Metro to Southeast King County residents: You can help shape future transit in your cities

Rt628Take our online survey then join us at public meetings in late May to explore alternative service options to improve mobility in southeast King County

King County Metro Transit is calling on Southeast King County residents to partner on County Executive Dow Constantine’s initiative to provide more and better transit options to meet the specific needs of riders from Enumclaw to Renton.

Southeast King County is one of several areas targeted for Metro’s expanded Alternative Services Program. Through this program, Metro works collaboratively with local governments, community groups and riders to identify transit services that are cost effective and offer improved choices. Those services might include options such as customizable shuttles or vans, ridesharing options or Community Access Transportation.

The Southeast King County program kicks off with an opportunity to go online to tell Metro about the types of transit services you think are needed. Through this online survey, Metro will have a better understanding of where there are gaps in service, what’s working or not working – and ideas for more customized alternatives that may better serve riders.

Metro is particularly interested in two key transit corridors. The area between Renton and Enumclaw is currently served by routes 143 and 907. Route 143 provides weekday peak commuter service between Black Diamond and Seattle via Renton, while Route 907 operates during the midday between Enumclaw and Renton. Metro wants to know if there are alternatives that might better meet the needs of these communities and the cities of Maple Valley and Black Diamond.

The second corridor between Enumclaw and Auburn is served by the routes 186 and Route 915. The Route 186 offers peak commuter service and Route 915 provides midday/Saturday service. While these routes are popular, there may be opportunities to serve even more riders in this area.

Once you’ve shared your thoughts online, you can hear what you and your neighbors had to say and give feedback on service alternative concepts at one of two upcoming meetings held:

Tuesday May 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
William C. Warren Building
405 E Street NE, Auburn

Thursday May 28, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Greater Maple Valley Community Center
22010 SE 248th Street, Maple Valley

During these meetings, Metro will collect a second round of feedback and report back this summer on revised alternatives for improving service. Those alternatives could be put in place as early as next fall.

Visit our website to learn more about Metro’s alternative services planning and upcoming outreach activities in Southeast King County.

Participate in a survey; tell us what you think about Metro service

https://i1.wp.com/metro.kingcounty.gov/images/scroller/502x332/tell_us_what_you_think1.jpgAs part of an independent international survey effort by transit agencies serving 11 cities around the world, Metro is inviting customers to tell us their thoughts about the bus service we provide.

The survey is available in English and Spanish. The deadline for submitting it is May 10, 2015.

The 11 transit agencies will compare the results of their surveys in order to learn from one another and work toward providing better service.

»Take the survey in English
»Take the survey in Spanish

Thank you for participating.

Having trouble with the Link Connections survey? We still want to hear from you!

Link Connections

Link is coming to Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium in early 2016. Metro and Sound Transit are working with the public to plan how bus service will connect with new light rail.

You still have a few days to tell us your thoughts – comments due by March 31

We’ve gotten some feedback about our survey that some of you are experiencing the survey timing out and having trouble completing the survey on your mobile devices or iPads. We apologize for the inconvenience and frustration this has caused. We do value your input.

We’ve learned some tricks from our survey hosting vendor that will help address the issue of the survey timing out. We’ve separated the questions into more pages, which should help.

Some people told us they had trouble completing the survey on their mobile devices or iPads. We learned that while the survey is optimized for some mobile devices, it is not optimized for Androids. In addition, the types of questions we are asking (i.e., long lists of choices) can create functionality issues for some users on mobile devices.

So if you had trouble completing the survey and gave up trying, please consider trying again—especially if you can do so from a desktop computer. Go directly to the survey online. Or call us at 206-477-3835 or email us email us to share your thoughts. We’ll be accepting comments on the two alternatives through March 31.

Bus reroutes near Aurora Village are changing today

From today (Wednesday, March 25) until sometime in July, eastbound N 200th Street will be closed between Aurora Avenue N and the Aurora Village Transit Center as construction continues in the area (see our earlier post about this project). The westbound lane of N 200th Street will be open during this phase of the project.

Routes 301, 303, 331, 342, 346, and 373, and the RapidRide E Line will continue to serve their stops at the transit center. But when arriving at Aurora Avenue N and N 200th Street, all of the above except Route 346 will be rerouted  eastbound on N 205th Street, southbound on Meridian Avenue N, and westbound on N 200th Street to reach the transit center.

