The Seattle Department of Transportation says it painted “Bus Only” markings in the wrong place on a stretch of Aurora Avenue North in preparation for the RapidRide E line to launch in February.
The department acknowledged the mistake last week and said it would cost $5,000 to remove several markings, in the northbound right lane between North 63rd Street and Winona Avenue North — near the west shore of Green Lake. By Monday morning, the words were mostly ground away.
The right lane should be for general traffic, because the buses exit at 63rd and divert just west of Aurora, picking up people next to their homes and apartments along Winona, before that street bends to meet Aurora several blocks north.
The mistake happened during SDOT design of the lane, said spokesman Rick Sheridan. He points out, however, that the error represents a tiny part of a $600,000 effort to improve striping, signals and sidewalks on several miles of Aurora. The E Line will replace Route 358, which carries more than 11,000 daily passengers, with red buses that offer lower floors and more standing room, along with new stops and real-time arrival updates.
The mismarked roadway story was first reported by KIRO-TV.