Hello! We are reaching out to share the latest improvements that are almost at the final design stage for the Route 7 Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor project. We also have an update from King County Metro about revenue shortages and what that means for the RapidRide R Line. See below for more details. 

Building off the input we received in 2018 and 2019, our design team evaluated these previous project improvements based on cost, benefits, and feasibility. We're approaching final design and are moving forward with this current map of improvements. We expect to build these by 2023.
Click here to view a full map of proposed Rainier Ave S improvements.
What’s included?
  1. I-90 off ramp: New pedestrian crossing and curb ramps for better access to the Judkins Park light rail station (planned to open in 2023); includes a “transit queue jump” to give buses a head start at the traffic signal
  2. 21st Ave S/S State St: Curb bulb (extension of the sidewalk corner) to shorten this long pedestrian crossing and improve safety
  3. S McClellan St to MLK Jr Way S: Southbound bus lane (SDOT is also designing crossing improvements at MLK/Rainier as part of the MLK Protected Bike Lane project)
  4. S Walden St: Curb bulbs on the southwest and northeast corners as part of our Neighborhood Greenways program and upgrading the turn signal to separate people driving from people walking; this will address a crash pattern this location
  5. S Brandon St: Curb bulbs on the northwest and southwest corners
  6. S Findlay St: Refresh the existing “paint/post” curb bulbs and median
What’s not included?
  • Due the significant revenue reductions related to COVID 19, the Route 7 Transit Plus project proposed to cut $1 million from our approximately $9 million budget. This means we have been focusing on the transit safety and access improvements and would no longer have funding for sidewalk repair along Rainier Ave S. However, Seattle City Council has proposed to reinstate this budget, and if the funding becomes available, we will be able to add sidewalk repair back to our list of improvements
  • We had been studying adding a northbound bus lane on Rainier Ave S between College and Grand streets that would have removed the center turn lane from that section and added new traffic signals at College and Grand. After considering the impacts to neighborhood access and other parts of Rainier, we decided to allow for continued analysis of transit priority treatments in this section in collaboration with King County Metro.
What bus improvements are already happening?
You may have noticed new bus lanes between Rainier Beach and Hillman City! We worked closely with the Vision Zero team to improve safety on Rainier Ave S and keep buses moving at the same time. See the Rainier Improvements webpage for more. 

RapidRide R Line project update

Metro had planned to upgrade Route 7 to RapidRide R Line by 2024. Unfortunately, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic reduced revenue and now requires Metro to pause RapidRide R Line until more funding is available. They will be exploring ways to resume this project as soon as possible. Visit the RapidRide R Line webpage for more information.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is continuing to plan projects to improve safety and mobility throughout Southeast Seattle. See our project pages for more:
Feel free to contact us with questions:
Phone: 206-771-0481

Thank you!

Sara Colling
Route 7 Transit-Plus project team

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