These reroutes and the traffic congestion caused by the construction project will delay most buses arriving at the Aurora Village Transit Center and the Shoreline Park-and-Ride, so it’s probably a good idea to allow extra travel time to and from both places.

See a map showing traffic revisions and learn more about the construction project on the City of Shoreline’s project website. If you have questions or comments about the project, email the City of Shoreline at aurora@shorelinewa.gov or call their 24-hour hotline at 206-801-2485.

Here are some ways to stay up-to-date about bus service changes as the project progresses:

King County Metro’s In Motion team is coming to Green Lake this spring!

Beginning the week of March 23rd, In Motion Travel Advisors working with King County Metro Transit are visiting homes in the Green Lake neighborhood to provide residents with information and incentives to encourage more walking, biking, transit and carpooling. Look for the team in their blue jackets as they go door-to-door to talk with people about trying new ways to get around the neighborhood and beyond.

MapA member of the In Motion Team will talk to residents at their doorstep— visiting about 5,000 homes! Taking a personalized door-to-door approach, the trained team of Travel Advisors will wear a uniform and photo ID, and will never ask to enter a resident’s household.

If residents are not available to talk with us, they will instead receive a leaflet inviting them to contact the In Motion team. Participants will be given the option to choose from information and incentives including transit schedules, a neighborhood map, a pedometer and an ORCA card good for two weeks of unlimited travel.

HangerThe Green Lake In Motion program is a way to help strengthen the community by rewarding travel choices and providing benefits for changing travel and commute trips. The program also helps demonstrate the community’s commitment to transportation choices for everyone.

The project will be monitoring its effect on how residents travel. Similar projects elsewhere have had great success, and typically see reductions in car travel of 5-15% by residents taking part, helping to tackle local traffic problems, and reducing the environmental impacts of drive alone car trips. This and other Metro In Motion programs are covered by grant funding.

In Motion Travel Advisors will be in the Green Lake neighborhood doing outreach between March 23 and June 6. Help spread the word, and look for the In Motion team around the Green Lake neighborhood soon!

Seattle’s investments in the University Link Extension area

Link Connections

Link is coming to Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium in early 2016. Metro and Sound Transit are working with the public to plan how bus service will connect with new light rail.

During our outreach, many people have asked us how Seattle’s Proposition 1 revenues will affect the changes we’ll make to bus service after Link light rail starts serving Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium:

Do the two alternative concepts that Metro and Sound Transit are considering now reflect these revenues?

The answer is no, not yet. When developing these concepts, we needed to make sure that any changes we make to bus service will be sustainable over the long term, so we used existing service levels, without Seattle’s new investments added on top.

What is Seattle investing in, and when? What will happen with those investments if service changes?

Seattle voters approved Proposition 1 in November 2014. This measure will expand Metro service in Seattle in 2015 under Metro’s Community Mobility Contract program. The proceeds from increases in license tab fees and the Seattle sales tax will fund added service on bus routes that have 80% or more of their stops in the city. The improvements will focus on reducing overcrowding, increasing frequency, and increasing reliability.

Many of these investments will be made within the Link University Extension project area. These include improving reliability on Route 8, adding peak-hour service to Route 44, and adding evening service to Route 70.

(A complete list of the improvements is available on the Seattle Transportation Benefit District website.)

As we move forward with developing Metro’s final proposal for the University Link Extension project, the Seattle Department of Transportation will identify opportunities to complement our restructured network.

Public Transportation Visioning Event: Tuesday, March 31

What is the future of public transportation in our region?
Come hear a panel of experts speak, and share your own ideas in a breakout session on Tuesday, March Picture131, 6-8 p.m. at the Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave in downtown Seattle (
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Program:
6-6:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Participate in a facilitated breakout session with local experts and share your ideas about transportation and:

  • Equity
  • Education and institutions
  • Business and economy
  • Technology
  • Integrating transit modes
  • Future policy and funding

6:45-8 p.m. Expert Panel
Hear a panel of experts and visionaries discuss the future of public transportation in our region and answer questions from the community members.

Speakers:

  • Rebecca Saldaña, Executive Director, Puget Sound Sage
  • Jarrett Walker, Author of Human Transit
  • Mark Hallenbeck, Director, Washington State Transportation Center, University of Washington
  • Moderator: Rita Brogan, PRR, Inc.

Have questions for the panel speakers? Send them to kcmetrovision.com . Your question may be selected for the speakers on March 31.

This event is held in partnership with: Transportation Choices Coalition, Commute Seattle, Futurewise and Sound Transit