H Line Overview

When the H Line is launched in 2021, buses will arrive at stops more frequently and be more reliable (on time) than Route 120 is today. Riders in Burien and White Center will have frequent connections to several West Seattle neighborhoods, downtown Seattle along 3rd Avenue and to other buses and light rail.

As we plan this transition, we’ll gather input from affected communities and riders on any changes we consider. Community input has already helped:

  • Determine H Line alignment in White Center and Burien
  • Decide where stops will be located
  • Improve transit access by identifying locations for pedestrian improvements, lighting and stop maintenance improvements so it’s easier to get to and from the bus

During Phase 2, existing bus stops that see the most use will be upgraded to RapidRide stations. Help us prioritize which amenities you’d most like to see at your closest station by taking our survey.

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 (in METRO CONNECTS, Metro’s long range plan)
2017
  • Partner with local jurisdictions to create the H Line
2017
2018
  • Evaluate existing conditions
  • Analyze environmental
  • Research H Line options and their potential impacts
  • Gather public input on community needs and priorities
  • Gather public input on 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
  • Finalize project partner agreements
  • 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 new H Line stop configuration will offer faster travel times than the current 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

Phase 1 Outreach

Community Engagement

In Phase 1 of outreach (late fall 2017 to winter 2018), almost 400 community members engaged with the project either in person or online. Community members provided more than 250 comments on bus speed and reliability, upgrades needed to buses and bus waiting areas, how to improve 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 where we could improve travel times through designated bus-only lanes, priority signals, and roadway pavement repairs.

You can find more information about Phase 1 outreach 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

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379

participants

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270

comments


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