ONLINE OPEN HOUSE: October 8 - November 11
The RapidRide Roosevelt project has a new name – RapidRide J Line!
Seattle is growing, and the Belltown, South Lake Union, Eastlake, University District and Roosevelt neighborhoods are seeing more and more people moving into and traveling to these communities to live, work, and visit local businesses.
SDOT and King County Metro are designing the RapidRide J Line (formerly RapidRide Roosevelt) to address key needs in these communities:
- More people and more jobs are moving to Belltown, South Lake Union, Eastlake, University District, and Roosevelt, while the way people move through the City is changing and evolving with additional transportation options (like ride hail, urban goods delivery, and bike share) that didn't exist just a few years ago. The existing bus service cannot support this growth. Improving transit travel time, reliability, and capacity increases transit ridership, which allows more people to travel to and within these neighborhoods.
- Transportation is a leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Seattle, and reducing those emissions is a key goal as Seattle works to address climate change. Growing transit ridership and reducing driving alone are critical to meeting Seattle's climate change goals. In fact, between 2010 and 2018, the city's drive-alone rate in the center city dropped from 35% to 25%, while bicycle and pedestrian volumes have grown approximately 60% during that same period.
- We need to address the safety of all users in the corridor. Between 2012 and 2017, there were 39 reported collisions involving people riding bicycles along Eastlake Ave E, most of which resulted in injury. While people walking and biking make up approximately 6% of all crashes in Seattle, they represent a much larger percentage of serious (47%) and fatal (39%) crashes.
On this online engagement site, you can:
- Learn about King County Metro’s RapidRide program
- See how the RapidRide J Line project has incorporated community feedback
- Review details about RapidRide J Line in your neighborhood
- Share your feedback about the project
Sign up for email updates to stay updated on the project as it moves forward!
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Talk to us In-Person
Open House and Question & Answer Sessions
U District and Roosevelt
University Heights Center
5031 University Way, Seattle, WA 98105
Thursday, October 17, 2019
5:30 PM- 8:00 PM (Presentation begins at 6 PM, Q&A at 6:30 PM)
2019-10-17 17:30:00 2019-10-17 20:00:00 America/Los_Angeles RapidRide J Line - Roosevelt Open House and Question & Answer Session University Heights Center - 5031 University Way, Seattle, WA 98105 SDOT & King County Metro RapidRide@Seattle.gov
Eastlake, South Lake Union and Downtown
TOPS K-8 School
2500 Franklin Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
Monday, October 28, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Presentation begins at 6:30 PM, Q&A at 7 PM)
2019-10-28 18:00:00 2019-10-28 20:30:00 America/Los_Angeles RapidRide J Line - Roosevelt Open House and Question & Answer Session TOPS K-8 School - 2500 Franklin Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102 SDOT & King County Metro RapidRide@Seattle.gov
The RapidRide J Line Project enhances transit connections between Downtown Seattle, Eastlake, South Lake Union, University District, and Roosevelt neighborhoods.
RapidRide J Line has been designed to meet the following project goals:
Provide transit service to support housing and employment growth – By 2035 there will be 22,000 new residents and 91,000 new employees in the project neighborhoods
Provide neighborhood connections to future Link light rail stations – There’s currently no direct connection between the neighborhoods
Improve transit travel time and reliability throughout the corridor – 30% of trips are late during peak hours
Reduce overcrowding of existing bus capacity – 32% of daily trips and 63% of peak trips are overcrowded
Improve pedestrian and bicycle safety and connections to transit – From 2012-2017 there were 39 bicycle collisions on Eastlake Ave E
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions – RapidRide J Line will help promote use of alternative modes of transportation to driving alone
About King County Metro RapidRide
Key features of King County Metro RapidRide
Convenient and easy to use
- Service that starts early and runs late, every day
- Buses come at least every 10 minutes during busiest hours
- All-door boarding
- Riders with mobility aids can secure themselves easily
Safe and smart
- Stations have real-time arrival signs
- Transit signal priority synchronizes traffic lights with buses
- Shelters are well lit, and all buses have security cameras
Move more, stop less
- Stop optimization helps speed up your ride
- Street and traffic improvements make it easier to get to/from the bus
RapidRide J Line project benefits
Community engagement to date
From 2015-2019 the project has engaged the public with:
- 32 community meetings and briefings
- Over 850 community members engaged
- Notifications to more than 40,000 neighborhood residents and businesses
Ongoing community input
- Upgrade service to RapidRide
- Add protected bike lanes on:
- Eastlake Ave E
- Fairview Ave N
- 11th/12th Ave NE
- Route and cross sections (i.e. street lanes)
- Maintaining the median and two-way left-turn lane on Eastlake Ave E
- Full paving on Eastlake Ave E and paving on 11th/12th Ave NE
Decisions Not Yet Made
- Potential location modifications for:
- RapidRide stations
- Load zones and accessible parking relocation
- New shared parking options
- New bicycle parking and amenities
- Bus layover locations
- Transportation options and access strategies
- Potential revisions to RPZ 8
- Additional options for employees, residents, and customers to access J Line communities
- Urban landscaping
See what RapidRide J Line looks like in your neighborhood with detailed maps, cross-sections (i.e. street lanes), and project improvements.
