King County Council to consider changing DART routes 907 and 915

Proposed change to Route 907: shorten route to operate between Renton and Black Diamond, increase service so bus comes every 60 minutes. Proposed change to Route 915: extend to South Enumclaw to cover Enumclaw portion of discontinued Route 907. No “one size fits all” approach to transit can meet every community’s needs. So we’re working with communities in southeast King County to find transportation options that will better meet the needs of residents and riders than regular bus service.

In April 2015, we asked for feedback about how people use transit service, what barriers they face, and how local service could be improved. Then we worked with local partners to design some alternative service concepts to address some of the needs people told us about. We heard public feedback about these concepts in May 2015, and used that feedback to finalize a set of proposals we’re moving forward with. Learn more on Metro’s website.

The King County Council is currently considering some of these proposals involving changes to routes 907 and 915, which the public helped us design.

  • Route 907 would be shortened to run only between the Renton Transit Center and Black Diamond.
  • Route 907 would have increased service, with buses coming every hour.
  • The current Route 907 DART deviation area in Renton would be removed.
  • Route 915 would be extended from Griffin Avenue and Wells Street to McDougal Avenue (to serve the Enumclaw part of current Route 907).

If these changes are adopted, they will be made in March 2017. Related changes would include the following:

  • A demand-response service connection between Black Diamond and Enumclaw (expected to begin service in the first quarter of 2017).
  • A campaign to distribute ORCA fare cards and educate Route 907 riders to help Enumclaw residents make use of transfers between Metro and Sound Transit service in Auburn and the new demand-response service between Enumclaw and Black Diamond. (This would take place before the March 2017 service change.)

Stay tuned for additional services in 2017:

  • We’re developing an emergency-ride-home program. If riders miss their connecting routes in Renton or Auburn during evenings or weekends when fixed-route service is not available, this service would provide the last leg of the trip to get them home. The service could be provided by taxis or by transportation network companies such as Uber or Lyft. Riders would have to preregister for the program.
  • We’re partnering with the cities of Covington, Maple Valley, and Black Diamond to provide connections between and within these communities. Metro will provide a community transportation coordinator and vehicles that the cities would operate. Trips will be determined by the communities served and provided by screened, volunteer drivers.
  • We’re promoting Metro VanPool, VanShare, and TripPool. We’re working with local partners to increase ride sharing with new outreach, education, and incentives, and partnering with interested cities to develop specific program approaches to meet community needs.

Visit the King County Council’s Transportation Environment and Economy Committee website for more information about how to participate as the current legislation makes its way through the council approval process.

Transit Advisory Commission seeks new members

Have A Say LogoDo you ride transit and have a desire to improve transit service for everyone? King County is seeking several new members for its Transit Advisory Commission.

The commission helps improve transit services, planning, and programs by advising Metro, King County, and leaders about transit policy (visit the website to learn more).

The commission’s members include residents and other transit stakeholders. Our goal is to reflect the county’s diversity. Most members ride the bus, and all live in King County. Each serves a two-year term. The commission meets monthly or as needed.

Photo courtesy Ned Ahrens, KCDOT

Photo courtesy Ned Ahrens, KCDOT

In particular, we encourage people who live in the third, sixth, seventh, eighth, or ninth county council district (see a map); young people; people of color; and people with disabilities or limited English proficiency to apply.

Learn more and apply online.

La Comisión de asesoría de transporte público colectivo (Transit Advisory Commission) busca nuevos miembros

Have-a-Say-Spanish-500pwide¿Utiliza usted el transporte público y desea mejorar el servicio para todos? King County busca nuevos miembros para su Comisión asesora.

La comisión ayuda a mejorar los servicios de transporte, planificación y programas, asesorando a Metro, a King County y a líderes acerca de la política de transporte público (visite el sitio web para más información).

Photo courtesy Ned Ahrens, KCDOT

Photo courtesy Ned Ahrens, KCDOT

Entre los miembros de la comisión se encuentran residentes y otras partes interesadas en el transporte público. Nuestro objetivo es reflejar la diversidad del condado. La mayoría de los miembros usa transporte público, y viven en el condado de King. Cada miembro se compromete en participar por dos años. La comisión se reúne mensualmente o según sea necesario.

