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We anticipate growing demand for alternative services, leading to needs for more service and more capital facilities to store and maintain vehicles. As we work with communities to design transportation services to meet their unique needs, we would set priorities and parameters for integrating these services with our fixed-route bus network. Metro’s Alternative Services Program would continue to use the Service Guidelines to inform project design, and would develop performance metrics specific to alternative services to better assess how well these services are performing. Alternative services would continue to play an important role in providing equitable access to transportation for all people in King County. Alternative service options would provide access to transit in places where fixed-route service is not the most cost-effective mode, and would help low-income and minority populations have greater access to transit service than the population as a whole.

What would it take? • Use community-based planning and partnerships to implement new services. Metro’s current alternative service projects have been successful in part because we collaborated with nonprofit organizations, jurisdictions, and community groups to identify needs and create unique services that meet them. • Pilot new and innovative services and technology applications. Advances in real-time, on–demand transit may enable us to serve low-density areas more effectively, providing connections to local activity centers and to regional and local fixed-route transit. Changes in the way people get around could include ridesharing options, on-demand van service, use of automated vehicles, traffic management innovations, and other advances in technology yet to come. Private service providers may present partnership opportunities to fill gaps.

For more information For a full description of Metro’s current service types, see Appendix A, page A-9.

Metro has followed a community collaboration approach in a number of areas. When we deleted some poorly performing bus routes in the Snoqualmie Valley, Mercer Island and Burien, we worked with local residents to develop shuttle services that get residents to local destinations and to the larger transit network. Redmond and Mercer Island are trying a ridesharing app and website that connect people in real time, and in Duvall we’re piloting a new community van concept. We’re also working with Bothell, Woodinville, Kirkland, Kenmore, Vashon Island and southeast King County communities to bring similar services to those areas in early 2017.

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Profile for King County Metro Transit

METRO CONNECTS Long-Range Plan  

King County Metro Transit’s vision for bringing you more service, more choices, and one easy-to-use system over the next 25 years.

METRO CONNECTS Long-Range Plan  

King County Metro Transit’s vision for bringing you more service, more choices, and one easy-to-use system over the next 25 years.