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Metro Connects

Attaining the Vision

Improve access to transit by increasing park-and-ride capacity, bicycle and pedestrian paths, and secure bicycle parking facilities at major transit hubs around King County

Metro also recognizes that some cities have more staff and financial resources than others. To the extent possible with Metro’s own resources, Metro will provide additional support to jurisdictions with fewer staff or financial resources or jurisdictions with higher percentages of priority populations. Support might include: 

Technical support in project planning

Support with grants (partial funding, local match, or add with planning to apply for a grant)

Opportunities for in-kind partnerships (see list above)

Metro’s Service Guidelines includes more information on service and infrastructure partnerships.

Aligning with regional partners Aligning the envisioned Metro Connects networks with regional partners is crucial to building a regional, innovative, and integrated mobility network that is safe, equitable, and sustainable. For example, integration with Sound Transit’s expansion is essential. Metro developed the original Metro Connects networks based on regional growth plans with input from jurisdictions. The 2021 update to Metro Connects includes targeted changes to the service networks rather than a wholesale re-envisioning. The original Metro Connects was consistent with the Countywide Planning Policies, as is the 2021 updated version. As described above, Metro intends to continue working with local jurisdictions to align plans and implementation of projects. The 2021 update to the Metro Connects networks brought forward input received in the original vision, while updating the 2040 network to be a 2050 network to align with the Puget Sound Regional Council’s VISION 2050. PSRC expects the region to grow by 1.8 million people by 2050, for a total of 5.8 million people, and 1.2 million jobs, for a total of 3.4 million jobs. 31 Metro’s updated 2050 network map accounted for this projected growth by increasing service proportional to the assumed growth. Metro Connects’ emphasis on the connection between dense, affordable, mixed-use zoning and transit is consistent with VISION 2050’s focus on increasing housing density around transit (especially high-capacity transit). Aligning with regional partners is crucial to Metro’s ability to deliver an integrated network that contributes to broad outcomes like advancing equity and addressing climate change. Such integration will also advance equity by making it easier for all people—especially priority populations—to connect to opportunities. Increasing transit use by delivering the Metro Connects network remains essential to addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and delivering on other commitments in King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP). Puget Sound Regional Council, VISION 2050. 31

King County Metro Long Range Plan