RapidRide E Line bus running on 3rd Avenue in Downtown Seattle.
|Operator||King County Metro|
|Vehicle||New Flyer articulated buses|
New Flyer XDE60
|Began service||February 15, 2014|
|Start||Aurora Village Transit Center, Shoreline|
|Via||Aurora Avenue N|
|End||Pioneer Square, Downtown Seattle|
|Length||12.5 miles (20.1 km)|
|Frequency||Peak: 5-12 minutes|
Off-peak: 10-15 minutes
Early morning & night: 24-60 minutes
|Weekend frequency||15 minutes (most times)|
|Journey time||1 hour, 2 minutes|
|Operates||4:30 am-3:00 am|
|Daily ridership||15,800 (weekday average, spring 2015)|
|Timetable||E Line timetable|
|Map||E Line map|
The E Line is one of six RapidRide lines (limited-stop routes with some bus rapid transit features) operated by King County Metro in King County, Washington. The E Line began service on February 15, 2014, running between Aurora Village Transit Center in Shoreline and Pioneer Square, Seattle in Downtown Seattle. The line runs mainly via Aurora Avenue N and 3rd Ave.
This corridor was previously served by King County Metro route 358 express which carried an average of 11,730 riders on weekdays during the last month in service making it King County Metro's second busiest route. In 2011, drivers on Route 358 wrote up 333 "security incident reports", leading the Seattle Weekly to give the route the title of "Most Dangerous Bus Route in Seattle" Security cameras were installed on all RapidRide buses and lighting was improved at stations, in part, to address this problem.
In early 2013 King County Metro began construction on new enhanced bus stops, new bus stations and making upgrades to traffic signals along Aurora Ave N. Service on the RapidRide E Line was scheduled to start in Fall 2013 but the opening was delayed until February 15, 2014 to give crews more time to finish construction.
The only change made to the routing during the conversion to RapidRide was in Green Lake. Route 358 exited Highway 99 to serve stops on Linden Ave N, but a new bus stop on Aurora Ave N allows southbound buses to stay on the highway (northbound buses must still deviate).
King County Metro planned to begin service on the RapidRide E Line in September 2013, but the opening was pushed back several months to February 2014 due to delays in construction.
Since the implementation of RapidRide on the corridor, ridership has grown 35 percent and the E Line served an average of 15,800 riders on weekdays in spring 2015, the most of any Metro bus route.
|4:30 am – 6:00 am||25||20|
|6:00 am – 9:45 am||5-10 (inbound)
|9:45 am – 4:00 pm||10||12|
|4:00 pm – 6:15 pm||5-10 (outbound)
|6:15 pm – 8:00 pm||12||15|
|8:00 pm – 11:00 pm||20||20|
|11:00 pm – 12:30 am||30||30|
|12:30 am – 3:00 am||60||60|
- "King County Metro Transit's Bus Rapid Transit System". May 4, 2009. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
- 2015 Service Guidelines Report (PDF). King County Metro. October 2015. p. A-22. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
- "RapidRide". King County Metro Transit. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
- Lindblom, Mike (July 7, 2014). "RapidRide use is way up". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
- "New Routes Coming Online for RapidRide". The Northwest Urbanist. January 7, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
After a delay from 2013, on February 15th the E line will replace Aurora Avenue’s route 358, Metro’s second busiest route, between Seattle’s downtown and its northern neighbor of Shoreline.[self-published source]
- Humbert, Jon (February 2, 2012). "Recent attacks have Metro riders worried about bus safety". Retrieved August 25, 2014.
- Conklin, Ellis E. (February 1, 2012). "Route 358 Is the Most Dangerous Bus Route In Seattle". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
- "Metro preps for the arrival of the RapidRide E Line along Aurora Avenue North". King County Metro. June 27, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
- Nourish, Bruce (March 18, 2013). "Metro Delaying RapidRide E & F". Seattle Transit Blog. Retrieved August 25, 2014.[self-published source]
- Lawson, David (February 7, 2014). "Metro and ST Service Changes: Feb. 15". Seattle Transit Blog. Retrieved September 6, 2014.[self-published source]
- "RapidRide E Line Schedule". Retrieved April 2, 2014.
- E Line website
- RapidRide website
- RapidRide Blog
- King County Metro