Photo by Ned Ahrens, King County

Photo by Ned Ahrens, King County

En particular, invitamos a inscribirse a las personas que viven en el tercer, sexto, séptimo o noveno distritos municipales del condado (ver mapa); a los jóvenes; a personas de color; y a las personas con discapacidades o dominio limitado del Inglés.

Obtenga más información y complete su solicitud en línea.


How’s our translation? If you speak English and Spanish and want to help us improve our translations, compare this post to the same post we made in English and share your feedback by emailing community.relations@kingcounty.gov.

METRO CONNECTS, Metro’s long-range vision transmitted to King County Council

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Today Executive Dow Constantine transmitted METRO CONNECTS, Metro’s plan for bringing you more and better transit service over the next 25 years, to the King County Council for their consideration.

METRO CONNECTS presents a vision of a transportation network that can accommodate the 1 million more people and 850,000 expected in our region by 2040. Key features include much more frequent service—including 20 more RapidRide lines and all-day express service, innovative new travel options, improved passenger facilities and pathways to bus stops and stations, and customer information tools that make travel by transit easy.

This plan was a community effort, shaped by more than 1,500 people who attended our open houses, 9,700 people who responded to our online surveys, a 25-member Community Advisory Group, and a Technical Advisory Committee with representatives from King County cities and other organizations.

Metro appreciates the thousands of people who took the time to learn about the long-range plan, come to an open house or event, fill out a survey, or send us your comments.

The Council is expected to review, discuss and vote on adopting the plan in early 2017.  You can sign up here to receive updates from Metro about METRO CONNECTS. We hope you will stay engaged with Metro as we reach out to you and your communities for input about  making our vision a reality.

Explore the plan at kcmetrovision.org, and read more below about how community input shaped the final plan.

Changes based on what we heard during spring 2016 outreach

Metro received valuable feedback about our draft plan from thousands of people and from organizations, cities and transit agencies. We made many changes to the final plan based on what you told us.

Easier to read
We think you’ll be excited about the future of transit in King County. To make it easy for you to find what you’re looking for in our far-ranging vision, we simplified the plan’s structure.  It presents our big-picture vision in the first few pages. That’s followed by detailed but concise descriptions of what we’re proposing to do—like more RapidRide lines, better bus stops, and new kinds of information at your fingertips. We simplified the maps, added new graphics, and used icons and call-out boxes to highlight key themes like sustainability, equity and social justice, partnerships, and innovation.  The final section explains how we would make the METRO CONNECTS vision a reality.

Service network changes
We changed the 2025 and 2040 service networks to provide additional coverage where gaps were identified, improve routing alignments, connect with light rail, reduce duplication, and adjust service frequencies to best accommodate anticipated demand.

Other key changes
Metro clarified or added more information in many areas, including capital improvements, the customer experience, boarding and fares, partnerships with cities and others, and implementing the plan.

Capital Improvements
Metro heard that people care most about capital improvements that help buses run faster and more reliably and those that make it easier to access transit by foot, car or bicycle. Metro added more of the following types of capital improvements to the plan:

  • Road improvements to help buses move faster and more reliably
  • Additional park-and-ride spaces
  • Better facilities at major bus stops, including pedestrian and bicycle pathways

 The customer experience
Ensuring that customers have a positive experience is central to the METRO CONNECTS vision. We invite you to imagine what it could be like to use the future transit system.

Boarding and fares
We heard that people wanted to see more in the plan about making boarding and fare payment easy for everyone and keeping fares affordable. METRO CONNECTS calls for Metro to work with Sound Transit and other agencies to better coordinate fares and fare payment between different service providers. It also calls for Metro to continue promoting and expanding the ORCA Lift program. Fleet vehicles and facilities will be designed with all users in mind, including people who walk, bike, or use a wheelchair and parents with strollers.

