This year, Seattle and King County Metro Transit will start building the overdue RapidRide J route east of Lake Union, after the federal government awarded the project $64.2 million.
The new line will replace Metro Route 70 and will be the first RapidRide route to operate as a trolley bus, drawing electricity from overhead wires. The line goes from Sound Transit’s U District Station over the University Bridge, through Eastlake Avenue East and Fairview Avenue North. From there, it bends down Stewart Street to Third Avenue, finishing in Pioneer Square.
The street rebuild and conversion to RapidRide are scheduled to be finished in 2027.