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Metro Connects

Service Quality Investments

A mix of commercial and residential uses

A variety of housing types, including affordable housing and active ground floor uses, often commercial, that frequently include schools and early learning facilities, retail and office space

Multimodal access improvements such as street, sidewalk and intersection improvements that promote safe travel and improve access for people walking and biking

Street grid, connectivity, and traffic calming features intended to encourage safe vehicle speeds

Reduced parking supply and parking management strategies to minimize the land devoted to parking and increase efficiency of use

High-quality urban design

Generally, the development density and co-location of uses justifies frequent transit service. Frequent transit enhances opportunities and market demand for additional similar development, stimulating an active streetscape and commercial activity with a quality pedestrian scale. The South Kirkland Park-and-Ride The South Kirkland Park-and-Ride, completed in 2014, is King County’s eighth TOD project. It includes: A new transit center. A garage with 530 parking stalls and a surface lot with 323 stalls. Electric vehicle charging stations. 184 market-rate and 58 affordable housing units with easy access to transit in an opportunity-rich location; 12 units are for homeless families. The project received Built Green 4 Star, Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard, and King County Sustainable Infrastructure Score Card certifications.    

What will it take? 

Implement Metro’s equitable transit-oriented communities policy. Metro will conduct a comprehensive inventory of county-owned property to identify existing opportunities and potential new projects.

Work with partners to plan for and implement transit-oriented development. Ensure coordination between Metro, cities, and other regional partners to leverage available resources, advance community development goals, meet transit system needs, and ensure that projects are consistent with land-use plans. Partnerships with cities and with public and private stakeholders could help reduce the costs of land acquisition, construction, and permitting.

Resource a robust program that advocates for, plans for, and develops transit-oriented development projects. Use Metro’s role as a regional transit provider and as a part of King County government to support communities and implement transit-oriented development. Have the staff and consultant resources needed to grow and

King County Metro Long Range Plan