RapidRide I Line in Kent

Stations | Access | Speed & Reliability

Kent RapidRide stations

Metro is building 35 RapidRide stations in Kent—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.

A map with locations of new and removed bus stations, access and speed and reliability projects in Renton, Kent, and Auburn.

Click on the map to see the station locations in more detail. View a list of stations here.

RapidRide stations

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.

Level 1 Large stations have two shelters, lighting, real-time arrival information, benches, leaning rails and waste cans.
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Tier 1 Large

Tier 1 Large stations will serve 350 or more passengers per day. These stations are on a raised platform, which helps riders board the bus quickly so they can get to their destination faster.

Level 1 stations have a shelter, lighting, real-time arrival information, benches, leaning rails and waste cans.
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Tier 1

Tier 1 stations will serve between 150 and 349 people per day.

Level 2 stations have a small shelter, lighting, real-time arrival information, benches, leaning rails and waste cans.
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Tier 2

Tier 2 stations will serve between 50 and 149 people per day.

Level 3 stations have lighting, real-time arrival information, and a bench.
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Tier 3

Tier 3 stations will serve fewer than 50 people per day.

RapidRide access

Making it easier and safer to get to the bus in Kent

We are planning several projects in Kent—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.

6. Benson Rd SE at SE 224th Street

Metro will add a High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) beacon so pedestrians can push a button to stop traffic and cross safely. Metro will also add a pedestrian refuge island so people only have to walk or roll across one direction of traffic at a time.

7. 104th Avenue SE at SE 228th Street

Metro will add a High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) beacon so pedestrians can push a button to stop traffic and cross safely. Metro will also add a pedestrian refuge island so people only have to walk or roll across one direction of traffic at a time.

8. 104th Avenue SE at SE 235th Street

Metro will add a High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) beacon so pedestrians can push a button to stop traffic and cross safely. Metro will also add a pedestrian refuge island so people only have to walk or roll across one direction of traffic at a time.

9. 102nd Avenue SE at 240th Street

At the Fred Meyer entrance, Metro is adding a marked crosswalk and bumping out the curbs to shorten the distance between sidewalks. This increases safety by shortening the distance between curbs and reducing the amount of time pedestrians are exposed to traffic. Metro is also adding a protected pedestrian phase to prevent people from turning left while pedestrians are crossing.

10. 240th Street east of 104th Avenue SE (mid-block)

Metro is adding a High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) beacon so pedestrians can push a button to stop traffic and cross safely between traffic signals. Metro will also add a marked, mid-block crossing with a pedestrian refuge island so people only have to walk or roll across one direction of traffic at a time.

A map of station locations, speed and reliability projects, and numbered callouts showing access projects.
Click on the map to see where the access projects will be in more detail.

 

A map of station locations, speed and reliability projects, and numbered callouts showing access projects.
Click on the map to see where the access projects will be in more detail.

11. 104th Avenue SE at SE 253rd Place

Metro will add a High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) beacon so pedestrians can push a button to stop traffic and cross safely. Metro will also add a marked, mid-block crossing with a pedestrian refuge island so people only have to walk or roll across one direction of traffic at a time.

12. SE 256th and 101st Avenue SE

At Kent Meridian High School, Metro is responding to community feedback to make school routes safer for pedestrians by adding a marked crosswalk and pedestrian signal on the west side of the intersection and extending the sidewalk on the south side of Canyon Drive.

13. Canyon Drive SE and 94th Avenue South

Metro will maintain bike lane access to the south side station at this location by including bike ramps at each end of the station allowing cyclists direct access through a shared station/bike lane zone.

14. E Smith Street and E Titus Street

At Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park, Metro is responding to community feedback by adding sidewalks, a bicycle bypass at the station so bikes can go around stopped buses, and a wheelchair-safe connection to the park that meets ADA standards.

15. Central Avenue S, north of S 266th Street

Metro will add a High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) beacon so pedestrians can push a button to stop traffic and cross safely. Metro will also add a marked, mid-block crossing with a pedestrian refuge island so people only have to walk or roll across one direction of traffic at a time.

RapidRide speed and reliability

Improving bus speed and reliability in Kent

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 Kent 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.