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Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit
Updated September 22, 2016
Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service will provide fast, frequent, reliable, and safe public transportation between First Avenue in downtown Seattle and Martin Luther King Jr Way. Check out the box below for recent project updates and explore the rest of the webpage for more detailed information on the project, including the schedule and project documents. Questions about the project? Email MadisonBRT@seattle.gov or call Emily Reardon, Public Information Officer, at 206-615-1485.
Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service will provide fast, frequent, reliable, all-day and safe public transportation between First Avenue in downtown Seattle and Martin Luther King Jr Way.
Madison St was identified in the 2012 Seattle Transit Master Plan as a priority corridor for BRT service. From 2014-2015, we completed a design concept study, including public and stakeholder engagement. Community input was essential to refining the concept design, including major routing decisions such as extending the BRT service further east to Martin Luther King Jr Way and using Spring St for eastbound routing through downtown Seattle. In February 2016, City Council formally adopted the concept design, also called the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).
Check out this video for an overview of the Madison Street BRT project!
Highlights from the current design (August 2016) include:
The Seattle Transit Master Plan (2012) identified Madison St between Colman Dock Ferry Terminal in downtown Seattle and 23rd Ave E as a future high-capacity transit bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor.
Bus rapid transit is a bus service that combines the capacity and speed of light rail with the flexibility, lower cost, and simplicity of a bus system. RapidRide is King County�s bus rapid transit system.
Madison St was selected based on an evaluation of potential to generate ridership, land use and demographic characteristics, and a screening of potential transit modes, considering factors, such as passenger carrying capacity and constructability. We have and will continue to work closely with King County Metro on this project.
Madison Street BRT will serve densely developed neighborhoods in First Hill, the Central Area, and downtown Seattle, connecting dozens of bus routes, the First Hill Streetcar, and ferry service at the Colman Dock Ferry Terminal.
We will use new state-of-the-art electric trolley buses (ETBs) that produce zero emissions and are extremely quiet. Surface rail transit is not an option for this corridor due to the steep east-west street grades.
Madison Street BRT is partially funded by the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle and is included in the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) ballot measure that will be voted on this fall. We are pursuing other funding sources for final design and construction, particularly Federal Transit Administration funding. Estimated project cost is $120 million.
How can I get involved?
We are always interested in meeting with community and neighborhood groups that want to learn more about the project and make their voices heard. You can request a briefing by emailing MadisonBRT@seattle.gov or calling 206-615-1485. More details and opportunities to get involved will be announced as they are scheduled.
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The table below outlines the project's key milestones and basic schedule.
Madison Corridor BRT Library
January 22, 2016 City Council Meeting
November 16, 2015 Open House
May 2015 Online Survey Results
In May, the Madison Street BRT project hosted an online survey to seek input on:
The results of the survey can be found here.
May 2015 Open House
January 2015 Online Survey
November 20, 2014 Open House
September 30, 2014 Open House
September 2014 - Stakeholder Outreach
More details and opportunities for public involvement will be announced as they are scheduled.
Questions and comments can be directed to Emily Reardon, Public Information Officer, at MadisonBRT@seattle.gov or 206-615-1485.