It doesn’t take long for everyone to get on the bus—the passengers tapped their fare cards on the sidewalk kiosk or used mobile ticketing and boarded through all doors. The driver smiles and answers questions for a few riders. The bus arrives at the destination much faster than it used to. The road now has a bus-only lane and traffic signals that stay green when the bus approaches. Usually, this person walks the last mile to work for exercise, but it’s raining hard. They decide to take an on-demand service that’s waiting near the transit center. The driver accepts the ORCA card, so paying is quick and easy. Compared to 30 years ago, this trip was much faster, easier, and full of options— with choices available all day, any day.
King County Metro Long Range Plan