Funding Received For Rapid Ride on Aurora Ave. N

A recent press Release from King County announced Federal funding for Rapid Ride on Aurora Ave. N.   :

King County Executive Dow Constantine and members of the Metropolitan King County Council today expressed their appreciation to Congress for appropriating $37.5 million for two more Metro Transit RapidRide lines. The measure passed in both the House and Senate today and now goes to President Obama for his signature.

“Federal funding for these RapidRide lines will provide jobs during construction, improve access to employment and commercial centers in North and South King County, and stimulate development in the future,” said Executive Constantine, who thanked the state’s Congressional delegation for its support.

RapidRide is a different type of Metro service that includes newly designed buses, shelters and signs. The distinctive red-and-yellow buses are energy efficient, low-emission hybrid vehicles with low floors and three doors for easier, faster boarding.

Line E will travel along Aurora Avenue between Shoreline and downtown Seattle. Line F is planned to connect Burien, Tukwila, and Renton. Both are scheduled to start two years from now.

“This federal investment is great news and will help us continue improving our transit system, giving bus riders streamlined and more convenient service,” said Councilmember Bob Ferguson, whose district includes Shoreline. “As a regular bus commuter, I understand the importance of transit service and I look forward to the improvements RapidRide will bring to the entire Aurora corridor from Shoreline to Seattle.”

The E line on Aurora is currently scheduled to be ready by the end of 2013.  According to Jim Curtin at Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), speaking at the December Northwest District Council meeting,  there will be improvements to pedestrian access to Aurora on streets like N 135th and N 143rd.

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