riders who now use Route 15 south of NW 85th Street in Ballard to travel to Interbay or Uptown would transfer to RapidRide at NW Leary Way.
  • Change other routes serving Ballard after a public process in 2011 to improve connections between the D Line, the Ballard commercial area, and other Seattle neighborhoods. These include routes 15, 17, 28, 44, 46, 48, and 75.

Timeline

2008-2009

Planning
Public outreach
Design

2010-2011

Permitting and construction

2012

RapidRide service begins

Jan. 16, 2009