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Metro Connects

Attaining the Vision

The Regional Project Schedule facilitates regular communication and ensures cities understand and inform Metro’s plans, and vice-versa. The Regional Project Schedule is a communication tool that identifies the timing for implementing major mobility projects and capital projects throughout King County on a six-year time horizon.

The Service Guidelines will also include guidance regarding the types of land uses that support certain types of transit, so cities can make zoning choices that support the services envisioned for their communities in Metro Connects. The Service Guidelines articulate the types of land uses that best support different service families. Cities could use this guidance to inform land-use decisions that prepare for future transit expansion and improvements.

Metro will also build on ways it communicates and collaborates to ensure cities can inform Metro’s plans, and Metro can inform theirs. Such methods will go beyond project-specific coordination, so Metro and cities continue to collectively inform and work toward the shared Metro Connects vision. Partnership opportunities. As discussed in the financial overview section, Metro Connects remains an ambitious, expensive, and largely unfunded vision. Current revenue sources will not get the region to the Metro Connects interim or 2050 networks. Metro, its elected leaders, and city partners must work together to develop a funding solution. Metro looks forward to supporting those conversations. As part of its commitment to supporting healthy communities, a thriving economy, and a sustainable environment across the region, providing mobility to all, Metro’s priority is a regional solution to funding Metro Connects. However, cities can consider partnerships to fund service. Cities can also make in-kind investments and improvements. Such nonfinancial contributions might include: 

Adopt transit-supportive land uses, in alignment with the types of services planned for certain corridors in the interim and 2050 networks

Engage with Metro in capital planning

Support efforts to secure additional funding, such as coordinating on grants or engaging in conversations about a regional funding approach

Expedite permits for transit-related construction

Make speed and reliability investments

Prioritizing transit in public right-of-way

Collaborate on infrastructure expansion and improvements for RapidRide, other frequent routes, and all-day express service

Support innovations in customer service and operations by adopting programs and tools to improve data quality, quantity, and analysis

Build safe and comfortable passenger facilities that accommodate many more people, make transfers among services easy, and meet jurisdictions’ needs

King County Metro Long Range Plan