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Metro Connects

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Service Quality Investments

Transit Access Zones and Types of Improvements

High Density

Medium Density

Lower Density

Lowest Density

High-density areas served by a grid of frequent service, such as downtown areas.

Medium-density areas that are within walking distance of at least one frequent service.

Lower-density areas within walking distance of less frequent local or express service.

Lowest-density areas with limited or no walk access to transit.





Focus on bicycle and pedestrian facilities, little or no expansion of Metro parking.

Strong emphasis on more bicycle and pedestrian facilities, little or no expansion of parking.

Moderate emphasis on bicycle and pedestrian facilities and some parking investments.

Limited investment in bicycle and pedestrian facilities, emphasis on increasing transit parking.

Estimated Future bike/walk share

Estimated Future bike/walk share

Estimated Future bike/walk share

Estimated Future bike/walk share





Analysis of walking, biking, and rolling to transit To make walking, biking, or rolling to transit safer and more convenient, King County needs more high-quality sidewalks and crossings, ADA accommodations, bicycle and scooter lanes, and trails. Metro also needs secure places to park bikes and other mobility devices, like shared bikes and scooters. Growing demand for trails and transit King County has over 300 miles of multi-use trails used for some 10 million bicycle and pedestrian trips annually. The trails network presents opportunities to combine cycling or walking with the fast, frequent, transit service envisioned in Metro Connects. Trail routes are being designed and constructed. These include the extension of the Mountains to Sound Trail east of Bellevue, the Eastrail from Renton to Woodinville, and the Lake to Sound Trail from Lake Washington in Renton to Puget Sound in Des Moines. These trails will help riders reach transit service without driving alone and will greatly enhance regional mobility. Jurisdictions play an essential role in providing safe access to public transportation, as sidewalks, intersections and bike facilities are primarily on their rights-of-way. Metro will collaborate with them through programs such as Safe Routes to Transit, to

King County Metro Long Range Plan