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Bus Rapid Transit Initiative

By 2013, King County Metro Transit’s bus rapid transit (BRT) service, known as RapidRide, will be expanding to six lines covering 64 miles of high-use corridors. The Bus Rapid Transit and Land Use Initiative is the product of a partnership among ULI Seattle, King County Metro Transit, the City of Seattle, the City of Shoreline, and the ULI/Curtis Regional Infrastructure Project.

Bus Rapid Transit Initiative

Developing the Next Frontier: Capitalizing on Bus Rapid Transit to Build Community

By 2013, King County Metro Transit’s bus rapid transit (BRT) service, known as RapidRide, will be expanding to six lines covering 64 miles of high-use corridors. The Bus Rapid Transit and Land Use Initiative is the product of a partnership among ULI Seattle, King County Metro Transit, the City of Seattle, the City of Shoreline, and the ULI/Curtis Regional Infrastructure Project. The partnership formed a team of ULI members and transit and development professionals to analyze and make recommendations about connecting RapidRide and land use opportunities. The team developed case studies of similar BRT service in other cities and analyzed three station areas in Seattle and Shoreline.

From the perspective of multimodal corridors, neighborhood design, housing, jobs/workers, marketing, and stakeholders, the team developed specific recommendations for RapidRide and initiative partners, as well as recommendations for each station area. Three overarching themes emerged:

  • Focus on corridors
  • Develop champions
  • Promote community value

These themes can be widely applied to BRT on commercial arterials across the region and the country. The final report introduces RapidRide, documents the case studies, and presents the team’s recommendations.

Related Documents and Resources

U.S. Government Accountability Office July 2012 report on Bus Rapid Transit: “Projects Improve Transit Service and Can Contribute to Economic Development” | Full report (PDF)

Presentations from our March 22, 2011 breakfast program, “Bus Rapid Transit: The Next Frontier for Transit-Oriented Development”:
Kevin Desmond, General Manager of TOD/Transit, King County Metro, Seattle | Presentation
Sam O’Connell, Senior Transit Specialist, Dakota, Minnesota | Presentation
Danny O’Connor, Director of Planning, Kansas City Area Transit Authority | Presentation

BRT in Urban Land

Transit, Jobs, and Housing: Rethinking TOD, November 15, 2011
Five TOD Questions to Ask about Bus Rapid Transit in Your Community, September 22, 2010
Bus Rapid Transit and Land Use, July 1, 2010