RapidRide C Line

C Line

RapidRide bus running on the C Line
System RapidRide
Operator King County Metro
Garage Atlantic Base
Vehicle New Flyer DE60LFR
New Flyer XDE60
Began service September 29, 2012
Predecessors Route 54, 54X
Locale King County
Communities served South Lake Union, Downtown Seattle, West Seattle, Fauntleroy, Westwood
Landmarks served Lake Union Park, Alaska Junction, Morgan Junction, Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal
Start South Lake Union
Via Westlake Ave N
3rd Avenue
Alaskan Way Viaduct
West Seattle Bridge
California Ave SW
Fauntleroy Way SW
End Westwood Village
Length 12 miles
Frequency Peak: 6-8 minutes
Off-peak: 12-15 minutes
Late night: 30-75 minutes
Weekend frequency Saturday: 12-15 minutes (most times)
Sunday: 15 minutes (most times)
Journey time 56 minutes
Operates 24 hours
Daily ridership 8,300 (weekday average, spring 2015)[1]
Fare Peak: $2.75
Off-peak: $2.50
Timetable C Line timetable
Map C Line map
Route map
RapidRide C Line

Valley St

Fairview Ave N

Valley St
South Lake Union Streetcar
to Fred Hutchison Cancer Center

Mercer St

Harrison St

Denny Way
South Lake Union Streetcar
to Westlake
to Ballard & to Shoreline
Virginia St
Link light rail
Central Link
to University of Washington

Pike St
(Westlake Station)

Seneca St
(University Street Station)
Link light rail
Central Link
to Angle Lake via Airport
& to Pioneer Square

2nd Ave
Alaskan Way Viaduct
West Seattle Bridge
over Duwamish River

SW Bradford St

SW Yancy St
SW Avalon Way
(West Seattle Recreation Center)
Fauntleroy Way SW
California Ave SW
(Alaska Junction)
SW Findlay St
Fauntleroy Way SW
(Morgan Junction)
SW Myrtle St
SW Webster St
SW Rose St
(Lincoln Park)
SW Barton St
(Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal)
45th St SW
California Ave SW

35th Ave SW

SW Roxbury St

28th Ave SW
26th Ave SW
(Westwood Village)


northbound only stop

southbound only stop
 B Line  {{{system_nav}}}  D Line 

The C Line is one of six RapidRide lines (routes with some bus rapid transit features) operated by King County Metro in King County, Washington. The C Line began service on September 29, 2012,[2] running between downtown Seattle, West Seattle, Fauntleroy and the Westwood Village Shopping Center in the Westwood neighborhood. The line runs mainly via 3rd Avenue, the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the West Seattle Bridge, California Ave SW and Fauntleroy Way SW.[3]


This corridor was previously served by King County Metro routes 54 and 54 express.[4] which carried a combined average of 4,650 riders on weekdays during the last month in service.[5] Since the implementation of RapidRide on the corridor, ridership has grown 79 percent and the C Line served an average of 8,300 riders on weekdays in spring 2015.[1]


Time Weekdays Saturday Sunday/
5:00 am – 6:00 am 15 15 15
6:00 am – 8:00 am 6-8
8:00 am – 9:00 am 12
9:00 am – 3:00 pm 12
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm 6-8
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 10
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm 15 15
11:00 pm – 1:00 am 30 30 30
1:00 am – 5:00 am 60-75 60-75 60-75


The city of Seattle made major improvements to the RapidRide C and D lines with money generated by Proposition 1 (which increases sales tax by 0.1 percent and imposes a $60 annual car-tab fee).[6]

The first round of improvements came in June 2015 when headways on the RapidRide C and D lines were decreased. Buses will arrive every 7–8 minutes during weekday rush hour, every 12 minutes during the midday hours on weekdays, every 12 minutes during the daytime on Saturday and every 15 minutes on Sunday and during weekday and weekend nights.[7][8]

The second round of improvements came in March 2016 when the RapidRide C and D lines were split apart.[6] C Line buses now continue north through parts of Belltown and onto transit only lanes Westlake Avenue in the South Lake Union neighborhood,[9] terminating on Valley Street near the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center campus. D Line buses now continue south on 3rd Avenue into Pioneer Square, using layover space on 5th Avenue south of Terrace Street.[10]


  1. 1 2 2015 Service Guidelines Report (PDF). King County Metro. October 2015. p. A-22. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  2. "RapidRide". King County Metro Transit. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
  3. "RapidRide C Line Route Map". King County Metro. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  4. "Meet the C Line on Sept. 29". King County Metro Transit. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  5. Lindblom, Mike (July 7, 2014). "RapidRide use is way up". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  6. 1 2 Lindblom, Mike (November 4, 2014). "Metro bus service to get boost with passage of Prop. 1". Seattle Times. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  7. "RapidRide C Line Schedule". King County Metro. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  8. "Metro Transit Service Change Effective Saturday, June 6, 2015". King County Metro. June 6, 2015. Archived from the original on September 14, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  9. Lindblom, Mike (March 22, 2015). "Transit plan for South Lake Union: Drop 2 car lanes". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  10. "RapidRide C and D Lines Extension". King County Metro. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
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