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.