Implementing the vision
Many stakeholders wanted to see more information about how the vision could be implemented. METRO CONNECTS gives more detail about the implementation program—a collaboration with riders, community members, cities and transportation agencies to coordinate near-term service changes, complementary capital investments, and other program and policy work needed to support the METRO CONNECTS vision.

 

Take a survey, share input on park-and-ride parking

Our customers count on quick access to reliable parking at our park-and-rides. Yet many tell us it’s getting harder to find spaces, especially as more people use transit.1795

We also know some of our park-and-ride spots are being filled by people who aren’t there to catch a bus, vanpool, or carpool—instead, they’re going to nearby businesses, apartments, or construction sites.

Metro is now looking at a range of options to improve management of parking at our lots and garages, and we want your input.1830

One option might be permits for priority parking for carpoolers, similar to a program Sound Transit will roll out this fall.

We’d like your thoughts about permit parking, as well as any other ideas to help us better manage parking at our park-and-rides.

Take this 10-minute online survey to tell us what you think, or contact us at haveasay@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-9768.

The deadline for comments is Friday, August 19.

Learn more
Project website: www.kingcounty.gov/metro/parking
Sound Transit parking permits: www.soundtransit.org/permitparking
Metro Connects (our DRAFT long-range plan – see Pages 35-42):
www.kcmetrovision.org/plan/metro-connects-draft-plan

Congratulations! Gary Archer is Metro Transit’s 2016 Vehicle Maintenance Employee of the Year!

In a surprise ceremony Wednesday, lead mechanic Gary Archer was named Metro Transit’s 2016 Vehicle Maintenance Employee of the Year – to the smiles and applause of his coworkers and team at South Base in Tukwila.

It’s the second time Gary has won the award, unprecedented in Metro’s history. Archer was selected by his peers, more than 600 vehicle maintenance workers across Metro’s seven bus bases. Gary first won the Employee of the Year award in Vehicle Maintenance in 2003.

Mechanic Gary Archer“Seeing Gary today with his colleagues, it was clear to me what a quiet, humble man of integrity he is,” said Rob Gannon, interim Metro Transit general manager. “His team is truly inspired.  He is a model of leadership for all of us.”

Metro hired Gary as a mechanic in December 1979. He was promoted to his present position as a lead mechanic in September 1982. Throughout his more than 36 years with King County, he has received numerous commendations for his outstanding work.

Thanks to his hard work leading a team of mechanics, nearly 300 of Metro’s 1,400 buses are ready to roll out of South Base every morning for transit operators. Gary has dedicated his career to providing safe, dependable vehicles for bus riders and transit operators – key to keeping commuters and the economy moving.

Winning the award a second time shows the continuous admiration and respect Metro’s mechanics have for Gary. He is known for his people skills, confidence and focus on teamwork. He is admired for being solid, fair, even-tempered, a mentor, humble, honest, well-liked, dependable and a problem solver. We’re honored to have Gary Archer as a part of our team in Vehicle Maintenance!

#PrideMetro: King County and the community stand together, march together

Editor’s note: See how transit service will be adjusted during Pride Festival and Pride Parade celebrations.

Pride parade photo with bus and celebrantsIt’s Pride week and our transit community is again celebrating across King County. You’ll see Metro at the #SeattlePride festival and in the parade on Sunday, where King County employees and their families are again supporting our LGBTQ riders and employees following the values of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. –  the symbol of our county and an international icon for justice, equality and peace.

VIew of pride parade from atop a bus, with balloonsAs a county and an agency we embrace the values of inclusion, diversity and excellence on behalf of the people we serve. We stand up for, support and ally with our gay and LGBTQ employees and riders – and our community is stronger for it.

Sadly, we’ve seen the power some take from others with their words and actions on our buses. Each slight, intended or not, eventually pools together and deepens the terrible stain of hate, homophobia, racism and violence in our culture. We want riders to feel empowered to stand up to hate when they hear it on our buses, see it at bus stops, anywhere it lives.

sideview of pride parade from bus mirror with balloonsAs a community, we know individual acts help form a shield against hate and work to help heal the hurt – and serve as examples to others who wondered afterward ‘what should I have done?’ A ride on Metro can be a place where people from all over our community come together and demonstrate respect and support for one another.

