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Managing Demand Attracting new riders and helping our transportation system work better. Beyond increasing and improving service, METRO CONNECTS would grow ridership and reduce the use of single occupant vehicles by investing in transportation demand management (TDM). Metro’s TDM program encourages individual choices that make our transportation system work more effectively. Since the number of roadway miles in King County will stay about the same between now and 2040,7 this program would be critical to maximizing the efficiency of our existing roads and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

What would our TDM program look like? TDM refers to activities that help people use the transportation system more efficiently. TDM spreads transit demand across travel modes and times of day. One demand management strategy is to provide access to efficient travel options such as carpooling, biking, or riding the bus. How people use the transportation system can significantly affect the need for new transportation investments and can support system preservation and maintenance. TDM activities help get the most out of transportation infrastructure and services by making lower-cost, more-efficient transportation options easier to use and more readily available. Metro’s TDM program would continue to use outreach, education, incentives and new products and partnerships to reduce barriers to using transit, maximize the value of our transit investments, and help our transportation system work better. Our program covers a variety of transportation modes and tools (see page 61). We would also develop new methods using emerging technology and transportation pricing as well as improvements to walking and bicycling pathways to transit.

What would it take? • Research and develop new tools. Build Metro’s capacity for research and development of new TDM tools by budgeting for TDM in Metro projects and by continuing to develop new TDM partnerships. • Support local and regional land-use decisions that benefit transit and other alternatives to driving alone. We would also advocate for national, state, and local policies and funds that support alternatives to driving alone and help create walkable communities.

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7 PSRC Transportation 2040 Update Report, 2014, p. 76.

SERVICE QUALITY INVESTMENTS

• Partner to put TDM solutions to work. Seek commitments and partnerships with cities, transit agencies, WSDOT, employers, the private sector, and others.

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.