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Metro Connects

Executive Summary

How Metro Connects will help keep the region a great place to live Figure 1

Impacts of Metro Connects 2050 Network

Advance equity by creating more opportunities for all. More than 20 percent of people in King County have incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. 6 Metro will expand opportunities for people to prosper and thrive by offering frequent trips all day to jobs, education, and services. Metro will continue to strive to support those who cannot pay for the system. Address climate change and protect the environment. Climate change threatens the global and local environment, economy, health, and safety. Transit, supported by appropriate land use and equitable road pricing, are the best tools for reducing vehicle miles traveled and advancing countywide goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. 7 They will also help manage congestion and reduce pollution. Connect a growing population to fast, highcapacity transit services. With 1.8 million more people and 1.2 million more jobs expected in central Puget Sound by 2050 8, enhanced transit will help move more people, faster than today. As light rail and bus rapid transit services expand, Metro can get more people to stations for fast, frequent, and reliable trips to major destinations, within and beyond their own communities. Figure 2 shows examples of how much farther people could go in 2050 than in 2019, traveling in the middle of the day. Save customers money. Today, an average drive-alone commute in King County costs approximately $290 per month, not


Mobility Framework report, Travel Trends appendix


King County Strategic Climate Action Plan:


Puget Sound Regional Council, VISION 2050,

King County Metro Long Range Plan