Quality of Life: Transportation
There is more than one way to get to and from Renton.
Freeways & Roads
Renton is situated in the center of the regional transportation interchange connecting State Routes 167, 169, 515, and 900 to Interstates 5, 405, and 90. I-405 and State Routes 167, 169, 515, and 900 all intersect in Renton bringing more than 350,000 vehicles a day through the City. Additionally, surface arterials Rainier Avenue, Lake Washington Boulevard and Coal Creek Parkway provide alternative access to Seattle and Bellevue. This transportation network brings tens of thousands of people into the community each day to work, shop and play.
In 1996, Renton became the first city in King County to participate in Metro's suburban, hub-based transit system. The service makes it easier to make both regional and local suburban bus connections and provides significant additional service to Renton. A downtown transit center and 150-space park and ride were completed in 2001, providing a central hub for bus activity. Both Metro and Sound Transit ST Express busses provide frequent and convenient connections to Seattle, Bellevue, South King County and beyond. Locally, Renton's shuttle service, RUSH (Renton Urban SHuttle), transports commuters from downtown Renton to the City's major employment sites.
Commuter Rail & Trains
Sounder Commuter Rail offers commuter rail service between Tacoma and downtown Seattle with stops in Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, and Tukwila/Renton. Metro bus routes provide convenient connections to downtown Renton and major employers.
Amtrak also provides service to the Tukwila train depot. Adjacent to the Renton City limits, this stop now provides daily trains to Vancouver, BC, Seattle, Portland and Eugene, OR. It also provides an easy connection to additional trains at Seattle's King Street Station.
An extensive network of freight rail lines also serves Renton, providing links for goods across the nation and connections to the international seaports in Seattle and Tacoma.
Six miles from Renton, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport serves more than 28 million people each year, providing international passenger and air cargo activity to a growing region whose economy is increasingly intertwined with international markets. Seattle-Tacoma International airport recently completed a multi-year capital improvement project that increased capacity and integrated advanced technologies. The result is a modern, world-class airport that will better serve the needs of people from all over the world for many years.
The City of Renton maintains its own 170-acre municipal airport providing regional aviation services for charter, air taxi, corporate, business and recreational flyers. It is also a Federal Aviation Administration-designated "reliever" airport diverting general aviation aircraft traffic from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The Boeing Company, located on and adjacent to the airport, manufactures Boeing 737s and uses the airport for all maiden flights of the aircraft. Seaplane operations also comprise a significant level of activity at the airport. The seaplane facilities are referred to as the Will Rogers-Wiley Post Memorial Seaplane Base. For information about Renton's 70-year legacy in aviation, check out Renton Aerospace.
King County International Airport, Boeing Field, is just six miles from Renton, and among the most active and diverse airports in the nation. Located in Seattle, the airport was originally developed in the late 1920s to support the early growth of the Boeing Company and it remains a major center for Boeing operations. It also serves air cargo companies, recreational fliers, charter services, flight schools and emergency services.
Renton's close proximity to the container and bulk seaports of Seattle and Tacoma, 13 and 23 miles away respectively, provides expedient movement of goods to international markets. Both ports are located on Puget Sound and provide a range of seaport services and facilities with excellent inland market connections to transcontinental railroad routes and highways. As natural deep-water seaports closer to Asia than any other major U.S. port, the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma offer premier gateways for products moving to and from North America.
Bicycling is becoming a more common transportation option for many people. To help support commuters wishing to combine biking and transit, Metro has equipped its entire bus fleet with bicycle racks. The region has miles of bike trails, lanes and routes. The most popular bicycle trail in Renton is the Cedar River Trail, a paved 4.5-miles regional trail running from the Cedar River Boathouse at the south end of Lake Washington, through downtown Renton, past the Maplewood Golf Course to Ron Regis Sports Park. A county trail extends east to Lake Wilderness Park in Maple Valley. King County offers an online map of bike trails in the County.