METRO CONNECTS Long-Range Plan

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Metro Connects

Attaining the Vision

and partners in identifying opportunities to better coordinate to meet needs. Metro may engage standing groups or commissions like the Equity Cabinet, the King County Transit Advisory Commission, and the Access Paratransit Advisory Committee in addition to community-based organizations, jurisdictions, and others. Sharing power through community-led engagement. Metro’s engagement processes will strive to include all potentially impacted stakeholders, prioritizing priority populations and those in communities where needs are greatest. Metro will share power by co-creating engagement processes and ideas and designs for service and capital investment, programs, and policies. Metro will partner with and compensate community-based organizations for their work. Metro will make information, materials, and events accessible for people of all abilities and who speak languages other than English. Metro will demonstrate how community input shapes outcomes. Such early, co-creative engagement will help ensure service concepts, capital plans, programs, and policies are built from the ground up with the communities they are intended to serve. Building lasting relationships. Metro will take a long-term approach to community engagement rather than a project-by-project approach. This will create more opportunities to understand community priorities, learn about community-led efforts, and explore opportunities for partnership and co-creation. Having a regular presence in communities will enable staff and leaders to respond to their needs and build lasting relationships and trust. It also provides better opportunities to break down silos when involving communities in work across Metro divisions, County departments, and agencies.

Working with cities Metro Connects was developed in partnership with many stakeholders, with jurisdictions playing a significant role. The original vision was based on local and regional growth plans. Metro will continue working closely with cities to implement Metro Connects. Since the 2017 adoption of Metro Connects, Metro has heard from cities about the need to improve communication and make partnership opportunities clearer. The 2021 update to Metro Connects aims to do that. Metro recognizes that cities need to plan and make investments that support the Metro Connects network in advance of its implementation. Though Metro’s funding uncertainty makes this a challenge, Metro is committed to working closely with cities on needed planning and investment. Metro has several tools cities can use to plan: 

The Metro Connects interim network identifies near- or mid-term investments. The Service Guidelines will direct investment toward the target service levels for the interim network.

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