Renton RapidRide stations
Metro is building 21 RapidRide stations in Renton—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.
Tier 3 / Tier 3 (Low)
Tier 3 stations will serve fewer than 50 people per day.
Making it easier and safer to get to the bus in Renton
We are planning several projects—including sidewalks and intersection changes—to improve access for people walking, rolling, and biking to stations. Community input helped us identify where to make these changes and what kinds of projects would be most helpful.
1. S 2nd Street
Metro is adding a protected two–way bike lane along S 2nd Street and bumping out the curbs on Shattuck Avenue S, Whitworth Avenue S, and Morris Ave S to slow traffic from side streets and shorten the distance between sidewalks. Curb bump-outs increase safety by reducing the amount of time pedestrians are exposed to traffic.
2. Talbot Road S and S 23rd Street
Community members asked Metro to make school routes safer for pedestrians. In response, Metro is bumping out the curbs at the crossing in front of Talbot Hill Elementary School to slow traffic and 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.
3. Talbot Road S and S 37th Street
Metro is adding a crosswalk and a raised bike lane through the new station at Talbot Road S and S 37th Street. This new bike station bypass will connect to future bike lanes planned by the City of Renton.
4. Talbot Road S and S Carr Road near Valley Medical Center
Metro is improving access to the bus on Talbot Road S near Valley Medical Center. A pedestrian refuge island means people will only have to cross one direction of traffic at a time, and raised bike lanes through the new stations will make it easier for bikes to pass through the station area when buses are present.
5. 108th Avenue SE and SE 186th Street
Metro is making it safer for pedestrians to cross at 108th Avenue SE and SE 186th Street by adding a High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) beacon and a pedestrian refuge island. With a HAWK beacon, pedestrians can push a button to stop traffic and cross safely.
RapidRide speed and reliability
Improving bus speed and reliability in Renton
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 Renton to ensure the bus moves quickly.
These changes will
- help people travel up to 20 percent faster by bus from Auburn to Renton.
- ease congestion for people traveling by car as up to 6,000 more people take the bus to get to where they are going.