Auburn RapidRide stations
Metro is building 18 RapidRide stations in Auburn—adding new stations and upgrading some existing bus stops to RapidRide stations. Metro determined station locations using projected ridership and community feedback. Most stations will be between 1/4 and 1/2 mile apart. That is about the same as five to ten city blocks.
In response to community feedback, Metro is placing RapidRide I Line stations
- in areas that have a high number of riders.
- near connections to other transit.
- near community facilities and resources like hospitals, schools, and community centers.
Why is Metro changing some bus station locations?
Metro is consolidating some stations and adding or moving others to
- help the bus move faster and be more reliable.
- get people to the places they want to go.
- improve connections to other bus routes and transit.
- make it easier to know where to get on and off the bus by having northbound and southbound stations closer together.
- reduce the number of times the bus stops, and slows down vehicle traffic, to pick up or drop off passengers.
How big is the change?
- Most consolidated stations require walking or rolling 1/4 to 1/3 mile, or about two to six city blocks, farther from the current stop location.
- Most stations remain within the same block.
Not every RapidRide station is the same. Metro is designing stations with different features to meet different needs, based on how many people we expect to use the station.
Tier 1 stations will serve between 150 and 349 people per day.
Tier 2 stations will serve between 50 and 149 people per day.
Making it easier and safer to get to the bus in Auburn
We are planning several projects in Auburn—including sidewalks and intersection changes—to improve access for people walking, rolling, and biking to stations. Community input, an equity analysis, and safety considerations helped us identify where to make these changes and what kinds of projects would be most helpful.
16. Auburn Way N and 30th Street NE
Metro will add a crosswalk, curb ramps, and two pedestrian signals at the north side of the intersection to provide a safe pedestrian crossing.
17. I Street NE and 30th Street NE
Metro will increase pedestrian visibility by adding a rapid-flashing pedestrian beacon at the north side of the intersection. Pedestrians will be able to push a button to activate the rapid-flashing pedestrian beacon to let cars know to slow down and watch for people crossing.
18. 15th Street NE and I Street NE
Near Dick Scobee Elementary School, Metro is responding to community feedback to make school routes safer for pedestrians by completing the missing portions of the sidewalk.
19. Auburn Avenue and 2nd Street NE
Near the Auburn Medical Center, Metro will increase pedestrian visibility by adding a rapid-flashing pedestrian beacon at the north side of the intersection. Pedestrians will be able to push a button to activate the rapid-flashing pedestrian beacon to let cars know to slow down and watch for people crossing.
RapidRide speed and reliability
Improving bus speed and reliability in Auburn
RapidRide is more than a big red bus. We’re building business access transit (BAT) lanes, giving buses a priority green light, upgrading communication technology, and making other changes to keep buses moving and ensure your bus arrives frequently and reliably.
We’re building projects in Auburn to ensure the bus moves quickly.
These changes will
- help people travel 20 percent faster by bus during the evening commute.
- ease congestion for people traveling by car as up to 6,000 more people take the bus to get to where they are going.