So look out for each other today, tomorrow, and every day. Speak up, smile and support each other on every ride. Together, we’ll get there.

 

Help shape the future of Access Transportation – Tell us what you think by July 10

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NOTE: This post was edited on July 1 to indicate that the due date for participation has been extended from July 5 to July 10.

Metro needs your feedback to help shape the future of Access Transportation, Metro’s ADA paratransit service.

We’ll reach out to the public several times this year to learn about what’s working well and how Access could be improved. Your feedback will inform Metro staff as they plan for new Access contracts that will take effect in 2018.

In this first phase of outreach, we want to hear about how we’re doing with Access service, what’s most important riders, and ideas for improvements.

Tell us what you think about Access Transportation by July 10

Learn more

Excellent event weekend ahead, but plan for traffic, bus delays and reroutes

This weekend has fantastic fun in store between the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and the Fremont Solstice Parade and fair. Transit is always a great and inexpensive way to get around, but first do some homework because more than 30 bus routes will face reroutes and delays as a result of event street closures.

RocknRollMarathonlogoRock ‘n’ Roll Marathon: From the start of service until the marathon clears and streets are reopened, bus routes in Seattle will face reroutes and delays.

  • Routes will be affected in the East Queen Anne, South Lake Union, Downtown Seattle, Columbia City, I-90, Rainier Valley, Leschi and Seward Park areas.
  • Reroutes and delays will affect routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28, 36, 38, 40, 48, 50, 62, 120, 124, 125, 131, 132, RapidRide C, D and E lines.
  • Service on the First Hill Streetcar also will be affected by the marathon, and will not serve stops south of South Washington Street on Saturday from the start of service until about 2:30 p.m.
  • A temporary free Saturday morning Rainier Valley area shuttle will help riders connect to transit service from 5:30-10:30 a.m. during the marathon. Event information is on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon website.

FremontSolsticeFremont Solstice Parade: Routes 31, 32, 40 and 62 will be rerouted from about 2:15-6 p.m., off of North 35th Street and Fremont Avenue North, traveling instead on nearby streets.

Metro will operate a shuttle between downtown Seattle and the south end of the Fremont Bridge via Westlake Avenue North every 15 minutes from noon until 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Event information is on the Fremont Solstice Parade website and Fremont Solstice Festival website.

FremontArtsCouncilParadeMetro’s Service Advisories page has specific reroute details and times. Transit reroute start and end times may be subject to change.

Updated: Route 62 on new path when NOAA closed

Beginning Friday, June 10, and until further notice, Route 62 will travel a new path on evenings and weekends when NOAA is closed.

This new routing creates a single consistent route along established transit corridors during nights and weekends. Night and weekend shuttles will not be needed because the route no longer will enter Magnuson Park, and this new routing will no longer be subject to changes when there are events at Magnuson Park.

During evenings and weekends, Route 62 heading toward Sand Point will travel instead via southbound 35th Avenue Northeast, eastbound Northeast 55th Street, southbound Princeton Avenue Northeast and eastbound Sand Point Way Northeast to its new terminal just north of Northeast 55th Street, serving all posted stops along the new routing.

Heading toward downtown Seattle, Route 62 will start at its new terminal, northbound on Sand Point Way Northeast just north of Northeast 55th Street, and continue on Sand Point Way Northeast, then on to its regular westbound routing on Northeast 65th Street.

  • On weeknights, the first trip to Sand Point affected by this routing revision is the one that leaves Third Avenue and Union Street in downtown Seattle at 5:28 p.m.
  • On weeknights, the first trip to downtown Seattle affected by this routing revision is the one that would normally be scheduled to leave Sand Point Way and Northeast 74th Street at 6:28 p.m.

All Route 62 trips scheduled to and from NOAA when NOAA is open are not affected and will serve their usual routing and stops.