Executive Constantine, CM Upthegrove join employees for launch of RapidRide F Line

Exec RapidRide FRiders traveling between Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila and Renton now have more frequent all-day bus service with the launch of King County Metro Transit’s RapidRide F Line.

The F Line is the sixth line in the RapidRide program – which is supported by state and federal funding – and will replace routes 110 and 140. The 12-mile-long route provides a better link for communities and riders to Westfield Southcenter Mall, Boeing, The Landing and downtown Renton, and major transit hubs including Sound Transit’s Link light rail and Sounder rail stations.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Councilmember Dave Upthegrove joined other local leaders and Metro employees to celebrate the launch of the sixth RapidRide line.

“RapidRide is helping us build the most efficient all-day transit network, one that offers a great customer experience and better positions King County for the growth coming to our region,” Executive Constantine said. “I’m grateful for the state and federal funding that allowed us to expand this increasingly popular service.”

Voters approved RapidRide in 2006 which now has 113 red and yellow low-floor buses in six corridors. RapidRide A-F lines carry more than 50,000 rides a day – more than 12 percent of Metro’s 400,000 daily total ridership.

Based on the previous Route 140 service, the F Line starts out carrying about 3,500 weekday riders. Along the route, the minority population is higher than the county average and the income is lower than the county average. Continuing to provide mobility options for communities who need them most is a shared effort by Executive Constantine and the County Council.

“This new route helps meet the need to improve access in our diverse neighborhoods to more opportunities while leaving more cars at home,” said Councilmember Dave Upthegrove. “The RapidRide program is better for the environment and the health of our communities.”

RapidRide F Line replaces routes 110 and 140 with frequent all-day weekday service 4:45 a.m. to midnight and weekend service 6 a.m. to midnight. Service is most frequent – every 10 minutes – during peak commutes. The corridor will see an overall 69 percent increase in service when the F Line is introduced compared to Route 140 service prior to extending to The Landing. Read more on the MetroMatters blog.