H Line Overview

When the H Line launches in 2021, buses will arrive at stops more frequently and be more reliable (on time) than Route 120 is today. Riders will have more frequent connections within and between Burien, White Center, and Delridge, as well as access to downtown Seattle along 3rd Avenue to South Lake Union, and to other buses and light rail.

What’s happened so far:

  • RapidRide route established
  • RapidRide stations (stops) identified
  • Station amenities determined
  • Safety improvements planned to make getting to the bus stations easier
  • Roadway improvements designed to make travel along the RapidRide route faster

Community input over the past 18 months has informed and influenced each of these project elements. Thank you to all who have attended open houses, met us at community meetings, and filled out our online surveys! See below for our engagement reports and a summary of past outreach efforts.

As part of the upgrading of the route, we’ll begin making infrastructure improvements in early 2020. Visit the Burien, White Center, and Delridge pages on this site to learn more about what will be happening in your community. You can also come see us at one of our open houses or at a community drop-in session in your neighborhood.

H Line Route Map

map of H Line route showing bus stops and community assets

H Line Timeline

2016
2017
  • Identify corridors for upgrade to RapidRide service
2017
  • Partner with local jurisdictions to create the H Line alignment
2017
2018
  • Evaluate existing conditions
  • Analyze environmental impact
  • Research H Line options and their potential impacts
  • Gather public input on community needs and priorities, as well as routing and stops
  • Identify opportunities to improve transit speed, reliability, and service
  • Choose routing and stops
2018
2019

We are here

  • Advance design work
  • Gather public input on preferred concepts and final design
  • Plan construction
2020
2021
  • Build infrastructure for H Line
2021

H Line begins service

Learn more about RapidRide

RapidRide is Convenient and Easy to Use

  • Daily service that starts early and runs late
  • Buses come at least every 10 minutes during busiest hours
  • Off-board ORCA payment at stations allows boarding at any door
  • Riders with mobility aids can secure themselves easily

RapidRide is Safe and Smart

  • Real-time arrival signs at stations
  • Transit Signal Priority synchronizes traffic lights with buses
  • Shelters are well lit, and all buses have security cameras

RapidRide Means You Can Move More and Stop Less

  • H Line stops will be 1/3 mile apart to meet the needs of community members throughout the route
  • The H Line stop configuration will offer faster travel times than Route 120
  • Street and traffic improvements make it easier to get to and from the bus

Existing RapidRide Lines
(A–F)

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67,000

rides every weekday

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20%

faster peak hour travel

Past Public Engagement

Phase 1 (2017–2018)

From late fall 2017 to winter 2018, almost 400 community members engaged with the project in person or online. Community members provided more than 250 comments on: bus speed and reliability; upgrades to buses and bus waiting areas; improving access to transit; and bus scheduling.

This feedback helped create the new H Line alignment in White Center and Burien. Feedback also helped decide stop locations, improvements (such as new crosswalks and lighting so that getting to and from your bus stop is safer and easier), and road and traffic changes to improve travel times (such as designated bus-only lanes, priority signals, and roadway pavement repairs).

You can find more information about Phase 1 public engagement here.

Phase 1 outreach summary

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28,000

postcards
mailed

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2,400

rackcards
distributed

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200

flyers
distributed

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40

organizations
engaged

Phase 2 (2018–2019)

From fall 2018 to winter 2019, almost 700 community members were engaged with the project in person or online. Community members completed 358 surveys on station amenities and access to station improvements.

The feedback resulted in plans for roadway and pedestrian improvements and a full suite of amenities at each new RapidRide station, including improved lighting and shelters.

You can find more information about Phase 2 public engagement here.

Phase 2 outreach summary

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700

community members engaged

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358

surveys completed

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150

businesses visited, within a half-block of H Line stops

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500+

bus riders engaged during intercept surveys