METRO CONNECTS Long-Range Plan

Page 106

Metro Connects

Attaining the Vision

IMPLEMENTATION OF METRO CONNECTS: ENGAGEMENT WITH COMMUNITIES AND PARTNERS As resources become available, input from riders, community members, cities, and transportation stakeholders will continue to drive the delivery of Metro Connects. As mentioned, Metro’s adopted policies and planning processes will serve as important starting points for implementing Metro Connects. However, the Metro Connects networks are visionary and not meant to be created without community and partner input. The subsections below explain how Metro expects to center equitable community engagement, work with cities, and align with regional partners.

Centering equitable community engagement Metro wants to build a mobility Ongoing partnership with the system that meets the needs of Equity Cabinet riders safely, equitably, and Metro’s engagement with the Equity Cabinet, a sustainably. To do that, Metro will group of 23 community leaders representing start by listening to and valuing the riders and priority populations countywide, needs and expertise of exemplifies the importance of co-creation and communities—especially priority centering community voices. The Equity Cabinet populations. Engaging upstream was the driving force behind Metro’s Mobility Framework, adopted by the King County Council and early, sharing power and coin 2020. The Equity Cabinet also continued creating with communities, and working with Metro on the updates to Metro building lasting relationships are Connects and other policies, meeting monthly in central to Metro’s vision for future 2020 and 2021. engagement. Metro will continue to center the voices of communities in decision-making and improve engagement practices based on performance measures and community feedback. Metro’s vision for how to include communities in decision-making, described below, is guided by the Strategic Plan. 30 Metro’s Service Guidelines describe Metro’s approach for service-related community engagement. Other County policies like the Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan inform how Metro will engage with communities equitably. Engaging with communities on Metro’s priorities. Metro will engage early on with community stakeholders to inform and make decisions about Metro’s broader priorities, not just project-level decisions. Metro will explore opportunities to do this - for example, through the development of Metro’s business plan. This will help ensure Metro’s investments reflect community needs and priorities, make Metro’s decision-making more transparent, and support Metro

30

Recommendations from Metro’s Mobility Framework shaped direction in the Strategic Plan.

King County Metro Long Range Plan

101