More Metro Real Time Information Signs coming to Ballard

SDOT and King County Metro are partnering up to install 11 new Real Time Information Signs (RTIS) at bus stops along the NW Market Street/45th Street corridor through our neighborhood, Wallingford and the University District.

The pole-mounted LED signs will let bus commuters know if their bus is on time or running late. The RTIS will be using up-to-the-minute data to show bus arrival and departure times for routes that use the stop where the sign is located.

Here in Ballard four new RTIS will be installed at the locations noted on the map below:


“Knowing when your next bus is scheduled to arrive may seem like a simple piece of information, but these signs provide a number of other benefits to passengers, such as an increased sense of security that comes with knowing how long you’ll have to wait and whether you have time to run a quick errand or grab a snack,” says SDOT on their website.

Installing the RTIS is set to require the rebuilding of the bus stops where the new signs will be located. Construction activities including saw cutting, sidewalk removal, underground electrical work, sidewalk replacement and installations will begin this week and will continue for about three months.

As part of this work, SDOT crews will also complete a number of other pedestrian improvements, including new curb ramps and accessible pedestrian push buttons.

During RTIS installation and hopes to minimize inconvenience; neighbors and travelers should expect:

  • Audible work activities including construction equipment noise and concrete replacement
  • Intermittent lane closures
  • Temporary sidewalk closures and detours
  • Temporary bus stop closures
  • Flaggers and uniformed police officers assisting with traffic control
  • Access to businesses and residences maintained

If you have questions about the project contact Paul Elliott at or (206) 684-5321.


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