Because the RapidRide J Line project requires the removal of curbspace to ensure transit travel time speeds and improve safety for all users, SDOT has worked with the community to understand access needs to neighborhoods in the project area, with a special focus on the Eastlake neighborhood.
Loading zone relocation and curbspace updates
Throughout the project corridor, SDOT will work with businesses and others to understand passenger and commercial delivery loading needs, and determine where to re-locate these load zones if they are affected by the project. In Eastlake, SDOT has had a more in-depth effort with community members to understand their loading needs and determine where loading zones currently on Eastlake Ave E may best be relocated.
Shared parking facilities
SDOT is looking at whether shared parking could be a strategy for providing additional access to off-street parking, particularly in Eastlake.
As a business is your parking garage gathering dust at night? As a resident is your parking spot sitting empty while you're at work? Does your neighbor have an empty space? Apps like Spot Hero, Curb Flip, BestParking, and ParkMe (to name a few) make it easy to make money without sacrificing the convenience of your parking spot. If you're interested in learning more, email RapidRide@seattle.gov.
Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) 8 updates
With respect to the Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) in Eastlake, SDOT is beginning to review RPZ 8 to determine if it may be updated to better reflect current community needs.
If you're interested in learning more and/or helping define the potential updates to RPZ 8, sign up via the survey below.
Access to transportation options
SDOT is looking at whether it makes sense to develop a plan or program with community members and businesses to see how tools like rideshare, ORCA programs, or other incentive programs may be useful for residents, employees and customers. Let us know if these kinds of programs might be of interest to you.
Check out U District, Let's Go to see how SDOT's already encouraging employees, residents, and visitors to use transit, ridesharing, biking or walking.
Continue on to share your feedback.
Past Community meetings
If you’re interested in learning more about how these conversations have gone to date, you’re welcome to review summaries from 2019 community meetings:
Your voice matters! Share your feedback using these steps:
- Click a pin to share your feedback on that topic (e.g., RapidRide Stations)
- Drag the pin to the location on the map you want to comment on
- Add your email address (optional) and comment
- Select "Record your feedback" to submit your comment.
You can continue to drop pins to add additional comments.
Click a marker button to share your feedback.
Share your feedback
Your feedback will help guide the next steps of project design.
We will continue to work with project partner King County Metro to:
- Collaborate with businesses and community members to discuss the trade-offs of the project and how to ensure continued access to communities in the project area.
- Secure funding for the project in collaboration with the Federal Transit Administration.
- Publish the draft Environmental Assessment for review and public comment in late 2019/early 2020. The Environmental Assessment will:
- Explain the transportation effects of building the RapidRide J Line project
- Show effects to other key environmental study areas, including noise, historic and archaeological resources, water resources, and parks and recreation
- Demonstrate how public feedback has been addressed to date
- Provide a public comment opportunity to be included as part of the project record
This will be followed by a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) environmental update in 2020.
- 2019: Update project design
- Late 2019/Early 2020: Publish draft Environmental Assessment
- 2021: Construction begins
- 2024: Project complete