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The A Line gives riders streamlined service to destinations along the route and to places where they can transfer to other buses and light rail.

At the route’s south end, the Federal Way Transit Center provides bus connections to Tacoma, Pierce County, and Auburn (including Green River College).

At the north end of the route, the Tukwila International Blvd. Station provides connections to Link light rail and buses that serve Burien, Tukwila, the city of SeaTac, the Duwamish area, and downtown Seattle.

The A Line has 50 stations and stops. A station near Highline College provides connections to buses serving Kent, Des Moines, and Burien. The S 176th Street station near Sea-Tac International Airport provides connections to Link light rail and buses that serve Pierce County, Auburn, Kent, and Burien.

Metro and the City of Seattle are reaching out to communities along this corridor to identify needs and priorities for the new service. We’ll gather community and rider input on any changes we consider.

Go to the route schedule and map

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.

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)

Frequent service, always there

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