Improved access

Making it easier and safer to get to the bus.

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.

Renton

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 Avenue 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 when crossing the intersection.

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 raised bike lanes through the new station at Talbot Road S and S 37th Street.

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 easier for pedestrians to cross at 108th Avenue SE and SE 186th Street by adding a midblock crosswalk and 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 safely cross the street.

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A key to the map of the RapidRide I Line stations in Renton. The legend includes RapidRide I Line, RapidRide Stations, removed stops, speed & reliability improvements, and access improvements. Access improvements include bicycle & pedestrian improvements, curb bump-outs, curb ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian islands, HAWK signals, and rapid flash beacons.
A map of the access improvement projects along the RapidRide I Line route in Renton. Renton Transit Center and South Renton Park & Ride are highlighted as key landmarks along the route. Five smaller maps highlight specific improvements. The first calls out curb ramps, crosswalks, and bike/pedestrian improvements on S 2nd Street. The next three show curb improvements, crosswalk improvements, curb bump-outs and a pedestrian island on Talbot Rd S. The fifth zoomed in map shows a pedestrian island, crosswalk improvements, and a HAWK signal on 108th Ave SE.

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Kent

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 Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) so pedestrians can push a button to stop traffic and safely cross the street. 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 SE 240th Street

At the Fred Meyer entrance, Metro is adding a marked crosswalk and bumping out the curbs. 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 cars from turning left while pedestrians are crossing.

Click on the map to see where the access projects will be in more detail.

A key to the map of the RapidRide I Line stations in Kent. The legend includes RapidRide I Line, RapidRide Stations, removed stops, speed & reliability improvements, and access improvements. Access improvements include bicycle & pedestrian improvements, curb bump-outs, curb ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian islands, HAWK signals, and rapid flash beacons.
A map of the access improvement projects along the RapidRide I Line route in Kent. Kent Station is highlighted as a key landmark on the route. Four smaller maps highlight specific improvements. The first calls out a pedestrian island, crosswalk improvements, and a HAWK signal on Benson Rd S. The next two show crosswalk improvements, pedestrian islands, HAWK signals, and rapid flash beacons on 104th Ave SE. The fourth zoomed in map shows curb ramps and crosswalk improvements at SE 240th St and 102nd Ave SE.

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10. 104th Avenue SE at SE 253rd Place

Metro will add a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) so pedestrians can push a button to stop traffic and safely cross the street. 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.

11. 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 SE 256th Street.

12. 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.

13. E Smith Street and E Titus Street

At Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park, Metro is responding to community feedback and making the stations easier to get to by moving them closer to the Kent Senior Activity Center and intersection.

14. 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 safely cross the street. 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.

Click on the map to see where the access projects will be in more detail.

A key to the map of the RapidRide I Line stations in Kent. The legend includes RapidRide I Line, RapidRide Stations, removed stops, speed & reliability improvements, and access improvements. Access improvements include bicycle & pedestrian improvements, curb bump-outs, curb ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian islands, HAWK signals, and rapid flash beacons.
A map of the access improvement projects along the RapidRide I Line route in Kent. Kent Station is highlighted as a key landmark on the route. Five smaller maps highlight specific improvements. The first shows a pedestrian island and rapid flash beacon on 104th Ave SE. The second calls out bike/pedestrian improvements and crosswalk improvements along SE 256th St. The third shows bike/pedestrian improvements on Canyon Dr SE. The fourth shows E Smith Street and E Titus Street, where stops will be moved closer to the Kent Senior Activity Center. The fifth zoomed in map shows a pedestrian island and HAWK signal on Central Ave S.

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Auburn

15. Auburn Way N and 30th Street NE

Metro will add a crosswalk, curb ramps, and a new pedestrian signal on the north side of the intersection to provide a safe pedestrian crossing.

16. Auburn Way N and 28th Street NE

Metro will add a new pedestrian signal, pedestrian refuge island, and crosswalk on the north side of the intersection. This will help people cross Auburn Way N close to the bus stations.

17. 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 a missing portion of the sidewalk.

18. 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.

Click on the map to see where the access projects will be in more detail.

A key to the map of the RapidRide I Line stations in Auburn. The legend includes RapidRide I Line, RapidRide Stations, removed stops, speed & reliability improvements, and access improvements. Access improvements include bicycle & pedestrian improvements, curb bump-outs, curb ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian islands, HAWK signals, rapid flash beacons, and full signals.
A map of the access improvement projects along the RapidRide I Line route in Auburn. Auburn Station is highlighted as a key landmark on the route. Four smaller maps highlight specific improvements. The maps show crosswalk improvements, pedestrian islands, curb ramps, full signals, rapid flashing beacons, and bike/pedestrian improvements along Auburn Way N.

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