Swift Bus Rapid Transit Blue Line: Washington

Otak led the design and construction of the State of Washington’s first bus rapid transit line, the 17-mile Swift Blue Line that runs from Shoreline to Everett. Operating like a train, buses arrive every 10 to 20 minutes at one of the 30 Otak-designed stations along the route, with riders prepaying and boarding immediately. To ensure a uniform and efficient transit experience, Otak coordinated with local utilities, regulatory agencies, and the shelters’ manufacturer throughout the stations’ design, construction, and installation process. Specific design features include a shelter, shelter railing, iconic markings and art for station identity, ticket vending machines, and informational signage. The project won several awards, including the WTS Innovative Large Project of the Year.

Want to talk projects? Contact our team leads.

Nico Vanderhorst

Regional Director, Puget Sound