RapidRide E Line
Aurora Village to Downtown Seattle
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.
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.
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)
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.