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Speed and Reliability, continued What would it take? •

Work with partners to invest in speed and reliability improvements. To achieve our vision, Metro would need to invest $2 billion in improvements over the next 25 years. Those investments would have to be leveraged with additional partnership and grant funding to create a complete network of infrastructure that keeps transit riders moving. Metro would contribute toward improvements such as new bus-only lanes and transit priority features, upgraded signals and new transit signal priority, and rechannelized roadways. We would look to local jurisdictions for assistance in planning and securing transit-only right-of-way and in changing traffic management practices.

Study and fund operational changes to reduce the amount of time buses are stopped in traffic or at stops, improving reliability. Strategies: •

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Increase staffing and technology to monitor and adjust service in real time to maintain spacing between buses and respond to service disruptions.

By 2040, manage all frequent service by headways (time intervals between buses) rather than schedules to improve service performance and efficiency.

Work with partners to improve incident response options that keep buses moving through delays, such as installation of temporary bus-only lanes.

SERVICE QUALITY INVESTMENTS

Pursue improvements to make boarding faster and easier. Read more about what we would do in the next section, “Boarding and Fares.“

In partnerships with others, invest in large regional projects that would benefit transit, such as bridge or highway crossings. We would maintain an inventory of candidate projects, including new transit pathways and service connections, major crossings (bridges, overpasses), and transit bottlenecks.

Build on our existing Intelligent Transportation Systems architecture to support both the management of vehicles on the road to make our service faster and more reliable, and customer information tools that would make our system easier to use.

from our customers

“I like the idea of buses getting priority, so that taking the bus will take the same amount of time as driving.“

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.