funding gap. It also describes how Metro will follow adopted policies and planning processes and engage cities and communities to implement the vision, with a focus on streamlined planning, clear communication, and upstream engagement. It clarifies opportunities for cities to partner with Metro to deliver Metro Connects, outlines how Metro will track progress and demonstrate value, and describes next steps. Specific sections in this chapter include: financial overview, implementation of Metro Connects – policies and planning, implementation of Metro Connects – engagement with communities and partners, measuring progress, and next steps.
Connecting Metro Connects and Metro’s Strategic Plan As Metro’s long-range service and capital vision, Metro Connects is essential to delivering a system that advances Metro’s mission, vision, and policy goals, as described in Metro’s Strategic Plan for Public Transportation. The Metro Connects service network also helps guide ongoing investment decisions through Metro’s Service Guidelines and service growth investment priorities. Symbols used in this visioning document represent policy goals 5 outlined in Metro’s Strategic Plan. Alignment with Strategic Plan Goals
Invest upstream and where needs are greatest
Address the climate crisis and environmental justice
Innovate to improve mobility, complement transit, and advance equity and sustainability
Keep passengers, employees, and communities safe.
Support thriving, equitable, transitoriented communities that foster economic development
Improve access to mobility options
Provide fast, reliable, integrated services
Build a skilled, diverse, and well-supported workforce that has opportunities to grow
Be responsible stewards of financial resources and invest in line with values and goals.
Conduct deliberate and transparent community engagement
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5 The goals in the 2021 update to the Strategic Plan align with the Mobility Framework’s guiding principles, created in partnership with the Equity Cabinet and adopted by the King County Council.
King County Metro Long Range Plan