KING COUNTY METRO RAPID RIDE
Location: Various Locations in Western Washington
General Contractor: King County Metro
Owner: King County Metro
PRIME’s Technologies and Underground Groups teamed up to complete the first of many RapidRide routes. Rapid Ride is Metro’s newest line of transportation designed to get people to their destination faster and more frequently than the standard bus service.
The project scope of work included all preparatory and finish work normally associated with the aerial and underground placement of fiber optic cable, fiber optic splicing and terminations, junction box and cable vault installation, sidewalk replacement, trenching for installation of new conduits, pavement striping removal and replacement, traffic signal head removal and replacement, installing new traffic signal pavement loops, landscape area replacement, communication cabinet installation, wireless communication antenna installation and installation of other communication and traffic control equipment.
The new and improved buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi and contain traffic signal wireless control equipment to keep green lights green longer and to turn red lights green faster when a bus approaches a traffic signal. The new bus shelters also offer riders new features such as ORCA card readers at each stop, increased lighting for safety, and electronic signs with Real Time Information to let riders know when the next bus will arrive. This project stretched over 11 miles along the Highway-99 corridor within the SeaTac, Kent, Des Moines and Federal Way jurisdictions.
PRIME Underground crew provided the trenching and backfill at various sites along the corridor and also installed junction boxes, conduit and vaults. PRIME’s Technologies team was responsible for installing 72 strand fiber optic cable, Intelligent Transportation System Cabinets and 11.5 miles of Transit Signal Priority Equipment.