With thousands of new West Seattleites on the way, the forthcoming Metro RapidRide line (dubbed the “C” Line as of June) to West Seattle gets mentioned a lot in development and transportation meetings. Between those meetings, though, a few questions keep surfacing. For one, in a few of those meetings, we’ve heard the year 2010 mentioned for RR’s start, rather than 2011. For two, some have wondered if the plan was still on to have the RR line end at Westwood Village, rather than Fauntleroy or even Morgan Junction, the other two options. We took those questions to Metro’s Jack Lattemann, and here are his answers:
1. The implementation year for West Seattle RapidRide has not changed – it is still 2011. However, as part of discussions with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) about potential mitigation actions during various stages of the upcoming first phase of Alaskan Way Viaduct construction, a number of transit routes have been identified for potential service enhancements. One of the potential mitigation actions could be upgrading Route 54 to 15-minute service when major construction activities begin in 2010, ahead of the implementation of full West Seattle RapidRide service in 2011.
2. The recommendation of both the project staff and the community-based West Seattle RapidRide Advisory Panel is for the southern terminus of the West Seattle RapidRide to be Westwood Village. Community input received during last winter’s public outreach favored a terminus at Westwood Village. Staff anticipates that the King County Council will take action on the West Seattle RapidRide routing in the first half of 2009 to allow the planning for RapidRide station and bus stop facilities
to continue to move forward.