Planners presented the latest update on the project to create Metro’s RapidRide G Tuesday night at the January meeting of the First Hill Improvement Association. The full presentation from Seattle Department of Transportation planners is below.
The route to transforming the bus lines on Madison across First Hill, the Central District, and Capitol Hill into “Bus Rapid Transit” has plenty of ground to cover in 2018 including buy-in under the State Environmental Protection Act and preparations with neighborhoods and businesses for a 2019 start of multiple years of construction.
CHS last reported on the design plans for the massive project in March of last year. The 11-stop route will bring more reliable bus service and needed improvements to sidewalks and crossings along the way. 60-foot articulated buses will run every six minutes during peak times. Card readers at the station allowing riders to enter any of the five doors, 13-inch platforms making it easier for those with strollers or wheelchairs to get on the bus, and designated areas of the stations for cyclists and those in wheelchairs aim to make the loading and unloading process more efficient for riders. Cyclists can also anticipate loading their bikes inside the bus.
$15 million in transit levy cash was earmarked for the project, 12.5% of the estimated $120 million project cost. SDOT also had $30 million from the Sound Transit 3 package and another $9 million in federal and city grants lined up, plus was hoping for another $4 million coming from the state. “The project now has $58M funded and $62M in submitted grants working through the FTA process,” an SDOT representative told CHS last spring.
The latest updates and timelines for the plan are below.