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RapidRide is Metro’s highest level of investment in service, amenities, reliability, and innovation. RapidRide is easy—just show up and go!

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RapidRide Features

Reliable service.
Buses come more often and on time.

Better access.
Designing to meet the needs of all of our customers.

High quality experience.
New station features for comfort and convenience.

Connecting communities.
Bringing better service for more people. Connections to transit. Getting people to where they need to go.

Sustainable.
Fewer cars on the road.

 

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.

Transit GO app

Open your mobile app and tap your phone at the ORCA card reader

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.

More about fare enforcement (PDF in English and Español)

Expansion plan

The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed launch of several RapidRide lines currently under development. As economic conditions improve, Metro’s plan is to still add at least 6 more RapidRide lines. Select one of the lines below for specific information on if and how it was affected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

RapidRide gives many more riders better connections, buses that come more often, and frequent, easy-to-use service. Where new RapidRide lines go into service, we may streamline service to create a more efficient service transit network.

Prioritizing RapidRide Lines

We are prioritizing building new RapidRide lines based on the following factors:

  • Project status
  • Equity impacts
  • Funding
  • RapidRide policy goals
  • Community feedback

After serious consideration of these factors, Metro decided to pause RapidRide R line and K line until more funds are available. If we move ahead to build these projects with limited funding, we risk leaving service conditions worse than their current state, not better. We will explore ways to resume these projects once it is feasible.

Future service

Contact us

Robyn Austin
RapidRide Communications and Engagement Manager
Send Robyn an email
or call 206-263-0694

Frequent service, always there


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