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Metro's RapidRide E Line brings a new level of transit to the Aurora Corridor. This is Metro's easiest way to travel, with great features, frequent service and all new buses and shelters.

The E Line operates between downtown Seattle and the Aurora Village Transit Center via Greenlake and North Seattle. Frequent service is provided every day of the week, and the E Line operates almost every hour of the day.

Like all of Metro's RapidRide service, enjoy free Wi-Fi, real time bus arrival signs at the stations, well-lit shelters, new buses, and the best service Metro provides.

During the hours of 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM, experience the benefits of traveling in the new BAT (Business Access and Transit) lanes between Shoreline and Seattle's North 38th Street. Also enjoy quicker travel through busy intersections with the help of the traffic signal lights staying green longer (and red shorter) for the E Line. Boarding the bus is quicker, too, especially if you have an ORCA card or valid paper transfer. ORCA card users can pre-pay at stations along the route, and board through the either of the two back doors, along with riders who already have a paper transfer. Fare Enforcement Officers will randomly board the bus to make sure all riders have paid their fares.

Frequent service, always there

Paying off-board during peak periods (6 – 9 AM and 3 – 6 PM)

ORCA readers at the RapidRide stations for the southbound direction, north of N 145th, charge a two-zone fare during peak hours. If you are traveling one zone from these locations, you should pay at the front door of the bus and tell your driver you are making a one zone trip.

All other ORCA readers on the E Line, at the rest of the southbound stations and all northbound stations, charge a one zone peak hour fare. If you are traveling two zones from these locations, you should pay at the front door of the bus and tell your driver you are making a two zone trip.

Frequent service, always there

Simple and easy to use

With RapidRide everything is easier, and the guesswork is eliminated.

  • The bus always follows the exact same route coming and going, just like a train.
  • Inside the bus, the next stop is displayed on illuminated overhead signs.  
  • RapidRide stations have electronic signs that tell how many minutes it will be until the next bus will arrive.
  • RapidRide stations include large maps of the routes showing all the stops and destinations.

Faster boarding for everyone

RapidRide buses let you get on and off quickly. The inside of the bus has been designed to make it easier for you to move to seats and exits.

  • Low floor buses with three doors, so people can get on and off quickly.
  • All RapidRide buses are accessible. Most have a passive wheelchair restraint system that lets users roll into place without assistance from the bus driver, greatly speeding up boarding time.
  • ORCA card readers at stations let riders with ORCA cards pay before they board, and get on at any door.

Streamlined and safe service

Move more, stop less

RapidRide stations are being placed where most riders gather, within easy walking distance along the corridor. Metro planners worked with the communities along the lines to choose the best places for stations.

  • Roadway improvements such as HOV lanes, bus bulbs, and queue jumps keep buses moving, even in heavy traffic.
  • RapidRide buses send signals to traffic lights, so green lights stay green longer or red lights switch to green faster.

Increased safety and security

RapidRide shelters and buses are designed for safety and work to deliver a safe, comfortable overall RapidRide experience.

  • Shelters are well lit so people can see around themselves and be seen.
  • Fare enforcement officers monitor RapidRide buses and stops.
  • All RapidRide stops feature stop request signals at the bus stop flag which let you trigger a light at night to signal to the driver that you are waiting.

Innovative on the inside and outside

Inside the bus

  • Air-conditioning
  • Top opening windows
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Automated 'Next Stop' display and audio announcements
  • The interior design makes it easier for passengers to move to seats and exits
  • Interior LED lighting
  • Security cameras

Outside the bus

  • Front-mounted 3-position bike racks
  • Accessible ramps at the front door
  • Security cameras
  • Sleek looking exterior
  • More destination signs
  • Energy-efficient, low-emission hybrid diesel-electric power

Integrated, intelligent transportation systems

RapidRide's innovative features are powered by integrated, intelligent transportation systems. Each RapidRide line has a fiber-optic backbone that runs the entire length of the route with a string of access points that provides continuous wireless coverage. This allows all the transportation systems to operate under one common architecture platform. Systems include:

  • Transit Signal Priority to help synchronize traffic lights with an approaching RapidRide bus.
  • Real time passenger information at the stops and in the bus.
  • ORCA off-board payment system
  • Automated Vehicle Location system that quickly polls the RapidRide buses to determine their actual location on the route.

How to pay your fare

Use an ORCA card

At stations with ORCA card readers, tap your card at the reader and board through any door.

At other stops, enter through the front door of the bus and tap your card, just like a regular Metro bus.

Guidelines for paying off-board on E Line during peak periods (6 – 9 AM and 3 – 6 PM)

Valid transfer

If you have a valid paper transfer (or non-ORCA pass), you also can enter through the two back doors. You don't need to go through the front door.

The paper transfer is your proof of payment. Keep it with you at all times when riding because a fare enforcement officer may ask to see it.

Cash or tickets

Enter through the front door, and pay your fare. If you're paying with cash, please have the exact fare ready; drivers do not carry change.

On RapidRide, the driver will always give you a paper transfer when paying with cash or using tickets. This transfer also acts as your proof of payment so keep it with you in case you need to show it to a fare enforcement officer.

Be prepared for fare inspections

If requested, show the fare enforcement officer your ORCA card or paper transfer for proof of payment. If you do not have proof of payment on RapidRide, you are subject to a citation and fine, RCW 35.58.580.

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