RapidRide C Line
RapidRide bus running on the C Line
|Operator||King County Metro|
New Flyer DE60LFR|
New Flyer XDE60
|Began service||September 29, 2012|
|Predecessors||Route 54, 54X|
|Communities served||South Lake Union, Downtown Seattle, West Seattle, Fauntleroy, Westwood|
|Landmarks served||Lake Union Park, Alaska Junction, Morgan Junction, Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal|
|Start||South Lake Union|
Westlake Ave N|
Alaskan Way Viaduct
West Seattle Bridge
California Ave SW
Fauntleroy Way SW
Peak: 6-8 minutes|
Off-peak: 12-15 minutes
Late night: 30-75 minutes
Saturday: 12-15 minutes (most times)|
Sunday: 15 minutes (most times)
|Journey time||56 minutes|
|Daily ridership||8,300 (weekday average, spring 2015)|
|Timetable||C Line timetable|
|Map||C Line map|
The C Line is one of six RapidRide lines (routes with some bus rapid transit features) operated by King County Metro in King County, Washington. The C Line began service on September 29, 2012, running between downtown Seattle, West Seattle, Fauntleroy and the Westwood Village Shopping Center in the Westwood neighborhood. The line runs mainly via 3rd Avenue, the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the West Seattle Bridge, California Ave SW and Fauntleroy Way SW.
This corridor was previously served by King County Metro routes 54 and 54 express. which carried a combined average of 4,650 riders on weekdays during the last month in service. Since the implementation of RapidRide on the corridor, ridership has grown 79 percent and the C Line served an average of 8,300 riders on weekdays in spring 2015.
|5:00 am – 6:00 am||15||15||15|
|6:00 am – 8:00 am||6-8|
|8:00 am – 9:00 am||12|
|9:00 am – 3:00 pm||12|
|3:00 pm – 6:00 pm||6-8|
|6:00 pm – 7:00 pm||10|
|7:00 pm – 11:00 pm||15||15|
|11:00 pm – 1:00 am||30||30||30|
|1:00 am – 5:00 am||60-75||60-75||60-75|
The city of Seattle made major improvements to the RapidRide C and D lines with money generated by Proposition 1 (which increases sales tax by 0.1 percent and imposes a $60 annual car-tab fee).
The first round of improvements came in June 2015 when headways on the RapidRide C and D lines were decreased. Buses will arrive every 7–8 minutes during weekday rush hour, every 12 minutes during the midday hours on weekdays, every 12 minutes during the daytime on Saturday and every 15 minutes on Sunday and during weekday and weekend nights.
The second round of improvements came in March 2016 when the RapidRide C and D lines were split apart. C Line buses now continue north through parts of Belltown and onto transit only lanes Westlake Avenue in the South Lake Union neighborhood, terminating on Valley Street near the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center campus. D Line buses now continue south on 3rd Avenue into Pioneer Square, using layover space on 5th Avenue south of Terrace Street.
- 2015 Service Guidelines Report (PDF). King County Metro. October 2015. p. A-22. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
- "RapidRide". King County Metro Transit. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
- "RapidRide C Line Route Map". King County Metro. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
- "Meet the C Line on Sept. 29". King County Metro Transit. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
- Lindblom, Mike (July 7, 2014). "RapidRide use is way up". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
- Lindblom, Mike (November 4, 2014). "Metro bus service to get boost with passage of Prop. 1". Seattle Times. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
- "RapidRide C Line Schedule". King County Metro. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
- "Metro Transit Service Change Effective Saturday, June 6, 2015". King County Metro. June 6, 2015. Archived from the original on September 14, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
- Lindblom, Mike (March 22, 2015). "Transit plan for South Lake Union: Drop 2 car lanes". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
- "RapidRide C and D Lines Extension". King County Metro. Retrieved August 25, 2015.