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File #: 2019-0133    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 3/20/2019 In control: Mobility and Environment Committee
On agenda: Final action: 5/15/2019
Enactment date: 5/24/2019 Enactment #: 18894
Title: AN ORDINANCE establishing the alignment and station locations of the RapidRide H Line (Burien-White Center-Delridge-Seattle).
Sponsors: Joe McDermott
Indexes: Metro, transit
Attachments: 1. Ordinance 18894, 2. A. RapidRide H Line, 3. B. RapidRide H Line Alignment Public Engagement Summary, 4. 2019-0133 transmittal letter, 5. 2019-013 SDOT letter of support - RapidRide H, 6. 2019-0133 20190207_HLine_LetterOfSupport_Burien_BrianWilson, 7. 2019-0133 Alignment Ordinance_H_Public Engagement Report_Complete, 8. 2019-0133 fiscal note, 9. 2019-0133 RapidRide H Line_Council Ordinance_Community Outreach Overview, 10. 2019-0133_SR_HLine, 11. 2019-0133_ATT4_Map_HLine120_Ord
Staff: Zoppi, Leah


Clerk 05/15/2019


AN ORDINANCE establishing the alignment and station locations of the RapidRide H Line (Burien-White Center-Delridge-Seattle).



1.  Via Ordinance 18449, enacted January 23, 2017, the King County council adopted and executive signed King County Metro's long-range transit service and capital plan, METRO CONNECTS, which identifies an expanded network of future RapidRide lines for implementation, including the H Line (Burien-White Center-Delridge-Seattle).

2.  Via Ordinance 18301, enacted June 16, 2016, the council approved the 2015 update to Metro's Strategic Plan for Public Transportation 2011-2021 and associated Service Guidelines.  The plan describes current and future planning work required to implement additional RapidRide bus rapid transit service in King County.

3.  Via Ordinance 18409, enacted November 27, 2016, the council adopted and executive signed the 2017-2018 Biennial Budget, included Section 132, Provisos P4 and P5 requiring Metro to submit reports describing the process for implementing new RapidRide lines.

4.  Via Motion 14956, enacted September 18, 2017, the council approved Proviso P5, titled "Implementation of New RapidRide Lines/METRO CONNECTS RapidRide Expansion," which identifies the H Line as one of the first two next generation RapidRide lines to be implemented.

5.  Via Ordinance 18835, enacted November 13, 2018, the council adopted and executive signed the 2019-2020 Biennial Budget, including the capital project 1132325 to implement the RapidRide H Line.

6.  In 2017 and 2018, Metro and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) conducted public outreach concerning proposed alignment and station locations for the RapidRide H Line in the corridors in which it will operate:  Burien via Ambaum Boulevard Southwest; White Center via 15-th Avenue Southwest; Westwood Village and West Seattle via Delridge Way Southwest.  As part of that public outreach, Metro consulted the cities of Burien and Seattle to accommodate city priorities regarding station locations and proposed right of way improvements, street and facility design and proposed transit priority treatments, consistent with bus rapid transit concepts.

7.  The Proviso P5 report states that specific routing shall be determined by the council and be consistent with the corridor descriptions in the Proviso P5 report.

8.  The proposed H Line alignment is consistent with the corridor descriptions in the Proviso P5 report.


                     SECTION 1.  The RapidRide H Line (Burien-White Center-Delridge-Seattle) alignment, general station locations, substantially as set forth in Attachment A to this ordinance, is hereby approved to allow design and construction of RapidRide infrastructure and facilities design and construction.

                     SECTION 2.  Before the implementation of RapidRide service, the executive shall notify the King County council and the affected cities of any substantial changes to station locations.  The notice to the King County council shall be filed in the form of a paper original and an electronic copy to the clerk of the council, who shall retain the original and provide an electronic copy to all councilmembers. Following implementation, the transit department shall consult with the affected cities before making any changes to the routing or station locations.

                     SECTION 3.  Before the start of RapidRide H line service, the executive shall

submit a service change ordinance in accordance with K.C.C. 28.94.020 that identifies hours of operation and service levels by period of the day.